TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The first week in January has turned into one of the busiest times of the year for Pima Animal Care Center. According to PACC staff from Jan. 1 - 7, 2017 the shelter took in 172 stray pets - 152 dogs and 20 cats.
PACC is offering the following tips to owners who may have lost their dogs during the 2018 New Year's celebrations:
- Post flyers and notices around the neighborhood immediately.
- Visit PACC’s website to view the shelter's lost and found pets daily to see animals that have been picked up as strays or turned in by the community. (Keep in mind that if an animal is not claimed within three full days by its owner, it will be evaluated for adoption or rescue.)
- File a lost report with Pima Animal Care Center by calling 724-5900, as well as filing one with the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. And make sure you check with both shelters about any found pet reports.
- Visit the Lost and Found Pets on Craigslist.
- Check with neighbors, as well as nearby veterinarians and groomers, to see if they’ve had word on your pet and post flyers there.
- Finally, make sure your pet is micro-chipped and that your contact information is updated. You should also license your dog. It’s the law, but it’s also the best way to help us find you if they end up in a shelter. It’s only $16 a year for a dog that has been spayed or neutered.
If anyone comes across a healthy stray, PACC encourages you to have them scanned for microchip, file a found report with PACC's Pet Support Center, and hold the pet if possible. Dogs are more likely to be returned home if they stay in their neighborhood.
For injured strays, PACC encourages the public to contact Animal Protection Services at (520) 724-5900.