Pets are really important to us here in Tuscon and we have a very special connection to every veterinarian in Tuscon.
In fact, Tucson was ranked number 23 on the list of most pet-friendly cities in the country by Wallet Hub. What makes Tucson so pet-friendly? The clear, sunny weather is a great start for dogs that love to go on long walks. Tucson also boasts more than 200 dog-friendly restaurants as well as other shopping centers where pets are welcome. Want to bring your pets on errands? No problem in Tucson.
Tucson is known for many things, including the hiking trails near Sentinel Peak and the old town vibe surrounding the University of Arizona. Although Tucson is one of the most populous cities in Arizona, the city has areas that feel more urban surrounded by desert suburbs. Tucson is also known for economic development based on the presence of the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and a number of high-tech industries, including several government contractors. Tourism is also a significant industry in the city, especially thanks to the traveling “snowbirds” who visit Arizona in the mild winters and then head back up north for the summers.
Just as the city welcomes cats and dogs, the city is also a haven for some other non-traditional pets. Tucson residents boast several types of exotic pets and livestock, including tarantulas, rats, goats, and iguanas.
In the spirit of keeping residents and animals safe, Tucson and Arizona have several ordinances and laws in place. They include:
Requirement for dogs over the age of three months to be licensed Proof of rabies vaccination for pet licensing Animals must have access to food, water, and ventilation Pet owners are liable for property destruction and injury to others Dogs must be kept on a leash when in publish
If you want to learn more about local ordinances, you can find additional information through city and state websites.
In addition to visiting dog parks and going on hikes, you will also find that Tucson welcomes pets at local markets, sidewalk cafes, restaurants, and more.
Now that you are acquainted with some of the pet-friendly aspects of Tucson’s culture, you might wonder if you should adopt a furry friend of your own. These are some of the best places in Tucson to find a new best friend:
Hope Animal Shelter
Miss Maggie May’s Rescue
Cold Wet Noses Fosters
Humane Society of South Arizona
If you and your four-legged friend are ready to enjoy the many local dog parks in Tucson, consider the types of activities you want to do with your dog and the size of your pet. Tucson offers seven parks, five of which offer separate areas for small dogs and big dogs. Additionally, keep in mind that you should keep your dog under your control, vaccinated for rabies, and in your sight whether you explore Christopher Columbus Park, Jacobs Park, Purple Heart Park, or one of the other local dog-friendly spaces.
Pet-friendly celebrations and events are also available throughout the year. You can find many events, like Sweat for Pets, that benefit the local Humane Society of Southern Arizona. Fall events encourage pet owners to suit up their pets in costume for contests and parades. Dogtoberfest is also a fun carnival for humans and their furry friends, and it includes a beer garden, food, and live music.
Tucson is the county seat of Pima County as well as the second most-populated city in Arizona with about 520,000 residents. Tucson is home to residents who attend the local university as well as those who have just recently retired from their work. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, you and your four-legged friends can make Tucson your home.
For more information about the city of Tucson, visit:
Pima Animal Care Center
Tucson Chamber of Commerce