Best Place To Get A Pet
Humane SocietyREADERS' AND STAFF PICK: In 1994, more than 14,000 cats and dogs were left in the hands of the Tucson's Humane Society. That makes for a lot of sad critters in search of a home. Fortunately, nearly half of those were adopted by caring Tucsonans who opted to save a needy animal.
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READERS' POLL RUNNER-UP: Petsmart sells just about everything a pet could ever need, except the pet itself. Citing the thousands of unwanted cats and dogs euthanized every year, this company with a heart has decided to donate space to animal adoption organizations instead of trying to make a buck by selling the furry guys themselves. The Humane Society, Pima County Animal Control, the Greyhound Rescue Society, the Hermitage Cat Shelter and Animal Crusaders, all groups that try to match needy animals with good homes, have animals available at Petsmart, with two locations in Tucson at 4740 E. Grant Road and 3931 W. Price Club Drive. The animals get more exposure to the public, and hopefully a better chance of surviving in the dog-eat-dog world of pet over-population. Each organization uses the adoption center on different days at both locations, and Petsmart doesn't make a dime by volunteering the space.
CAT'S MEOW: If you can't decide whether to adopt a child or a pet, compromise and adopt a pet through Animal Crusaders. This volunteer group will match you with an appropriate pet, have you fill out adoption papers, inspect your home to be sure that your pet will be properly secured and secure, and interview you to be sure that you are the right one for that pet. Most of the pets they place have been abandoned on the streets or at local pet hospitals. Animal Crusaders are personable, charming at times, and dedicated to animals at all times.