The Pima Animal Care Center is planning a “Furball Fiesta” on Sunday to call attention to a competition it is vigorously working to win: It is among 50 shelters nationwide competing to find more homes for pets than ever before. That means finding homes for 5,000 pets by Aug. 31.

The grand prize? A whopping $100,000.

The free fiesta will include food trucks, vendors, a jumping castle and free adoptions.

The county-run shelter is at 4000 N. Silverbell Road.

Here’s the day’s schedule:

6-8 a.m.: Zumbathon with Ms. Fit Zumba instructors and Afro-Caribbean percussionist Richard Noel. Sponsored by Tucson Medical Center.

8-10 a.m.: Community dog walk and cat cuddle to give the pets a little fresh air and people time with a jaunt around the lake behind the center. Sign up via email to

10-10:30 a.m.: Pep rally and premiere of the center’s new video, featuring Pima Animal Care Center volunteers and a center dog. Bring your own pompoms.

10:30-11:30 a.m.: Mariachi and folklorico entertainment featuring shelter manager Jose Ocaño.

If you’re interested in volunteering, fostering or adopting, check out the Pima Animal Care Center page on Facebook:

About this feature

All the pets featured here have been spayed/neutered and have had their shots.

Be sure to take the pet ID number listed with the animal if you go to PACC to see a particular cat or dog.

For information go to or call 243-5900.