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HSSA Adoptable Pets of the Week and More!

Meet Goliath and Luciano

Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

This week, meet long-stay adoptables, Goliath and Luciano, and learn more about the mythical magic that awaits at this year's youth humane education Fall Break Camp!

HSSA Long-stay Adoptable Pets of the Week

Meet Frida and Simba!

Tuesday, September 7th, 2021

This week, meet long-stay adoptables, Frida and Simba, who have been waiting in the shelter for their forever families to find them for over 100 days. Help them find their happily ever after!

HSSA Adoptable Pets of the Week

Meet Tank and Dora, and learn more about the happenings at HSSA

Tuesday, August 31st, 2021

This week, meet adoptables, Dora and Tank, and learn more about how HSSA's Paws & Pages Literacy Program can help build confidence and literacy skills in your child, and how you can get them involved!.

Freeman Education and Behavior Center Groundbreaking!

Monday, August 9th, HSSA commenced construction on its revolutionary new center, the Freeman Education and Behavior Center

Tuesday, August 17th, 2021

The Freeman Education and Behavior Center will alter the animal welfare industry forever, and aims to become a blueprint for animal shelters across the nation to emulate and help build a brighter future in our country for pets and the people who love them.

This center takes major leaps in allowing us to support pet owners in Tucson and the surrounding area long after they leave the adoption clinic with their forever family.

From behavioral training events and youth camps to our Community Cat Program and research partnership with the UAZ College of Veterinary Medicine and their Canine Cognition Institute, you will find it all at the Freeman Education and Behavioral Center.

Please enjoy this video highlighting the vision of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona and all the generous donors who made this incredible advancement possible.

HSSA Adoptable Pets of the Week and More!

Meet Moochie and Tazzy

Tuesday, August 17th, 2021

This week, meet adoptables, Moochie and Tazzy, and learn more about the ground breaking ceremony that commenced the construction of HSSA's revolutionary new addition, the Freeman Education and Behavior Center.

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is set to break ground on its revolutionary Education & Behavior Center on Monday, August 9th with Mayor Regina Romero and other local officials.

Friday, August 6th, 2021

A monumental moment in the animal welfare industry has come to light as the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) breaks ground on its newest revolutionary endeavor, an Education and Behavior Center, with appearances and comments by Mayor Regina Romero, Supervisor Sharon Bronson, Judge Maria Felix, and UA Canine Cognition Institute Director, Evan MacLean on Monday, August 9th at 8:45 am.

This new center is the final of a three phase plan the Humane Society of Southern Arizona has taken on in order to see through its mission of ending pet homelessness in Southern Arizona. Beginning with a crucial move to its new, larger, more modern campus at 635 W. Roger Rd, this final phase will become the heart of that home in further strengthening the relationship HSSA has with its community as an accessible and reliable resource for them and their pets.

As the animal welfare industry embarks into a new era that extends far beyond an adoption-centric model, HSSA is at the forefront. Its new Education and Behavioral Center will provide pet-families in our community with the tools they need to solve behavioral problems and deepen the bond they have with their pets.

At the heart of the new center will be a 2,000 square foot, climate-controlled, training room, with capabilities of extending into an outdoor space as weather permits, that is designed to house community events and discussion, multi-faceted pet behavioral training, and youth humane education classes and camps. Additionally, HSSA’s Community Cat Program will be headquartered in another wing of this center, providing the opportunity for new programs to be birthed that will allow for more community cats to become eligible for adoption and find loving homes.

The space will likewise house two state-of-the-art behavior research rooms that will act as research hubs for the innovative and essential research being conducted with the University of Arizona’s College of Veterinary Medicine and their Canine Cognition Institute. A partnership that HSSA is passionately committed to upholding and supporting. To learn more about the type of research to be performed at the center, click here.

The Education and Behavior Center stands as a pillar on which animal welfare in Southern Arizona can grow, evolve, and improve. A symbol of the ground-breaking moves HSSA is making to fulfil the promises it has made to homeless, at-risk, and adopted pets here in our community, and the people who love them.

HSSA Adoptable Pets of the Week

Meet Simba and Reno

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021

This week, meet adoptables, Reno and Simba, and learn more about HSSA's upcoming fall banquet, Rescue Me, as we host best-selling author Michael Hingson, and enjoy a night of fun that benefits HSSA's Education Department

HSSA Adoptable Pets of the Week

Meet Luciano and Biggie, and learn more about HSSA upcoming events

Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

This week, meet adoptables, Biggie and Luciano, and learn more about how HSSA has partnered with Cathy's Sewing and Vac's Not-so-traditional Christmas in July event.

HSSA Adoptable Pet of the Week

Meet Ruby Jean

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

“ Hi friends! My name is Ruby Jean and I am a 5 year old Australian Cattle Dog mix with a gentle soul and a lot of love to give! When you first meet me I can be a bit shy because I’ve spent a lot of time living in and out of shelters, but, don’t worry, that hasn’t snuffed my spirit! All it takes is a little lovin’ and I will become a fun-loving, affectionate girl who will brighten all your darkest days. My favorite thing in the whole world is curling up on the couch squished in between my family and demanding LOTS of belly rubs. If you enjoy being loved as much as giving it, then I am your girl! Come meet me at HSSA's Main Campus at 635 W. Roger Rd. or call an adoption counselor today to learn more about me! Call 520-327-6088, ext. 173."

HSSA Thrift Store has found its forever home

HSSA Thrift Store kicks off its inaugural day with a Grand Opening celebration event on July 17, 2021.

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

Tucson, AZ (July 13, 2021) - The Humane Society of Southern Arizona Thrift Store has found its new, forever, home and will be opening its doors to the public for the first time on July 17, 2021 with a Grand Opening celebration event beginning at 10:00am. 


The grandiose event will take place at the newly renovated HSSA Thrift Store located at 1010 S. Wilmot Rd., just north of 22nd Street, and will feature fun games and activities for the whole family to enjoy, amazing giveaways, a live mariachi band to kick off the event with an authentic Southwest bang, and, the topper of it all, a chance to shop in the brand new store. 


The shopping experience in this new store will be unlike anything our shoppers have experienced with us before. The enormous 16,000 square foot space has been thoughtfully designed with our thrifters in mind, and will feature all of the elements our patrons have missed since moving from our original location as well as all of the aspects they have loved since moving into our previous location at Park Place Mall. It will have everything from the bargain bins to the high-quality Sam Levitz furniture overstock selections, and will bring back the “thrift store” atmosphere that has been greatly missed. This space will also house our donations center, so everything will conveniently be in one place.


With a new, larger space, the new Humane Society of Southern Arizona Thrift Store will be able to expand its efforts in helping homeless and at-risk pets in our community and the people who love them through hosting vaccination clinics and on-site adoption events. Additionally, the proceeds from the store will continue to flow directly back into the organization to provide support for the programs and services of HSSA that save thousands of pet’s lives every year. 

Newly Named Petco Love Invests in Lifesaving Work of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona

Grant of $10,000 will help save more pet lives in Southern Arizona

Monday, July 5th, 2021

Humane Society of Southern Arizona announced today a $10,000 grant investment from the newly named, Petco Love, to support their lifesaving work for animals in Southern Arizona.

Petco Love is a nonprofit leading change for pets nationally by harnessing the power of love to make communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since their founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, they’ve empowered organizations with $300 million invested to date in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. And, they’ve helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and more than 4,000 organizations, like ours, nationwide.

“Today Petco Love announces an investment in the Humane Society of Southern Arizona and hundreds of other organizations as part of our commitment to create a future in which no pet is unnecessarily euthanized,” said Susanne Kogut, President of Petco Love. “Our local investments are only one component. Last month, we also launched the first of our national tools to empower all animal lovers to drive lifesaving change right alongside us.”

“The Petco Love grant investment supports our efforts to provide lifesaving care for the cats, dogs, and other furry friends that come through our doors,” said Dave Eshbaugh, Director of Donor Relations at Humane Society of Southern Arizona.

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is a nonprofit organization that compassionately serves pets and the people who love them. It is a full-service animal welfare organization, assisting surrounding shelters by taking in hard-to-place pets and those with extreme medical conditions, providing space for pets in overcrowded shelters, and putting in extraordinary efforts to ensure all the pets that come through it’s doors get the care and love they deserve. Since 1944, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona has served over 1 million pets and has become a leader in animal welfare; achieving an average rescue-rate of 90% for the pets in its care. For more information about the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, visit To learn more about Petco Love, visit

For additional information contact:

Dave Eshbaugh, Humane Society of Southern Arizona,

520-327-6088 ext. 116,

Jennifer Perez, Petco Love,

Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

How you can protect your pets this Independence Day.

Wednesday, June 30th, 2021

Fireworks and the Fourth of July have been synonymous with each other since the very first Independence Day celebration in 1777. Their boisterous booms and bright colors reflect the pride and elation our nation’s citizens feel as we commemorate another year as a free, independent, nation, and honor the bravery it took for our founding citizens to lay the groundwork for the nation we call home today. While this tradition is a valuable one for us humans, this celebration boasts several celebratory activities that cause nothing but stress, anxiety, and fear for our pets, and the ramifications of that can end in tragedy.

More pets run away from their homes on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year, so having a plan to ensure your pets are safe and protected during the commotions of the day could be life-saving for them. In addition to fireworks, many of the activities on this day can be harmful to your pet. Here are some pet safety tips to help you keep your pet safe this Independence Day.

Keep your pet indoors at all times.
While it may seem like a fun idea to include your beloved pets in the festivities of the day, this will more than likely put unnecessary stress on them, and could end with them getting loose in a frightened effort to find safety. Even the most relaxed pets can be affected by the unusual sights and sounds of the Fourth of July, and the heightened stress can cause them to behave in an uncharacteristic manner - such as attempting to escape the household. The heat is also a major factor and keeping your pets indoors will also protect them from the deadly dangers of the heat.

Make sure your pet has proper and current identification.
Preparing ahead of time for a possible scenario in which your pet runs away from home is crucial. This includes, ensuring your pet has up-to-date ID tags securely fastened on their collar, getting them microchipped if you haven't already, and confirming with the microchip company that all of your contact information is accurate.

Make sure their environment is safe and secure.
If you are leaving your home to celebrate, make sure your pet’s area is secure and safe for them. Keeping your pet in a crate or escape-proof room will ensure their safety is helpful in reducing their anxiety levels throughout the evening. If you are hosting guests, ask them to help you with monitoring your pet’s anxiety levels, and place signs on all entrance and exit locations to remind guests to secure them as they come and go.

Keep common festivity items out of reach and away from pets.
Remember that many foods intended for human consumption can be harmful to your pet’s health. Refrain from giving them table scraps, and ensure all alcoholic drinks are out of reach. Don’t place glow jewelry on your pet, or allow them to play with them as the contents inside are toxic to pets.

NEVER set off fireworks near your pet.
Exposure to lit fireworks can increase the likelihood of your pet enduring severe burns, and the unfamiliar sounds, sights, and smells of fireworks can cause extreme anxiety in your pet causing them to bolt and potentially hurt themselves in search of safety.

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is dedicated to arming pet parents with valuable knowledge and safety tips to best protect their pets in any situation. It aims to remain a constant reliable resource and place of information for members of the community who have questions and strive to be the best pet owners they can be. HSSA is a proud member of the community here in Southern Arizona and is hopeful these tips will reduce the number of lost or injured pets in Tucson this coming Fourth of July.

In the event you do lose your pet, or find a runaway pet, this weekend we are here to help! By visiting our Lost and Found Page, you will find the resources you need to reunite with your pet, or help a pet reunite with their family, faster.

HSSA Adoptable Pet of the Week

Meet Buster

Monday, June 28th, 2021

“Hiya, friends! My name is Buster and I am an 8 year old Pit Bull Terrier Mix. My age may make you think I am a “senior”, but my spirit proves that is far from the truth. I am one-of-a-kind. Truly! Just look at my video, here, you’ll see. I’ve been told I have the best smile, and I must because every time HSSA volunteers or staff see me smile they light up. I’m quite beloved around here, and they are always telling me what a good boy I am. I love to play and get out my energy, but nothing beats quality relaxation time with my favorite people. Add some string cheese and I’m in heaven. I am just one big loveable pup looking for my very own family who will love and care for me forever. Won’t you give me a chance to be your best friend? Come meet me at HSSA's Main Campus at 635 W. Roger Rd. or call an adoption counselor today to learn more about me! Call 520-327-6088, ext. 173."

HSSA Adoptable Pet of the Week

Meet Nizhoni

Monday, June 21st, 2021

“Hi, friends! My name is Nizhoni, and just like my name I am a rare find. I am a 2 year old Shepherd mix and have been looking for my forever family for quite some time, but I won’t lose hope! I know my perfect family is out there and I can’t wait to meet you. I had a rough start in life, but HSSA has helped me so much and now I just love to take things easy and really smell the roses, you know? What can I say, I’m a sensitive soul! In my down time, I enjoy getting soft pets from my people and relaxing. I know I may look a little different, but that’s my favorite thing about me! I'm unique and proud of it. I’m gentle and sweet and LOVE playing with my doggy and human friends. I have so much love to give, and I just know that when my family finds me they will look at me and know that I am the one. I’m ready to light up your life! Come meet me at HSSA's Main Campus at 635 W. Roger Rd. or call an adoption counselor today to learn more about me! Call 520-327-6088, ext. 173."

HSSA Adoptable Pet of the Week

Meet Elfie

Monday, June 14th, 2021

“Hi there! My name is Elfie. I am a 10 year old persian cat aged to perfection with stunning soft and silky silver fur and electric eyes. While at the shelter, the staff has really helped me gain my confidence back, and now I am more than ready to show it off and find my forever family. As you can see from my video, I am very stylish with my new lion-styled haircut. It really brings out my eyes, don't you think? 😻 My favorite pastime is cuddling with my person. The moment I get into your arms I never want to leave. In those moments we will have great conversations and I will share all my love with you. I can’t wait! Come meet me at HSSA's Main Campus at 635 W. Roger Rd. or call an adoption counselor today to learn more about me! Call 520-327-6088, ext. 173."

The Colorado River Toad season is upon us, and these seemingly harmless amphibians pack a dangerous punch of toxicity that can immensely harm your dog. What to know and how to keep your dog safe.

Monday, June 14th, 2021

Here in the great Southwest we have the honor of sharing a home with some incredible, but deadly, wild animals. What almost immediately comes to mind are scorpions and rattlesnakes, right? You’re not wrong, however, there is a sneaky amphibian that is almost always forgotten, but has the ability to be fatal to your dog just as easily as a rattlesnake; the Colorado River Toad (also known as the Sonoran Desert Toad). 

Dawning from the Sonoran Desert, found from Central Arizona to southwestern New Mexico  and even down in Mexico, this impressive amphibian holds the accolade as one of the largest toads native to North America. Sporting an all-over greenish-gray coloring with a cream colored belly, the Colorado River Toad is most active from the end of May into September, and is nocturnal during the hotter summer months. You can be sure of one thing when the presence of the Colorado River Toad is made known... Summer monsoons are rolling in. 

In addition to its impressive size, this monsoon mainstay also packs quite a punch of tremendously potent toxins. This toxin is their best line of defense against predators, and is expelled from numerous glands within the skin. Whether it’s an innocently curious dog or a predator looking for its next meal, the moment these toads feel threatened this toxin is released, and when I say it packs a punch, it is not an exaggeration. The toxin is more than potent enough to be fatal to even a fully grown dog. 

As we approach the summer rainy season, and the most active time for the Colorado River Toad, we encourage dog owners to be extra cautious in their outings with their dog and offer an opportunity to further protect them with the HSSA Colorado River Toad Avoidance Training classes. In these classes dogs and their owners will acquire valuable and potentially life-saving training in Colorado River Toad avoidance. Each class lasts only 15-minutes, and has the potential to prevent an expensive, painful, and potentially fatal encounter with a Colorado River Toad. 

Being proactive in protecting our dogs through training classes and understanding the dangers of the Colorado River Toad, we are enabled with the ability to respect these impressive amphibians; providing them the space they deserve in their home, and keeping our beloved dogs safe from harm. 


Information Sources

Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum |


HSSA Adoptable Pet of the Week

Meet Diesel

Monday, June 7th, 2021

"Hi friends! My name is Diesel and I am a 3 year old lab mix that acts like a small lap dog trapped in a large dog’s body. I will do anything and everything that I can to make it onto your lap and into your heart. At 65lbs it can be a very uncomfortable situation for my owners, but when I gaze into your eyes, I like to think it makes me feel lighter in your lap. I live for attention and affection and I will work hard to prove to you how good of a dog that I am. I will take some patience and some consistent training, but the energy you put into me will result in the best friend you can have!"

If you are interested in meeting Diesel, please contact HSSA at 520 327 6088 ext.173.