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Dear Friends:

A couple of years ago during a bike ride with a fellow volunteer an idea to raise money to help save PACC's homeless animals was born.  Having ridden in the El Tour de Tucson many times, I felt that creating a team to raise money for PACC's homeless animals was something that could work.  And it did.  Ride with the PACC's first Tour two years ago was a solid success: 35 riders that resulted in raising $12,000.  Our second effort in the 2019 ride made a quantum leap: 75 riders and $25,000 raised. 

Before I became a PACC volunteer 8 years ago, I had never been involved in any community service.   I had been working as a hiking guide for Canyon Ranch Wellness Resort.  A great retirement  gig.  But life can change.  It did for me.  What started as a one day a week effort to just walk dogs evolved into something much greater. The game-changer for me was the day ground was broken to build the new PACC.  Along with a state of the art facility came a new rescue and rehabilitation philosophy.  The Pima Animal Control Center became the Pima Animal Care Center.  To be part of something so positive is amazing, empowering and life-affirming.  

 Shortly before the Pandemic hit The U.S. I adopted a cattle dog mix from PACC.  My 2 labs had passed unexpectedly and I needed to find the perfect companion for Sophie,my sweet hound.  Enter Blu-a full of life pup and as it turned out a perfect companion for sweet Sophie. They quickly became kindred spirits.  Spending quality time with them during my work furlough  inspired me to begin what has turned out to be a passion project:  Produce a short documentary that follows the co-evolution of man and dog.   I hope to complete "Never Far From Home"  by mid 2022.   Life can be grand.

   In light of our current worldwide health crisis, I believe it is critical not to take our eye off the ball when it comes to our commitment to animal rescue.  Certainly our priority now is to find ways to heal ourselves.  However, an important parallel goal is to maintain our ongoing life-saving efforts for homeless animals - precious souls that without our help would undoubtedly face a bleak future.   

I am very fortunate to be part of the current generation that pursues a healthy and positive outcome for homeless animals.  

Thank you in advance for supporting  Ride With The PACC  in the upcoming El Tour de Tucson.   

Ride on.  Jerry Rosen

click on the link below to view a short video

https://vimeo.com/421326054

 

 

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