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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)

Pet News - Free cats and kittens at Pima Animal Care in June with donation of cat supplies

Pima Animal Care Center’s cat room is getting crowded and county residents wanting to add a cat or kitten to their families can get their adoption fees waived by donating badly needed cat food and supplies.

There are nearly 100 adoptable kittens in the center’s care, which is an all-time high, and there are another 200 cats so to help relieve the overcrowding the center is hosting a Kitten Shower special in June.

Qualified adopters who bring kittens a gift from the center’s Wish List valued at $10 or more will be eligible for a waived adoption fee (normally $30). While there are many items on the Wish List, the center’s greatest needs are for kittens, including: 

  • Pâté-style canned kitten food 
  • Powdered or liquid kitten milk replacer 
  • Pet baby bottles
  • Kitten kibble 

Pets adopted from Pima Animal Care are spayed or neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and get a free vet visit. 

Be a lucky dog on Friday the 13th

The center also is reducing its dog adoption fees on Friday, June 13th.  The center is holding a Change Your Luck special for all dogs. After families have found the dog they want to adopt, they can pick a bingo ball in the center’s lobby and receive a special discount. 

ASPCA $100K Challenge

The $100K Challenge is a contest in which 50 shelters across the country compete to break their own records saving the lives of animals. Throughout the months of June, July and August, each competing shelter must save more dogs, cats, puppies and kittens than they did during the same three months in 2013. PACC’s goal is 5,000 animals. To see how the center is doing in the challenge, go to the Challenge website.

Posted in Pets on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 11:53 am. | Tags: Free Cat , Kittens , Pima Animal Care , Donation , Comments (0)

Pet News - HSSA protects community pets with free distemper vaccinations

In the past two weeks, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona has seen an increase in dogs coming in from the community that have been positive for distemper, a deadly virus that has no medical cure. The only way to prevent the spread of distemper is through vaccination.

As the region’s leader in animal welfare education and prevention, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona is hosting a special public event offering free distemper vaccinations in an effort to protect our community’s pets from the deadly distemper virus.

A mobile vaccination clinic will be held from 7-9:30 a.m., Saturday, June 14, at the HSSA property at 635 W. Roger Road, just west of Oracle.  DAPP vaccinations are free; dogs can also get a rabies vaccination for $13 and microchip for $15. Cash only will be accepted. This clinic will be for dogs only.

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

A special thanks to Dr. Janet Forrer from Sunrise Pet Clinic and Dr. Debra Bohnke from Cimarron Animal Hospital for volunteering their time to help the HSSA protect our community from this disease.

Prevention of this disease is so critical, the HSSA has committed to offer free DAPP vaccinations at its regular low-cost vaccination clinics until the end of July. These limited-capacity clinics are held from 9:30-11 a.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. A pet owner’s best option is to make an appointment with your regular vet to ensure your pet is up-to-date with his shots.

Canine Distemper is a highly contagious and deadly virus that affects a dog’s respiratory, gastrointestinal and central nervous system. The only way to prevent your dog from contracting distemper is to keep his vaccinations up-to-date. Puppies need an initial shot followed by several boosters. Adult dogs should get a DAPP shot once a year.

Prevention saves lives. Distemper is deadly, but it is preventable. Vaccinate. 

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

 

Posted in Pets on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 11:48 am. | Tags: Humane Society Of Southern Arizona , Distemper Vaccinations , Community Pets , Protects , Comments (0)

Monday 06/09/2014
Pet News - Volunteers, HSSA neighbors show true commitment to pups

Rain or shine, nothing stops the committed dog-walking volunteers at the Humane Society of Southern from making sure each pet is properly exercised. Not even a little construction.

Most recently, Pima County’s update and rehabilitation of sewage lines around the shelter blocked the path along the Rillito usually used by the morning dog walkers. This sent our HSSA dog walkers onto the surrounding streets, which soon became a maze of construction as well. Our walkers would have to find another path to somehow get around the construction.

We learned we have really great neighbors!

A possible pathway would have to cut across the property of Hook Crane Services, HSSA’s neighbors to the east. HSSA Volunteer Betsy Bruce worked with Hook Crane, KE&G Construction and Pima County Waste Water to find a way to keep a dog path open for our shelter pets.

And just like that! A new pathway was implemented for easy and safe access for dog walkers. Hook Crane allowed the HSSA to temporally create a pathway through their property. Pima County Waste Water was kind enough to install fencing along the path toensure safety and come rain, shine or construction, dogs are still getting their daily enrichment and walks.

Sewer work will continue until late June, but the HSSA remains open to help you find the perfect pet, get you low-cost vaccinations or spay or neuter surgery. A small detour gets drivers around closed intersections and to our door. Please use the route outlined in purple and don’t let the construction get in the way of finding the furry love of your life!  The HSSA thanks you for your patience and understanding.

Posted in Pets on Monday, June 9, 2014 9:40 am. | Tags: Humane Society Of Southern Arizona , Dogs , Pets , Comments (0)

Thursday 06/05/2014
June Adopt-A-Shelter Cat Month

June Adopt-A-Shelter Cat Month

$15 adult cats (6 months & up) 

2-for-$100 kittens

$75 kittens

But wait, there's more!

Every HSSA adoption comes with a great list of "extras." Every animal is spayed or neutered; comes with an identification microchip and tag; has received its initial round of vaccinations; and includes a free first visit to a veterinarian. And did we mention that the staff of HSSA is always available to answer your pet-related questions and help you find the perfect match? 

For more information on our adoptable animals or adoption specials, please visit the HSSA shelter at 3450 North Kelvin Blvd. from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mon. - Sat., and Noon - 5p.m. Sunday.

Posted in Pets on Thursday, June 5, 2014 11:29 am. | Tags: Adopt A Shelter Cat , Cat Month , Kittens , Humane Society Of Southern Arizona , Comments (0)

Tuesday 06/03/2014
Pet News - It’s Adopt A Shelter Cat Month

June is Adopt A Shelter Cat Month – no better time to find the perfect feline for your family. The Humane Society of Southern Arizona has cats and kittens galore need to find that special someone! In celebration of this special month, all adult cats have a $15 adoption fee; kittens are 2-for-1! Happy Adopt A Shelter Cat Month!

Each cat and kitten goes home fully vaccinated, spayed or neutered and with a free wellness check at most vets in Tucson. We have lots of fun supplies for sale on site, and we’re happy to get you started with anything you need. Cat or kitten starter-kits ($16-23) are fully equipped with a litter box, litter, toys, pooper scooper and everything you need when you bring a new cat or kitten home. The best part, all merchandise is tax-free and goes directly back to benefiting the HSSA’s homeless pets.

Who: The Humane Society of Southern Arizona

What: Adopt A Shelter Cat Month Promotion

Where: All Locations

When: All of June

This offer will be good at all locations all month. For more information visit hssaz.org.

Posted in Pets on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 9:10 am. | Tags: Shelter Cat Month , Humane Society Of Southern Arizona , Month Promotion , Comments (0)

Friday 05/30/2014
Pet News - Tackling a mini-mountain of laundry at animal shelter: Supervisor Sharon Bronson challenges community to purchase washer/dryer

Around-the-clock every single day of the year, the industrial washer and dryer at Pima Animal Care Center churns away, whittling down the mountain of bedding and towels that must be cleaned in a facility that houses an average of 600 animals a day.

The Center has not had sufficient funding - about $15,000 with installation - for a second set. Pima County Supervisors Chair Sharon Bronson has generously offered to match the community's donations to purchase one.

"We are very grateful to supervisor Bronson for her assistance, since this washer and dryer will help ensure all of our pets have lcean, soft bedding on which to sleep," said Kristin Barney, chief of operations at Pima Animal Care Center.

Supervisor Bronson, a pet lover herself with three rescue cats at home, encouraged the community to help support the community's shelter, which takes every pet in need. "I challenge you to give now to double the impact for our homeless pets, so we can make their stay more comfortable while they're waiting for their new homes."

There are a few ways you can help:

-Donate online. Please choose "general fund" and write "matching campaign" in the text bow below.

-Donate by check. Please be sure to write "matching campaign" in the note field.

-If you can't give money, we can always use gifts of canned pet food or puppy/kitten milk replacer.

-And if you can't donate at all, you can still be a great ambassador! Please let your family and friends know about the great pets we have for adoption and the great adoption specials we feature.

And funds raised above the amount needed for the washer/dryer will be used for canned food and other pet comfort items.

Posted in Pets on Friday, May 30, 2014 11:03 am. | Tags: Pima Animal Care Center , Animal Shelter , Sharon Bronson , Comments (0)

Wednesday 05/28/2014
Protect Your Family from Tick Bites and Lyme Disease

More than 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported each year, making it the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Make sure your family isn’t part of that number.

As the warmer months coax us outside, reducing the risk of tick bites is essential to protecting your family from Lyme disease and its potential long-term, devastating effects.

Lyme disease can cause facial or Bell’s palsy, severe headaches, neck stiffness, heart palpitations, and pain and swelling in large joints. However, it’s difficult to diagnose, as symptoms can be attributed to other health problems. Left untreated, approximately 60 percent of Lyme disease sufferers experience arthritis, while five percent develop chronic neurological challenges months or years after the infection.

“Had I understood the potential severity of Lyme disease and taken the threat seriously, I might have saved my children from years of suffering,” says Jennifer Reid, a mother of two children affected by Lyme disease and Community Coordinator for the BLAST Lyme Disease Prevention Program. “Prevention is possible.”

BLAST is a helpful acronym representing basic tick bite prevention measures -- Bathe, Look for ticks, Apply repellants, Spray the yard and Treat your pets. Additionally, Reid recommends taking these simple steps:

For People

• Avoid wooded and busy areas with high grass and leaf litter.

• Apply repellent to exposed skin and clothing before outdoor activities.

• Bathe or shower right after spending time outdoors and conduct a full-body tick check. Use a mirror to see hard to reach places such as the under arms, belly button, scalp, and behind the knees.

For Pets

• Check pets for ticks daily and remove them as soon as possible.

• Talk with your veterinarian about using tick preventatives on your pet.

• Watch pets closely for changes in behavior or appetite. This may indicate Lyme disease infection.

In Your Yard

• Place a wood chip or gravel barrier between your lawn, patio, and play equipment and any wooded areas. This will restrict tick migration into recreational areas.

• Mow the lawn frequently and keep leaves raked.

• Keep playground equipment and patios away from yard edges and trees and place them in sunny locations, if possible.

• Pest control products can help protect your family from tick bites, according to RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment), a national trade association. On a seasonal basis, consult a professional to spray the perimeter.

Get more tips to become a “backyard boss” and protect your family against hidden lawn and landscape risks by visiting   http://blog.debugthemyth.com.

This season, take charge of your backyard and learn how to protect your family.

Posted in Pets on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 4:38 pm. | Tags: Tick Bites , Lyme Disease , Comments (0)

Tuesday 05/27/2014
Pet News - Furball Fiesta June 1: We’re kicking off our bid to find homes for 5,000 pets this summer!

Eighteen months ago, Pima Animal Care Center began a transformative journey to save more lives.

Now, as one of 50 shelters in the nation competing to find more homes for pets than ever before, we’ll need all of those energies – and your help – to find homes for 5,000 pets by Aug. 31. It could mean big resources, with a grand prize of $100,000!

Our Kickoff Fiesta is not only free, but will be more fun than a passel of kittens playing water polo in a kitchen sink. And believe us, that’s fun! Here’s the rundown:

  • 6 – 8 a.m.: Shake your tail feathers for shelter pets with Ms. Fit Zumba instructors and Afro-Caribbean percussionist Richard Noel (who is the bomb-diggety, by the way)! With pets often playing a role in a healthy lifestyle, special thanks to Tucson Medical Center for sponsoring the Zumbathon!
  •  8 – 10 a.m.: We’re hosting a community dog walk and cat cuddle to give our pets a little fresh air and people time with a jaunt around the scenic lake behind our Center. Sign up now (Andrew.stocker@pima.gov)! It’s always a great time!
  • 10 – 10:30 a.m.: Come on down for our pet pep rally! Bring your own pompoms and get ready for the premiere of our new video, featuring your awesome Pima Animal Care Center volunteers and one of our waggy alums!
  • 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.: What’s a fiesta without mariachi and folklorico entertainment? Better yet, it features our very own Shelter Manager, Jose Ocaño!

We’ll have food trucks, vendors, a jumping castle, and a staff member rocking a life-sized dog costume. What more could you want? Oh. That’s right. FREE adoptions! See you soon!

As our community’s only open-admission shelter, we care for about 24,000 pets annually, taking in every lost, abandoned or ailing pet that comes to our doors. We don’t turn away any pet in need. For more information, please visit www.pima.gov/animalcare.

Posted in Pets on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 1:00 pm. Updated: 11:42 pm. | Tags: Furball Fiesta , Pima Animal Care Center , Kickoff Fiesta , 50 Shelters , Comments (0)

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Thursday 09/11/2014

$15 HSSA adoptions for PetSmart Adoption Weekend

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Protect Your Family from Tick Bites and Lyme Disease

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Thursday 05/15/2014

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Wednesday 05/14/2014

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Wednesday 04/30/2014

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Monday 04/28/2014

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Thursday 04/24/2014

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Monday 04/21/2014

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Thursday 04/17/2014

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Tuesday 04/15/2014

Pet News - New development director at Pima Animal Care Center

Monday 04/07/2014

Annual Heartworm Check-up Keeps ‘Spring’ in Pets’ Steps

Thursday 04/03/2014

Pet News - Dr. Elizabeth Berliner, Cornell University, Pays a Visit to the Hermitage No Kill Cat Shelter & Sanctuary

Monday 03/31/2014

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Monday 03/24/2014

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Tuesday 03/18/2014

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Thursday 03/13/2014

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Monday 03/03/2014

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Wednesday 02/12/2014

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Monday 01/27/2014

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