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  • Tucson ranks high on pet-friendliness

    Aug 13, 2019 | Read More News
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    Picture of dogPima Animal Care Center is excited to share that Tucson has been certified as a BETTER CITY FOR PETS™ by the Mars Petcare BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program.

    The BETTER CITY FOR PETS™ certification represents Tucson’s commitment to pet-friendliness. To receive this certification, Tucson met a variety of pet-friendliness requirements showing how we have, or are making, strides to become more welcoming to pets in our businesses, parks, shelters and homes. 

    Tucson scored highest on the areas of animal shelter and homes, with a high score for parks and a positive business score with lots of opportunity for growth in the local business community. 

    Tucson ranked high in certain areas because of the efforts to reduce pet homelessness, the community cat program, availability of pet-friendly housing options, an abundance of waste stations and water fountains and more. There are also an ever-increasing number of pet-friendly businesses in town and this certification gives business owners another great reason to encourage pet friendly practices. 

    “This community loves its pets and here is the proof,” said Kristen Hassen-Auerbach, Director of Animal Services. “This certification shows that Tucson is committed to making sure pets and the people who love them feel welcome and included. This is a great community for pet owners to live and work.”

    The City of Tucson is also excited about what this means for the future.

    “Tucson is a compassionate, caring city,” said Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. “So many Tucsonans have welcomed rescue animals into their homes - and fostered others so they could be adopted. It’s good to see their kindness be acknowledged with this Better Cities for Pets designation.”

    When people have a pet, they tend to get more exercise, report less loneliness and stress, and have stronger social ties. The BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program helps cities be pet-friendly so more people can enjoy the benefits of a life with pets. It was created by Mars Petcare and includes a playbook for cities, an assessment tool, a city certification program, and free online resources.

    “Pet owners are some of the most active members of this community,” said Richard Elías, chairman of the Pima County Board of Supervisors. “We are very happy to be recognized as a place where they can live, work and play happily with their furry friends.”

    For people who are looking into adopting a pet, PACC is looking to “Clear the Shelters” Saturday, Aug. 17. Adoption fees will be waived on all pets four months and up. All pets adopted from PACC will come spayed or neutered, with age-appropriate vaccinations, a microchip and a free vet visit. A $20 licensing fee will apply to dogs. PACC’s normal business hours are Monday through Friday, noon-7 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends.