The Pima Animal Care Center is holding a “tent sale” throughout May to reduce dog overcrowding in the shelter.

The sale was planned to end on Mother’s Day, but the PACC will waive adoption fees of selected dogs until the end of the month.

Rhonda Bodfield, Pima County communications coordinator, said, “During the first three full days of the tent sale, PACC has adopted out 96 dogs, and a total of 119 pets were released to rescue and new owners.”

Last year, PACC managed to find a home for only 33 dogs and 88 pets during the same time frame.

The adoption fee is usually about $30. Adult dogs, however, still require a $15 licensing fee. The shelter takes care of having the pets spayed or neutered, in addition to having them vaccinated and microchipped.

“If people want to see a wide selection of pets, there is literally no better place to come, because we have more of them than anywhere else,” Bodfield said. “They come in all sizes, shapes, colors and temperaments, so they have a high likelihood of finding a match with us.”

The shelter, at 4000 N. Silverbell Road, is open from noon to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. For more information, call 243-5900 or go online to

Gabriela Diaz is a University of Arizona journalism student who is an apprentice at the Star. Contact her at