As we’ve mentioned before here in our blog, we love pets.  That’s why we offer a good choice of pet friendly rentals for you, our clients, to choose from.  So in the spirit of pets and doing what’s best for them, we wanted to share some important news that we hope others will appreciate as much as we do.

Looking for a New Pet? Forgo the Puppy Mills at ‘Adopt, Don’t Shop’

adopt rescued animals in Tucson“Adopt, Don’t Shop” day also marks the effective date of Arizona’s harmful pro-puppy mill law, SB 1248. The law will prohibit cities, towns and counties from enacting ordinances banning the sale of commercially raised dogs and cats in pet stores and will void ordinances in Phoenix and Tempe. Due to the law, a draft pet store ordinance in Tucson that was pending the outcome of a lawsuit against the City of Phoenix will no longer take effect.

The public can avoid supporting cruel puppy mills by never buying a puppy in a pet store. Most pet store puppies come from commercial breeding facilities that force animals to spend their entire breeding lives in cramped wire cages, to have minimal food and water, to be exposed to extreme temperatures for prolonged periods of time, and to be given only minimal veterinary, dental care and grooming. Other pet stores who sell dogs and cats sourced locally are likely paying unlicensed “back-yard” breeders to produce popular breeds so that they have stock year round. These puppies and kittens leave the stores unaltered, unlike shelter-sourced animals, which must be altered before leaving. This practice contributes to the homeless pet issue and the costs to taxpayers and rescues. read more at

Personally, with a house full of rescue animals (currently and temporarily 5 dogs, 3 cats and a tortoise), our family can 100% vouch for the fact that these are great animals.  And we know there are just so many more of them waiting and hoping to be adopted at our local shelters (the Humane Society and Pima Animal Care Center – “the pound”).  There’s no need to encourage more breeding, leading to fewer existing pets finding good homes.  We hope you’ll agree.

Speaking of homes, Tucson has had some good news in that department too recently!

Tucson housing market is looking up by better-than-expected job growth, falling foreclosures and rising new-home sales, the first half of 2016 produced a long-unseen stability in the local housing market.

And while no one is ready to uncork any champagne, industry observers say the improvement in the first six months of this year is cause for cautious optimism.

“You can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Eric Gibbs, president of the Tucson Association of Realtors. “You can almost touch the end of the tunnel.”

In the first six months of the year, 1,051 permits for new homes were issued — an increase of more than 25 percent compared to the first half of 2015, when 892 permits were issued.

Foreclosures were down to 937 in the first half of 2016, the lowest level since 2007. It’s a major drop from the peak year of 2011, when 4,001 homes were foreclosed in the first six months, data from the Pima County Recorder’s Office show. read more at

Even during these typically slower summer months, we here at SunTree have been keeping busy with furnished rentals for a variety of different customers.  While no one is coming “just to vacation and soak in the heat”, the amount of activity we’re seeing during these hot months tends to suggest that our high season will be on pace to bring in significant visitors. It all bodes pretty well for Tucson overall, we think.

What do you think Tucson?  Are you generally feeling like we’re “seeing the light at the end of the tunnel?”  Granted, we’re about to head into high gear in the political season with a most unusual and contentious race that has people on both sides feeling rather bleak and dark about the prospects of “the other side” winning.  But that aside, we feel that Tucson is in a pretty good place these days.

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