On November 15, Arizona’s Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) announced that they will be reopening the shelter facility following an outbreak of two deadly viruses. The shelter had halted pet admissions and adoptions on November 9 after it was discovered that dogs in the facility had tested positive for Distemper and Strep zoo.
In a release from the shelter facility, the decision to halt adoptions was explained:
While only 13 dogs tested positive for either disease, shelter staff reduced services as an extra precaution to prevent these diseases from spreading into the community.
Thanks to the prompt action taken by PACC staff and officials, dogs exposed to the potentially deadly viruses were isolated and provided with prophylactic antibiotic treatment. Potentially contaminated areas were disinfected as well.
According to PACC medical staff, all of the dogs exposed to the viruses have “responded well” to treatment and there have been no new cases of Distemper or Strep Zoo.
Along with the good news that the shelter is able to resume adoptions is an announcement which will hopefully help the dozens of homeless dogs at this busy, open-intake facility find new homes. The shelter is celebrating the return to business as usual by waiving the adoption fee for all pets, including puppies and kittens, through November 20.
According to PACC, in addition to the waived adoption fee, all adopted pets will come spayed or neutered, with up-to-date vaccinations, microchipped, and a free vet visit. This special applies to pets adopted from PACC’s main shelter, 4000 N. Silverbell Road and will extend to those at five participating PetSmart locations. A $17 licensing fee may apply to adult dogs.
While the shelter has restored adoptions, its voluntary pet surrenders from owners will remain on hold until the week of Nov. 21-25. Those who need to surrender a pet during this time can call PACC’s Pet Support Center at (520) 724-7222. Staff and volunteers will work with individuals who find strays to place them with partner welfare agencies or assist them with rehoming those pets to their appropriate owners.
Find the PACC website here.
Pima Animal Care Facebook page here.