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Our Humane Philosophy and Position Statements

The principles that guide our work

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona has been serving Tucson and the surrounding area since 1944. During that time, more than 1 million pets have passed through our doors.  Our practices and programs have evolved over the years, but one thread has held strong; ending the needless euthanasia of pets due to lack of space or time limits. As the No-Kill ideology has spread throughout our country, countless organizations have also been working toward that same objective, but the term often causes confusion that can lead to divisiveness.

HSSA has created life-saving programs and a comprehensive set of guidelines, allowing us to save over 90% of the pets who enter our care. HSSA never euthanizes a pet for lack of space or length of time. However, as an organization, we have determined that sometimes the best course of action, and most importantly the most compassionate decision for the pet, is to humanely end their suffering.

Pets that are terminally ill, suffer from severe injuries or medical conditions, or are too dangerous to safely place back in the public, are humanely euthanized. As every pet owner knows, it is never an easy decision, but one that is always made in the best interest of the pet.

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona has implemented programs that will help lead our community to long-term and sustainable changes in the way people view their companion pets. From our school-based education programs to our low-cost clinic services, partnerships with other nonprofits, and adoption and foster programs, we are leading the way to a better future for pets and the people who love them.

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona values and champions diversity and inclusion. These values are part of who we are.

Together, we will continue to build an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates the diverse voices of our HSSA team  and the communities we serve.