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09 Jul 2016 10:41
Opportunities to Help the Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) 
PACC is committed to providing timely service to residents and compassionate care to animals, while working to support public safety, find homes for homeless animals and educate the community about responsible pet ownership. The Silverbell facility is open from noon until 7 p.m. weekdays, and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. weekends. We're closed the last Sunday of the month for deep cleaning.

I started volunteering in October walking the dogs for about 3 hours every Tuesday with the Saddlebrooke Pet Rescue group. I am now also grooming some of the dogs. This has been a very rewarding experience and although it can be heart wrenching to see how confused and sad some of the dogs and cats are, I take comfort in the thought that I am somehow helping to move a pet in the direction of a great adoption and home with a family or person that is a good fit for them.

PACC relies heavily on their volunteer network. The network consists of various opportunities in assisting with the ultimate goal of finding a good home for every pet. Below is a listing of some of the volunteer opportunities:

Adoption hosts. The great thing about Pima Animal Care Center is there are so many wonderful pets to choose from!  But that also means it can be overwhelming to choose. It makes a huge difference to potential adopters to have a friendly person greet them and help them find the best fit and the best partnership.

Off-site opportunities. When we take our animals out into the community where people are live and shop, it's not only a great opportunity to show off how charming our animals are, but it's also a chance to introduce folks to the steps they can take that will help reduce the number of homeless pets. Events vary monthly and volunteers can determine which ones best fit their schedule.

Dog walking and cat socialization. It's very important that our animals have lots of opportunities for socialization, as well as exercise and positive stimulation. It sounds simple, but just walking a dog or cuddling a cat can give him hope and save his life.

Groomers. If you've got a big date or a big event, you're going to want to bring the chic. Same with our animals. It's hard to strut when you aren't wearing your best coat. If you've got the skills, we've got grateful clients.

Enrichment. Whether you're a crafty soul who can help us with projects that can stimulate the animals and stave off boredom, or whether you have some time to do a little behavior training with our dogs so they are better at minding their manners, we have a job for you.

Outreach Volunteer. Help educate the public about Pima Animal Care Center, our mission and services. Outreach volunteers should be outgoing, friendly people. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: seeking out public speaking opportunities, providing educational presentations on animal issues such as bite safety and responsible pet ownership to schools, HOAs and community groups, and distributing promotional materials at events and local businesses.

Office support. We always need help with data entry, answering the phones and supporting rescue operations. If you have the time, we can put your organizational skills to good use.

If you cannot personally spare time to help the shelter, they always need items to assist in the care of the animals. Right now the following items are needed. I go to the shelter every Tuesday morning and if you want to leave items, please send me an e-mail (bianchinimarian@gmail.com) that you have something and you can drop it off in a bin I will put out on Mondays at the front door.

Leashes (British style leads)
Poop bags
Cat toys
Treats treats, treats (no red/green dye)
Training treats
Blankets
Towels
Puppy and kitten pate and hard food for foster
Puppy and kitten milk supplements
Bottles
10ml syringes

Stay tuned for more information on potentially starting a SBR PACC dog walking and cat caring team!

For more information, click HERE!!!