A Day in the Life of a Shelter Dog

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Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a shelter dog is like? The following fictional story is based on the real day-to-day operations that take place every single day at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA). We love and care for the pets in our shelter, and do everything we can to give them the best life here while they wait for their forever family. Andie’s “Tail” 6:30am: *Yawn!* Today […]

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Dog-Friendly Halloween in Tucson 2017

dog-friendly Halloween in Tucson

Halloween is less than three weeks away. If you’re starting to think about what to do to celebrate, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of dog-friendly Halloween events in Tucson for you and your whole family to attend! Don’t forget to check out our DIY Cactus Costume for dogs if you’re still looking for a cute, creative, and unique costume for your four-legged friend. SWEAT for PETS October 22nd, 7:30am – 12pm The Humane […]

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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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DIY Cactus Costume for Dogs

There are only four weeks left until Halloween! For many of us, Halloween means dressing up. If you’re dressing up, perhaps you’ve already thought about what you want to be. If you have a kid, you’ve almost certainly already been told what they want to be. But have you thought about a costume for your dog? Sure, you could run to the store and buy a costume for your dog. Unfortunately, most of the costumes […]

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How Sharing a Pet on Facebook Can Save Their Life

On August 30th, 2017, a sweet dog named Georgia was adopted, and all of our staff and volunteers gave a collective cheer. Georgia had been at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) for over a year – a year and five months, to be exact. HSSA received Georgia in early April of 2016, as a transfer from another Arizona shelter. We could tell right away that she was a very scared dog. We knew […]

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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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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

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  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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How Much Exercise Does My Dog Need? [Quiz]

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No matter the size or breed, every dog needs an outlet to use up their extra energy and maintain optimum health and fitness. Dogs have a lot of energy, and if they don’t get a chance to burn off that energy, they will turn to other means of expressing it. If your dog is barking excessively or engaging in a lot of destructive behavior, they may not be getting enough exercise! Providing your dog with […]

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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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