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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Will our pets get along? #ASKHSSA

Will our pets get along? #ASKHSSA My girlfriend is moving in… will our dogs get along? First of all, congrats. Sharing toothbrush space with another human being is a big step! Asking your pets to get along is a different matter. Dogs and cats, like people, have personalities. Consider moving in with a complete stranger […]

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Pet Photography Tips

Pet Photography Tips Say cheese… Tips for taking the best photos of your forever friends. Sit boy. Your dog will always look better in a photo if they are sitting still. Master this trick with these tips and proceed to step two. Tempt with delicious treats! After photographing hundreds of shelter pets we can tell […]


Is it safe to take my dog hiking? #ASKHSSA

Is it safe to take my dog hiking? #ASKHSSA Yes, but be on guard! Hiking is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the Tucson area. However, there are some safety precautions to consider. You wouldn’t go hiking in the hottest parts of the year without ample hydration. If you’re taking your dog with […]


Can my pet be a therapy pet? #ASKHSSA

Can my pet be a therapy pet? #ASKHSSA Good question. Before we can answer this question, it is important to know that not every pet is suited to being a therapy pet. Therapy pets are introduced to new people and new environments constantly. They must possess a high degree of socialization towards strangers – especially […]

Super Bowl Snacks

Super Bowl Puppy Snacks

Super Bowl Puppy Snacks Celebrate the big game day with your favorite canines Whether you’re a Patriots fan or you back the Rams all the way, you are sure to be watching on Sunday, February 3rd. Check out these pet friendly treats you can serve up on game day. –Football cookies for dogs –Game Day […]


Rats enter retirement

Rats enter retirement Humane education ambassadors retire to forever homes Bubbles, Blossom, Buttercup, and Lucy have served the Humane Society of Southern Arizona Education department for the past two years. They have joined our Education staff in school visits, Summer Camps and Birthday Pawties. These rats helped children learn about gentle animal handling, pet overpopulation […]


Letters from The Kennel: Cute Halloween Pet Costumes Seen On Reddit

Letters from The Kennel: Cutest Halloween Pet Costumes Seen On Reddit We’re still recovering from this year’s candy haul, but managed to waddle over to our desks to gander at the inevitable cavalcade of the cutest pet costumes that users of the popular site Reddit have shared this Halloween. And while the popular subreddit known […]


Letters from The Kennel: How To Fund-Raise for Sweat for Pets

How to Fund-Raise for Sweat for Pets This marks the fourth year for SWEAT for Pets, our popular dog walk fundraiser. Dogs and dog-walkers take over the University of Arizona’s Campus Mall for a fun, non-competitive bit of exercise! There’s the 3k course for everyone to walk, run and roll through, Geico’s Kids Fun Zone, […]

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Letters from The Kennel: The Most Common Mistakes we Make According to Vets

The Most Common Mistakes We Make According to Vets Maybe you’ve been gently chastised by your vet for letting your cat pack on extra pounds or letting your dog’s teeth get out of hand. But there are plenty of times that veterinarians have held back, keeping their opinions to themselves about how we’re messing up […]

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