How To Fund-Raise for Sweat for Pets

This marks the fourth year for SWEAT for Pets, our popular dog walk fundraiser. Dogs and dog-walkers take over the University of Arizona’s Campus Mall for a fun, non-competitive bit of exercise! There’s the 3k course for everyone to walk, run and roll through, Geico’s Kids Fun Zone, hydration station, prizes, and there’s even a doggie costume contest. It’s fun for the whole family including your furry canine family. It’s been a very popular event in […]

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The most common pet mistakes we make according to vets.

Maybe you’ve been gently chastised by your vet for letting your cat pack on extra pounds or letting your dog’s teeth get out of hand. But there are plenty of times that veterinarians have held back, keeping their opinions to themselves about how we’re messing up with our pets. When the question was raised in a recent Reddit thread “what common pet care mistakes are we making with our pets?”, veterinarians weighed in with gusto, prompting more […]

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What it means to be ‘kennel reactive’

We recently featured Periwinkle, an adorable blonde hound who had been waiting in our shelter for over 100 days. We were becoming concerned with his increased kennel reactivity and wanted to make sure that he found a home soon. Periwinkle is a very sweet and gentle dog. We learned that about him quickly. Like many of the animals here, he did not deserve the long wait that he has had with us to find a […]

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Our New Forever Home, A Big Night Out, and A Look To The Future!

We’ve had a big month! There’s a lot happening at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona and we want to share in our excitement with everyone. The month of April has seen some significant changes for the HSSA. We’re making history as we strive to make the lives of shelter animals better. Our ten-year trek to our new location is now complete, and we’ve been busy with our annual fundraiser. Now we’re ready to get […]

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Monsoon Pet Safety

Monsoons come as a relief at the end of the hot summer, but the cooler temperatures bring out many hidden dangers to our pets! Some of these dangers include flash floods, thunder storms, standing water, and mosquitoes, just to name a few!   Monsoons help bring our temperatures down. When it is cool outside, hiking with your dog is often a fun, sought after activity. This year, we have seen many flash floods come through […]

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Colorado River Toad Dangers

Living in the desert presents many dangers to our pets that are not seen in other parts of the country. As pet owners, we have to protect our pets from rattlesnakes, coyotes, javelinas, bobcats…and toads? You don’t often associate toads with the desert, but encounters with the Colorado River Toad, also known as the Sonoran Desert Toad, can be fatal. During monsoon season, Colorado River Toads are alerted by thunder that it is time to mate. […]

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Back to School

Kids are already heading Back to School and your schedule is filling up quickly. This time of year is stressful, not only for us, but for our pets, too. It can be difficult for your dog to adjust after becoming accustomed to spending all day with their favorite kid during the summer. To help them transition try to establish a new routine. Before you leave for the day, plan on taking them for a walk. […]

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Craft for Cats (With a DIY Tutorial!)

Do you love to spoil your cat with love and toys? Have you ever considered making your own toys? Join The Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) on Friday, July 21st for our Craft for Cats event at Lucky Cat Social Art. You will have the option to take two different classes. The first class will take place from noon to 5pm, and you will be able to make a variety of family-friendly, cat-themed crafts […]

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Excessive Heat Pet Safety

The temperature of the pavement during Tucson’s hot summer months is hot enough to burn the pads of your dog’s feet.  We know your dog loves to go on walks, but it can be dangerous. Do you know the basics of summer pet safety? To keep your dog safe, do the 5 Second Rule before every walk. Go outside to where you plan on walking and place the back of your hand on the surface […]

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Do These Things When You Find A Lost Pet

It has happened to all of us: you’re driving to work, school, or the gym, and you see a dog or cat wandering by itself. What do you do?! Well, it’s not exactly a black and white answer. We’ve put together this list to help you figure out what to do! 1. Consider whether you are the animal’s best option. Your first instinct may be to pull over and help the animal. But you may […]

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