Jul 11, 2014 1:52 AM by Sam Salzwedel
TUCSON - Pima Animal Care Center broke a record for the most animals it has ever held in its kennels Thursday morning.
Summer is always the busiest time of year because it is breeding season. The shelter also has extra animals that ran away because of July 4th fireworks. The adoption coordinator, Ellie Beaubien, thinks the main reason it is so busy is because it is the only shelter that lets the public walk in and drop off animals.
This winter, PACC added a tent to the property with an additional 100 large kennels. The main shelter has fewer than 200 kennels.
The center also hired a full-time staff veterinarian which has helped prevent euthanizing animals.
In 2012, the live release rate was 55 percent. In 2013, it was 64 percent. This year it climbed to 76 percent, according to Beaubien. But she is still not happy with the number of animals euthanized.
"It makes us feel horrible," she said. "We don't ever want to do that. We have a goal. These are battles that we're faced with every day. And we're going to continue to do the extra work to make sure that every year is better than the previous year."
The next two weekends, PACC is waiving adoption fees. The animals are already vaccinated, microchipped, licensed and spayed or neutered.