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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10 Pets You Need to Follow on Instagram

At the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, we love Instagram. It’s a great platform that we use frequently to showcase the homeless pets in our shelter. And, of course, we love scrolling through our feed and seeing so many cute pets, including some great Tucson locals! Follow us on Instagram @humanesocietysoaz for our daily dose of cuteness, and then read this article for 10 pets you need to follow on Instagram. 1. Tinkerbelle @tinkerbellethedog Tinkerbelle probably […]

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15 Best Pictures of Dogs with Santa

15 Best Pictures of Dogs with Santa

Christmas is coming up, and you know what that means…Santa Claus is coming to town! Here at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, we’ve already had not one, but two Santa sightings so far this year! On the weekend of December 18th and 19th, we hosted Pet Santa photos here in Tucson. These 15 best pictures of dogs with Santa include some of the best, funniest, and cutest pics we snapped! 1. When you’re just so […]

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6 Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipes

6 Peanut Butter Dog Treat Recipes

November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month! Both humans and dogs alike can appreciate this delicious, protein-packed spread. Here are 6 peanut butter dog treat recipes for you to try! We won’t judge you (or tell your dog) if you eat a couple of them, too. Show your dog you are thankful for them this Thanksgiving by giving them high-quality, handmade treats, made, of course, with a secret ingredient called “lots of love”! Word of warning: […]

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Holiday Gift Guide for Pets

holiday gift guide for pets

Now that Halloween is over, it’s time to start thinking about the holidays! Maybe you already have your shopping under way, or maybe you haven’t even thought about it yet. Chances are, when putting together a list of who you need to buy gifts for, your pets don’t make the initial cut. But they’re family, and we know you’ll get them a gift sooner or later. If you’re thinking about getting a gift for your […]

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Awesome Halloween Costumes for Dogs

Halloween is almost here. If you’re in Tucson, you probably know that right before Halloween comes SWEAT for PETS! Either way, it’s all a great excuse to dress up your pup in a cute costume! We’ve rounded up some of the best costumes from last year’s SWEAT for PETS, to give you some ideas of what your dog can be. Also, don’t forget to check out this DIY Cactus Costume for another great idea. 1. Batman, […]

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A Day in the Life of a Shelter Dog

a day in the life of a shelter dog row of kennels

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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