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How to Adopt

Finding your new best friend is easy

Here's how to do it!

How much does it cost?

Adoption fees help us care for the next homeless pet. Here's how much our adoptions cost:

Puppies (under 6 months) $200

Purebred puppies (under 6 months) $250

Small dogs (under 25 lbs., under 6 years) $150

Small dogs (under 25 lbs., over 6 years) $100

Adult dogs (6 months to 6 years) $80

Purebred adult dogs (over 6 months) $200

Mature dogs (6 years and older) $50

All Dog Adoptions Include

  • Spay or neuter surgery
  • De-worming
  • Microchip
  • Initial vaccinations include distemper / parvovirus, bordetella (kennel cough)
  • Free visit to a veterinarian of your choice
  • Rabies vaccination for dogs 3 months and older


The Humane Society of Southern Arizona requires all dogs be collared and leashed before leaving our property. You can bring your own, or pick up these items tax-free at our main shelter or our PAWSH stores.

How much does it cost to save a life?

Getting a pet ready for their forever home takes a number of necessary steps:

The average amount spent on each shelter pet is $910.

Every pet that comes into our care receives the proper vaccinations, a spay/neuter surgery, food, shelter, a warm and dry place to sleep, and if they need it, behavioral training and special medical attention.

We also make sure every single pet in our care gets a microchip, so that if they ever get lost, they can find their way back to the people who love them.

Featured Pets

Jackie 888732

Age: 1 year old

Breed: Pit Bull Terrier Mix

My story:

I am a short little Staffordshire mix, that comes with boundless energy and a huge personality. I get along with other dogs I like them and play well with them. I am currently living with a room mate, a more mellow gentleman, with whom I get along well. I am best with adults and don’t quite understand young children and should not be in a home with any. If you would like to meet me, please bring your dog so that we can determine compatibility.

DC 886344

Age: 6 years

Breed: Pit Bull Terrier Mix

My story:

DC the Tenacious Terrier

At first glance, you might see a plain brown dog, but spend some time with DC and you will notice his beautiful red-orange furs with a white blotch of “paint” on the back of his head that trickles down the side of his neck and around onto his chest. Cute little white “ankle socks” on his front paws and little white “toe socks” on his back ones, beautiful “mascara” markings around his eyes, and sweet natural floppy ears complete his handsome looks. This is one smart doggo who loves to snuggle in bed with his people, play with his toys, and patrol your yard for birds, lizards, and other annoying small rodents. You enjoy guests? So does DC! In fact he has not met a human that he doesn’t like. But he is out polite and does not bark or jump up on visitors. A scratch under his chin or on his rump makes you a life-long friend. You like doggy kisses? DC gives the best. At 58 pounds, he is no lap dog, but don’t tell him. He loves climbing onto a chair with you for a quick snuggle.

He could stand to learn some “leash manners” because in this Tucson heat he hasn’t practiced much. He is a strong puller and would do best with a harness since he tends to choke himself with just a neck collar. Did I mention that DC is smart? Just one demonstration of his kibble Kong and he can empty it in a matter of minutes. I believe he would make a terrific agility dog as I have watched him walk on a “balance” beam, crawl through a tunnel, and run and jump as gracefully as a show horse. Don’t be put off by his age, they say he is six years old, but he seems to have the energy of a pup half his age. And why do I call him tenacious? Because he does not forget the last place he saw or smelled an animal intruder and will visit the place constantly.

Please call HSSA at 520 327 6088 ext. 173 to schedule an appointment to meet DC!


Age: 5 years

Breed: Domestic Mediumhair

My story:

Abby Tabby is a beautiful girl! With her luxurious coat and gorgeous eyes, you couldn’t ask for much more in a little orange gal. She loves to roll around and show off how pretty she is!

Abby is FIV positive, and this doesn’t slow her down any! She needs to be an inside girl to keep up on her appearance, and be fed a good quality diet to keep her slim and trim.
Abby loves other cats and can be in a home that has cats in it that are not FIV positive. FIV is not transmitted easily between cats and so all that is required is a gentle introduction between all felines in the home.

Please call an adoptions counselor at 520-327-6088 ext 173 to set up an appointment to see this lil’ lady!

Pink 887387

Age: 14 years

Breed: Domestic Medium Hair

My story:

Hi, I’m Pink. I am an older girl who’s just looking to break out of here into a cozy new space. I will leave you alone if you want, and will just live out the rest of my years in peace. Will you please help me out so I don’t have to be stuck in this cage anymore? I can be a bit sassy, so even if you work a lot, but just want some animal vibe around your house, then I’ll be happy to fulfill that desire for you.

Woodstock 881559

Age: 7

Breed: Coonhound

My story:

Hi, my name is Woodstock and I am a 7 year old American English Coonhound. One of my buddies from the Humane Society is assisting me with my bio and my search to find a best friend or a family and home that loves me for more than just my handsome face. I do admit that I am a fine looking dog, many consider me to be the Brad Pitt of the kennels. Because of my Coonhound breeding and traits, I need to be with someone who is familiar with the breed. I love to sing and also share my opinions with anyone who will listen. While I think I have a beautiful tenor singing voice and am a very good talker, not everyone appreciates my volume or capacity to speak over you! However, true hound aficionados will love and swoon over my vocal styling (your neighbors and family may not). I have been told that I can be stubborn and don’t always listen. I think I just am extremely focused when something interests me, which is a good thing if you have been bred to be a hunting dog. I am obsessed with anything that has wheels! I get very excited when I see or hear motorcycles, bicycles, and golf carts. The nice people at the shelter let me start my morning with a ride in one of the facility golf carts! My ideal partner would be a golfer that could take me with them on the golf course; I could ride in the cart and keep you company! My friends at the Humane society think that I would probably do better living where there is not a lot of street traffic (bicycles and motorcycles). Playing with toys is for babies and I am just not interested. However, I would love to go on several very long walks every day, I am not a fast runner (unless I see one of those wheeled things), but I have great endurance! I am all about smelling things, that is my favorite thing to do and that is what Coonhounds excel at. I think I might enjoy formal scent training. I take a while to know a person and warm up to them. Once I trust you, I will let you massage the back of my legs (my favorite), rub my lovely long ears, and I will sit next to you and give you Hound Dog kisses. If you want me to play fetch or jump into your lap, find a different guy! I need to be your only pet. I have lived with my sister, other dogs, and even cats. I am told that I have a serious problem with resource guarding (other animals, not people). I need very good fencing and supervision when I am outside, or I will serenade the neighborhood. I have been living at a shelter for a year and while I love my friends here, I need a home with someone who loves me for more than my good looks. Coonhound experience and breed knowledge preferred. Good fencing and a safe environment. A really cushy dog bed would be a bonus! Please call 520 327 6088 ext. 173 if you would like to schedule an appointment to meet me today!