Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails in Tucson

Slowly but surely, the weather is starting to cool down in Tucson. As a result, you might be getting outside and exercising with your dog. Here at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA), we know that getting your dog adequate outdoor exercise during a hot Arizona summer can be challenging. Now that fall is technically here, the pavement will be cooling down and the risk of your dog overheating will reduce. That means it’s […]

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What It Really Means to Advocate for Your Dog

Dogs can’t speak for themselves. So we have to speak for them. What does it mean to be an advocate for my dog? An advocate is a person who speaks or acts in support of or on behalf of someone or something else. Advocating for your dog means always doing what is best for them. As a dog owner, it is your responsibility to protect your dog from physical and emotional harm, and to ensure […]

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Predator Gone Silent: The Rattlesnake Debate

Predator Gone Silent rattlesnake on desert background

  There is one sound that no one in Arizona wants to hear when they are out hiking or camping: the telltale rattle of a rattlesnake. Even though hearing it may freak you out, it is actually helpful. We all know exactly what that rattle means, and are alerted to the fact that there is a rattlesnake nearby. If you are like most people, one of most important lessons you learned about snake encounters as […]

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What is Feline Immunodeficiency Virus?

At The Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA), we regularly take in cats with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and care for them until they find their forever homes. The truth is, most people don’t know very much (or anything at all) about FIV, so potential adopters often pass over cats with this virus. We definitely understand that adopting a pet with unique needs can be daunting if you’re not familiar with the facts. That’s why […]

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6 Do’s and Don’ts of Feeding Your Dog

silver bowl with dog food and 6 do's and don'ts of feeding your dog around the rim

In this day and age, most of us are pretty conscious about the food we put into our bodies. With the plethora of information out there about the different foods we eat, it’s hard not to be hyper-aware. But can we say the same thing about our dogs’ diets? We all love our dogs and want to select the best food for them to eat, but that is easier said than done. It’s important to […]

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Are You A Responsible Dog Owner? [Quiz]

September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month! Here at Letters from the Kennel, we will be celebrating by featuring a series of four blog posts containing tips, tricks, and trivia about dog ownership. No one loves us like our dogs, and no one loves our dogs quite like we do. But just like with our human children, dog parenting is hard! It’s easy to make mistakes, and oh-so-important to be educated. Owning a dog is a […]

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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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What To Expect When You’re Expecting Kittens

What to Expect When You’re Expecting Kittens! Over 1,300 cats were brought into The Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) during kitten season in 2016. Thanks to the warm Arizona climate, cats in our community breed more often than their colder climate counterparts. As kittens inundate shelters all over the nation, we really count on our communities to help us through this busy time. Read on to learn tips and tricks for adopting kittens and […]

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