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Animal rescue group to host grand opening this weekend

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Pima Paws for life is getting ready to hold its first adoption event.

The volunteer group was formed to give sick and homeless pets a better chance at a better life.  It's a new partnership that's helping the Pima Animal Care Center keep more pets alive.

The Pima County animal shelter just doesn't have the space to properly care for sick pets. The crowded conditions are not ideal for animals trying to recover from illness or injury, according to volunteers.

Pima County is contracting with Pima Paws for Life to remove sick dogs from the county shelter and keep them at the Pima Paws for Life shelter at 2509 W. Zinnia.

"I had always wanted to get the animals out of sick bay, first and foremost. I wanted to focus on the ones that had the lowest chance of making it out alive," says Pima Paws for Life President Kimberley Walker.

Within the first ten days, Walker said 61 dogs were transferred into the new facility.  The private, non-profit Pima Paws for Life has a contract with Pima County to provide 14 days of care to dogs that have upper respiratory ailments, such as kennel cough.

Volunteers not only help treat the animals, they also socialize them and get them ready for new families.

"Our plan is to keep them and adopt them out from here. If it turns out that they have a more serious ailment, we also want to keep them, treat them and get them adopted out from here," Walker says.  However, in order to treat them for other issues or to keep them beyond 14 days, Pima Paws for Life has to come up with the money to do that on its own.

Cindy Hefley, who is on the board for Pima Paws for life said it was amazing to see the transformation in the animals just within a few days of them arriving at the shelter.

She told Tucson News Now the story of Sadie, a pregnant cattle dog, near death who arrived at the shelter and went into labor four weeks early.  Sadie lost all of her pups, and was now dealing with trauma.  Volunteers did not think Sadie would survive, although her road to recovery was still long, she was well enough to run around, eat, and bark, an amazing transformation, according to Hefley.

A local veterinary clinic, Northwest Pet Clinic, provides low-cost care for the animals.  Clinic doctors even make house calls to the shelter.

Pima Paws For Life planned to host their very first adoptions of PACC dogs at their Grand Opening Event, Saturday February 22nd from 11 am – 5 pm at their facility at 2509-2 W. Zinnia Ave.  According to a press release, they planned to have:

  • Live music from 11 am – 4 pm from local Singer/Songwriter/Performer LeeAnne Savage, performing Country-Pop-Rock and SWINGSET performing Acoustic Style Jazz!
  • Food from Cheesy Rider & Pin Up Pastries! Who can resist that great food?
  • Andra's Animal Reiki Therapy to demonstrate the healing effects of Reiki on animals.
  • Silent auction & raffle items (worth thousands of dollars) featuring Ted Hewitt Photography photo session, Jim Harris canvas print, Custom painted pet portrait by Artist, April Howland, and many more special prizes!
  • The Twisted Tandoor introduces their own private label wine - 20% of proceeds benefit Pima Paws For Life. Bottle of red and white included in raffle! Wine available for purchase by the bottle or glass at Bear Track Winery and Tap & Bottle.
  • Adoptions featuring the very special PPFL dogs! All breeds, sizes & ages. 
  • *discounts on training from Cactus Canine Center and Animal Reiki session/class with Andra

Volunteers asked those attending to bring a gently used toy for a free raffle ticket. Other donations on the Wish List can be found on their website

According to a press release: "Pima Paws For Life will be taking dogs with medical needs, provide needed medicines and care so that they are ready for their forever homes. They anticipate being able to save anywhere from approximately 60 to 80 dogs a month the first year. That is 720 to 960 lives saved!  Adoptions will be available at the Pima Paws For Life facility as well as at regular offsite events to be announced on the website and Facebook page.
By joining with PACC, our community and other local animal welfare groups, Pima Paws For Life is committed to helping create an adoption guarantee community, where no animal is destroyed just because it is homeless." 

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