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Pima Animal Care Center gears up for long-awaited complete facility opening

Posted at 6:50 AM, Jun 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-23 20:31:46-04

The Pima Animal Care Center will officially be opening phase two of their new facility on Saturday, June 23. 

The event will also mark the end of the tent in which they currently house a lot of their dogs. 

PACC started construction on phase one of the project more than a year ago and finished in December 2017.

"This Saturday is a really exciting day for us, it's a milestone day," said Kristen Auerbach, the Director of Services at PACC.

The new wing of the facility will allow PACC to move all of the dogs currently staying in the tent to move indoors. 

The new wing can accommodate more than 1000 animals, it will have solar canopies providing solar energy for the facility, a new medical facility for the animals, and will even allow for dogs and cats to be separated along with other changes. 

"Everything is brand new, all of our animals will be housed in two-sided kennels, there's tons of natural light," added Auerbach.

The remodel of the facility was made possible nearly four year's ago when Pima County voters approved a bond that allowed the county to borrow millions for the construction. 

Since the completion of the first phase of construction the number of animals leaving alive has increased to 90%, Auerbach said. 

PACC encourages anyone in the community to visit the new facility and see all they have to offer.