Every summer, the Pima Animal Care Center sees a rise in misplaced animals, and unwanted litters of dogs and cats.

This year, the increase has begun in the springtime.

"We are urging everyone to spay and neuter their pets," the center said in a release. "There are many low-cost spay / neuter services available, and assistance is offered for low income households."

Vaccinations are encouraged as well. Rabies vaccinations, given by a licensed veterinarian, are not only a necessity in Pima County but are a legal requirement for dogs, along with a license. Other prevalent diseases are distemper and parvovirus, both of which are highly contagious and can kill.

In cats, feline viral rhinotrachitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia are the three most common diseases, all of them highly contagious. Vaccination can help prevent the ailments.

"If you are thinking of adopting a pet, please come and visit us," the release said. "All animals adopted are altered, vaccinated and many are ready to go home immediately. Remember, each one of our animals was once somebody's new puppy or kitten."

The shelter is located at 4000 N. Silverbell Road. Shelter adoption hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. For further information as well as photographs of adoptable animals, visit www.pimaanimalcare.org, or call 243-5900.

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