TUCSON – This weekend three local animal shelters teamed up to host a mega adoption event called “Tucson Shelters United” with the goal of having over 600 pets adopted.
Pima Animal Care Center had over 300 adoptions alone but due to the number of pets they get daily they are still looking for more future pet owners.
“The best part of the day is to watch when people leave with their new pets. There’s nothing quite like watching a kid with their first dog, you can tell when it’s their first pet. They’re so excited and joyful,” Nikki Reck, PACC Communications Specialist said.
The shelter took in 17,000 animals in 2018 alone with 10,000 of those being strays. On average the care center will accept between 50 and 100 new pets every day.
“I feel like this is probably the best shelter in the Tucson community honestly. It’s a non-kill shelter and most of the profits go towards helping the less fortunate and helping more animals find homes,” said new pet owner Jordan Hamilton.
If you want to help but can’t adopt, you can foster animals. That allows them to unwind from the stress of constantly being in a shelter and it helps the animals show better, which helps them find a home sooner.
“We all wanted to work together to find one weekend where we can get as many animals as possible adopted into our community because we have so many in all of our shelters in need of homes,” Reck said.
Shelters accept monetary donations as well as old towels and old prescription bottles to help care for the animals.
“I would definitely consider it beforehand and realize that it’s a responsibility itself but if you are looking to get an animal I’d definitely come here to adopt,” Hamilton said.
At the Pima Animal Care Center, any pet that has been there for more than two weeks or is over five years old can be adopted for free.