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The Humane Society of Southern Arizona continually strives to make our community one where all pets are cared for and loved. We publish a quarterly newsletter and an annual report and we make regular appearances on local media.

Our Publications

Humanely Speaking

Our quarterly newsletter is the best source for news, information, and updates on all of our programs, services, and activities. Back issues of Humanely Speaking are available on

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Annual Reports

At the end of each calendar year, HSSA publishes an annual report. Each annual report contains our financial numbers for the previous year, operations statistics including our adoption rates and clinic procedures, as well as a retrospective of our major accomplishments in the last twelve months.

You can read our recent annual reports on

Press Releases and Video News Releases

TUCSON, AZ – (12-15-2020)

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) is urging the community to rethink how they choose to celebrate the holidays this year. There are varying laws within Southern Arizona on permitted and prohibited fireworks. In Tucson, the purchase of fireworks is legal, but the use of them is not. However, many residents aren't aware of their local ordinances, and some choose to disregard them altogether. Many people celebrate New Year's Eve with fireworks.

HSSA wants people to be aware of the dangers of fireworks, and the stress they cause to pets. Hannah Carl, HSSA Public Relations Coordinator says, "Keeping pets safe and happy in our community is the priority. There are many reasons not to partake in at-home firework celebrations, and keeping pets alive is one of them." HSSA says that they see more stray pets reported after holidays where there were fireworks. The loud noises cause pets to panic and flee.

"When pets get loose, there's always a chance they won't return", says Carl. HSSA says that not only are pets vulnerable to traffic and predatory wildlife, they're also at risk of danger indoors. "Unfortunately, it's not unheard of for pets to die of fright, and 'Firework Fear' is very real, and the most common cause. Older pets, and ones with heart conditions are especially vulnerable. Although they may not be the majority, our 4 legged friends are still part of our community, and we should be considerate of that."

HSSA is encouraging the community to buy "Firework Awareness" lawn signs to place on their property. The sign is meant to encourage neighborhoods to rethink their holiday celebrations if they plan to use fireworks. The signs can be purchased online, ( or in person at the HSSA Main Campus (635 W Roger Rd.) Those who purchase online can opt to have their lawn sign delivered to their home.

Media Kit:
Photos, video, logos, text files and other media assets can be found here:

For additional information contact:
Hannah Carl
Public Relations Coordinator

About The Humane Society of Southern Arizona:
The Humane Society of Southern Arizona has served over 1 million pets since 1944. We take in pets from all over Southern Arizona, assisting smaller shelters by taking in hard-to-place pets and pets with serious medical needs – pets who might not otherwise have a chance at life. We heal their bodies and their hearts, and help them find loving forever homes. We believe in the power of community. Find out all the ways we can help you at our website,


Media Appearances

HSSA's Marketing Department visits with several local media outlets each week to spotlight our adoptable pets, discuss upcoming events, and topics related to our organization. HSSA's Public Relations Coordinator, Hannah Carl, features adoptable pets as well as upcoming HSSA initiatives. Check out our schedule of media segments below and be sure to tune in!

KGUN9 - Morning Blend

Tuesdays at 11 a.m.

Fox Daybreak - Pet Pals

Wednesday at 9 a.m.

KHIT - 107.5 FM

Thursdays at 8:30 a.m.

KDRI - The Drive 101.7 FM

Tuesday and Wednesdays between 6am-7pm

Media Inquiries

For all media inquiries please contact our Marketing Department at or 520.321.3704, ext. 146.

Media Kits

Our media kits feature location-specific photos, text, and logo assets approved for media purposes. We also have high-resolution photos and 4K video we are happy to share with your media outlet. Please send requests for media assets to our Marketing Department at or 520.321.3704, ext. 146.

Downloadable Logos for Media Use

Note: Please do not distort, change proportions or aspect ratio, separate any element from, or otherwise compromise our logo design. Thank you!

If you need another file type, please contact our Marketing Department at