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HSSA Adoptable Pet of the Week

Meet Icy

Monday, January 11th, 2021

Don’t let Icy’s name fool you, his personality is anything but cold! Icy is a warm, gentle, and loving boy who would love to be a part of your family. He’s 3 years old and has lived successfully with kids and cats before. Icy loves meeting new people and loves scratches on his chin. He’s a vocal cat who wants to impress you with his adorable sounding chirps, meows, and purrs. Meet Icy by making an appointment at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona by calling (520) 327-6088 ext 173.

Local Artist and Humane Society Honor Beloved Rescue Dog

Tuesday, January 5th, 2021

Lulu spent over 8 months at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA), working with dedicated staff and volunteers to keep her happy and healthy while she waited for a forever home. After exactly 245 days, her perfect family walked in the door and walked Lulu out of the shelter into her new, happy life.

Lulu recently returned to HSSA with her adopters, who added Lulu to their family on February 23rd 2020, to attend the unveiling of "Lulu's Yard", a new exercise yard on HSSA's Roger Road Campus. Steve Farley, HSSA CEO, stated, "We are so grateful to the generous anonymous donors who decided to honor volunteer-favorite Lulu, and the volunteers who helped her, with a beautiful new exercise yard for our shelter dogs to romp and play while they await their forever homes."

The new yard will be used by dog-walking volunteers for behavior socialization and much needed exercise. While dogs at HSSA get walked every day, this yard offers them an opportunity to run around safely off-leash.

Hannah Carl, HSSA Public Relations Coordinator, added, "Having this extra space will be an invaluable tool for our dog behavior and enrichment programs, and the fact that it honors one of HSSA's longest and most beloved residents makes it that much more special."

HSSA finds loving homes for thousands of pets each year. The average time a dog or cat has to wait to be adopted is 17 days. There are still too many dogs and cats like Lulu who have to wait much longer, and the public is invited to open their hearts and homes to a special dog or cat like Lulu who has been waiting for a loving family. Find your new best friend today at

Lulu's Yard features a metal sculpture entry-way designed by local welding artist Todd Rose of Rose Metal Works. The artwork was commissioned by the Lulu's Yard anonymous donor. If you would like to contribute to help HSSA save the lives of pets, you can visit

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HSSA Adoptable Pet of the Week

Meet Talulah

Tuesday, January 5th, 2021

6 month old Talulah is an absolute delight! This gorgeous freckled girl loves to do zoomies in the yard, and is awesome at keeping herself entertained. Talulah loves squeaky toys, and adores every new person she meets. She’s a total lovebug who just wants to play and play all day long! Talulah would love to live with other dogs that are similar in size as her, and she has lived successfully with cats in the past. Make an appointment to meet Talulah at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona by calling (520) 327-6088 ext 173.

How did the year 2020 impact HSSA

2020 was quite the year

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

We've all been through a lot this year. We saw our first closures in March followed by new procedures and precautions put in place to keep our pets and the people who love them safe, it's been a year.

By June we had adapted so well to this new normal that we were seeing MORE ADOPTIONS THAN EVER before in these summer months. We attribute this to our new processes and to the public's attitude toward bringing a forever friend into their now socially distanced lives.

We created cute dog, cat and rabbit face masks. We continued to transfer at risk pets into our care from all over Arizona including the 900 dog hoarding case from Casa Grande in September of 2020.

We took our beloved Puttin' on the Dog annual gala online and to television for the first time ever. Between our Puttin' on the Dog Tail-a-thon and our Giving Tuesday efforts we replenished many of the funds that were lost throughout the year.

But most of all we helped thousands of homeless pets by transferring them into our care from overcrowded shelters, placing them into loving foster care homes and providing them with all medical procedures needed to start their 2021 year off on the right paw.

This year was a struggle in many ways but with your gifts we turned that struggle into action. Your tax-deductible gifts made before midnight, tonight, December 31st will allow us to continue to adapt in this ever changing world and to help every pet we encounter thrive.

One More Great Reason To Give!

Under the CARES Act pandemic relief program that passed in March, individual taxpayers can take a deduction of up to $300 for donations made in the year 2020. You still also get to claim the standard deduction, making this a one-time incentive for people to support nonprofits like HSSA without having to itemize on their tax return. Give now. 

HSSA Adoptable Pet of the Week

Meet King

Tuesday, December 29th, 2020

If you’re looking for a big dog that just wants to lounge around with you, come meet King! King is sweet and laid back and very obedient! He is always working to be on his best behavior and loves going for walks! He does great on a leash and will sit for treats and toys. King loves to go on outings outside of the shelter with his volunteer friends, and loves meeting new people out in public! King is 7 years old and ready to win you over with his adoring smile.


You can meet King by making an appointment at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona by calling (520) 327-6088 ext 173.

HSSA Adoptable Pet of the Week

Meet Waffles

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

Waffles is an 8 year old long haired cat with oven mitts for paws. If you like quirky cats, you’ll love Waffles. And this sweet guy knows just how special he is. He loves to show off his big paws in exchange for head scratches. He enjoys receiving attention, but his favorite thing is curling up in a nice warm spot for a nap.

You can meet Waffles by making an appointment at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona by calling (520) 327-6088 ext 173.

HSSA Adoptable Pet of the Week

Meet Big Red

Monday, December 7th, 2020

Big Red is the lovable goofball that has been missing from your life. This 1 year old sweetheart is all lap dog. Whether it's climbing on top of you for snuggles or romping around in the yard with a friend, Big Red is ready for any kind of adventure!

Make an appointment to meet Big Red at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona by calling (520) 327-6088 ext 173.

HSSA Adoptable Pet of the Week

Meet Aspen

Monday, November 16th, 2020

Aspen is a total sweetheart. This gentle 3 year old boy is quiet, affectionate, and just wants to be loved. Meet Aspen by making an appointment at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona by calling (520) 327-6088 ext. 173

You can help homeless pets in need by bidding in our online Holiday Pawction! Our online auction site hosts hundreds of local and unique items that will make great gifts for the pet lovers in your life. Browse our Holiday Pawction now and start bidding between November 27th and December 6th.

HSSA Adoptable Pet of the Week

Meet Jarhead and Happy Veterans Day

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

Jarhead is a one year old boy who is looking for his forever famiy! Jarhead would love a home that provides him with ample exercise and training. He is very smart and eager to learn. Jarhead will serve his new owners well and make an outstanding addition to your family.

To learn more about this adorable pup please call 520-327-6088, ext. 173 to speak with an adoption counselor.


HSSA Adoptable Pet of the Week

Meet Gabby

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

Gabby is a 2 year old cat with a big personality! She’s a chatterbox who loves attention and enjoys having her head scratched. Gabby is so sweet and sociable, and even sometimes gives kisses! If you’re looking for a cat who can always keep you entertained, come meet Gabby.

Make an appointment to meet her at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona by calling (520) 327-6088 ext 173.

Together for the Holidays

Milo and Phoebe will spend the holidays in warm beds receiving the medical care they need thanks to our generous donors.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

A FIVE YEAR OLD spaniel mix was found laying motionless under a tree in late September. A Good Samaritan approached the small dog sure that his time had come but was shocked to see two little eyes open and look up at them. He was alive and now on his way to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.

Our Good Samaritan carried Milo through HSSA’s doors and our medical team immediately got to work with a lump in their throats. The urgency to diagnose and treat this sweet boy was strong with our shelter medical team. He looked up at them with crusty and matted eyes and seemed to ask for help. We quickly found that Milo was suffering from one of the most severe cases of Valley Fever that our staff had ever seen. This fungal disease had run rampant in his body without treatment, likely for his entire life. Because of this he is suffering from cachexia or “wasting syndrome”. Symptoms of wasting syndrome include extreme weight loss, muscle loss, a lack of appetite, fatigue, and decreased strength. Our team started him on Flucanazole, pain medications and other medications and treatments to treat his anemia, Valley Fever and overall disintegration.

There were many moments that we weren’t sure if Milo was up to this course of care. How could his tiny, frail body handle these medications? Eating was even hard for him at first. But day by day Milo improved. Milo looked a little brighter. Milo moved his paws out toward staff as if reaching for his future. And we’re happy to announce that his life was saved. Milo is still in our Second Chance Medical Unit and still receiving life-saving care thanks to donors like you. Milo has slowly begun to walk again and his tail wags when he sees his favorite vet techs. He has been given a chance to live a long and healthy life thanks to the support of our family of donors.

Five month old Phoebe was surrendered to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona by her owners after sustaining a life-threatening dog attack. Her kitten arm was pulled under a closed door by a dog in the home. She was in serious pain with large wounds across her arm and shoulder. HSSA was able to take Phoebe in and provide care thanks to the monies raised over the past year in our Second Chance Medical Fund. Phoebe was a star patient for our team and she didn’t seem to skip a beat after the accident. Phoebe purrs and rubs up against visitors when they stop by the Second Chance Medical Unit. She will finish up her healing in the warm and calm home of one of HSSA’s amazing Foster Care families. We know Phoebe will make a full recovery and bring great happiness to her forever family when that great day comes.

These are just two stories of healing and hope. There are so many others that never find their names in our magazine. HSSA cares for more than 5,000 pets each year. With your help we provide medical care and treatment as well as the basic necessities like food, water, safety and shelter. Some of these pets come to us after living hard lives in need of a second chance, while others are born at HSSA or come to us very young in need of a healthy beginning. With your tax-deductible gifts we are able to help them ALL. This holiday season please join our family of donors and make a gift in honor of Milo, Phoebe or the pet that grew your heart.

Make your tax-deductible gift now at

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HSSA Clinic’s Pet Dental Cleanings

Do you know how to brush your dog’s teeth?

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

PET OWNERSHIP IS a wonderful thing. The benefits, joy and love a pet brings into our families’ lives is immeasurable. Of course, these rewards come with certain responsibilities and expenses. Pet food, grooming supplies, toys, collars, and bedding (all available in our PAWSH stores) are associated costs that most pet owners consider before adopting a pet into their households.

Even when pet owners are well-aware of the requirements for great veterinary care for their furry family member, the actual costs can come as a terrible shock – especially when dental care is needed. Infected gums and rotted teeth cause great suffering, so dental care is a necessity. But anyone who has had more than regular check-ups and cleaning can attest to the expenses associated with going to going to a human dentist. Dental procedures for pets can be even more expensive.

That is why the Humane Society of Southern Arizona’s Spay and Neuter Clinic has expanded our Wellness Program services to include many essential and life-saving dental care options for pets. The Wellness Program works to serve households that may be struggling to afford veterinary care in these difficult times. Dental procedures offered by the HSSA Spay & Neuter Clinic include dental exams and x-rays, cleanings, bloodwork, and much more, and are available for everyone, regardless of income.

Spaces are limited. To check availability and to learn more about our Wellness
Program or to apply, visit

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HSSA’s Shelter Medical Heroes

The heroes behind the amazing stories that result from the Second Chance Medical Fund.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

ONE OF THE amazing aspects of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona are the quality of people who work and volunteer within the organization. From our Adoptions staff who celebrate every time a homeless pet finds a forever home, to the volunteers who walk every dog and play with every cat, there are a lot of things happening all the time at HSSA. Even among the extraordinary things that go on every day, the work that is performed by HSSA’s shelter medical team is truly remarkable.

Medical cases entering the shelter fall under the care of Shelter Veterinarian Dr. Santana Overton and her team. Together, they treat and save the lives of hundreds of homeless pets every year. From the simplest exam to critical medical crises, HSSA’s medical team treats every patient with genuine care and devotion.

On any given day, HSSA’s shelter medical staff have a busy schedule. From checking on each patient in recovery, to prepping for every procedure on the medical board, shelter veterinarian Dr. Overton and her team dedicate themselves to every pet that enters the shelter and requires medical care. It can be grueling, thankless, and sometimes emotionally heartfelt work.

Dr. Overton and her team of JarieAnna, Stefanie F., Stephannie M. and Stephanie C. (ed note: Yes, HSSA’s shelter medical team has three ‘Stephanies’!) are the heroes behind the amazing stories that result from the Second Chance Medical Fund. These patients who need medical treatment above that which would normally be available are why the Second Chance Fund is so important. It provides the financial support that these cases require while the Humane Society of Southern Arizona’s medical team supplies the expertise, love, and care that turn these difficult medical cases into victories.

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Puttin' on the Dog Tail-a-thon

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

PUTTIN’ ON THE DOG has been the Humane Society of Southern Arizona’s most important fundraising event for each of the past 22 years. It is an award-winning gala that had become a tradition in Tucson. Planning and production by HSSA’s Events team, Marketing team, and committee members had already begun at the start of the COVID-19 crisis. The decision was made to first postpone and then ultimately replace the grand, in-person event with a televised, virtual version and the HSSA Puttin’ on the Dog “Tail-a-thon” was born.

Production began in August on the television special and HSSA’s Marketing and Events teams hustled to replicate as much as possible the orginal Puttin’ on the Dog’s fun and excitement, including the heartwarming stories and the important message of HSSA’s mission.

The Tail-a-thon was hosted by HSSA’s own Marketing and Public Relations Lead, Monique Conway and philanthropy auctioneer Bobby D. Elhert of Call to Auction, and included special appearances by local community leaders and business owners, including Tucson’s Mayor Regina Romero. Musical performances were provided by local musicians John Coinman and Blair Forward, Sabra Faulk, and Ted Ramirez and the Santa Cruz River Band. The powerful and inspiring stories featured throughout the show were produced by Hannah Carl, HSSA’s Social Media Coordinator.

The response to Tail-a-thon by the community was tremendous. The special aired on October 10th and 11th and was able to exceed our goal of raising more than $100,000 to continue shelter operations for the thousands of homeless pets that HSSA will care for in the coming year. HSSA staff and volunteers worked the telephones and received a flood of calls with donations and support for the Second Chance Medical Fund during the televised event.

The staff, volunteers, and pets at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona thank everyone who watched, donated, and supported HSSA’s vital work.

If you missed the show it is always viewable from the HSSA YouTube channel at The program has ended but the need has not. To make a donation visit

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HSSA Holiday Gift Guide

Give the purr-fect gift while making a difference for homeless pets.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020
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THE SEASON OF giving is upon us! This year, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona is proud to offer holiday ornaments and cards by the renowned local artist, Diana Madaras. These beautiful ornaments and cards are an amazing opportunity to support the Humane Society while giving the gift of art! These are truly one-of-a-kind gifts and a chance to own original artwork by Diana Madaras! Get your holiday ornaments and cards now at

Wondering what to get the animal lovers in your life who have everything? PAWSH Park Place and PAWSH Roger Road have unique and special pet-themed gift items you won’t find anywhere else. Candles, cards, mugs, and more make memorable and touching stocking stuffers that show just how much you care. Don’t forget a delicious treat, a comfy new dog bed, or a one-of-kind hand-crafted jingle bell for your feline family member. You can learn more about how shopping at PAWSH helps support the work of HSSA by visiting

Gift-shopping at PAWSH isn’t the only way to shop and save lives with HSSA! Visit HSSA’s award-winning Thrift Store at 5311 E. Speedway Blvd, in Tucson. Go thrifting for that perfect gift or just find a great jacket or even a new Sam Levitz Furniture. There’s something new to discover every day and every sale directly benefits the animals at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. Learn more at

There’s even more incredible ways to shop this holiday season with HSSA. The Holiday PAWction has become a tradition in Tucson! Each year, bidders support the life-saving work of the Humane Society while winning truly remarkable and sought-after gift packages, items, collectibles, art, vacation stays and more. The Holiday PAWction has a huge impact on the lives of so many homeless pets, especially at this time of year. Visit to view all the amazing auction items and to start bidding! The Holiday PAWction runs from November 27th through December 6th.

Perhaps the most stylish gifts you can give this season are our brand-new holiday-inspired t-shirts! This year’s adorable design will be sure to delight the pet devotees on your shopping list. Be sure to grab yourself one, too! Visit our store online where you can find our shirts, facemasks, and even more cool HSSA swag. While you are there, pick-up some Millions for Tucson Raffle tickets for a chance to win a new truck from Jim Click Automotive- they make great gifts, too! Shop online now at and have a great time doing your holiday shopping while helping to save the lives
of the thousands of pets HSSA cares for throughout the year. Happy Holidays!

Zophia is home for the holidays.

Another Adoption Success Story

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

ZOPHIA’S ADOPTERS ORIGINALLY came to HSSA with their hearts set on a different dog. But the couple, Ismaly and Carlos, became discouraged when the dog they thought would be the newest member of their family had a negative reaction to Carlos’ wheelchair. After discussing the situation with an adoption counselor, Ismaly and Carlos agreed to meet Zophia.

“The moment they brought her up to us, she was filled with excitement and happiness towards both of us. After playing with her a while, we knew she was going to be a great fit.”

Zophia spent more than 4 months at HSSA. She was difficult to place because of her reactivity towards other dogs. But that didn’t matter to Zophia’s new parents. Zophia is loved and adored just the way she is, and is even getting along better with other other dogs. Ismaly says, “When we first brought her to our home, she made it hers right away. She explored all our rooms and just hung out with us from the start. I have nothing but great things to say about her transition. She brings us so much excitement and is friendly with everyone she meets. We thought we would be doing a good thing by adopting a dog that was given up, but we had no idea what a blessing she would be to us.”

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HSSA Adoptable Pet of the Week

Bandit will steal your heart

Monday, October 26th, 2020

If you’re looking for a dog that will never stop showering you with love, Bandit is your guy! Bandit is 5 years old and is the sweetest, wiggliest boy you’ll ever meet. He loves giving hugs and playing with people. Bandit has never met a person he doesn’t immediately fall in love with.

You can meet Bandit by making an appointment at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona by calling (520) 327-6088 ext. 173.

Some senior pets need extra help finding families

Don't forget about Envy

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

Today we're sharing 9 year old Envy once more. You may remember her video from a few months back. Envy has unfortunately been waiting for her forever family since June 2020. This sweet girl is older and is overlooked by many adopters due to her age. She is also nervous and living in the kennel for prolonged periods of time is not soothing to this old girl. She loves people and will do best in a calm and predictable home.

How can you help Envy? If you aren't in a place to adopt please SHARE Envy's video with your friends and family. Together we will find her the home she deserves! To learn more about Envy please call 520-327-6088, ext. 173.

HSSA Adoptable Pets of the Week

Meet King, Dinah and Thumper

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

We are excited for you to learn more about our featured pets of the week!

Seven year old King is as mellow as they come. This big, handsome boy is a complete cuddle bug and very mellow on his morning walks. He would make a great companion to a loving family. Who could resist his big, goofy smile!

Dinah is an 8 year old senior cat who has stunning yellow eyes and a pure white coat. She is very calm and loves to be pet. She would do best in a relaxing home and will enjoy being your lap cat.

And meet Thumper - this 8 month old rabbit was litter box trained in his previous home and was allowed free roam of the house! This fun rabbit will make a great addition to your family.

To learn more about these sweet pets watch the video below and call an adoption counselor at 520-327-6088, ext. 173.

Puttin' on the Dog Tail-a-thon Program 2020

Watch anytime below and thank you for your support!

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

This past weekend we premiered our Puttin' on the Dog Tail-a-thon 1 hour program in benefit of the Second Chance Medical Fund. Your continued support was overwhelming and we were so pleased to share this heart-warming stories for long term and new donors alike. If you missed it please feel free to watch below and share with your friends!