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PACC volunteers redesign adoption for Tucson dog lovers

Posted at 7:32 AM, Sep 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-23 10:32:51-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Two Pima Animal Care Center volunteers are teaming up to give dog lovers a new way to adopt.

John Gilbert and Jace Powers started out as just "two guys with a couch."

They would take older dogs out of the shelter to events, and set up a couch and pen for them.

Gilbert said the relaxed environment helped get those dogs adopted.

Now, the pair has bought a few more couches and a storefront on the second floor of La Encantada.

Their new business, Tucson Rescue Now, hopes to expand on their original idea. They're setting up pens and private rooms so dogs and potential adopters can get a chance to hang out before making a committment.

"We're working with all the different rescues and fosters in the community to help them get their dogs adopted," Gilbert said.

The store doesn't actually open until early October but T.R.N. has already had their first customer.

Rhonda Sawyer and her partner adopted their new dog "Daisy" at Tucson Rescue Now's fund raising event on Friday.

Tucson Rescue now won't be able to take in rescue dogs or care for them overnight. Their whole goal is to work with local rescues to help get those dogs adopted faster.

T.R.N. shared details about their events on their Facebook page. More information will also be available at La Encantada's website.