"Dogpatch" is the nickname given to a rural area of southern Tucson (just south of the Tucson Airport between Old Nogales Highway and South Swan Road) that has been used for many years as a dumping ground for garbage and animals, both dead and alive. The signs of neglect, overpopulation, and sometimes abuse of domesticated animals are more than apparent to an outsider of this community, but seem accepted or ignored by most of its residents. Angels for Animals Tucson tries to help not only the animals here, but also the people too, by educating them on free and low-cost spay and neuter clinics and proper animal care so that the cultural "cycle" of old ways can be changed for the better.
We are not proud to display the graphic photos below, but these are the kinds of things we see on a typical visit to the area, even today. Although the situation has improved since we started in December of 2009, awareness needs to continue so Dogpatch is not forgotten and any progress gained so far isn't lost.