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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 animals 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 schedule 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 Crafting

  • Two hours of service
  • Shelter tour included
  • 30 participants maximum

Read to Shelter Pets

  • Two hours of service
  • Shelter tour included
  • Participant size dependent on shelter capacity

Thrift Store Help 

For adult/corporate groups only

  • Three hours of service maximum
  • Shelter tour not included
  • Five 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 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 signs

  • Picking up garbage on property

  • Stuffing event giveaway bags

  • Assembling pet first aid kits

A donation of $250 is encouraged for all corporate/adult groups and $150 for all high school/youth groups to help the HSSA care for the numerous pets temporarily living at the HSSA, plus offset the cost of supplies and staffing. Donations may be monetary or an equal amount of items from our wish list.

Monetary 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

If you are unable to schedule an onsite service event, please consider one of the options below to create a positive impact on the lives of the animals in our care.


Offsite projects for all age groups:

  • Supply drive
  • Bake sale
  • Lemonade stand
  • Yard sale
  • School or office penny drive
  • School movie night
  • Birthday party (in lieu of gifts, guests can bring pet supplies, gift cards or funds)
  • Capital Campaign school fundraiser
  • Crocheting catnip toys
  • Making boxes for cats to hide in
  • Making no-sew beds


Eagle Scout Project Ideas

Large-scale projects for groups or individuals:

  • Making agility equipment
  • Making cat scratchers for the community cat rooms
  • Making portable staging for fundraising events
  • Making a portable cattery
  • Making dog houses for needy families
  • Making benches
  • Making a dog kissing booth for events
  • Making large donation bins
  • Making senior dog ramps
  • Making chicken coops, feeders, water containers, perches, nesting boxes, etc.
  • Making PVC pipe cat towers


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