For all their ubiquity, chain restaurants seldom embody the same character and culture as their independently owned counterparts. That’s where Arizona Food Tours comes in. With their signature A Taste of Old Town Scottsdale tour, the company introduces visitors to the idiosyncrasies and food of the desert burg, from classic western grub to the local wine bars that pour cabernet and red zinfandel for diners and thirsty cacti.
An accredited member of both the American Sanctuary Association and the Association of Sanctuaries, Southwest Wildlife succors scores of injured critters with its comprehensive medical and rehabilitation facilities. Stewards of the hospital's wild recoverees reintroduce 70% of patients to the wild, with the remaining 30% living out their lives in the confines of center's sanctuary. During privately scheduled tours, outdoor onlookers stroll through the hospital and refuge, standing witness to on-the-mend populations of displaced javelina, hunted coyote and bobcats, and raccoons injured during casino heists. Visitors to the center also reap the noggin rewards of numerous educational curriculums, packing brain space with knowledge about topics ranging from communing with Arizona's wildlife to the center's central role in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Mexican Grey Wolf Recovery Program.
Liberty Wildlife aims to protect wildlife as a precious natural resource as well as serve as a permanent community resource to connect the public with nature and encourage stewardship of native wildlife. The organization educates the public through classroom and civic events that spotlight animals that cannot be released. It also promotes conservation research in habitat restoration, mortality investigations, and human conflicts with wildlife to prevent harm to local animals.
In addition to education and advocacy work, Liberty Wildlife works on the ground by conducting expeditions to rescue and rehabilitate injured animals. Its Rescue and Transport team seeks out injured animals in the field and transports them to the facility for medical services. Then, volunteers care for orphaned or injured birds by maintaining flight cages, hand-feeding baby birds—some of which require feedings every 15 minutes—and matching orphaned birds with feathered foster parents.
Staffed 24 hours a day, Always Unleashed Pet Resort sprawls across 3,200 square feet of air-conditioned indoor area and 9,000 square feet of outdoor area. Here, pups will find plenty of dog furniture, couches, and doggy beds, as well as a water park complete with a 55-foot commercial grade lagoon equipped with waterfalls, a large splash pad with geysers, and cleaning equipment to ensure fresh water. The pet facility welcomes dogs for day and overnight boarding, where pets are never kept in rooms, cages or suites. It also hosts a safari room for feline boarding.
Arizona Pet Vet is a network of 17 animal hospitals peppered throughout the Valley area. The veterinarians use modern treatments and therapies to care for animal companions, treating each pet like an important member of its owner's family. The company doles out tips for bringing home a new pet on its website and exhibits evidence of the animal kingdom's capacity for cuteness on its Facebook page.