What it means to be ‘kennel reactive’

We recently featured Periwinkle, an adorable blonde hound who had been waiting in our shelter for over 100 days. We were becoming concerned with his increased kennel reactivity and wanted to make sure that he found a home soon. Periwinkle is a very sweet and gentle dog. We learned that about him quickly. Like many of the animals here, he did not deserve the long wait that he has had with us to find a […]

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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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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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What is Feline Leukemia Virus?

What is Feline Leukemia Virus? Feline Leukemia Virus, or FeLV, is a retrovirus that causes cats to have a weaker immune system. It is a contagious virus, and is spread from cat to cat through saliva and other bodily secretions. However, it is not a highly contagious disease, and usually requires a prolonged period of close contact between an infected cat and susceptible cats. Many people will never consider adopting an FeLV positive cat because […]

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Mother’s Day for Dogs

Happy Mother’s Day! It’s also Mother’s Day for dogs, and we decided to honor all of our beautiful mama dogs! Many of them have been living at The Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) shelter for far too long. We knew we had to do something special for our sweet girls, and when we came across Sophie Gamand’s Flower Power project we were immediately inspired! We crafted our own flower crowns to show a sweet, […]

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Bonded Cat & Dog!

This cute duo, Zeus and Turbo, came into The Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) last week as a bonded pair. What is a bonded pair? A bonded pair is two animals who have generally grown up together and formed a bond so close that one or both animals do not respond well when they are not placed together. It is best for these animals to be adopted into the same home. Zeus and Turbo […]

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Which Super Pet Are You? [Quiz]

Superman’s got nothin’ on SuperDog! We know you’re a superhero when it comes to helping animals in need. You might even be saving the world. But when it comes to being cute, we’ve got you beat. We’ve got a series of super pets for you that are certainly the cutest superheros you’ve ever seen. Curious to find out which one you match with? We want to know, which super pet are you? Take the quiz […]

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Adoptable Cats Nez and Tandem

Have you met adoptable cats Nez and Tandem? These adorable brothers are currently living at The Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA)’s Main Campus. They are as sweet as they come. Nez and Tandem are 6-month-old Siamese Chocolate Point cats. Check out the video below to see more. These cats tested positive for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, or FIV. That might sound scary or daunting, but it’s really not. FIV is a retrovirus, similar to Human […]

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Which Cat Breed Are You Most Compatible With? [Quiz]

Did you know different breeds of cats have different temperaments? A cat’s temperament can differ even within a breed. It can depend heavily on your cat’s personality. For example, even though most Maine Coons will be independent and most Tortoiseshells will be feisty, yours may not be. The more time you spend with your cat, the more you will learn about his or her personality and temperament. There are, however, some general breed personality traits […]

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Paw Print Painting With Shelter Dogs

We’ve been doing so much DIY lately, and we thought it would be cool for our dogs to get in on the action. This is Paw Print Painting With Shelter Dogs. Supplies: Blank paper or a printed out picture for your dog to walk on A sheet or board to put underneath so the paint doesn’t spill in your house or yard Paper plates to put the paint in Non-toxic, washable kids’ paint That’s it! […]

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