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Published on June 20, 2024
Free Vaccines and Microchips for Bay Area Pets at Pima Animal Care Center on June 26Source: Google Street View

Bay Area critter companions, mark your calendars: Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) has announced a cats and dogs' day out with free vaccines and microchips on June 26. According to an announcement on the PACC's newsroom, the shelter located at 4000 N. Silverbell Road, will pivot exclusively to this service during clinic hours, shutting down other operations to focus its resources. However, emergency services remain on call, reachable via PACC’s hotline.

Pets most often end up at PACC not because they are unwanted but due to inaccessible affordable healthcare, as expressed by Monica Dangler, Director of Animal Services. She told Pima County's newsroom, "One of the most common reasons we're seeing pets be surrendered to PACC these days is due to lack of access to affordable, preventative pet care like vaccines and simple wellness." The hope is that these services will help keep families and their pets together.

For those interested in attending, the event kicks off at 9 a.m. with processing starting at 9:30 a.m., and it's on a first-come, first-serve basis until 6:30 p.m.. or until 400 pets have been attended to. Owners should come prepared to wait, bringing water for themselves and leashed dogs or cats snug in carriers.

Available services listed by the shelter include rabies shots and a brief exam by a vet, among others. Puppies and kittens under six months old can also get a deworming treatment, and every pet will leave with a new microchip and a customized ID tag in their skin. The clinic is a team effort, with sponsors like Petco Love and Friends of Pima Animal Care Center footing the bill. Pet lovers can fetch more information on PACC's services and adoptable pets at pima.gov/animal.