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We're here to help! #ASKHSSA was created to help pets and the people who love them with questions about pet ownership and more. Have a question for us? Send an email to marketing@hssaz.org and stay tuned for our answer. For blog updates follow HSSA on Facebook by clicking here. 

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Can my dog choke on food? #ASKHSSA

Can my dog choke on food? #ASKHSSA HSSA’s Pet Safety and First Aid Classes can help you prevent medical emergencies like these. What to watch out for and how to prevent it from happening. Dogs love to eat, who doesn’t? The glee that most dogs exhibit as they gallop headlong towards a bowl of chow […]

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If I adopt a senior dog, will it have bad habits? #ASKHSSA

If I adopt a senior dog, will it have bad habits? #ASKHSSA Old dog; new tricks. Adopting an older dog or cat can be incredibly rewarding. Puppies and kittens are always a popular choice and are usually adopted very quickly. Older animals, on the other hand, have a harder time finding a family for several […]

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Why are two kittens better than one? #ASKHSSA

Why are two kittens better than one? #ASKHSSA Adopting a kitten is a big decision The time and care to raise a kitten is a lot of work! So, why would adopting two kittens be better than adopting just one? That’s a reasonable question and one we’re happy to answer. Companionship For starters, and this […]

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8 groovy bands who love pets #ASKHSSA

8 groovy bands who love pets Fifty years ago, music history was made at Woodstock. This year, in celebration of that momentous music festival, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona presents Woofstock – The dog-friendly concert celebrating 50 Years of Peace, Music, & Pets on Saturday, August 17th at the North Kino Sports Stadium 2805 […]

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Will he be a good ‘Dog Dad’? #ASKHSSA

Will he be a good ‘Dog Dad’? #ASKHSSA He’s a great guy. He just might even be ‘The One’, but how do you know if the love of your life will be the dog dad that your pooch needs and deserves? Being in a relationship is a wonderful and, sometimes wonderfully complicated, affair – especially […]

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Can my dog learn to read? #ASKHSSA

Can my dog learn to read? #ASKHSSA You might think the answer is a short and sweet “nope”, but your four-legged fur baby could also end up surprising you with their ability to seemingly comprehend the written word. While we’re not suggesting you dust off your college copy of Ana Karenina and chuck it to […]

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Should I adopt a bunny? #ASKHSSA

Should I adopt a bunny? #ASKHSSA It’s hard to deny how incredibly adorable bunnies are. Aside from dogs and cats, rabbits are one of the most popular family pets. Sadly, many people who buy a rabbit on impulse are not prepared to take care of it long-term. Easter time is an especially popular time for […]

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Why do you play music in the catios? #ASKHSSA

Why do you play music in the catios? #ASKHSSA Catio = Cat Patio (just in case your didn’t know!) One cool feature of our shelter is the indoor/outdoor spaces we provide for cats. These ‘catios’ also feature a sound system so our lounging cats can enjoy some tunes! Since classical music has shown to be […]

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Does my pet like music? #ASKHSSA

Does my pet like music? #ASKHSSA For humans, music is an essential part of our lives. We listen, we dance, we sing. The human heart beat was the first drum. Animals, on the other hand, have widely different reactions to music depending on the species.  According to research conducted in the field of zoomusicology (the […]

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What if my partner is allergic to my pets? #ASKHSSA

What if my partner is allergic to my pets? #ASKHSSA Sorry to hear that! Being diagnosed with an allergy to pets can be frustrating, especially for loving pet owners, or in this case, those who are looking at the possibility of living with a pet. Aside from the severe cases, many pet allergy sufferers have […]

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How much exercise does my pet need? #ASKHSSA

How much exercise does my pet need? #ASKHSSA The short answer, it varies. While there’s merit to the old adage “If your dog is overweight, you’re not getting enough exercise”, determining what is an appropriate amount of exercise for your pet depends more on your specific pet’s needs rather than your own BMI. Different types […]

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Does my pet love me? #ASKHSSA

Does my pet love me? #ASKHSSA Totally! Who wouldn’t love you. If you are curious about your pet’s true feelings for you, there are ways to tell! Learn to read these body language and behavioral cues and you’ll know that your fur babies really do love you! For dogs, leaning into someone is basically a […]