Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ's



  • 1.Adoption
  • Why I should adopt a pet from SAFE?
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    Lots of reasons!

    -As quickly as we adopt an animal out, we bring another one or two in.

    -We are a NO-KILL shelter. Once we bring in an animal, we keep it until it has been placed in a good home.

    -If we can’t place it, we give it a home with one of our fosters.

    -All of our pets are neutered and up to date with their shots before they are adopted out.

    -They receive microchips for future identification if they should get lost.

    -If an animal needs medical treatment, we make sure it gets it.

    -We provide education to the public whenever, and where-ever we can, and we invite you to be a part of what we do.

    -We provide you the opportunity to do something for yourself, the animal and society, through volunteering, fostering and of course through donations.

    - It’s the right thing to do and it makes the world a better place one pet at a time.

  • Q - Where and when can I adopt a SAFE animal?
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    A - Adoptions are only conducted on Saturdays.

    Please refer to the schedule for dates, times and locations.

  • Q - What EXPENSES are associated with ADOPTION and who pays them?
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  • Q - Where and when can I adopt a SAFE animal?
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    A - Adoptions are only conducted on Saturdays.

    Please refer to the schedule for dates, times and locations.

  • Q - My friend and I would like to volunteer over winter break but are finding it hard to find and organization that accepts people under 12. We are both 12 years old. Is this an organization that could be a possibility to volunteer at?
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    A - SAFE always appreciates our teen volunteers and we could always use more help at our adoption sites. If you are 14-17 years old, you can volunteer on your own if your legal guardian signs your volunteer agreement.

    If you are under 14, we would love to have you help as long as your legal guardian stays with you at the adoption site.

  • Q – Where do you get these animals?
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    A - SAFE rescues animals off the euthanasia lists at the animal control facility here in Pima County (Pima Animal Care Center aka PACC) as well as from those throughout the state of AZ and CA. We do on occasion take in strays found by Good Samaritans, retired breeder dogs, or owner relinquishments. These are accepted on a case by case basis.

  • Q - What costs does SAFE cover?
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    A - SAFE will cover any medical cost for any veterinarian services your foster animal may require with previous authorization from SAFE management including:

    • vaccinations
    • antibiotics
    • sterilization
    • emergency care

    We will provide you with emergency contact numbers to get authorization in case of a medical emergency.

    If you choose to not get authorization or go to a veterinarian without our knowledge, you will be responsible for the vet bills.

    We will also help with food and any other supplies you may need as donations permit.

  • The gift of volunteering and donations...
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    Volunteers are the life-blood of S.A.F.E. and without their time the goal of saving animals from unnecessary and premature death would not be realized.

    We always need volunteers, and fosters, and of course, donations. If you are unable to volunteer, foster or donate, you can still do something! Spread the word!

    By sharing with your friends, by just telling someone about the constant and ever present jeopardy of life that exists for these lovable pets, you might be saving a pet’s life.

    Because of volunteers, who are people just like you, we are able to rescue, foster and adopt abandoned and would-be abandoned pets.

  • 3.About S.A.F.E.
  • We Need Your Help
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    Saving animals from euthanasia is a time consuming and expensive endeavor that requires many volunteers, financial contributions and donations.  Whatever you can do helps! For more information on how you can help, please  follow this link. (Insert links here)

    Thank you for considering supporting SAFE.

  • Our Mission...
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    - We are committed to rescuing as many animals as we can from kill type shelters,  and to relocating them in preparation for their adoption.

    - We are committed to working with the public and shelters to discover and reduce the real causes of companion animal euthanasia.

    - We are committed to the raising of awareness, the education and the development and implementation of effective programs that reduce both the numbers of unnecessary births and the destruction of the great numbers of adoptable animals each year.

    - We are committed to raising funds and to support our goal and mission.

    - We are committed to providing you an opportunity to contribute and support SAFE through the giving of your time as a volunteer, through financial support and through donations.

    We believe that with your support, SAFE will be able to achieve its goal.

  • Our Goal
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    ... is that there would be no pets destroyed. Understanding euthanasia as a problem, and removing pets from the fate that is euthanasia, is the first step toward obtaining this goal.

  • Who we are...
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    SAFE is a non-profit "No-Kill" organization (501(c)(3)), providing service to Tucson, Arizona and surrounding communities...

    … We are committed to developing a comprehensive, community-based resolution to the euthanasia of adoptable companion animals. While building on the traditional response of spay or neutering; sterilization alone, fails to address the realities of how animals end up in shelters in the first place. Overcrowding, low adoption rates combined with ineffective re-homing leaves standard shelters with little alternative aside from euthanizing thousands pets each year.

  • 4.Foster Care
  • Q - Where are adoption events and do I have to go to every one of them?
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    A - No you do NOT have to attend every adoption event.

    • We understand our fosters have dedicated their free time to us and that other obligations may interfere with bringing your animals to the site for every event.
    • We do ask our fosters to attend a minimum two events per month.
    • You can drop off your foster animal at or before the event start time, provide the pets information to our volunteers and return to pick up your foster at the events end.
    • You are also encouraged to stay and show your animal to potential adopters.

    Adoptions are held regularly. Please click on this link to view the schedule.

    On occasion we will have special long adopt-thons and events at other places but we will let you know via email ahead of time.

  • Q - What costs does SAFE cover?
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    A - SAFE will cover any medical cost for any veterinarian services your foster animal may require with previous authorization from SAFE management including:

    • vaccinations,
    • antibiotics
    • sterilization
    • and emergency care

    We will provide you with emergency contact numbers to get authorization in case of a medical emergency.

    If you choose to not get authorization or go to a veterinarian without our knowledge, you will be responsible for the vet bills. 

    We will also help with food and any other supplies you may need as donations permit.

  • Q - What EXPENSES are associated with FOSTER CARE and who pays them?
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  • Q - What if I decide I can’t let go of my foster and want to adopt him/her?
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    A - Many of us have fallen hard for our foster animals and have given them their forever home.

    • If you do decide adopt your foster, you will just have to sign the contract and pay the adoption fee.
  • Q - What if I have an age or size preference for the animals I want to foster?
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    A - We love to have a diverse group of fosters and will meet any requests you may have.

    • You only have to foster the number of dogs/cats you want . And you can let our foster coordinator know what size or age preference you may have.
    • Of course we know that there are those who want to foster only dogs or only cats and we welcome that as well.
  • Q - What is the foster approval process?
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    A - Joining our fostering program is easy and only takes a few steps.

    1. Fill out your foster application and submit it online. Our foster coordinator will contact you by phone or email to discuss your application and answer any questions you may have.
    2. After you are approved, we will schedule a quick 15-30 minute home visit to see where you will be keeping your fosters. This visit also gives you the opportunity to ask any other questions you may have.
    3. Finally the best step, get your new foster animal(s) and show them some love.
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    6.Donations
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    7.Videos
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