Pima Animal Care Center prepares to welcome hundreds of animals after New Year’s Eve fireworks

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – As we head into the new year, there are new concerns about the capacity of the Pima Animal Care Center.

The shelter is still in a code red situation and they expect to see hundreds of dogs spooked by fireworks entering after New Years.

“New Year’s Eve is going to be an additional and uncomfortable situation for an already crowded shelter,” said PACC public information officer Nikki Reck.

PACC hopes for the best, but prepares for the worst. The kennels in their overflow space just emptied on Wednesday, but are expected to fill up again this weekend and more.

“We are doing everything in our power to make room. Almost every office has a dog. Almost all the kennels we can use are full,” Reck said.

Reck says she’s never seen the shelter so full. At the end of the year, they generally notice a drop in their number, but this year, they notice an abnormally high consumption.

“Since about mid-June we’ve had 50 to 100 animals every day and that’s just a lot of animals and not many of them come out,” she said.

Based on previous years, PACC will likely welcome around 200 dogs in the first few days of 2022. This is primarily due to dogs being spooked by fireworks, running out of the house and getting lost. There are some things you can do today to keep your pet safe this New Year’s Eve.

“Have a plan. Put your pet in a place where they are comfortable: a kennel, crate, bedroom, whatever. Play loud music or a TV show to muffle them. Check their collar and tag them to make sure they’re both in good condition,” Reck said.

PACC also asks that if you find a lost animal and it is friendly and in good condition, keep it for a few days to try to find the owner before bringing the animal to PACC.

The PACC says that if your pet goes missing, be sure to file a report with the PACC. You can text “LOST” to (833) 552-0591 and it will walk you through the process.

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Benjamin M. Yerger