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Pima Animal Care Center is committed to helping owners in crisis find a way to be able to keep their pets. Volunteers will put together “Go Packs” to distribute to pet owners experiencing homelessness in their own community. PACC works closely with pet owners experiencing homelessness in Pima County, and they’ve put together a list to help you create your own Go Packs.
Go Packs are bags of items that would be useful to pet owners experiencing homelessness. Once your Go Packs are assembled, keep them in your car to hand out when you see a pet owner who could use some help.
Tips and ideas for assembling your Go Packs:
- Put your items in a lightweight bag that could be reused by the pet owner. Drawstring backpacks, reusable grocery bags, or cloth tote bags work well.
- Dog and cat food are always in high need. Fill a gallon size Ziplock bag with cat or dog food - as much as you can fit! Make sure you label the bag to indicate whether the food is for cats or dogs.
- Cans of wet dog and cat food. Wet food helps pets stay hydrated and are a special treat!
- One of the most commonly requested items are collapsible water bowls that can be easily stored when not in use.
- Non-retractable dog leash
- A small Ziplock bag with treats for the pet
- Small toys or balls for the pet
- A Ziplock bag filled with toiletries and personal care items for the pet owner (toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, wipes, hand sanitizer, shampoo, etc)
- A clean t-shirt for the pet owner
- Socks for the pet owner
- If your city has any resources for pet owners experiencing homelessness, consider creating a small info card to leave in the bag. This could help connect pet owners with free resources to keep their pets safe and fed!
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