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A Letter from our Chief Executive Officer

Spring thoughts with Steve

Monday, March 22nd, 2021

SPRING HAS COME, and we are celebrating a wonderful season of renewal for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. We are compassionately serving pets and the people who love them in ways both time-tested and brand new. You can read about many of these important and innovative programs in these pages — programs that only succeed with your support. Thank you.

You have enabled the pets and people we serve to not just survive, but thrive, during a year in which all of us faced many challenges. In June 2020, you provided loving forever homes for more animals than in any month in the previous five years, and our adoption numbers continue to be strong. Because of your generosity, our shelter medical team saved the lives of hundreds of pets who came to our door with life-threatening health issues. Our amazing staff of clinic veterinarians provided high-quality care for pets from low-income families in record numbers—an achievement that, along with increasing our free pet food distribution, helped to meet the needs of our community in a time of crisis. We are moving forward to meet Southern Arizona’s needs in new ways and new places. We have heard your requests, and we are acting.

You told us you wanted more support for training and behavior, so with the help of our dedicated donors, we have begun building a new Education and Behavioral Center, in collaboration with the University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine and working with local animal behaviorists, so that we can get you the tools you need to keep your family healthy and happy for your pet’s entire lifetime. And you told us you wanted a new animal services center on Tucson’s eastside. We listened. Later this year we will be opening a new eastside location — with your help we will ramp up adoptions, admissions, clinic services, and much more in the near future. Stay tuned!

With your support, there’s nothing we can’t do to serve pets and the people who love them.

Steve Farley, Chief Executive Officer
Humane Society of Southern Arizona