Which HSSA Shelter Pet Are You? [Quiz]

At The Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA), we know that every dog out there has a perfect match. We think you might have a perfect match in our shelter, too. Which HSSA shelter pet are you? There are so many benefits of adopting a shelter dog. Not only are you saving a life, but you’re also bringing great joy to your own life. Adopting a shelter dog can enrich your child’s life, and in more […]

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How a Shelter Dog Can Enrich Your Child’s Life

Pets enrich our lives greatly! Children specifically can benefit immensely from shelter pets. How can a shelter pet enrich your child’s life? Children will learn about misfortune of others and the importance of helping out when you have the ability. Having children interact with or adopt a shelter pet will demonstrate that it is important to be a helpful and kind person. Pets can also be great teachers of empathy. Children will see that opening […]

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3 Reasons You Should Adopt a Bonded Pair

Twice the fun, twice the comfort, twice the rescue. A bonded pair of animals has generally grown up together, and they have formed such a close bond that one or both animals respond poorly when not with the other. Why should you adopt a bonded pair? We’re giving you three great reasons. Plus, a video of a sweet bonded pair. At The Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA), we often see animals come in together […]

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10 Quotes for Cat Lovers

If you’ve ever had a cat, you know that it is a special relationship that is unlike any other. Cats can be very independent and strong willed, which is why their love is so appreciated when they decide to grace us with it. Cats are elegant and peaceful creatures and the ideal pet for so many lifestyles. “74-96 million cats are owned in the United States. Approximately 37-47% of all households in the United States have […]

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Did You Know That Dogs Feel Your Emotions?

Humane Society Comfort Dog Program

It’s no surprise to us that dogs feed off our emotions and take their cues from their perception of how we are feeling. But we didn’t know just how much they are truly picking up on. A recent study from The Royal Society suggests that dogs are picking up on subtleties like facial expressions and tones of voice. They tested this by having people talk to dogs in different languages and different tones to see […]

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5 Ways to Help Your Dog With Anxiety

5 ways to help your dog with anxiety

Anxiety can be the most uncomfortable feeling, and the worst part is that you don’t know why it is happening. Sometimes it comes out of nowhere and all you can do is try to hang on. Dogs can have a similar relationship with anxiety. They can feel overwhelmed, and they don’t have a way to understand what is happening to them. It is our jobs as loving owners to help direct our dog’s energy and see it as […]

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