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Nonprofit teams up with PACC to help transport at-risk pets

Pets transported by plane to other shelters
Posted at 10:34 AM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 12:34:11-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — A new partnership with a nonprofit organization will help transport at-risk pets in Pima County by plane to other shelters and rescue partners around the country. is teaming up with Pima County Animal Care Center and Friends of Pima Animal Care Center to help create needed room for incoming dogs and cats since the peak intake of cats and dogs happen between April and October.

“A partnership like this will be tremendously helpful for PACC during the busy spring and summer months when we struggle to house all of the pets that need us,” said Kristen Hassen, Director of Animal Services. “We take in 50 or more pets per day and the numbers can be overwhelming. This will be a lifesaver.”

The first flight will leave Tucson International Airport on Friday morning with more than 50 pets on board. PACC says they hope to transfer 100 to 200 pets per month.

PACC says this partnership could help save the shelter thousands of dollars on cleaning, feeding, and treating supplies. It would also open up kennels for pets who come into PACC every day.

Animals will be transported by Wings of Rescue, a donation-based charity that specializes in safely transport at-risk shelter pets. Since 2012, they have flown more than 40,000 pets to safety.

Donations to help with transport, outreach or items needed at PACC, can donate here.