Tucson Cold Wet Noses Fosters, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) dog rescue in Southern Arizona dedicated to rescuing vulnerable dogs from local Arizona shelters and finding them perfect homes through successful adoptions or long-term hospice foster homes.
Founded in 2006 by a small group of like-minded friends, Tucson Cold Wet Noses initially operated like many other rescues by primarily rescuing youngish, healthy dogs that, with a little love and training and socialization, could be adopted by loving families.
Over time, the all-volunteer rescue recognized an urgent need to rescue Tucson’s “unadoptable” dogs - dogs who are old, sick, or injured and in desperate need of a safe, loving place to land. With this knowledge, Tucson Cold Wet Noses shifted their focus and began rescuing senior, medically fragile, and hospice dogs from various shelters in southern Arizona who have placed dogs on medical or euthanasia lists.
Once rescued, the dogs are housed with approved foster families in the Tucson area and live with them as if they were their own. At any given time, there are approximately 100 dogs in the care of Tucson Cold Wet Noses. Happily, some fostered dogs ultimately become healthy enough to be adopted by a Tucson area family. Sadly, most of the dogs rescued by Tucson Cold Wet Noses enter into hospice care with foster parents who will lovingly care for them until it is time to cross the Rainbow Bridge.
In addition to general age-related issues like vision problems, bad teeth, and arthritis, some foster dogs are lovingly treated for conditions like diabetes, epilepsy, heart problems, Valley Fever, Cushing Disease, spinal injuries, cancer, and more. Because of the vulnerable dog population they serve, Tucson Cold Wet Noses incurs medical expenses much higher than many other rescues.
Tucson Cold Wet Noses relies on generous donations to help keep all fostered dogs fed and vetted. Foster parents are always needed to love and care for more and more dogs, so if you live in the Tucson area, please consider completing a foster application.
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