Humane Society of Southern Arizona

Story and photos by Steve Farley
Wow! What an amazing grand opening we had on Saturday, July 17, for our new Humane Society of Southern Arizona eastside location at 1010 S. Wilmot, just north of 22nd Street! Folks lined up around the building starting an hour before we cut the ribbon, and the new 16,000 square foot Thrift Store showroom was packed with people all weekend long, enjoying the crowd, petting our Pet VIPs, and finding great thrifting deals — with all proceeds going to help homeless pets. Thank you for coming, if you were there. If you haven’t dropped by yet, we are open seven days a week. Either way, keep coming back – with all the great donations we get from Sam Levitz furniture and local families, it’s a whole new Thrift Store each week! To find out hours for shopping or donating gently used items, see HSSAZ.org/Thrift

And remember, Thrift is just the beginning for our eastside location. Starting in August we will have twice weekly low-cost pet vaccination clinics and adoption events multiple times a week – “like” our Facebook page and we will keep you updated on details. We have some fun events like Shop with a Dog and Food Truck Fridays coming up! What’s even more exciting is that we are now starting a capital campaign to raise enough money to build full adoption, admissions, and clinic services there in the next few years, with 24/7 low-cost pet emergency veterinary care in collaboration with the University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine. To find out how you can help make this vision a reality, contact our Chief Development Officer Diana Cannon at dcannon@azleg.gov

In a life-changing and life-saving opportunity for the pets of Cochise County, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona is extending our mission beyond Pima County. Your contributions in both time and money will directly support HSSA’s exciting new collaboration with Cochise County government, the City of Douglas, the City of Bisbee, and the University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine to save hundreds of pets’ lives every year.

Working with little funding and space, animal shelters of Cochise County have been struggling to save as many pets as they can in cramped, small spaces that are inadequate for the pets they serve. With a yearly intake of more than 1,000 animals, this lack of space and resources has forced some of these shelters to make heartbreaking choices. In Douglas alone, 30% of dogs and 70% of cats are euthanized annually.

We can save those lives. That’s why starting this July, HSSA is taking urgent action with your help. Working with a wide variety of engaged partners and committed volunteers, we will begin transporting an average of ten animals per week from the Douglas shelter to our main campus in Tucson to save their lives, provide for their health and behavioral needs, and find them loving homes.

Working with the U of A College of Veterinary Medicine, we plan to provide weekly veterinary service to shelter and public pets in Douglas, including spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, wellness exams, and more, starting later this year. We are simultaneously seeking $2 million in funds to convert a former juvenile detention facility in Bisbee into a state-of-the-art full-service HSSA animal shelter and clinic which we hope to open to the public in early 2024.

In all, this project has the potential to serve 10,000 homeless pets in its first five years of operation.

This innovative collaboration for homeless and at-risk pets in Southern Arizona will become an inspiration for rural shelters across the country, saving thousands and thousands of lives in the process. Won’t you join us in making this lifesaving vision a reality? To become a transport volunteer or to donate, please visit www.hssaz.org/cochise

Join us on September 25th for a night to remember as we host esteemed guest, Michael Hingson, best-selling author and 9/11 survivor, who will be sharing his inspiring story of the day his service dog saved his life during the events that shook the world on September 11, 2001. Rescue Me tickets are on sale now – tickets can be purchased for $75 at www.hssaz.org/rescueme to enjoy a night of inspiration and heart that supports the invaluable work of the HSSA Education Department from 5:00pm-8:00pm at the El Conquistador Tucson, located at 10000 North Oracle Road Tucson, AZ 85704 in the Presidio Ballroom. Accompanying our guest speaker will be a delicious dinner, a one-of-a-kind live auction item, and amazing raffle items! This will be an evening you will hold close to your heart for years to come. You don’t want to miss this! Advanced ticket purchase is a must — seats are limited and tickets will not be available at the door.

We’ve extended our adoption hours at Roger Road. You can now make an appointment or just drop by our adoption center at 635 W Roger Road just west of Oracle to find your new best friend all the way till 7:00pm on most days. It’s been an intense kitten and puppy season this year, so we are still full of kittens, puppies, and senior pets just waiting for your love. Adoption services are now available from noon to 7:00pm on Mondays-Saturdays, and noon to 5:00pm on Sundays.

Stay tuned for our upcoming Wish for A Full Dish pet food donation drive that will take place throughout the month of November. Our goal? To collect food and funds from the public in order to help lower income families feed their four-legged friends through the holidays. Stay tuned to our Facebook pages to learn more about this community-driven initiative that will keep Tucson’s pets fed and healthy as we move into the winter season.



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