Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, visited Pima Animal Care Center, 4000 N. Silverbell Road, on last week to commend Pima County officials on their investment in animal welfare and recognize the community’s efforts to prioritize animal care issues locally.
“I’m so excited to see how the numbers in this community have moved in the direction of lifesaving,” Pacelle said. “The pace of progress that you are all taking is really breathtaking.”
Pacelle represents the nation’s largest animal protection organization, which provides hands-on care and services to thousands of animals each year as well as education, training and resources for local animal welfare organizations. While the national organization has visited PACC in the past, Thursday’s trip marked Pacelle’s first visit to the shelter.
“Wayne has been a thought leader and an innovator for decades now in our movement. And he has helped lead the way nationally to a completely different world for animals,” said PACC’s Director of Animal Services Kristen Auerbach. “Today, he’s here to celebrate where we’ve come from, where we are, and where we’re going.”
Over the past several years, PACC has taken significant steps to improve both the care and outcomes for cats and dogs in Pima County. Thanks to support from the community, cooperation from jurisdictional partners, and PACC’s relentless staff and volunteers, the animal-welfare organization now serves tens of thousands of pets and their families each year through its sheltering, outreach, and animal protection programs. PACC’s shelter alone takes in nearly 18,000 lost or homeless pets a year, and saves the majority of their lives.
Guided by a mission to save every savable pet, PACC has implemented numerous lifesaving programs that give pets, who would’ve been euthanized under PACC’s previous model, a chance to recover from illnesses and become healthy enough for adoption or foster. Additionally, with the construction of a new facility underway, PACC will soon have the resources to provide more modern animal care practices.
“We’re on our way to making Pima County one of the safest, most humane communities in America,” Auerbach said.
During his visit, Pacelle visited with PACC staff, community partners, and County leaders, congratulating them each on their success to transform PACC to the lifesaving shelter it is today.
“The President of the U.S. Humane Society came to see what’s happening at PACC because of our growing reputation nationally,” Chief Deputy County Administrator Jan Lesher said. “We’ve changed the culture regarding the care of animals from animal control to one that focuses on animal care. We couldn’t be more excited for this visit and his recognition.”
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