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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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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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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Give Your Feral Cats Shelter and A Chance to Survive the Winter

There will be no need to worry about your feline friends when the temperature drops with this easy feral cat shelter! These DIY feral cat shelters won’t break the bank, and will help your feral cats be more comfortable and safe. Cats that spend time outdoors are exposed to a variety of risks, including the weather (yes, even in Tucson). If you care for a community of feral cats, it is normal to wonder whether or […]

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Can A Dental Exam Save A Life?

Can A Dental Exam Save A Life? The short answer is yes. Thanks to Pedigree and a $20,000 grant, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) is providing life-saving dental work for shelter dogs. After completing a shelter transfer from an animal care center that had no on-staff veterinarian, we realized just how lucky our adopters are. Every pet that leaves our shelter for their forever home has been spayed/neutered, fully vaccinated, and had all other […]

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Holiday Safety Tips for Cats and Dogs

Your pets might not be as annoyed as you when it comes to your brother-in-law, but the holiday season can still be stressful for furry friends! Check out this list of 5 things that put you in the holiday spirit, but could land your pet at an emergency vet visit (talk about a buzz-kill). 1. The hustle and bustle! If you’re having guests over and your home is a little more hectic than usual, make […]

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How Do I Know if My Dog is in Pain?

They can sense illness and anxiety in us, but it’s hard to know for sure with a pet if they are in tip-top shape! People get seriously connected to their pets. When your pet gives you extra snuggles and kisses because you’re feeling down, it’s easy to think that you would be able to sense the same things in them and be able to provide the proper care. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and […]

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FAQ: Am I Ready to Adopt a Puppy?

Today’s question is…Am I Ready To Adopt A Puppy? There are many things to consider when adopting a puppy. Puppies are cute and cuddly, but they also require a lot of work and dedication. Watch this video and scroll down for more points to consider before adopting. SUPPLIES: Puppies need a lot of supplies. When you take home your puppy, you should also count on purchasing bowls, food, a leash, a collar, a crate, puppy […]

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Tucson Dog Park Tour

Tucson was voted “Top City for Pets” in 2015 by pets360.com and PetSmart! The Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) wants to share the best dog parks for you to explore with your favorite fur-ever friends! Check out the Tucson Dog Park Tour map below and don’t forget to share with your dog walking friends and family! You can also download and print the PDF shown above and click here to share with your friends!  […]

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