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Freeman Education and Behavioral Center

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Building a better future for pets & people

Thanks to our generous donors, the Freeman Education and Behavioral Center is rising from the ground and will open to the public by late fall, expanding our capabilities for lifesaving training classes for pets and their people, and enriching summer, afterschool, and break camps for kids. Two large classrooms will provide humane education to kids of all ages, expanding our enrollment and our impact. A media room will enable our humane educators to virtually visit even more classrooms and enable our certified animal behaviorists to produce videos that help the public solve problems with their pets.

The Freeman Center will feature a 2,000-square-foot climate-controlled training room for year-round comfort that will also be available for community event rentals. There will be an outdoor amphitheater for performances, lectures, and demonstrations. We plan to bring together HSSA clients with talented local pet behaviorists to solve problems like separation anxiety and destructiveness so that we can keep families together and happy while keeping their pets out of the shelter. The University of Arizona’s Canine Cognition Institute will have space within the Freeman Center to learn about how dogs think – and how people think with their dogs – as students and their professors make breakthrough discoveries that can help us better understand our relationship with our nonhuman companions.

And the building will house an innovative Community Cat Center to serve feral cats in our community with prep for and recovery from Trap-Neuter-Return surgeries, lifesaving healthcare, training for future working cats, and a Kitten Kindergarten for socializing kittens in advance of adoption. The Freeman Education and Behavioral Center will complete our Roger Road campus and serve as a physical covenant with those we serve: We are with you to offer support for the entire lifetime of your pets. Look for our grand opening announcement soon! For more info on how you can help us finish building the Freeman Center, please contact Diana at dcannon@hssaz.org.

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Freeman Education and Behavioral Center

Creating a compassionate community for all