Tucson Pet Campaign: savethesaveable.com
Tucson Let’s do launch: $500 matching funds to save high risk animals
by Karyn Zoldan
Life and Death
The grassroots advocacy organization, No Kill Pima County (NKPC), and Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) have been collaborating by developing a checklist to save more animals at the shelter. One of the items on that list is for NKPC to take the lead in getting the word out to the public (beyond Facebook) about high risk pets who must find a way out of PACC –through foster care, rescues or adoption. For some of these dogs and cats, it’s a matter of life and death.
This just launched campaign is called savethesaveable.com.
What is a high risk pet?
Most pets at risk are making it out of PACC but languish there far too long. The length of an animal’s stay greatly impacts his or her physical and mental health. These at risk pets may have treatable medical issues or solvable behavioral issues or get sick or develop negative behaviors while crammed into a PACC kennel with multiple dogs and little to no oversight.
The highest at risk group are dogs who cannot be kenneled with other dogs. Others at risk are gentle seniors who have lived their whole lives as pets, then find themselves thrust into a stressful kennel situation and deteriorate quickly. While PACC’s save rate has greatly improved since 2012, the shelter has a way to go to be considered no kill.
Perfection vs. reality
Are you perfect? No. Are you children perfect? Your spouse or partner? Nope. So why should your pets be? Dogs and cats have a lot of love to give whether they have three legs, tick fever, heartworm, FLV, a graying face, some aggression toward food, kennel cough and more. These issues can be overcome with patience, training, veterinary care and an open heart.
Do you have what it takes to save the saveable?
It takes a village
Oh, no, you’re thinking not that tired old cliché. Yet, there is no better way to describe Tucson’s rescue community. One of the goals of the savethesaveable.com campaign is to cast our message far and wide into the Tucson community beyond Facebook. Take for instance your Aunt Mary who may not be tech savvy but the company of a 17 year old cat might buoy her spirits and save the life of an elderly pet.
People just like you are needed to foster dogs and cats so they can leave the kennel and thrive in a home environment making them more adoptable.
People just like you are needed to help us get the word out for this ongoing effort!
And that’s why we need your help…
Let’s do launch
savethesaveable.com seeks short term and sustaining donations and sponsorships to cover the costs of printing and advertising (billboard, bus benches, print, TV and radio) to give this campaign the greatest reach possible in Pima County.
Thank you for reading and let’s save the saveable.
Guest blog by Karyn Zoldan, greyhound adopter and advocate. Karyn formerly wrote the Tucson Tails blog for TucsonCitizen.com. While she began that blog as a way to spread the word about the plight of racing greyhounds, she was soon called upon by the many local rescues and shelters to write about their dire needs, events, and success stories. She volunteers her time and talents for numerous local animal organizations and events, fundraises through Beading Divas to the Rescue and blogs on Circle of Food. She also shares the couch with 10 year old Girlfriend and 9 ½ year old Jett, her fur kids.