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HSSA and Cochise County

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

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