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130 dogs need short-term foster homes during Pima County animal shelter construction

The Pima Animal Care Center is looking for emergency, short-term foster parents for at least 130 dogs at its shelter in Tucson. That’s while it completes a construction project meant to tamp down on what staff say is a chorus of barking dogs — everyday, all day. 

Román Urias is with Friends of PACC, a nonprofit that supports the county shelter.

"Noise level from the dogs barking in a space that has all kinds of hard surfaces just increases that noise levels," he said.

Urias says the shelter has even begun handing out free earplugs to potential adopters. Members of the public come in and get so overwhelmed by the noise level that some don't end up staying long enough to end up adopting. 

Under a newly-funded project called Decimating the Decibels, hard surfaces inside some kennels will be replaced with noise-dampening panels. The shelter is asking for temporary fosters for dogs while that project is underway and offering free crates and food to those who volunteer to take in larger dogs.  The shelter says all puppies and dogs are also currently free to adopt. The shelter says all dogs and puppies are also currently free to adopt. 

Construction begins May 6 as is slated to go on until at least May 17.

Alisa Reznick is a senior field correspondent covering stories across southern Arizona and the borderlands for the Tucson bureau of KJZZ's Fronteras Desk.