Shelter Makes Big Announcement Following Deadly Outbreak

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.

Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.


  1. Veronica Smith says:

    I am in Australia – I think your work here is wonderful. I don’t know if it is a problem there but aren’t you worried that free animals will be picked up by people for dog fights 🙁 It is always a concern for me. Obviously most people are wonderful new owners but People with bad intentions can also present well. Just my thoughts

    1. JERRY EDELMAN says:

      That is a problem that we are seeing more and more in shelters all across the country. And this is compounded by the increasing pressure that shelters and politicians are getting to make the shelters “No Kill”. So instead of implementing HONEST reforms that help reduce pet populations in communities and programs that HONESTLY rehome animals surrendered to shelters or picked up as strays, they instead focus on these quick fixes just to get rid of the animals, rather than finding good, loving homes for the animals. The “No Kill” organizations play a ‘numbers” game to make it appear that animals are being saved responsibly, but yet they give pets away to ANYONE that walks through the dog, never thinking of the conditions those animals will be subjected to. Many of these shelters never even do reference or home checks on the adopters to see whether there are any criminal elements associated with these people. They simply want the animals gone, so they can claim they are NOT killing them in their facilities. It’s dishonest and does NOTHING to help solve the overall problems of too many unwanted pets.

  2. Lydia Grier says:

    Wonderful to read about a proactive and conscientious shelter staff.

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