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Important message from HSSA regarding Covid-19 and Upcoming Events

April 1, 2020

For Immediate Release

Steve Farley
520-327-6088, ext. 183


TUCSON, AZ (April 1, 2020)

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) is dedicated to helping pets and the people who love them during these difficult times. In response to the economic burden that the current pandemic has placed on Tucsonans, HSSA will continue to provide food for pets in need through our monthly Pet Food Distribution Program. In order to assure we have sufficient supplies to meet the increased need, we are asking the community to help collect pet food donations. 

How can I help? Make a donation of unopened pet food to HSSA between 9AM-4PM on Friday, April 3rd and Saturday, April 4th. These donations will then be offered ­at our monthly pet food distribution date to families in need of assistance.

Donations will be accepted at HSSA Main Campus at 635 W. Roger Rd. and also at HSSA Thrift Store at 5311 E. Speedway Blvd. HSSA Thrift Store is not open for business at this time and HSSA Main Campus is open for appointments only. Gate attendants will help donors with their pet food donation.

Steve Farley, Chief Executive Officer at HSSA, explained, “At HSSA we are proud of the fact that we serve pets AND the people who love them. Now is the time for us to come together to help those in need. We hope you will join us in easing the burden of community members in crisis by keeping their pets fed in the upcoming weeks.”

HSSA faces reduced revenue due to suspended services, cancelled events and more. Help HSSA continue this important work ahead by making a donation at

Pet Food Donation Drive Flyer March 2020
March 24, 2020
Taking care of your pets while under quarantine.

Our clinic & shelter veterinary medical team wanted to take a moment to check in with our wonderful pet-loving community. Your outpouring of support has been so generous. Thank you.  

During this time of uncertainty, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona clinic & shelter veterinary medical/surgical teams have been taking precautions to preserve personal protective equipment (PPE), while ensuring our in-shelter & foster pets are receiving the best veterinary care possible.

Our veterinarians have been monitoring the situation closely with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) & the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV).   

To date, there have not been any reports of pets or other animals becoming ill with COVID-19, and there is no evidence that domestic animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19.

Current expert understanding is that COVID-19 is primarily transmitted person-to-person.

Below are recommendations for pet owners from the AVMA, ASV & WSAVA:

  • Make sure you have an emergency kit prepared, with at least 2 weeks of your pet’s food & medications in case of home-quarantine.
  • Keep your companion animals with you if you are self-quarantined.
  • Keep cats inside.
  • Designate a family member or friend to take care of walking, feeding and playing with your pet if you become ill. 
  • If you have a service animal or you must care for your pet while you are ill, wear a face mask; don’t share food, kiss or hug them; and wash your hands before and after any contact with your pet or service animal. 
  • You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels or bedding with other people or pets in your home. 

This is a rapidly evolving situation & we will update you as more information becomes available. We are so grateful for your support of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona during this time. 

Sending you & your fur family well wishes & social solidarity while physically distancing, 

Kathryn Halstead, DVM

March 18, 2020

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak we have made the following changes to our hours of operations and services.

In the best interest of our staff, animals and the public we will not be offering clinic services to the public until further notice. If you have a specific question about a service we offer please call 520-327-6088 for more information and to speak with our operator.

Adoptions will be made by appointment only by calling 520-327-6088. You may still browse adoptable pets online at

HSSA Thrift Store and PAWSH Park Place will both be closed as of 3/19/20 until further notice.

All HSSA events hosted at HSSA Main Campus will be cancelled until further notice. If you have questions about a specific event or class please call our operator at 520-327-6088.

As always our pets will be given the best possible care by HSSA Staff. Thank you for your understanding and we hope you and your pets are feeling healthy during this uncertain time.

March 17, 2020

We will be postponing our Canine Good Citizen  classes scheduled for Fridays, March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2020 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. 

Our upcoming fall Tails and Ales event with the Tucson Derby Team and Barrio Brewery has been cancelled. We plan to have a fall Tails and Ales event later this year.

March 16, 2020

PAWSH at Park Place will have a change in hours of operation due to the mall's restrictions at this time. PAWSH at Park Place will be open from:

11AM - 6PM Monday-Thursday

11AM - 5PM on Friday-Sunday

5870 E. Broadway Boulevard
Tucson, Arizona 85711



We will be postponing our March 28th Good Dog Training Program due to the Covid-19 situation. The new date will be May 20th from 3PM-5PM. For specific questions please call our Veronica Zimmerman at 520-327-6088, ext. 153 or email


HSSA's Canine in the Courtyard event with Tucson Rescue Now scheduled for Saturday, March 21st has been cancelled. We will update our events calendar and Facebook page once this event has been rescheduled.


March 13, 2020

Dear HSSA Supporters,

The COVID-19 novel coronavirus has come to our community, and I wanted to let you know that the Humane Society of Southern Arizona is working to keep our animals and humans safe through this challenge.

HSSA leadership is monitoring the situation closely and is in contact with county, state, and federal officials, as well as other shelters and PACC. We have plans in place for increased employee and volunteer absences; increased fostering of public animals whose owners may be ill; and for keeping shelter pets secure and nurtured.

The shelter is continuing with normal operations, and we have many wonderful pets looking for their loving forever homes.

HSSA uses high-grade disinfectants throughout the shelter, and high contact areas are deep cleaned daily. There are hand-washing stations and hand sanitizer throughout our campus. Visitors to HSSA are encouraged to wash their hands or sanitize between touching animals (and people) to prevent the spread of any illness.

It's important to know that there have not been any cases of dogs or cats becoming sick from COVID-19. There is also no evidence of people catching the virus from companion animals. However, as a rule of thumb, it's always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals. We are grateful for your strong support. But if you are sick, with symptoms of a respiratory disease and/or a fever of 100 degrees or higher, please do not visit the shelter at this time.

This will be a difficult time for our non-profit and our operations. We welcome you to contribute to our costs by making an online donation here.

HSSA encourages all pet-owners to have an emergency plan in place for their pets. Make sure pets are wearing proper identification; have crates and extra food or supplies on hand; and identify a trusted family member, friend or pet sitter who can care for your pet if you become ill or are hospitalized.

In addition, here is some advice from our Medical Director, Dr. Halstead, for keeping us all safe:

"COVID-19 is different from CCV (Canine Coronavirus) which is a mild, self-limiting gastrointestinal infection common in puppies. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) have said there is no evidence that companion animals can spread COVID-19. However, proper hand washing after handling animals is always advised.

Some prevention tips that we can all implement (courtesy of the American Veterinary Medical Association) in the meantime include:

  • Use elbow taps or fist bumps in place of handshakes on a temporary basis
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are unavailable, frequent use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is advised.
  • Keep sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer and tissues in all common areas (meeting rooms, etc).
  • Avoid touching your mouth, eyes and nose with unwashed hands.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue that is discarded immediately.
  • COVID-19 symptoms are similar to the flu: fever, cough, shortness of breath. To prevent flu and a

possible unnecessary checkup for COVID-19, people 6 months of age and older should receive an annual flu vaccine.

  • If you are ill with symptoms of respiratory disease, please stay at home (the CDC recommends staying home at least 24 hours after you are free of fever greater than 100 F)."

Again, we are so thankful for your ongoing support for our mission and our animals. We will keep you informed as events evolve. If you would like to support pets at this time please make a donation here.


Upcoming Events:

To reduce the possibility of transmission of COVID-19 within the community we serve, we are postponing our major annual fundraiser Puttin’ On The Dog, which was to be held April 18th. The event will now be Saturday, October 10th. If you have already purchased tickets or a sponsorship, you will receive a separate email notification.

Additionally, the Raising Cane's fundraiser planned for this Saturday, March 14th, at the Oracle and Limberlost location has been cancelled by the restaurant. They are still selling their St. Patrick's Day plush toys at all three area locations, with proceeds benefiting our pets and programs. The fundraiser will be rescheduled at a later date.

Our "Paws O'Gold" Adoption Weekend special, with 50% off for all dogs and cats over the age of 6 months, is happening at both our Roger Road main campus and PAWSH at Park Place, this Saturday and Sunday.

Likewise, all of our Education and Outreach programs - such as Rattlesnake Avoidance training for your dog - are still scheduled, as they are small groups events. The next Why A Will workshop, scheduled for March 31st at Reid Park Zoo, is also still open for registrations. Follow the links for complete information.

Thank you for your continued support.

Steve Farley

Chief Executive Officer


For information about the local impact of COVID-19 on humans and guidance for keeping yourself and others healthy, please follow this dedicated page on the Pima County Health Department website.