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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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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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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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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