7 Commitments You Make When You Own a Dog

Owning a dog is a big deal, that’s no secret. Pet ownership is (and should be) a big decision with many factors. It goes far beyond just wanting a cute puppy to play with. Making the commitment to take care of another living being besides yourself can teach you a lot about yourself, about unconditional love, about responsibility, and even about making mistakes. All things considered, owning a dog is one of the most rewarding […]

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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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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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Pet Resumes That Will Impress Your New Landlord

We’ve all been there. The moment when you find the perfect apartment that checks all of your boxes – and then you find out they don’t accept certain breeds of dogs, cats or any pets at all! It instantly crushes your dreams. But there may be another way…pet resumes that will impress your new landlord. If you’ve found a home that is a great match for your lifestyle, but the landlord needs a little convincing, […]

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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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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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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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Summertime Frozen Dog Treats

Summertime Frozen Dog Treats It’s summertime! As the weather heats up, what is better than a nice, refreshing, frozen treat? Your dog deserves one too! At The Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA), we keep our pets in air-conditioned kennels and monitor activity to make sure pets stay cool and comfortable. We also treat our dogs with special, frozen treats and play time in our beloved kiddie pools. Check out the tutorial video below for […]

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