Find it: 4000 N. Silverbell Road. 724-7222.

Hours: Noon-7 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends.

More help is needed: With nearly 400 dogs and puppies in the shelter, the Pima Animal Care Center needs the community’s help to make room in the shelter.

“This is a truly urgent situation,” center Director Kristen Auerbach said.

“Every year, following Christmas, we see a high number of pets surrendered to the shelter and this year is no different.”

In 2016, the center took in a whopping 209 puppies and dogs in the week following Christmas and anticipates just as many coming in this year.

“After Christmas, people are more likely to give up their unwanted pets. It’s always a sad time for the shelter, and this year we won’t be able to save all these animals without the community’s help,” Auerbach said.

Community members can help the center through this crisis by adopting, fostering, or simply spreading the word to their families and friends.

Some of the pets waiting for their new homes:

Bonnie — dark Tortie mix

ID No: A618756.

Age: 10 years.

About: This dark Tortie mix was lovingly adopted, but unfortunately returned because the adopter’s current cat did not approve of sweet Bonnie. She was then fostered by a PACC staff member and is now ready for a nice permanent home. While in foster, Bonnie lived with dogs and other cats and little human kids, too.

Fees: Bonnie’s adoption fee is waived and she even comes with her own deluxe and glamorous bed.

Elmer and Ethel —Shepherd mixes

ID Nos: A611627, A611632.

Age: 7 years.

About: These two Shepherd mixes are the sweetest bonded pair you’ll ever meet. They were owner-surrendered way back in early September and would like to get out of the shelter (even as nice as it is now) and into a nice forever home.

Elmer and Ethel are the perfect mellow dog starter kit.

Fees: They have no adoption fee, just the standard $18 licensing fee.


LAURA — Domestic Long Hair Tabby

Age: 4 years.

Story: Laura likes to talk to you, loves petting, hangs out with the other cats and is a very sweet kitty.

Fee: $150, includes all vaccinations, spay, microchip, registration and a vet visit.

Contact: Home Animal Shelter director Rory at

Meet: Noon-4 p.m., Fridays-Sundays.

El — Mixed Breed

Age: 6 years.

Qualities: El is a big dog with a gentle and easygoing personality. He loves being around people — if that means going for a walk or hike or just hanging out and being lazy, he’ll take it. El also does well with dogs of all sizes and cats. He would make a fine addition to any family.

Contact: If you are interested in fostering or adopting El, please email Hope Animal Shelter director Rory at

Fee: $150 (includes vaccines, microchip and registration, a vet visit, a behavior consult and spay/neuter).

Meet: Noon-4 p.m., Fridays-Sundays.


Age: 8 years.

Story: Nugget exhibits the distinctive and fun Shar-Pei muzzle. She is just 33 pounds but has a sturdy build and a calm and confident personality. She is friendly to people, leash-trained and always delighted to go for a walk.

Fee: $85.

Contact: The Animal League of Green Valley at 625-3170 or

Meet: TALGV, 1600 W. Duval Mine Road, Green Valley, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. daily.

TITA — Shorthaired Snowshoe Siamese/tortoiseshell mix

Age: 6 years.

Story: Tita is more unique than most. One look at her marbled coat and you’re sure to agree. She even has blue eyes, although they’re kind of hard to see through her sable-colored mask. The rest is all love, purrs and a desire to be with her very own person again.

Fee: $45.

Contact: The Animal League of Green Valley.


ID: 849604.

Age: 1 year.

Story: Marbles is a very outgoing and friendly boy. He loves to play with feathers and enjoys getting treats.

Fee: $80.

Contact: The Humane Society of Southern Arizona, 327-6088, Ext., 106 or visit

Meet: At 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd. (just off Fort Lowell Road between North Dodge Boulevard and North Country Club Road) 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

ROSY — mixed breed

ID: 850819.

Age: 2 years.

Story: Rosy is very energetic, affectionate and enthusiastic girl who will make an excellent family pet. She knows basic commands, walks well on a leash and is already crate-trained. Please bring any dogs or kids in your home to meet her.

Fee: $80+ $19 license fee.

Contact: The Humane Society of Southern Arizona.

OLIVER (This young cat also has a sister in need of a home)

Age: 8 months.

Story: Oliver was found on the street and was so happy Paws Patrol took him in. He has been with a wonderful foster mom. Oliver is friendly, playful and cuddly. He needs an indoor-only home.

Fee: $40, includes microchip, spaying and current shots.

Contact: Paws Patrol in Green Valley at 207-4024 or