Welcome to the Rancho Vistoso Pet page! This page has a plethora of information for your furry (or feathered and scaly) friends.
The publishers would like to offer a few words going forth on the importance of keeping your pets safe in the desert. NEVER, ever leave your pet in a hot car. IT is ILLEGAL in the state of Arizona. Leaving a window open does NOT provide adequate ventilation, and pets can die or suffer permanent damage in under five minutes. Tie outs are ILLEGAL in the city of Tucson and in Pima County. Tie outs can become tangled, preventing your pet from reaching their water bowl or shade. Shaded spots in the morning may NOT be shady in the afternoon, so keep that in mind as well. Pets MUST have access to SHADE and CLEAN, COOL WATER throughout the day. There are many wild creatures in the desert that can pose a safety threat to your pets. Educate yourselves on these animals and how to prevent a misadventure with them. Information can be found on this great page from Ina Road Animal Hospital and also on our desert wildlife page.
Another important note- if you are considering adding a pet to your home, please give thought to adopting a pet in need. I can tell you from personal experience that animals in need can make the very best and loving of pets. Regardless of where you find your new friend- remember to spay or neuter them. Now, onto the information!!
Dog friendly parks in Rancho Vistoso and the surrounding area
Northwest Pet Clinic
Animal Shelters, Assistance and Adoptions
Foundation for Animals In Risk (FAIR)
Pima Animal Care Center
The Chi Society
I recently became aware of another exceptional pet rescue/ placement operation in Tucson. The Chi Society has many wonderful dogs (mainly Chihuahuas, but some other small breeds as well) that are available for adoption. As a Chi owner myself, I can tell you that these little dogs are unbelievably smart, excellent companions, and real little lovers. Maggie and others at the Chi Society are also thrilled to announce the creation of the Chi Sanctuary, which is haven in the area exclusively for older or disabled Chihuahuas. There are opportunities to adopt, foster, volunteer and donate through this great organization. We are in full support of those who sacrifice their time and resources to advocate for better lives for all- human or animal. Thanks to the Chi Society for being the voice of little dogs that otherwise would not be heard! Visit their website or email them today to learn more.
Animal Rescue (For assistance with pets or wild animals that are sick, injured or trapped)
Animal Experts (520) 531-1020
Tucson Wildlife Help Line (520) 792-3947
Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (520) 792-3947 (For injured animals)