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In 70 years, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona has undergone a steady evolution to become 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.
A community in which all pets are cared for and loved.
Today, we work to give the best care to each homeless pet that comes through our doors. We go to extraordinary efforts to ensure all pets get care and love from our staff before they go to the homes where they will be cared for and loved for the rest of their lives.
But we are so much more than a shelter. In addition to the Low Cost Spay & Neuter services, we offer low-cost vaccinations to help keep the pets of our community healthy. And to ensure that the lives of our pets continue to improve, we have an extensive Education and Outreach program to teach the importance of humane treatment and proper care of pets.
Combined, these programs make up the pillars of our organization.
Because of the our extensive programs, our dedication to the welfare of animals now and in the future, and our ability to save an average of 95 percent of the pets we receive, we proudly acknowledge our role as a leader in the practices of the “No-Kill” movement.
Most importantly, we are long-standing part of this community – one that is on a journey to create a better future for pets and the people who love them. We are thrilled to be making that journey with Tucson.
The Humane Society of Southern Arizona was founded in 1944 by a group of concerned and compassionate animal lovers led by our first president Mrs. Guerin Wilson. The Humane Society of Tucson, as it was known until 1998, initially shared space with Pima Animal Control. It took only a few years, however, to realize that the mission and goals of a private, nonprofit animal welfare organization and those of a government shelter were not the same.
For much of our history, the HSSA operated as a shelter whose primary purpose was taking in homeless pets and finding them homes. Over time, however, the importance of preventing more of the homeless pets we saw from being born became apparent. In 1974, the HSSA began a spay/neuter program that continues to this day – with more than 12,000 pets being served each year.
FACT: The HSSA is a completely independent agency, founded in Tucson in 1944. We are not an affiliate of any national organization or government agency. We are 100 percent powered by local philanthropy.
FACT: You may see letters, ads and commercials from the Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA or even PETA. That’s not us! We are your local animal welfare organization – when you give to the HSSA your dollars stay local.
FACT: More than 90 percent of the animals in our care are adopted to loving families thanks to the HSSA’s innovative standards and best-practice solutions. The HSSA has no time limits and is a leader in the no-kill movement.
FACT: At the HSSA, we believe that every animal deserves a fighting chance to find a forever home. We provide the best care, enrichment and environment possible to help each animal stay healthy and vibrant. The HSSA is a no-kill animal welfare organization and follows principles that meet or exceed those used to define an organization that way.
FACT: The HSSA does have a clinic, which allows us to offer high-quality lifesaving treatment for the animals in our care; however, we do not offer veterinary services to the public.
FACT: HSSA has no political or national lobbying function and is not affiliated with any political party. We provide the best care we can for animals in our community until we can find them a forever home, and that mission crosses all party lines.
FACT: Like our pets, the HSSA touches every part of community life. Here are a few examples of how we help humans in our community:
The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is proud to be a leader in the practices of the national ‘no-kill’ movement. We follow all 11 tenets of no-kill practices, as set forward by the No Kill Advocacy Center:
HSSA's Live Release Rate is 94%!