The Arizona Humane Society has provided shelter and rehabilitation to homeless and abandoned animals since 1957, watching over more than 46,000 dogs, cats, and smaller critters every year as they await new homes. After proving their eligibility for adoption and consulting with the shelter staff, new owners can choose a companion from any of the pets prowling the menagerie, from puppies and kittens up to 9 months old to adult dogs and cats. Rabbits and ferrets also scurry about, searching for farmers' carrots carelessly planted in an animal shelter. For current owners, the society provides low-cost spaying and neutering services as a public service, as well as education and outreach programs to promote compassion and ensure a safe home for all creatures.
With a knowledgeable staff trained in pet CPR and first aid by her side, Malinda draws on 13 years of experience as she entertains and grooms pets at her upscale and secure facility. Each day, tail waggers enrolled in daycare and boarding programs roam freely amid fanciful murals of dogs and cats playing in fountains, relaxing under giant sunflowers, flying in balloons, and selling stocks. Experienced handlers supervise their play, keep their networking areas clean, and take them outside for periodic walks. Overnight guests spend the evening hours in private suites, which come equipped with fleece beds, exhaust fans, air vents, and dimmed lighting.
When they aren't looking after their houseguests, staffers groom dogs and cats with warm-water massage baths, custom shampoos and conditioners, hot-oil treatments, and facials. They also teach CPR and first aid to help pet owners to act well and wisely in the event of an emergency. As a certified pet trainer through Animal Behavior College, Malinda helps humans and their canine friends to reach their full potential and boost their GPAs by offering obedience classes. Guests are welcome to peruse Malinda's shelves, where she stocks Solid Gold pet foods as well as nutritional supplements, toys, treats, and grooming supplies.
For a decade, the International Sportsmen’s Exposition has been summoning big-name big-game experts to share the latest developments in camping, fishing, hunting, and other outdoor pursuits. This year, the expo will attract hundreds of exhibitors—from outfitters to hunting lodges to wildlife societies—to set up shop alongside outdoor-themed attractions, including a 40-foot aquarium, a rock-climbing wall, and a 100-foot trophy of elk and deer. Catch one of the dozens of seminars with leading elk hunters, bass anglers, and wilderness survival experts, who’ll bestow knowledge nuggets upon eager audiences before a gang of wild badgers concludes with a thoughtful counterpoint.
A locally owned and operated business, Goober Pet Direct keeps dogs, cats, birds, and other domesticated confidants in peak physical shape with thousands of high-quality, natural products. Brand-name foods, supplements, and treats team up to address a wide range of nutritional needs, infusing diets with ingredients that hoist health above all else. Treatments for allergies, joint issues, and weight management fill in the cracks for animals with more specific needs, and organic soaps and shampoos safely rinse away any dirt particles or neighborhood children lodged between tufts of fur. For added convenience, Goober provides free home delivery for orders exceeding $20, and the expert staff is there to answer any questions.
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.
Pooches of all breeds and sizes scamper into Kosmo's Doghouse and, after spending a short time with the facility's professionals, head home cleaner, neater, and better trained. Inside, dog owners utilize a multitude of services, including grooming sessions conducted by a team that has more than 50 years of experience with more than 160 breeds of dogs and cats. At self-serve washing stations, faucets blast away dirt and give pups the swagger they need to stand tall during street fights with the household vacuum. The shop also stocks a variety of treats and toys, and works closely with no-kill shelters, frequently hosting adoption and fundraising events.