We had the good fortune of connecting with Nikki Reck and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nikki, what do you attribute your success to?
Honestly, Pima Animal Care’s success is all thanks to the support of the Pima County Community. Pima County voters approved Proposition 415 in November 2014 authorizing the county to borrow up to $22 million to improve Pima County’s animal care facility.
The original facility was built in 1968, when Pima County’s population was about 300,000 and when animal facilities did little more than warehouse stray animals. The County’s population has grown to nearly 1 million, and the center provided care for nearly 24,000 animals last year.
PACC is the largest adoption agency in Southern Arizona. The live-release rate at PACC has doubled since 2008 due to such things as an improved adoption program, more partnerships with rescue organizations, expanded veterinary and medical treatment, and behavioral rehabilitation. Nearly 15,000 animal lives were saved in the past fiscal year, and PACC enforcement officers responded to nearly 28,000 calls for animal welfare and public safety in Pima County over that time.
The community has continued to support PACC since then, stepping up every single time the shelter asks for help with overpopulation… or needs support for a new program to save even more lives.
We are proud to serve Pima County, and appreciate the support from this community.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Pima Animal Care Center is an open-admission shelter serving Pima County, the City of Tucson, the City of South Tucson, the Town of Oro Valley, and the Pascua Yaqui Nation.
In FY 20/21, PACC took in 14,676 pets, including 7,860 lost animals and 4,861 pets
surrendered by their owners.
PACC takes in and provides individualized care as needed to every stray dog, pets with medical or behavioral needs, and pets whose owners are in crisis. Ninety-two percent of the animals left the shelter through adoption, reunification with their owner, or escue placement.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Pima County is a very pet friendly community. Tucson was mooted the most dog-friendly city in America in 2018!
According to Visit Tucson, there are at least 100 hotels/resorts and 150 businesses that allow pooches on their premises. You can visit a dog park, go on a hike, and end with a brunch on a patio.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The volunteers at PACC help make the shelter a better place. Because of them, we are able to get all the dogs outside for some sunshine and fresh air twice a day. They head up a training group called TOP Dogs, that help fosters and recent adopters with issues that can sometimes pop up while a pet is learning to relax in the home. The Decompression Team is an entirely volunteer-led team that works with the most frightened dogs to help them learn to trust humans. They do all of this and much more.
We love our volunteers so much!
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