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Oct 14, 2013 9:48 PM by Erika Flores

Overcrowding issue at Pima Animal Care Center

TUCSON - Pima Animal Care Center needs your help. Its kennels are overcrowded and the cats keep coming. There are only 100 kennels for more than 125 cats.

The line for the intake office is always a long one, according to the Pima Animal Care Center. Just Monday, Bob Herrera brought in a mother and a litter of kittens.

"This female cat had a litter of 7. They grew up too big to be caught, so I got 7 other cats roaming the neighborhood and then she had a second litter in the same year," said Herrera.

People like Herrera are constantly lining up at the Pima Animal Care Center's intake office to drop off litters.

"Mothers and litters that are in desperate need of just getting out of here so that we can save their lives," said Jeanette Regan-Anders, with No Kill Pima County.

Regan-Anders picked up three cats for a rescue group.

These rescue groups often take cats with upper respiratory issues who would otherwise be put down.

Just last year, Pima Animal Care Center said they euthanized 4,600 cats. That's more than 10 each day.

"One of the best ways to help is to connect with one of the local rescue groups to be a foster parent or actually come in and actually rescue one of these animals yourself," said Ellie Beaubien, PACC adoption coordinator.

Wendy Gardner said she plans to rescue from the center. "It's one less that has to be put down. There are just so many animals that need a home," said Gardner.

Kittens under 6 months cost $60 to adopt. Cats over 6 months are free.

Another way you can help with the center's overcrowding issue is to spay or neuter your cats to cut down on the amount of feral cats out there.

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