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urban rescue Study Group

The TCSS Urban Rescue group accepts donated plants from homeowner landscapes.

These donations typically result from plants that have outgrown their space or are located in a place where a home remodel or landscape change might otherwise destroy the plants.

We accept cactus and succulent plant donations but we do not provide landscape service like moving plants in a landscape.

We do not accept all plants for donations. Common, fast growing or unhealthy plants are generally not accepted. Each donation offer is evaluated on a case by case basis.

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible charitable contributions. We provide a donation verification letter when requested.

If you have a possible “Urban Rescue” donation, please email the information about the donation to

In your email, please include the following information:

  • Contact Information - Name, Address, Phone and Email
  • Plant Description - Size and Variety (If known)
  • Photos - This is important. Here's what we are looking for in the photos
    • Plant ID
    • Access - Narrow gates? Close to buildings? Underground power or water lines?
    • Size - Bulk and weight - how many volunteers we will need to lift it. What kind of vehicle will be needed to transport it?

What we do with the plants

    • Larger specimen plants are generally used in the demonstration gardens at Pima Prickly Park. This is a public county park developed and maintained in cooperation with Pima Co Parks & Rec.
    • Some plants are set aside for TCSS plant sales that support our many educational and conservation programs and activities.
    • Plants that are not needed to support our programs sometimes are “adopted” by volunteer members that participate in the Urban Rescue Study Group.  Members are trained on the job to properly transplant or take cuttings for propagation.  Like every activity at TCSS, education and conservation are at the structural core of this program.

Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society (TCSS)

PO Box 64759  -  Tucson, AZ 85728-4759   -   Phone: (520) 256-2447  -  Email:

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