In Tucson, AZ there is a haven for abandoned dogs and cats. It is a place full of hope and love and care. In fact, that is the name of this place - HOPE Animal Shelter.
HOPE Animal Shelter is Tucson's only no-kill, community based shelter. They are a non-profit, mostly all-volunteer, 501(c)(3). Mom and I like the fact that they absolutely DO NOT put any animal to sleep unless it is suffering. Being in a cage in a strange place is scary enough! But HOPE offers a clean, loving environment that allows socialization and a smoother transition into a forever home. HOPE ensures that the animals staying there are well cared for both emotionally and physically during this trying time in their lives.
HOPE Animal Shelter has several dogs and cats that are available for adoption right now. You can see pictures of them on their website. But you don't have to rely just on pictures. HOPE encourages you to visit and spend time with a dog or cat before you make a final decision. They want to make sure you get just the right friend for your home.
If you can't adopt, but want to help, HOPE always needs volunteers. It takes a lot of people to care for abandoned animals. And HOPE is mostly all-volunteer. Which means they need people. Lots and lots of people. There are many ways to volunteer depending on your schedule. I personally recommend being a foster. Mom and Dad foster here in Arkansas and I have made lots of new friends that way. And every once in a while Mom or Dad fall in love with their latest foster pet and it finds a forever home with us. That's how we got Bubba!
If you can't adopt, foster, or volunteer, then maybe you can help with supplies. HOPE can use pet food, litter, blankets, towels - all kinds of stuff! In fact, they have a wish list on their site. Drop off a bag of cat or dog food the next time your running errands. Wait - I have an idea! Maybe you could hold a Go Orange for Animals donation drive for HOPE!
We love HOPE Animal Shelter for all the love and care they give to the animals at their shelter. Please, if you live in the Tucson area, check them out. Mom and I have been together for 17 years! So see - you really can find a FOREVER friend at your local shelter!