Welcome to the Rancho Vistoso Pet page!

This page has a plethora of information for your furry (or feathered and scaly) friends.

As animal lovers and pet parents, we 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. Cats should be indoor only—to let them out is tantamount to an eventual death sentence. Dogs should be taken to rattlesnake avoidance classes—we have had two clients whose pups have been bitten and although they both survived, it was terribly painful for them and very expensive for their owners.

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!!


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Pusch Ridge Pet Clinic

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Ina Road Hospital

  • 7320 North La Cholla Boulevard #114 Tucson, AZ 85741
  • (520) 544-7700
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Ina Road Hospital is open 365 days a year, from 8 am until midnight, offering emergency service. Their website is a useful resource, and we have always found the staff to be knowledgeable and helpful.

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Veterinary Speciality Center Of Tuscon

  • 4909 N. La Canada Drive Tucson, AZ 85704-1507
  • (520)795-9955
  • (520)795-9960
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When our young cat was experiencing horrific coughing fits, we took her (on the advice of our regular veterinarians at Pusch Ridge) to the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson. There we met Dr. Robert Vasilopulos (Dr. V), who diagnosed our poor little kitty with asthma after tests and a thorough examination. The medication and regimen he prescribed has kept her cough FREE for years. In addition, he took the time to explain everything to us, and could not have had a better bedside manner! If you have a pet that needs more specialized care than your veterinarian offers, ask them for a referral to the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson. It saved our pet’s life, and I have heard several other success stories from people in the community as well.

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VCA Northwest Animal Hospital-
Two Locations

  • 252 W.Ina Road Tucson, AZ 85704
  • 520.777.9767
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  • 52 W.Ina Road Tucson, AZ 85704
  • 520.777.9767
  • Website

Northwest Pet Clinic is located just outside of Oro Valley at the intersection of Ina Road and Oracle Road. Their services include urgent care and emergencies (with a pet transport emergency vehicle), surgery, preventative medicine, dentistry and a new behavioral clinic.

Animal Shelters, Assistance and Adoptions

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Humane Society of Southern Arizona

  • 3450 North Kelvin Boulevard Tucson, AZ 85716
  • (520) 327-6088
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Southern Arizona Cat Rescue (SACR)

SACR does not operate a shelter— they foster the animals until they are ready to be adopted. An incredible group of fosters and volunteers have saved the lives of hundreds and hundreds of cats and kittens—and made some humans very happy as well. You can visit this page to see what cats and kittens are currently available for adoption.

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Pima Animal Care Center

  • 4000 N. Silverbell Rd. Tucson, AZ 85745
  • (520) 243-5900
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Pet Sitting, Walking and Fitness

  • 8271 N Oracle Rd, Oro Valley, AZ
  • (520) 609-7097
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Paws N Critters is a Rancho Vistoso based pet sitting service, with a number of pet sitters. They are licensed, bonded and insured. We have utilized them many times, and I can’t tell you how thrilled I have been with their service. In addition to be highly organized and professional, it is clear that the sitters all genuinely love animals and care for my pets as if they were their own. I received a photo in my email during my time away, and a text message every day to let me know all was well. Sandy and her team at Paws N Critters also are experienced with sitting pets that need medication or special attention.

They also offer pet walking and exercise. They even offer hiking in Catalina State park and Mt. Lemmon hikes!

Check out their website to see the rates and for more information.

Resources for injured or at risk pets/wildlife

  • 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)

Pet Stores

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  • 10625 North Oracle Road, Oro Valley, AZ
  • (520) 797-0008
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- In the Rooney Ranch Center near Target and Fry’s

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  • 11985 North Oracle Road, Oro Valley, AZ
  • (520) 297-0019
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- In the Oro Valley Marketplace

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EasyCare Inc.

  • 2300 E Vistoso Commerce Loop Oro Valley, AZ 85755
  • (520) 297-1900
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- In the Rooney Ranch Center near Target and Fry’s

Obedience Training & Rattlesnake And Toad Avoidance Training

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Humane Society Of Southern Arizona

  • 635 West Roger Road Tucson, Arizona 85705
  • (520)327-6088
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While there are a few independent businesses that offer this training, I have heard good things about the classes at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona .

Pet Grooming

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Anne’s Grooming

  • 1171 E Rancho Vistoso Blvd Oro Valley, Arizona 85755
  • (520) 297-6417
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While there are a few independent businesses that offer this training, I have heard good things about the classes at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona .

Wild Animal Assistance

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Arizona - Sonora Desert Museum

  • 2021 North Kinney Road Tucson, AZ 85743
  • (520) 883 2702
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Is it a zoo? A botanical garden? A museum? It is all three- and done to just about perfection! The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a must do for out of towners and locals alike. The best way I can think to describe it is a living desert exhibit. You feel right in the middle of a very natural environment- but you are able to experience and learn about it in a way that you never could on your own. ***Tip—During the summer months go as soon as they open to avoid the heat.

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Arizona Fish Game

  • 555 N. Greasewood Rd. Tucson, AZ 85745
  • (520) 628-5376
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Additional Resources

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