FLORENCE, AZ – Tuesday June 11 marked a national effort to reduce or eliminate animal euthanasia. More than 1,200 shelter and rescue organizations supported the second annual Just One Day event. Pinal County Animal Care & Control signed on to support the cause while hosting a 12-hour Open House event.
“Our numbers were so good, we’re extending the discounted adoption rates and microchip pricing through Saturday, June 15,” Kaye Dickson said. “We released a total of 29 animals – five were released to foster care, two went to rescue organizations and three dogs were returned to their owners. Nineteen animals were adopted out to the public.”
Aside from the adoptions, Animal Care & Control assisted with:
- 153 animals received rabies vaccination
- 31 animals received microchips
- 24 dogs and cats receiving discounted spay/neuter surgery
- 24 animals received parvo/distemper vaccines
- 7 animals received bordatella vaccine
- 3 vaccines that are specifically for cats were administered
Animal Care & Control employees offered tours of the facility.
Pinal County Animal Care & Control has drastically cut the euthanasia rate through relationships it has formed with the animal rescue community. When euthanasia is required, it is generally only the really sick, injured, frail/elderly, feral or aggressive animals that are euthanized.
“Days like Tuesday are happening a lot more around here. We’ve gone entire weeks without having to euthanize animals,” said Animal Care & Control Director Kaye Dickson. “It’s gratifying to our staff to know that they’re part of a positive change in how we deal with pet overpopulation.”
Pinal County Animal Care & Control is located at 1150 South Eleven Mile Corner Road. Normal office hours are from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM weekdays and from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturdays.