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Pet Adoption 101: Tips from Pima Animal Care Center

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Posted at 5:08 PM, Jun 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-13 17:58:31-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — The perfect dog or cat is waiting for you right now at the Pima Animal Care Center.

Adopting a new member into the family is no doubt exciting, but there are a few things every pet owner must prepare for.

Space and a budget

PACC's PIO Nikki Reck says to start with the basics when considering adoption. "Make sure they have a space. Make sure that you are prepared for potential bills that might come up. Create a budget that you are aware of," Reck said.

PACC also stresses the importance a pet's decompression period. A new environment is intimidating at first, especially in the first two weeks, so providing a safe space provides for more comfort.

Personality Type

Consider what type of personality you have before choosing an animal. If you're a person who savors relaxation time, a puppy is not for you. On the other hand, if you like hikes and the outdoors, a high energy dog miight be the way to go.

Heat Safety

Tucson's warm climate can be dangerous for pets. PACC says if it's too hot outside for you, then it's too hot for your pet. "We always tell people to test by touching the ground with the back of their hand. If you can't put your hand on it, then they can't walk on it," Reck said.

PACC is Pima County's only open-admission shelter and has the largest selection of adoptable dogs, cats, kittens, and puppies. And the shelter has adoption events constantly.

Go adopt your new best friend today!