Friends of Pima Animal Care Center will be offering free custom pet identification tags.

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Pima Animal Care Center’s non-profit partner, Friends of PACC, is offering free customized ID tags to all adopters, fosters, and current pet owners to keep pets with their families. Help those who love them.

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Starting Dec. 21, Friends of PACC, in partnership with Central Pet, will offer free custom ID tags for their owners with pet names and phone numbers.

The new visible ID tag offering will be available year-round to anyone who adopts, fosters or reclaims a pet. PACC As well as any member of the public who needs a visible ID tag for their pet. There is no required purchase or limit on the number of tags an individual can claim. To redeem, interested people should visit PACC’s on-campus. The main pet Store anytime during PACC business hours.

Monica Dengler, PACC’s director of animal services, said rehoming pets without coming to the shelter is the best way to impact the number of pets at PACC.

“The quickest and easiest way to rehome pets is to put a visible ID tag on them,” Dengler said. “By placing more tags in the community and expanding PACC’s lost and found programming, we hope to reunite pets with their families more quickly without using up shelter resources.”

PACC has experienced severe overcrowding since 2021 and typically houses around 500 dogs at a time. About 60-70% of the dogs that come to PACC are strays. Industry data shows that stray pets brought into a shelter have only a 15%-20% chance of being reclaimed by their families.

Friends of PACC board chair Laura O’Brien said the organization hopes the new effort will ease the burden on shelters during the upcoming New Year’s holiday.

“The ID tag is a universal sign that a found pet has a family. What better way to get a pet back home as quickly as possible? O’Brien said. “Central Pet’s It’s an incredible opportunity to partner with that we’re excited about, and we thank our Giving Tuesday donors for making this idea a reality.”

PACC is located at 4000 N. Silverbell Road and is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from noon to 7 p.m., Wednesday from 1:30 to 7 p.m., and on weekends from 10 a.m. to p.m. PACC will be closed till 5 pm. on Christmas and New Year’s Day, and the shelter will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.

To learn more about PACC pets and services available, please visit here. pima.gov/animalcare. To donate to the Friends of Pima Animal Care Center on behalf of PACC Pets in support of their lifesaving work, please visit friendsofpacc.org.

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