Founded in July 2003, Spay and Neuter Solutions is the only nonprofit organization in Pima County that is dedicated exclusively to reducing pet overpopulation by preventing the birth of unwanted animals, both pets and ferals. Spay and Neuter Solutions’ If It Works…Fix It program provides partial or full financial assistance for spay/neuter services for the animals that belong to qualifying individuals. This program helps the low-income families of our community to be responsible pet owners and curbs the number of unwanted pets, including dogs, owned cats, and some feral cats. This, in turn, helps prevent the heart-breaking and completely preventable homelessness, suffering, and in too many cases, euthanasia of thousands of companion animals. We believe that reducing pet overpopulation by prevention through public education and supported spay and neuter programs will result in fewer animals that are euthanized in shelters and fewer pets that are surrendered to animal rescue groups. Spay and Neuter Solution’s success will directly benefit all other animal welfare organizations and the whole community in Pima County, and will reduce animal neglect and cruelty.
Lil Bit of Love was founded by Nicole Linneen in November of 2015. The name Lil Bit of Love comes from a very special foster dog that Nicole cared for named Lil Bit. He was a 4-week old, 5-ounce Chihuahua with hydrocephalus, an underdeveloped heart, and weak lungs. Nicole was told that he would only live for 24 hours, which she refused to accept. With lots of love and attention Lil Bit lived for three and a half wonderful weeks. He learned to walk, eat, and play before he left this world. After his passing, the rescue Lil Bit of Love was formed to give special needs dogs the opportunity to live a life filled with love and happiness. A large percentage of the dogs that we take in are sick or injured, leaving them overlooked in the shelter. After medical care and lots of love from our wonderful fosters, the public is able to see what we saw in them all along! Although many of our dogs may have broken parts, they all have very special hearts.
For over 10 years Save the Pets has helped establish a network of care for orphaned animals while also working to reunite lost pets with their owners. Their re-homing services have saved countless pets from euthanasia at animal shelters. They are a 501(c)(3) charity that has been able to maintain through all these years by keeping a low overhead and continuously campaigning for donations. Pet Doctor has partnered with STP because of their status in the rescue community as one of the best and most hardworking shelters out there. It is our pleasure to be able to assist this rescue and hope they continue to gain support here in Tucson.
Sahuaro Dachshund Rescue has been operating for over 25 years in the Tucson area, finding homes for Dachshunds and other small breed dogs. They are a nonprofit with 18 volunteer fosters who look after the dog until the right owner comes along. Donna Weatherfield, the foster coordinator, has long been committed to matching the dog with the perfect owner based on the animal’s needs. You can fill out an application as well as reach Donna through the rescue website.
Smiling Dog Rescue has operated as a 501(c)(3) in Tucson and the greater Southwest since 2007. Over the course of that time SDR has helped to rehabilitate and re-home over 2,600 Pitbull and “Bully” type breeds. Their efforts are nationally recognized as being a top group at helping these breeds find belonging. We are proud to sport their mascot “buzz” in our lobby. SDR has been a longtime advocate for these dogs and Pet Doctor is proud to stand behind them in their efforts. Go check out their website to learn a little about the history of the breeds and what you can do to get involved.
Saving at Risk Animals has become one of Pet Doctor’s most active feline rescue groups, with a large network of foster homes there are dozens of cats that are waiting to be adopted at this moment. SARA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit which gains most of their support through donations. Go to their website to see some of the cats that are waiting to be rescued, the website provides great pictures and descriptions of each adoptable cat. Also, check them out on Facebook and Instagram (@SavingAtRiskAnimals) to keep up with new adoption possibilities.
Tucson 2 Tails has been around for only 4 years but has quickly become an active member of the feline rescue community. Check out their website, in the education section there is a fantastic assortment of information on feline related topics. Pet Doctor thanks Tucson 2 Tails for their continued support, commitment to educate the public about orphaned felines, and the general health and wellbeing for our city.
This amazing group has been operating as a no kill, adoption guaranteed, animal shelter in Pima County for many years. They saw the issue of 12,000 animals dying in local shelters per year as a crisis that needed attention. Their work has eased the strain on our county and private shelters while connecting loving homes with animals that deserve them. PPFL is part of a broad network of no kill shelters that operate across the United States and Pet Doctor is proud that Tucson has such committed volunteers here locally.