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HSSA and Cochise County

A life-changing and life-saving opportunity for the pets of Cochise County


TUCSON, AZ (03-16-22) - On Tuesday, March 15th, Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick announced that over $1.1 million in federal funds have been appropriated to allow Cochise County, in coordination with the Humane Society of Southern Arizona and Friends of the Bisbee Animal Shelter, to design and remodel a vacant County building into a modern animal shelter managed by HSSA, saving thousands of lives in coming years. This funding is part of Rep. Kirkpatrick’s Community Project Funding allocations included in the government funding package, “Omnibus” that passed last week.

Partnering with Cochise County government, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona began efforts last year to aid Cochise County pets in dire need through regular transfers of animals from Douglas to HSSA's Main Campus in Tucson, AZ. While assisting the existing Cochise shelters in this and other ways, HSSA has been working toward the creation of a full-service  shelter in Bisbee to serve pets throughout southeast Arizona. Now the effort moves toward raising money to match the federal funds and get the shelter built as soon as possible.

“The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is grateful to be able to further our mission of serving pets and the people who love them by offering our services to the residents of Cochise County through this forthcoming state-of-the-art shelter. The new HSSA Bisbee Shelter will serve as a model for how large urban shelters can assist rural governments and animal advocates in our mutual goal of saving lives and maintaining public health. We are immensely grateful for our partners in Cochise County and the vision and action of Congresswoman Kirkpatrick, Senator Kelly, and the other members of the House and Senate for supporting this vital project.” - Steve Farley, Humane Society of Southern Arizona

“I’m incredibly proud that my office was able to help secure federal funds for this investment that will save thousands of animals in southeastern Arizona,” said Rep. Kirkpatrick. “Growing up in rural Arizona, I know how difficult it can be to get desperately needed resources, I believe this project can be a model for how rural communities approach collaboration toward animal welfare in under resourced, vast regions. I commend Steve Farley and the entire HSSA team, our Cochise County government, and local municipalities for their leadership and advocacy on this important project.”

To learn more about how to help HSSA's current efforts and future plans for a Cochise County shelter please click here or reach out to HSSA's CEO, Steve Farley, at or call 520-327-6088, ext. 183.


The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is extending our mission beyond Pima County.

Your contributions in both time and money will directly support HSSA's exciting new collaboration with Cochise County government, the City of Douglas, the City of Bisbee, and the University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine to save hundreds of pets' lives every year.

Working with little funding and space, animal shelters of Cochise County have been struggling to save as many pets as they can in cramped, small spaces that are inadequate for the pets they serve. With a yearly intake of more than 1,000 animals, this lack of space and resources has forced some of these shelters to make heartbreaking choices. In Douglas alone, 30% of dogs and 70% of cats are euthanized annually.

We can save those lives. That's why starting this July, HSSA is taking urgent action with your help. Working with a wide variety of engaged partners and committed volunteers, we will begin transporting an average of ten animals per week from the Douglas shelter to our main campus in Tucson to save their lives, provide for their health and behavioral needs, and find them loving homes.

Working with the U of A College of Veterinary Medicine, we plan to provide weekly veterinary service to shelter and public pets in Douglas, including spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, wellness exams, and more, starting later this year.

We are simultaneously seeking $2 million in funds to convert a former juvenile detention facility in Bisbee into a state-of-the-art full-service HSSA animal shelter and clinic which we hope to open to the public in early 2024.

In all, this project has the potential to serve 10,000 homeless pets in its first five years of operation.

This innovative collaboration for homeless and at-risk pets in Southern Arizona will become an inspiration for rural shelters across the country, saving thousands and thousands of lives in the process. Won't you join us in making this lifesaving vision a reality?

Your generous gift will allow us to provide a wide range of services that will help us find loving homes for the homeless pets of Cochise County who are currently at risk of euthanasia. These services include spay/neuter surgeries, quality medical treatment, behavioral training, sheltering, and more. Your contributions are truly life-saving. Give now!

Become a Volunteer Transporter and help us drive pets from Cochise County shelters to HSSA's Main Campus in Tucson where they will receive full medical evaluations, spays/neuters and get ready to find their forever homes. To become a volunteer transporter please email