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Tucson Resources for Pets & Pet Parents

Without a doubt, Tucson is a pet friendly town. Here is a list of some pet-related resources in Tucson:

PACC TucsonPACC and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona

PACC is a “no-kill” facility, “No Kill Pima County/savethesaveable.com is NOT a shelter. No Kill Pima County is a grassroots organization working to end shelter killing through the comprehensive implementation of the No Kill Equation proven to work in communities across the country.”

Pima County Animal Control also offers adoptions, classes, spay and neuter clinic, vaccinations and licensing, foster and volunteer opportunities, and information about strays, wild animals, dangerous animals, and desert animals in our community.

The Humane Society in Tucson offers many of the same services as the PACC but is a non-profit organization not associated with county government.

 

Veterinarians

A quick Google search will yield dozens of qualified veterinarians in Tucson. For after-hours animal emergencies, there are several 24-hour facilities available. A deeper search will help you find vets with specialties that your pet needs such as ophthalmology, oncology, and dental care. There are even vets in town who specialize in exotic pets like birds, reptiles and even fish and arachnids. The key to finding a good vet is to first ask your friends for references; a recommendation is frequently the very first place to start. If you are starting from scratch, be sure to visit your local vet’s office to assess its staff and facility, a good vet office should feel right to you. Keep looking if you are unhappy; ask about their policies and lookup online reviews. Some vets specialize in certain breeds and some donate their time to breed specific rescue groups. If you’d like to give your business to a vet who donates time to help animals, keep this in mind when shopping for a "doc for your dog."

 

Groomers and Pet Supplies

Chain store pet supply and groomers are abundant in town and you won’t have too much trouble finding one near you unless you are way out of town. In more rural areas where you might need feed and supplies for non dog/cat pets (horses, chickens, goats, etc.…) you will find feed stores that also carry pet food.

Independent groomers including mobile groomers are also all over Tucson. The key with finding one you like, as with a vet, is to visit before you schedule a service to get to know the staff, and kind of service they provide, cleanliness of the clinic, policies and pricing. It’s got to be a place where you feel comfortable about dropping your pet for the time it takes to get the service done.

 

Trainers and Training

Again, the sheer number of available trainers and training methods in Tucson really shows how much Tucsonans love their dogs. (We are not aware of any cat training available!) Training runs from basic puppy manners and obedience to high-level skills including therapy certification. Some trainers will come to you, some ask you to drop your dog for an intensive session, most of the time, classes will be held in a group setting. After your dog has mastered obedience, you might even be interested in trying an agility course training, snake bit avoidance training or other advanced trainings.

 

Rescue Groups

Just about any dog or cat breed you can think of, and many other species of companion animal, will have a specialty breed rescue group associated with in and thriving in the Tucson area. Volunteers keep these dedicated groups going and saving their favorite breeds from being absorbed into general shelter populations. Just as an example, Greyhounds that have come off of a racetrack kennel are almost always taken in by one of the local greyhound rescue groups. These groups obtain veterinary care and prepare these delightful dogs for fostering and eventual adoption.

Find a good comprehensive list of local rescue groups at the Pima County Website.

 

Animal Events

BringFido.com is a wonderful clearinghouse for local pet events. Find the Tucson page here. In addition to events for pooches, you will find a variety of other events involving your favorite pet species in Tucson.

Pet Friendly Hotels

There are loads of pet friendly hotels.  Before you book your next visit take a look at some of the best choices in Pet Friendly Hotels.

Exotic Pets are pets too!

Looking to add a cuddly scorpion or tarantula to the family? If exotic pets are your thing, Tucson has a few local stores that will provide you with both the pet, and all of the accessories you will need to enjoy your peculiar pet. Birds, fish, pigs, goats, lizards, snakes, rodents, arachnids and other non-dog/cat pets make a house a home.

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