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Our 75th Anniversary

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Seventy-five years ago, the story of our forever home began with the goal of finding more humane ways to help homeless animals in our community. From this humble beginning, and for the next seventy-five years, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona has worked tirelessly to serve the homeless pets and the people who love them in Southern Arizona.

We're now moved into our new home and, over the past year, we've been eagerly preparing for our 75th Anniversary! We're proud to have served our community for so long. Join us in celebrating this milestone throughout 2019. Here's to another seventy-five years!

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Press Release for the 75th Anniversary Banquet

For Immediate Release:

Humane Society of Southern Arizona Prepares for Diamond Anniversary

CBS Television Star Brandon McMillan to Keynote Banquet Dinner

Tucson, AZ (May 30, 2019) — On July 13th, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) will celebrate their 75th Anniversary with a Banquet Dinner at the Hilton El Conquistador that will commemorate three quarters of a century of service and honor those who have worked to maximize the organization’s success in serving more than 1,000,000 pets since it opened in 1944.

Celebrity dog trainer and television personality Brandon McMillan, host of the CBS series “Lucky Dog,” will keynote the event, which will also feature unique live and silent auction items ranging from original artwork by local artist Diana Madaras to an autographed Rolling Stones guitar.

One of the HSSA programs that will receive special recognition at the event is their innovative New Beginnings Canine Program. The program pairs dogs that have arrived at the shelter after facing adverse living conditions, neglect, abuse, or other trauma with selected Department of Corrections crew members who work with the dogs through an eight-week course to improve their adoptability and socialization skills. Local singer and songwriter Amber Norgaard will also debut a song at the event that she wrote to celebrate the New Beginnings Canine program.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the fact that we are celebrating 75 years of animal welfare, public education, and advocacy, as well as compassionately connecting Southern Arizonans with animals in need,” stated Diana Cannon, Chief Development Officer for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. “From humble beginnings as the Tucson Humane Society on Kelvin Boulevard to our amazing new facility on Roger Road, we’ve led the way in adoptions, low-cost veterinary services, education, microchipping, therapy, and now, with our New Beginnings Canine Program, a wonderful opportunity to help at-risk animals and crew members from the Department of Corrections. We invite the public to join us on this special evening to commemorate 75 years of service and community commitment, and to discover that our impactful work goes beyond the critical service of adoptions,” she concluded.

The 75th Anniversary Banquet gets underway at 5:00 pm on Saturday, July 13, at the Hilton El Conquistador at 10000 N. Oracle Road.  For tickets and more information, please visit

About the Humane Society of Southern Arizona

Since its founding in 1944, the non-profit Humane Society of Southern Arizona has undergone a steady evolution in becoming the full-service animal welfare organization it is today. Acting with compassion and responsible stewardship through innovative programs that serve pets and the people who love them, HSSA is built on three pillars: shelter and placement, prevention, and education and outreach.  With a vision that Tucson and Southern Arizona becomes a community in which all pets are cared for and loved, HSSA is proud to be a leader in developing and using best practices that advance the standards of animal welfare in our community and the nation. For more information please visit

Our 75th Anniversary Celebrations

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You're invited to join us for our 75th Anniversary Banquet for a night of activities at the El Conquistador Hilton Resort beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 13th.

We've been on an incredible journey over the last 75 years! Join us for an evening celebrating our history, dining, and fun. The night will include special guest speaker and television personality Brandon McMillan of CBS's "Lucky Dog". There will also be a silent auction with some inspired items and a live auction that will include artworks from artist Diana Madaras, a history retrospective of what we've accomplished in our 75 years, and a look to the future with our New Beginnings Canine Program.

For Sponsorship opportunities or to purchase a table contact Business Development Specialist Porsha Martinez at

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Make our anniversary your anniversary!

Love is in the air, not in your wallet. Don’t miss your chance to win a wedding for you and your love! HSSA is turning 75 this year and in honor of us, we want to honor you. Simply upload a photo of you and your partner for a $10 donation, then ask your friends and family to vote. Each vote is only $1. The couple that receives the most votes by May 19th will win a wedding for 30 guests, styled by Eastland Alley Co., a cake, wedding dress and more! That’s right, we’re taking care of all the details for you, stress free, so Bridezillas need not apply.

Patriots Paws and Pages

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is hosting a very special edition of our Paws and Pages Literacy Program.

Each year, 4th of July celebrations cause many of our community’s pets to experience anxiety and fear. This will be the first ever Paws and Pages event for adults to read to shelter pets! Active duty and veteran members of all branches of our armed forces and any adult who cares about reducing shelter pets’ stress levels during the holiday, can join us on July 4th from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. to read to shelter cats and dogs.

Every participant of this event can receive one FREE book from Bookman's donated library to read during the event and then take home!


HSSA's Educator Appreciation Week

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona's Education Department wants to celebrate the hard work and dedication of teachers and educators. As part of the festivities for our 75th anniversary, educators are invited to enjoy a week-long adoption event thanking Tucson's educators and teachers.

During our Pets for Educators adoption event, all pocket pet, cat, and dog adoption fees will be SPONSORED for all teachers who adopt a pet during the week of July 8th through July 14th at HSSA's Main Campus. Just show I.D. that indicates you are an educator to take advantage of the adoption special.

We want to thank all of these amazing sponsors of our Pets for Educators event!

School's out. Let's party!

Along with our Pets  for Educators sponsored adoption event, our Educator Appreciation Week will feature the Top of the Class Teacher Social. If you're a teacher, educator, professor, or instructor in Southern Arizona, you're invited to join us on Friday, July 12th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at our Main Campus.

Relax after the long school year and mingle with other TOP educators. Enjoy food and drinks, campus tours, humane curriculum materials, meet our ambassador pets and Pet VIP dogs. We'll have tote bags, books, and exclusive giveaways, too!

We want to thank our amazing sponsor for our Top of the Class Teacher Social event!

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Woofdown Wednesday never tasted so good.

This year, Woofdown Wednesday is a part of our 75th Anniversary celebrations! We're partnering with the yummiest restaurants, eating establishments, and local businesses for a single day of Woofdown deliciousness.

Dine out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner (or all 3!) on Wednesday, July 17th at one of our participating Woofdown Wednesday restaurants and a portion of your meal purchase will go towards supporting the pets and programs of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.

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HSSA 75th Anniversary Time Capsule Dedication Ceremony

Join us at our Main Campus at 635 W. Roger Rd on Thursday, July 11th for a time capsule dedication ceremony, cupcakes and more as we celebrate our 75th anniversary and prepare for the next 75 years of helping to save homeless pets in Southern Arizona.

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HSSA Presents "Lassie Come Home" at The Loft Cinema

Celebrate our 75th with a FREE screening of the original Lassie film starring Elizabeth Taylor. The film would have been showing in local theaters 75 years ago when HSSA was founded!

Showtime is Sunday, July 28th at 2 p.m. at The Loft Cinema. Starting July 1st, look for tickets at HSSA Main Campus, PAWSH Park Place, HSSA Thrift Store, and Ten55 Brewery and at other 75th Anniversary events.

We want to thank our sponsors of our screening of Lassie Come Home!

Interested in becoming a sponsor for one of our events? Learn more by clicking the button below.