Pima County recently promoted Ellie Beaubien, 35, to be the first full-time adoptions coordinator at Pima Animal Care Center.

She told the Star about the job, which pays about $39,000 a year.

Q: How is the Tucson area doing with pet adoptions?

A: We have an overwhelming number of animals in the shelter. With the right marketing tools, I feel like we could do a lot more adoptions. Adopters usually just come to us, but we're hoping to start reaching out to the community by doing more off-site events.

Q: Why adopt a shelter pet?

A: These pets deserve a second chance. They're spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Some people can volunteer or donate money, and some people can offer space in their home. The more we adopt out, the less there are to euthanize - and ultimately that's the goal.

Q: How do pets at the shelter get their names?

A: We have a wonderful group of volunteers. They spend one-on-one time with our animals, so they name them.

Q: Do you have pets?

A: I have two dogs. Bailey came from the Humane Society and Tebow came from PACC.

On the web

To adopt, volunteer or donate, visit pimaanimalcare.org

Contact reporter Becky Pallack at bpallack@azstarnet.com or 573-4346. On Twitter @BeckyPallack.