Good things are happening at the Pima Animal Care Center on Silverbell Road, which did 11,300 "live releases" last year, meaning animals who were adopted, rescued or reunited with their owners.
Officials with the center are very, very close to reaching a much-improved goal this year.
Less than halfway into 2013, live releases are nearly at 12,000. Shelter officials really want to get there. And they are close - just 229 animals and they will reach that number.
The shelter has kittens, puppies, purebreds and just about every kind of feline or canine you could ask for. They are really delightful animals, too!
I walked some of the dogs on Memorial Day and I'm pleased to report that Carl, the goofy black lab mix, was adopted. Still waiting for a loving home is Della, a sweet cattle dog mix who has been in the shelter far too long.
She is described as "gentle, well-mannered, and downright cute."
Shelter officials see the worst side of humanity every day when they take in animals who have been mistreated and abandoned. Thousands are euthanized each year.
Things are definitely looking up - the "save" rate is 63 percent so far, up 10 percent from last year.
The community can help get that rate even higher by spaying and neutering their cats and dogs, and by thinking of the county shelter when they want to adopt a pet or make a donation to help homeless animals. The shelter is also a great place to volunteer.
The 12,000 goal is significant and well within the community's reach. I will report back when it is achieved!