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Monday 10/20/2014
Pet News - Teddy’s Broken Jaw and Whole Heart

Bright-eyed and brimming is a great way to describe Teddy. But the poodle mix hasn’t always been this way.

At 6 months he was admitted to the HSSA with a broken jaw. After some investigation, it was determined that Teddy’s jaw was broken as a result a residential burglary. Teddy was most-likely kicked in the mouth when the burglar broke in to his family’s home, breaking his jaw in half.

“When I saw Teddy I thought it was a perfect example of a violent person willing to harm a pet while committing a felony crime,” says Mike Duffey, HSSA’s Cruelty Investigator. “It proves the point that people who cause harm and people without compassion are a threat to us all.”

Teddy was immediately taken to our veterinarians, who fixed him up with some metal plates, pins and pain pills. Teddy was sent out to foster care for about eight weeks, where he was on a soft food diet and was forbidden to play with any toys to allow proper healing.

“My heart went out to this dog. He couldn’t play with toys and basically had to slurp his food for eight weeks, no dog deserves that,” says Michelle Kleckner, HSSA Shelter Lead. 

Teddy was brought back to the HSSA and was quickly adopted into a beautiful family; he had a great ending. He now lives with his new mom, Alma.

Yet, many pets don’t have such a happy ending. Animal cruelty is a reality in Southern Arizona and the HSSA is sharing these stories so people can learn how to identify and report animal cruelty.

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Duffey, HSSA’s Cruelty Investigator, has a list of things to look for when identifying animal cruelty:

Physical Signs

  • Fur infested with fleas, ticks or other parasites
  • Open wounds
  • An ongoing injury or illness that is not being cared for 
  • Extreme thinness or emaciation - bones may be visible 
  • Signs of inadequate grooming, such as extreme matting of fur

Enviromental Signs

·         Pets are tied up alone outside for extensive time without adequate food or water without proper sheltering

·         Pets are kept in an area littered with feces, garbage, broken glass or other objects that could harm them 

·         Animals are housed in kennels or cages that are too small

“If you see someone abusing or neglecting a pet, don’t second guess yourself, report it,” says Samantha Esquivel, HSSA spokeswoman.

Use common sense! If you witness animal abuse or witness a pet suffering call 9-1-1 or 88-Crime immediately!  

For more information visit hssaz.org/report.

Posted in Pets on Monday, October 20, 2014 1:17 pm. | Tags: Teddy , Humane Society , Dogs , Jaw Comments (0)

Thursday 10/16/2014
Pet DoctoRX Joins Dogtoberfest, Offering Complimentary Spay or Neuter

Pet DoctoRX (www.petdoctorx.com), a recent addition to the Tucson community, as an affordable full-service veterinarian clinic, is participating in Doctoberfest on Sunday, October 26th from 10:00am- 2:00pm at St. Gregory School. Pet DoctoRX will be holding a drawing for a complimentary spay or neuter.

All proceeds from Dogtoberfest benefit Handi-Dogs in Tucson, AZ, a local nonprofit.  There will be games, contests, raffles, live music, food, and vendors, such as PetDoctoRX. St. Gregory School is located at 3231 N Craycroft Road in Tucson. Tickets will be available at the door.

“We are thrilled to participate in Dogtoberfest this year. We will be on hand for questions and we will be holding a drawing for a free spay or neuter.  It is a great opportunity to introduce ourselves to the community, as the lowest cost clinic in the Tucson area,” said Manager, Roxanna Rogers 

Pet DoctoRX is a low-cost pet clinic is 100% employee owned and spearheaded by Dr. Harrison Nelson, a Tucson veterinarian for over thirty-five years. They offer a full range of pet services, including low-cost spay & neuter services, dental services, vaccinations, health and wellness check-ups, among many other pet services. 

In addition to participating at Dogtoberfest, Pet DocotRX is also a proud partner of Smiling Dog Rescue, having worked closely with this non-profit since they opened, offering spay and neuter services. 


Pet Doctor is located 6464 N. Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85704.  For more information about their services or the drawing at Dogtoberfest, please call 520-829-5166.

Posted in Pets on Thursday, October 16, 2014 10:08 am. Updated: 10:17 am. | Tags: Pet Doctorx , Dogtoberfest , Spay Or Neuter , Comments (0)

Wednesday 10/15/2014
Pet News - PAWSH Park Place celebrates 5 year anniversary

PAWSH at Park Place, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona’s first offsite adoption center and boutique, celebrates its 5th anniversary with a big party this weekend!

From 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 and 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, PAWSH Park Place will be celebrate five spectacular pet-adopting years. There will be $5 adoptions for all pets including dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and pocket pets! There will be kid’s crafts, yummy cupcakes, informational booths and $5 grab bags with goodies for cats or dogs!

“The HSSA’s satellite stores provide a fresh and alternative atmosphere in pet adoptions; locations allow people to have easier access to homeless pets,” said Samantha Esquivel, HSSA spokeswoman. “Since opening in 2009, PAWSH Park Place has placed more than 3,200 homeless pets in forever homes - that’s awesome!”

Along with pet adoptions, PAWSH Park Place has a large variety of merchandise such as treats, toys, leashes, collars and harnesses, all of which are tax free!

For more information visit hssaz.org/pawsh

  • What: PAWSH at Park Place 5th Anniversary Celebration
  • When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19
  • Where: Park Place, outside between Sears and Dillard’s
 

Posted in Pets on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 10:42 am. | Tags: Humane Society Of Southern Arizona , Pawsh , Park Place Comments (0)

Monday 10/13/2014
Pet News - Vanna’s resilience finds her a forever home

Five months ago we introduced you to Vanna and Lilly as victims of one of the most horrific cruelty cases the Humane Society of Southern Arizona has ever seen.

Vanna and Lily, 3-year-old white and brindle pit bulls were found tied to HSSA’s fencing mal-nourished, emaciated and covered in feces. The worst part was that Vanna’s entire ear was missing and scabbed over. This was one of the worst acts of cruelty witnessed by the HSSA.

Yet there is a silver lining to every horrible event. For Vanna her silver lining was Alexis Martinez. Looking to add to her pet family, Alexis stopped by one of HSSA’s offsite locations, PAWSH at La Encantada where she made an instant connection with Vanna.

“Most dogs don’t always take notice to people when they walk up to their kennel but for Vanna, when I walked up to her she automatically looked at me and instantly, I knew we had a connection,” said Alexis. 

To say the least, Vanna, now Winry, hit the jackpot. She will be looked after, taken care of and loved. Lily, Vanna’s sister was also adopted out to an amazing home. We hear she is doing marvelously and is happier than ever. 

As for the culprit who did this? Well, we may never know. What we do know is that horrific acts of animal cruelty can be stopped.

“If you see cruelty, report it. Reporting cruelty and stopping it in its tracks is the only way to save our pets from horrible crimes. Be their voice, stop cruelty in its tracks,” said Samantha Esquivel, spokeswoman for HSSA.

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If you witness animal cruelty or need to anonymously report a cruelty crime you can do so at 88-CRIME. No pet deserves to be harmed.

Posted in Pets on Monday, October 13, 2014 1:42 pm. Updated: 1:55 pm. | Tags: Vanna , Home , Humane Society Of Southern Arizona , La Encantada , Alexis Martinez , Comments (0)

Thursday 10/09/2014
HSSA’s Mike Duffey appointed to National Council

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is proud to announce, Cruelty Investigator Mike Duffey has been appointed to serve on the newly formed National Law Enforcement Council of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

This council brings together outstanding current and former law enforcement officers and prosecutors from across the country to assist the HSUS in its efforts to strengthen and better enforce laws to protect animals from illegal animal cruelty. 

Members of this national council were chosen for their expertise, knowledge and leadership in protecting animals from neglect, violence and crime. With a particular emphasis on animal cruelty, fighting and poaching laws, the council brings together the best in the law enforcement field to help combat animal crimes nationwide.

“Since 1999 I have known and understood there was a need for standardized reporting of animal crimes so that, at the minimum, stats can be generated to address pets’ needs” said Duffey. “I am so proud to have been selected and I am eager to address any needs the organization has and do my part in educating our communities about animal crimes.”

Member activities may include supporting state and federal legislation that strengthens animal protection laws, promoting animal protection training opportunities for local law enforcement, and raising awareness of the HSUS’s animal crimes rewards, tip lines and other resources.

As a well-seasoned investigator, speaker and lecturer, Mike Duffey is always available to address audiences on animal crimes and cruelty prevention. 

Posted in Pets on Thursday, October 9, 2014 1:13 pm. Humane Society Of Southern Arizona , Mike Duffey , National Council Comments (0)

Tuesday 10/07/2014
Pet News - HSSA jumps into the fall season

The Humane Society of Southern is kicking off the fall season with $31 adoptions and a Pet-tacular pumpkin patch at the main campus.

Now through Oct.31 all puppies, kittens, cats and dogs will have a $31 adoption fee. Each pet is fully vaccinated, spayed/neutered and microchipped. Also when you adopt you can pick a pumpkin from our HSSA pumpkin patch and win a free adoption, discounts on merchandise, goody bag or an HSSA t-shirt.

 “The shelter staff and pets here at HSSA are embracing the fall season and we want to see each of our little pet-pumpkins adopted into a home of their very own!” said Samantha Esquivel, HSSA’s spokeswoman.   

On hand, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona has 400 dogs and cats waiting to find their forever home. Since January, the HSSA has taken in over 5000 homeless dogs and cats. Our current live release rate is 96 percent, making the HSSA the community’s largest no-kill animal welfare organization.

Posted in Pets on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 4:09 pm. | Tags: Humane Society Of Southern Arizona , Fall Season , Comments (0)

Thursday 09/25/2014
Pet News - Mosey For Mutts

The HSSA is stoked for its second annual Mosey for Mutts walk to benefit homeless pets! We will meet at the Reid Park Southwest Event Area near Country Club and 22nd Street, Ramada #10 to get the moseying started. Registration and check-in begins at 6 a.m., walking promptly at 7 a.m. Everyone is welcome to join in - including dogs!

For a $25 registration fee, walkers get an HSSA water bottle and commemorative T-shirt to show their support. Dogs and children 10 and under walk for free, and each dog that walks gets a great HSSA bandana! There will be two routes for people to participate in: a 2-mile walk and a 1-mile walk.

To add to the fun, a diverse group of vendors will offer food, information and giveaways! There will also be live agility and training demonstrations.

“We are so excited to be having Mosey for Mutts for a second year! This event is so awesome because it involves fun, fitness, fur friends and our community all to benefit homeless pets,” says Samantha Esquivel, HSSA Public Relations Lead.

Last year, 300 people and their pets Moseyed for Mutts in support of homeless pets and raised more than $15,000.

For more information, call 327-3704, ext. 188 or 174, or visit hssaz.org/mosey.

 

Posted in Pets on Thursday, September 25, 2014 1:14 pm. Mosey For Mutts , Humane Society Of Southern Arizona Comments (0)

Wednesday 09/24/2014
Pet News - New Ways to Solve Cat Behavior Problems

From inappropriate marking to excessive meowing to scratching, a misbehaving cat can cause disruption to your home. Unfortunately, behavior problems are the number one reason for pet euthanasia, resulting in the death of approximately 15 million pets annually, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

But not all these bad behaviors are your pet’s “fault.” Stress, caused by a variety of factors, can contribute to these issues. After visiting a veterinarian to rule out any physical causes for your feline’s follies, take steps to encourage good behavior and decrease stress in your cat’s life.

“You don’t need to resort to drastic measures to stop a cat’s behavioral issues,” says Caryn Stichler, vice president of marketing for Sergeant`s Pet Care Products. “There are a number of ways to create a calm, stress-free environment for your pet including using pheromone-based products.”

If your cat’s stress is causing you stress, here are a few steps you can take to change your pet’s behavior:

• Litter box: Is your kitty’s use of his litter box unreliable? Make sure you’re keeping it clean and changing the litter on a regular basis. 

Don’t relocate the box. Animals, like people, form habits and can be stressed out by change.

• Noise: If you’re the host with the most, be mindful of the consequences. Loud noises and a room full of strangers can add stress to your pet’s life.

Take steps to limit the burden by never blasting music and ensuring your pet has access to water, a litter box and food in the less trafficked areas of your home.

• Be proactive: More than two million cat owners have used a calming product on their pet. If your pet’s behavioral problems are triggered by travel, thunderstorms, fireworks or new social situations, consider a collar for your cat that’s been scientifically proven to reduce or eliminate such behaviors. For example, Sergeant’s Vetscription Calming Collar for Cats mimics the pheromone that the mother cat produces to calm and reassure and calm her kittens. Pheromones are chemical substances used for communication between members of a species.

Good for all ages and breeds, the pheromone calming collar helps cats feel safe and secure. More information can be found at www.sergeants.com.

• Comfortable space: Make sure your cat’s living space is not just a place to survive, but a place to thrive. Cats love to observe the world around them, so make sure your kitty has access to windows. Be sure to provide your cat with plenty of toys and spend some quality time together each day as mental and physical stimulation are important

Remember, behavioral problems aren’t seasonal -- they affect pets year round. Take steps to reduce stress in your pet’s life and utilize a calming collar to keep your cat happy and comfortable.

Posted in Pets on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 1:22 pm. | Tags: Cat Behavior Problems , Comments (0)

Wednesday 09/17/2014
Pet News - Protect animals from weather

Rains and flooding are dangerous to humans, but they can also be devastating to pets. 

It’s important to protect your pets from the weather, especially when there is the potential for quickly rising waters. Heavy storms with high winds can also knock down tree limbs and carry debris that could injure dogs or cats left outside. As the area prepares for a potential onslaught of rain, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona reminds you to take steps to prepare your pets as well:

  • Bring pets inside to protect them from lightning, heavy winds and yard flooding.
  • Avoid walking in or near washes during the rain; dogs can easily be swept away in fast-rising waters.
  • For pets with extreme sensitivity, create a ‘den-like’ environment, such as a crate, room or walk-in closet free of windows.
  • If at all possible, remain home with your pet to provide comfort and security.

·         Turn on a TV or radio to distract your pet from outside noises.

  • Keep a well-fitting collar and identification tag with current contact information on your pet and have your pet microchipped; make sure contact information is current. 
  • If your pet becomes lost, immediately call HSSA’s Lost and Found Department at 327-6088, ext. 111, and the county shelter, Pima Animal Care Center, at 793-5900 to file a lost report.

After the rain has stopped, it’s still important to keep pets away from washes. It’s also a good idea to check your yard if there has been flooding. The lure of a puddle is strong in the desert, but those waters can have unseen dangers:

  • Flooding can bring dangerous creatures into the area, including snakes and toads.
  • Water in washes can be deceptively low and calm. Undercurrents are possible and can carry away smaller dogs or those that are not strong swimmers.
  • Floodwaters carry a lot of debris, including broken glass and sharp metal, which can be hidden by water or buried under the sand in washes.
  • Drinking flood water  – or any untreated water – can lead to gastrointestinal parasites and infections.

If your pet is injured or becomes ill, be sure to seek veterinary treatment immediately.

 

Posted in Pets on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 9:46 am. Comments (0)

Monday 09/15/2014
Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter to celebrate 49th birthday party

The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary will be holding their annual birthday part on September 20, 2014. The event, long a staple of the Shelter's yearly calendar will showcase the adoption center, programs and of course, the cats. The birthday party will be held at the Shelter from noon until 8:30 p.m. 

This year the Hermitage will host live music courtesy of local bands Crosscut Saw and Little House of Funk. Flavorful food will be on hand courtesy of The Food Truck Round-up and there will be raffle prizes every half hour as well as a silent auction. Of course, no birthday party would be complete without cake and balloons which will make all the kids, both young and old-very happy.

Adult cats can be adopted for $4.90 and kittens will be available for $49.00. All adoptions include microchip, spay/neuter, vaccinations, food and a wellness exam. 

Founded in 1965, The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter is Arizona's first no-kill, cage free cat shelter and is located at 5278 E. 21st Street. Anyone with questions can call the shelter staff at 520.571.7839 or email info@hermitagecatshelter.org.

Posted in Pets on Monday, September 15, 2014 2:43 pm. | Tags: Hermitage No-kill Cat Shelter , 49th Birthday Party , Cats , Comments (0)

Thursday 09/11/2014
$15 HSSA adoptions for PetSmart Adoption Weekend

Don’t miss out on the Humane Society of Southern Arizona’s weekend adoption event to find homes for 50 homeless pets!

The HSSA is partnering with PetSmart Charities all weekend for PetSmart’s National Adoption Weekend. The HSSA will host a very special adoption event at the PetSmart at Broadway and Pantano, where every pet will have a $15 adoption fee!* The special adoption fee is available ONLY at this PetSmart location.

Visit PetSmart at 7727 E Broadway from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Sept. 12-14, to find your perfect match. Every pet goes home spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and equipped with a lot of love to give!

Many of the dogs at this event looking for homes were recently rescued from overcrowded animal shelters.

“When you adopt you are literally saving a life!” says Samantha Esquivel, HSSA Public Relations Lead.

The HSSA will have a great group of volunteers ready to help and assist and the famous Waggin’ Train will be at the event to showcase some incredible pets.

“We are localizing National Adoption Weekend and bringing it here to Tucson,” says Esquivel. “We are excited about this weekend and hope that if you’re looking add a new member to your family, you’ll stop by and adopt from the HSSA.”

Who: The HSSA and PetSmart Charities

What: National Adoption Weekend Event

Where: PetSmart, 7727 E. Broadway

When:  From 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday-Sunday, Sept. 12-14

*Dogs older than 3 months also have a $16 license fee.

Posted in Pets on Thursday, September 11, 2014 1:26 pm. | Tags: Humane Society Of Southern Arizona , Adoption Weekend , Petsmart Charities , Comments (0)

Monday 09/08/2014
HSSA’s fourth mobile clinic for dogs offers more free DAPP vaccinations

After vaccinating nearly 700 pets in Tucson, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona is back at it, helping pets and the people who love them with another community vaccination clinic for dogs.

The HSSA will hold its fourth mobile vaccination clinic from 7-9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at El Rio Health Center, 340 W. Prince Road. Dogs can get a DAPP (Distemper/Adenovirus/
Parainfluenza/Parvovirus) vaccination free of cost, a rabies vaccination for $13 and microchip for $15. Only cash will be accepted. This clinic will be for dogs only.

The mobile clinic will also go hand-in-hand with HSSA’s preventive relief efforts. As part of theFix It, Tucson! Initiative, now through June 30, 2015, the HSSA will spay or neuter and vaccinate about 1,300 dogs in the 85705 area for free, in collaboration with PetSmart Charities. Owners must show proof of ZIP code residence at the time of spay/neuter appointment. Appointments can be made at the mobile vaccination clinic, which is in the heart of the 85705 area.

There will be tents set up to provide ample shade for you and your dog, and water bowls to keep your pup hydrated.

Special thanks to Dr. Anna Szivek from Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson and Dr. Karen C. McWhirter for volunteering their time to help the HSSA protect our community.

If you miss our mobile clinic, not to worry! The HSSA also has vaccination clinics at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. These are limited to the first 35 pets.

For more information or questions please visit hssaz.org or call 321-3704, ext. 138.

Posted in Pets on Monday, September 8, 2014 3:12 pm. Humane Society Of Southern Arizona Comments (0)

Wednesday 09/03/2014
Cats 4 PACC event features UA's Greg Byrne, Wilbur and Wilma

Show off your PACC and Wildcat spirit and save a life! Pima Animal Care Center and The University of Arizona Athletics Department are teaming up to find homes for our communities' homeless pets. On Saturday, September 6th, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., join Wilbur, Wilma, and UA Athletics Director Greg Byrne for photos free adoptions and some Wildcat pride at PACC, 4000 N. Silverbell Rd.

Cats 4 PACC will feature:

-Some lucky attendees will leave with tickets to a UA football game or UA basketball game and there will be other amazing giveaways all morning long. Winners must be present.

-Photos with Wilbur, Wilma and Athletic Director Byrne; UA-themed family photos.

-Free pet adoptions all weekend for those showing UA Catcard I.D. or wearing Wildcat gear.

-UA "swag" for your adopted pet to show their Wildcat pride.

-Free light breakfast and coffee

PACC never turns away a pet in need. A commitment to the people and pets of Pima County motivates passionate staff, volunteers, and supporters to rescue, provide treatment to, and find loving homes for homeless and injured animals every day. It is the largest pet adoption agency in this community featuring dogs, cats, puppies and kittnes.

For full shelter hours and more information find PACC on Facebook at Pima Animal Care, us #cats4pacc on Facebook or Twitter, or visit www.pima.gov/animalcare.

Posted in Pets on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 9:15 am. | Tags: University Of Arizona , Greg Byrne , Pima Animal Care Center , Football , Basketball , Wildcats , Comments (0)

Friday 08/29/2014
Pima Animal Care is staying up late for a Cat's Pajamas Adoption

Party in final days of the Rachael Ray 100K Challenge. This weekend is the last chance for adoptions to count toward the Challenge.

Pima Animal Care Center is extending hours on August, 29,30, and 31 as it invites the community to come and find a new family member. All summer long PACC has been competing with 49 of the nation's other top animal shelters for $100,000 in the ASPCA Rachael Ray 100K Challenge and this weekend is the final push.

Join PACC, located at 4000 N. Silverbell, for a special three-day Cat's Pajamas Adoption Party. All adoptions will be free and there are lots prizes to be given away (for adopting families) as well as special activities:

-Friday, August 29, bring the kids and read to a pet during storytime from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday hours of operation at 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

-Saturday, August 30, enjoy free breakfast (and adoptions) from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and catch a movie in the courtyard from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

-Sunday, August 31, this final day of the Challenge features free adoptions and gifts during special extended hours of operation from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Community members are encouraged to join into the "staying up late" theme by wearing some comfy pajamas to the shelter (staff and volunteers will be attired in pajamas too). If you or someone you know is looking to add love, fun and happiness of a new pet, now is the time to adopt at Pima Animal Care. PACC is saving more lives than ever before - you can join in by adopting a pet today.

For more details about the weekend's events and adopting at PACC, find us on Facebook at Pima Animal Care or visit www.pima.gov/health.

Posted in Pets on Friday, August 29, 2014 9:57 am. | Tags: Cats , Pajamas , Pima Animal Care Center , Comments (0)

Thursday 08/21/2014
Pet News - Canine Carnival to raise funds

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend with lots to do! Bring your dog to Brandi Fenton Memorial Park this Saturday for a Canine Carnival to raise funds for a dog park revitalization project in memory of young dog lover Austin Fitzgerald. Please be sure to drop by our booth and meet our Pet VIP teams.

Posted in Pets on Thursday, August 21, 2014 9:30 am. | Tags: Canine Carnival , Humane Society Of Southern Arizona , Austin Fitzgerald , Comments (0)

Tuesday 08/19/2014
Pet News - Vote for PACC on Facebook in the final weeks of the ASPCA Rachael Ray 100K Challenge

Following three easy steps can help bring a $25,000 award that will help homeless and injured animals at Pima Animal Care Center (PACC). PACC and 49 of the other top animal shelters in the nation have been battling for a share of $100,000 in prizes being offered by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) as part of the Rachael Ray 100K Challenge and now PACC needs your help to win $25,000! 

Here’s how to help: 

1.Go to www.votetosavelives.org and connect the app to your Facebook Page.

2.Starting today, simply open the app whenever you are on Facebook and vote. You can vote once per day per account.

3.Vote everyday until August 31st and don’t forget to “share” every time you vote so that friends and family can vote too.

Once the app is set up on Facebook, voting can be completed in a matter of seconds. Get updates and the voting link by following Pima Animal Care on Facebook or simply visit www.votetosavelives.org to get started. Voters must have a Facebook account to participate.

Posted in Pets on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 3:18 pm. | Tags: Pima Animal Care Center , Rachael Ray , Vote Comments (0)

Friday 08/15/2014
HSSA offers free spay/neuter for owned dogs in 85705

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona, thanks to a $94,500 grant from PetSmart Charities, will be helping dog owners in the 85705 ZIP code with free spay or neuter for their pets.

Now through June 30, 2015, the HSSA will spay or neuter about 1,300 dogs in the 85705 area at no cost as part of the “Fix it, Tucson!” initiative. Pets will also be given, free of charge, necessary vaccinations and pain medications as part of the program. Owners must show proof of ZIP code residence at the time of the appointment. 

The 85705 area was selected by the HSSA and PetSmart Charities because it is one of the most economically depressed areas in the city. More than 36 percent of the residents in that area live below the poverty level. In the past year, 12 percent of the pets relinquished by owners to Pima Animal Care Center and 7 percent to the HSSA have been from this ZIP code – more than 3,400 pets. Also, about one-fifth of the people who request assistance from the HSSA’s monthly pet food distribution are from 85705.  

At the same time, the requests for spay and neuter surgeries from pet owners in this ZIP code jumped about 8700 percent from 2011 to 2012 at the HSSA Low-cost Spay & Neuter Clinic. This shows a desire by pet owners in the area to give them the best care possible. This initiative is the HSSA’s way of helping them meet that need.

The number of pets ending up in Tucson-area shelters has remained fairly static for the past 10 years at around 35,000. The only effective way to combat this problem is to decrease the number of pets through spaying and neutering. This high-volume, targeted program is a good first step. 

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“This grant is so important, it will provide the much-needed spay and neuter services for our community, allowing us to decrease pet overpopulation,” said Dr. Erika Hartle, Lead Veterinarian at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. “Pet overpopulation has significant detrimental effects on both the animals and people of our community. This grant will allow the HSSA to help pets and the people who love them in a big way.”

To schedule your appointment today please call 881-0321 or visit hssaz.org/fix for more information.

The HSSA, the oldest and largest nonprofit animal welfare organization in Southern Arizona, is celebrating 70 years of helping pets and the people who love them. HSSA is a leader in the practices of the no-kill movement, thanks to its live-saving veterinary programs, education and outreach. The HSSA has a 94 percent live-release rate.

Posted in Pets on Friday, August 15, 2014 3:26 pm. | Tags: Humane Society Of Southern Arizona , 85705 , Spay , Neuter , Comments (0)

Thursday 08/14/2014
Pet News - Speak! for Animals Telethon

The HSSA is taking over The Morning Blend on KGUN9 every day August 25-29. Join the HSSA as we tell our story and raise funds for our animals from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

Donate any time of day online at hssaz.org/telethon

Donate during the telethon at 520.881.7401. Phone line is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday, Aug. 25 through Friday, Aug. 29.

This event does not require an RSVP. Registered users can request event reminders online.

Posted in Pets on Thursday, August 14, 2014 2:50 pm. | Tags: Animals Telethon , Humane Society Of Southern Arizona , Kgun9 , The Morning Blend , Comments (0)

Wednesday 08/13/2014
Pet News - Supervisors approve “No-Kill” community cat partnership

The Pima County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a nearly $1.5 million partnership that will allow Pima Animal Care Center, Best Friends Animal Society, and PetSmart Charities to bring a lifesaving Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) project to Pima County. 

The intention of the project is for Best Friends and PACC to trap free-roaming community cats (sometimes called “feral” cats) in nine central Pima County ZIP codes, spay/neuter them, provide treatment if needed, and then return them to their outdoor homes.

The project will sterilize 5,000 community cats per year over the 3-year grant period and will decrease the euthanasia of cats at Pima Animal Care Center by nearly 30 percent. “This program will be an absolute game-changer for homeless cats in our community,” Kim Janes, PACC’s Chief of External Affairs, said. “We are incredibly proud that Best Friends has chosen to partner with us.”

The effects of this work in the community cat population could put PACC closer to being a “no kill” shelter than ever before, as approximately 45 percent of PACC’s current cat-euthanasia cases are feral cats found on the streets. As Pima County’s only open-admission shelter, PACC is the community’s only shelter that never turns away a pet in need, and last year, PACC took in more than 24,000 pets.

Best Friends will be investing nearly $1 million in Pima County for the three years of the program. The most notable of Best Friends’ contributions will be three full-time staff members based at PACC; two vehicles; $50,000 worth of TNR program supplies; and an approximate $25,000 investment in training for PACC and program staff. The County will earmark $600,000 to fund the spay/neuter surgeries performed by local partners. Among some of these spay/neuter partners are Santa Cruz Veterinary Clinic and the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.

PACC was one of just three shelters chosen this year by Best Friends and their partner PetSmart Charities for this nearly $1.5 million partnership opportunity. For more information about the program visit www.pima.gov/animalcare.

Posted in Pets on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 3:04 pm. | Tags: Pima Animal Care Center , Community Cat Partnership , No-kill , Supervisors , Comments (0)

Monday 08/11/2014
Pet News “Primp Your Pit” $20 spay/neuter for pit bull mixes

Spay or neuter your pit bull mix for just $20 during August at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.

As part of the "Primp your Pit" event, the HSSA will spay and neuter 200 pit bull mixes at this special rate, which applies to all residents of Southern Arizona. Prevention is one of the HSSA's pillars, and we are proud to be part of this effort.

Sadly, myths, misunderstandings and media contribute to high shelter intake and low adoption rates of pit bull-type dogs of all ages. As a local and independent nonprofit, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona is doing its part in helping solve overpopulation by participating in PetSmart Charities "Primp Your Pit" August spay/neuter campaign.

To reduce shelter numbers, PetSmart Charities is providing more than $388,000 in grant funding to 57 animal welfare organizations across the nation so they can sterilize thousands of pit bull-type dogs during the August campaign.

"No one wants to see homeless pets live their lives in a shelter - it's heartbreaking but continues to happen. Overpopulation is a problem and as a community we must raise the bar and act responsibly by spaying and neutering. Spaying and neutering is the most effective thing owners can do to prevent unwanted litters from being born that will ultimately end up in local shelters," says Samantha Esquivel, Public Relations Lead.

The American Veterinary Medical Association endorses spaying and neutering puppies as young as 8 to 10 weeks old. Research shows that the procedure may improve the behavior and health of the pet, including reducing the risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections.

Pit bull parents who wish to take advantage of this special offer must mention the "Primp Your Pit" promotion when they schedule their appointments. The promotion is based on availability and spaces are limited.

Please visit hssaz.org or call 520-881-0321 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Posted in Pets on Monday, August 11, 2014 3:36 pm. Primp Your Pit , Humane Society Of Southern Arizona Comments (0)

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