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Pima Animal Care Center in Tucson, AZ is collaborating with the LovePup Foundation and Pima County’s District 2 to hold a microchip and supply distribution drive on April 17, from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm at the Abrams Public Health Center, 3950 S. Country Club Road, Suite 100.
“Since the pandemic started over a year ago, we have seen an increased need for outreach,” said Monica Dangler, Interim Director of Animal Services. “The impact from this difficult year has forced families to make some heartbreaking decisions. If one of those choices involves an inability to pay for needed supplies, then we want to help by eliminating the problem.”
This outreach drive is being held in Pima County’s District 2, represented by Supervisor Dr. Matt Heinz.
“Our community is continuing to feel the effects of the pandemic,” Heinz said. “PACC has helped so many people in need keep their pets during this difficult time.”
The LovePup Foundation is expanding into the Tucson area and will be supplying the microchips for the event through the “It’s Hip to Chip” program. LovePup saw PACC as a great partner to grow their reach, due to the work that PACC has been doing throughout the pandemic.
“We are excited to partner with Pima Animal Care Center as we expand our outreach in the Tucson area,” said Johnjay Van Es, Founder of the LovePup Foundation. “Microchipping is such an important part of shelter prevention and reuniting dogs with their families. LovePup is proud to work with PACC to offer these microchips to the Tucson community.”
In 2020, PACC handed out 21.3 million meals and 36,180 pounds of supplies to vulnerable owners, housed 137 animals for owners who were hospitalized due to COVID, vaccinated 300 pets, and provided minor medical care to 500 pets.
A variety of supplies for pets including food, collars, leashes, bowls, toys, and more will be available at the April 17 event. People can also pick up supplies for humans, including hygiene items, cleaning products, blankets, and more. All items will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. PACC staffers will hand them out until 4 p.m. or until supplies run out.
“We love being able to provide these services, but this is beyond what we can do with our operational budget,” said Michele Figueroa, Director of Human Animal Support Services at PACC. “Our shelter can’t treat or help owned pets, so we rely on donations and partnerships like this one with LovePup, so that we can help pet owners in need across Pima County.”
All of these items were paid for or donated by Friends of Pima Animal Care Center, GreaterGood.org, and Amazon. If you would like to help the shelter continue to hold events like these, please consider making a donation at friendsofpacc.org.
The shelter is open for essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic. All non-emergency appointments will require an appointment. People can make their appointments and keep up with the operational changes at pima.gov/animalcare.