|For Immediate Release Contact: Joe Pyritz (520) 866-6226
December 19, 2013
Animal Care and Control Working Feverishly to Meet No-Kill December Goal
FLORENCE – Just like Santa’s elves, Pinal County’s Animal Care and Control Department is putting in extra hours just before Christmas in order to meet a goal.
Animal Care and Control is hoping to make it through the month of December without euthanizing one animal. An ambitious goal, but one that can be achieved with the public’s help. Animal Care and Control is looking to adopt out as many animals as possible to alleviate over-crowding. The goal must be met before Saturday evening.
There will be an adopt-a-thon held Saturday, December 21, at the Pet Club in Casa Grande, 1348 East Florence Boulevard. Animal Care and Control staff will be in front of the Pet Club from 9:30 AM until 3:30 PM. The Animal Care and Control shelter will also be open extra hours as well. The shelter, located at 1150 South Eleven Mile Corner Road in Casa Grande, will be open on Friday from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM and on Saturday from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM.
“We have our backs against the wall,” said Animal Care and Control Director Kaye Dickson. “The shelter simply has too many animals right now. We are holding these extra hours in order to relieve our over-crowding without having to euthanize any animals what-so-ever. If a person shows up at a 5:59 on Friday, we will stay the extra time to make sure another dog or cat gets to go to a loving home.”
Dickson said that in the past, the numbers of December intakes has been usually lower than other months. She and her staff thought a euthanasia-free month would be possible. But this December has proved to be quite the opposite. The intakes have been as high, or even higher than other months.
“We could have just thrown up our hands and said: ‘well, this didn’t work,” Dickson stated. “But if you know everyone who works here, giving up is not an option. We are dedicated to finding these animals under our care a good home.”
Going through the shelter one can see identifying cards that may include the terms: “stray” or “owner-surrendered.” What bothers Dickson is the amount of owner-surrendered animals that come into the shelter.
“We are finding these are perfectly wonderful dogs that need just a little bit of training,” Dickson said. “The dog may bark at night or they may act up and the owner has no idea or patience to deal with the animal. So the first thing they do is come over here and drop the dog off. That is painful to see. I equate it to a young child. Would someone surrender their child to a jail if they had acted up or had a bout of bad behavior? We have wonderful resources for pet owners if they need to train their dog.”
To see some of the animals for adoption at the shelter, go to: http://www.petharbor.com or you can come by the shelter to go through the kennels and find the right pet.