President & Founder
Leader of the PACC
As far back as 1999 staunch animal advocate Bari Mears refused to accept the fact that there were many small struggling rescue groups with very limited resources operating in Maricopa County, and that tens of thousands of healthy adoptable animals were still being euthanized. She envisioned a means of uniting and supporting the pet rescue community to create a louder voice for the animals. Her vision became a reality when the Phoenix Animal Care Coalition, also known as PACC911, was born.
Under her leadership, a working board of directors conducts a myriad of activities to help grow and unite the 100 plus partner groups in the community including year round adoption events throughout the valley, a public education program and fundraisers.
One of Mears’ most enduring legacies is the creation and administration of the Emergency Medical fund (EMF), a one of a kind financial resource for partner welfare groups that defrays veterinary expenses for life saving and enhancing treatments that will make sick or injured animals well and adoptable. In 2012 The Lulu’s Angel Fund was also created to help the most abused animals and fund their treatments.
Rescued Treasures, a thrift boutique to support PACC911, is also a new project that Mears conceived in 2012. With the concept that shopping in thrift stores can be an enjoyable and a lovely experience, Rescued Treasures is indeed unique, with thrift store pricing in a boutique environment. All proceeds go to the Emergency Medical Fund.
Mears’ past experience as a Senior Account Executive in the broadcast industry for 26 years has helped her get publicity and exposure with the media to promote PACC911 and its programs. Mears also has written and published seven books to support PACC911, including The Bone Appetite Cookbook, Love Stories Of Pets And Their People, Ode To Those Who Stand On Four, Pawprints On The Heart, Part Of The Family, and the Simply Delicious cookbooks. All books are still available for sale.
In 2006 Mears was named Hero of the Year by Maricopa County Animal Care and Control at their fundraising gala, the Hero Awards. In 2012 she was featured in Arizona Foothills Magazine’s “Women Who Move The Valley.”