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Service Groups

We can always use a few extra hands

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA) welcomes corporate, community and high school groups to schedule one-time volunteer community service events. Community service groups help the HSSA continue to care for thousands of homeless pets a year as well as provide comfort and enrichment to the animals in our care.

Service group donations help offset the cost of supplies and staffing and continue to help the HSSA provide the needed care to the thousands of animal that temporarily live at the Humane Society while waiting for their forever home.

Service group requests should be made with ample time to set up their group service opportunity. We recommend groups scheduled their service at least two months in advance of their requested date and provide some flexibility in scheduling.

Our service group opportunities are organized based on age level.

Service Group Opportunities:

Onsite Enrichment and Service Opportunity

  • 3 hours of service
  • Shelter tour included
  • 10 - 15 participants maximum


Read to Shelter Dogs

  • One hour of reading to shelter pets
  • Shelter tour included
  • 10 - 20 participants maximum

Thrift Store Help Sorting through Donated Treasures

  • 3 hours of service maximum
  • Shelter tour not included
  • 5 participants maximum


Jog-a-Dog Adult groups only

  • Offsite at preselected location
  • 2 hours of service maximum including orientation
  • Shelter tour not included
  • 10-15 participants maximum


Onsite Enrichment and Service Opportunities

  • Fixing, cleaning and organizing donated pet crates

  • Bagging food for the public food distribution

  • Sweeping and cleaning windows

  • Making no-sew cat beds

  • Stuffing KONG toys with peanut butter and kibble

  • Making catnip toys

  • Making dog leashes

  • Preparing receiving folders

  • Preparing adoption folders for new adopters

  • Painting boxes for cats to hide in

  • Laminating cage signs

  • Picking up garbage on property

  • Stuffing event giveaway bags

  • Assembling pet first aid kits

A donation of $250 is required for all corporate/adult groups to help the HSSA care for the numerous pets temporarily living at the HSSA, plus offset the cost of supplies and staffing. High school groups participating in an onsite service project making enrichment items or reading to shelter pets will need to donate items from our wish list delivered on their service date.

For corporate/adult groups, payments must be made at least 10 business days in advance of the scheduled service group date. Once payment is received, the group will be confirmed for their service date and will be emailed the wish list and liability waiver.

Service Groups and Donation Projects

Youth groups can make items to be used at HSSA or they may hold a supply drive or fundraiser at their own pace and in their own facility. Due to age restrictions, we are unable to host youth groups under the age of 15. The education department will provide instruction for different items to be made, fundraising ideas and wish lists.  Please email mkothe@hssaz.org or call 520-327-6088, ext. 125 for more information.

Ready to make a difference?

For more information about high school and adult service groups, please email mkothe@hssaz.org or call 520-327-6088, ext. 125.  

Where are the HSSA Classrooms?

If you are visiting HSSA to participate in a service group, you will want to go to the coral Education building.

Location Map - Main Campus Locations - Education