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Monday 12/15/2014
Pet News - Woman with “passion” for pets leaves legacy for HSSA

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona today received a $400,000 gift from the estate of a woman with a generous heart and a love of animals.

Representatives from the Cheryl Owens Charitable Remainder Trust presented the HSSA with the donation, explaining that Ms. Owens was devoted to her own pets, and the welfare of others.  A native of Long Island, NY, Ms. Owens moved to Tucson in the early 1980s. Ms. Owens passed away over the summer. She was 66.

Kathleen Brooks, a cousin, said Ms. Owens’ best friend was her poodle, Beau. She said Ms. Owens’ family always had rescue dogs when she was younger.

“Her passion was animals,” Brooks says. “No pet was a stranger to her.”

Brooks said Ms. Owens wanted to donate to the HSSA because she dearly loved animals and believed in responsible pet care. She believes all pets should be vaccinated, spayed and neutered, and was always upset when homeless animals suffered for lack of space or lack of medical care.

“The Humane Society of Southern Arizona truly appreciates this generous gift from Ms. Owens, and will live up to her legacy as we work to ensure that all pets in our community are cared for and loved,” says HSSA CEO Maureen O’Nell.

Bequests such as this from the Cheryl Owens Charitable Remainder Trust are a wonderful way to continue supporting a cause you believe in. The HSSA has a wide variety of options for legacy gifts, including stock transfers, charitable gift annuities and life insurance gifts. Please contact the HSSA for more information or visit hssaz.org/planned.

Posted in Blogs, Pets on Monday, December 15, 2014 10:28 am. Comments (0)

Wednesday 12/10/2014
Pet News - Christmas Day Dog Walk

Everyone is welcome, but only those 16 years or older will be able to personally walk the dogs. Dog-walkers please RSVP to Andrew.Stocker@pima.gov by Monday, December 22.

Adorable, adoptable dogs and cats will be waiting for you with no adoption fee!

*Standard $15 licensing fee applies to all adult dogs


Where: 4000 North Silverbel Road

Contact: 243-5900

When: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 25th at our Silverbell Road Shelter

Posted in Blogs, Pets on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 10:21 am. Comments (0)

Monday 12/08/2014
Pet News - HSSA and Subaru Sharing the Love for pets

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona invites you to the Subaru Sharing the love adoptions and free vaccinations event.

From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13, at Tucson Subaru, 4901 N. Oracle (River and Oracle), the HSSA will have dogs available for adoption. Thanks to the kindness of Subaru, the first 10 adoptions are free (excluding $16 license fee)! All pets adopted after the first 10 will have a $50 adoption fee plus $16 licensing.

The first 150 owned dogs, will receive free DAPP (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvo and Parainfluenza) and rabies vaccinations. Microchips will also be available for $15.

Who: The Humane Society of Southern Arizona

What: Sharing the Love adoption and vaccination event!

Where: Tucson Subaru, 4901 N. Oracle Road         

When: From10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13

Posted in Pets on Monday, December 8, 2014 4:28 pm. | Tags: Humane Society Of Southern Arizona , Sharing The Love , Subaru Sharing , Comments (0)

Wednesday 11/26/2014
Annual Thanksgiving Dog-Walking

County residents are invited to spread Thanksgiving love with Pima Animal Care Center dogs through PACC’s annual holiday dog-walking event. The event runs from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 27 at 4000 N. Silverbell Road.

Everyone is welcome, but only those 16 years or older will be able to walk the dogs. PACC estimates that 200 dogs at the Center will need to be walked during that time. Please RSVP to Andrew Stocker at Andrew.Stocker@pima.gov by Monday, Nov. 24.

The Thanksgiving event will be followed by a Black Friday free adoption celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28. Both dogs and cats will be available for adoption during that time and the normal November adoption fee of $30 will be waived. Adoption of dogs older than three months will require a $15 license fee.

For more information, contact Andrew Stocker at Andrew.Stocker@pima.gov.

Posted in News, Pets on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 4:00 am. | Tags: Pima Animal Care Center , Thanksgiving , Holiday Dog Walking Comments (0)

Thursday 11/20/2014
Tucson Pet Expo to offer rabies shots for $10

With the recent rabies outbreaks in Santa Cruz County, the 2014 Tucson Pet Expo would like to extend it's sympathy to the family's that lost their pets to this terrible disease. Amazing Pet Expos, the producers of the event, would also like to welcome all families who are worried about Rabies to attend the expo with their pets. Animal Birth Control of Tucson will be offering the rabies vaccine for $10 on site.

"You don't need to be worried about your pet at our expos," says Patti Welch, Vice President of Amazing Pet Expos, "For those not getting vaccinations, we make sure everyone signs a form and shows proof of recent rabies vaccinations. This isn't just the Ultimate Pet Party, this is one of the safest places you can take your furry, scaled, or feathered best friend!"

WHO: Amazing Expos

WHAT: Tucson Pet Expo

WHEN: Saturday, November 22, 2014

10 AM – 6 PM

WHERE: Tucson Expo Center

NOTES: Attendees are encouraged to fill out an online pet waiver before getting to the event in order to make their entrance faster: http://www.amazingpetexpos.com/releaseagreement.pdf


Amazing Pet Expos


800-977-3609 ext. 100


Seanna Tucker

Communications Manager

800-977-3609 ext 113


For Additional Information regarding the Tucson Pet Expo: www.tucsonpetexpo.com

For Additional Information regarding Amazing Expos: www.amazingexpos.com


Posted in Pets on Thursday, November 20, 2014 3:28 pm. Comments (0)

Friday 11/14/2014
$10 Adoptions this Friday through Sunday to Celebrate National Adoption Weekend

$10 Adoptions this Friday through Sunday as Pima Animal Care and PetSmart Charities® Partner to Celebrate National Adoption Weekend

Adopt your newest family member this weekend! Visit the PetSmart on River and Orange Grove roads from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Nov. 14- 16 to find the perfect match for you and your family. Thanks to a $2,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, adoptions will be only $10, and include your new friend’s spay or neuter care, vaccinations and a microchip. A $15 licensing fee will apply to dogs older than three months.

“National Adoption Weekend is a great opportunity to save the life of a pet in need,” said Kristin Barney, Pima Animal Care Center’s (PACC) Chief of Operations. “We always have a great selection of wonderful, loving pets and our amazing volunteers are ready to help folks find their perfect match.”

PACC also will be offering $10 adoptions on cats, dogs, puppies and kittens all weekend long at its 4000 N. Silverbell Rd. shelter. For shelter hours, visit www.pima.gov/animalcare

What: National Adoption Weekend Event

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday through Saturday, Nov. 14-16

Where: PetSmart at 3850 W River Rd (River and Orange Grove)

Who: PACC and PetSmart Charities

Posted in Pets on Friday, November 14, 2014 1:23 pm. | Tags: Pima Animal Care Center Comments (0)

Thursday 11/06/2014
Pet News - HSSA hosts two mobile vaccination clinics for dogs

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona loves helping owners keep their pets healthy and well. The HSSA will be having two separate clinics in one day and invites all dog owners to take advantage of this low-cost vaccination clinic.

HSSA will provide vaccinations from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, in Marana at Ora Mae Harn Park, 13250 N. Lon Adams Rd. The second vaccination clinic will be held later in the day from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Park Place on Broadway and Wilmot (in the parking lot near L.A. Fitness).

Dogs can get a rabies vaccination for $13 and DAPP (Distemper/Adenovirus/ Parainfluenza/Parvovirus) and Bordatella vaccinations for $12 each. Microchips will be available for $15. Cash or credit will be accepted. This clinic will be for dogs only.

If you miss our mobile clinics, not to worry! The HSSA also has a vaccination clinic for both cats and dogs from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturdays at the main campus, 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd. Anyone who arrives by 11:30 will be served. However, because of the mobile clinics, we will not offer this option on Nov. 8.

So far, nearly 860 pets in Tucson have been vaccinatied at HSSA’s mobile vaccination clinics this year. Together we can keep our community and four-legged friends happy and healthy!

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

Posted in Pets on Thursday, November 6, 2014 12:29 pm. | Tags: Humane Society , Vaccination , Dogs , Comments (0)

Monday 11/03/2014
Pet News - No-kill cat shelter needs immediate funding


This fall, Pawsitively Cats (Paws Cats), a 501 (c) 3, non-profit, no-kill cat shelter has experienced lagging donations and increased veterinary bills. Since funding for Paws Cats comes solely from donations and adoption fees, decreased donations have resulted in a significant financial shortfall.

The shelter is now having trouble paying rent, utilities and their significant veterinary bills for the care of their 290+ cats.  Paws Cats is hoping that they can count on the very giving and supportive Tucson community to help keep the shelter open by donating $8,000 to help meet their financial obligations.

Since 2011, Pawsitively Cats has found homes for 870 cats that would otherwise have died on the streets or been euthanized in the county shelter.  In order to help place more cats into permanent homes, they are taken to Petco stores adoption centers to increase their visibility to more potential adopters. For cats still residing in the shelter, they are provided a quality living environment including excellent veterinary care, good quality food, and they are spayed, neutered, and vaccinated.  Devoted volunteers also assist in their care by keeping the shelter clean and helping to socialize cats and keep them well loved until they are adopted.  Unfortunately, not all cats are adopted. These may be older cats or those with significant medical issues that people are unable to manage or are unable to pay for.  Paws Cats believes that all lives are worth saving and they provide lifetime care to these cats.

In addition to needing critical financial donations, Paws Cats is also in great need of the following:

Friskies or 9 Lives Pate style canned cat food           Kirkland brand adult dry cat food (available at Costco)

PetSmart brand Exquisicat scoopable wheat litter     laundry detergent and bleach

Financial donations can be made to Pawsitively Cats through these methods:  visit the web site www.pawsitivelycats.org and make a donation through PayPal, or mail a check to PO Box 32115 Tucson, AZ 85751.  Donations of supplies can be dropped off at the shelter located at 3432 E. Ft. Lowell Blvd.  Because Paws Cats is a 501 (c) 3 organization, all donations are fully tax deductible.  For questions or directions please contact Shelter Director, Sheryl Campbell at 308-2985.  

Posted in Pets on Monday, November 3, 2014 1:19 pm. Updated: 2:26 pm. | Tags: Pawsitively Cats , Paws Cats , Non-profit , No Kill , Cats , Comments (0)

Thursday 10/23/2014
Pet News - No scaredy-cats this Halloween

We all know how scary the ghoulish goblins and creepy critters of Halloween celebrations can be. If they scare us, imagine how our dogs and cats feel. The Humane Society of Southern Arizona would like to remind you to keep pets safe and calm for the Halloween celebrations.

Here are some tips for you to keep in mind for this All Hallows’ Eve.

·         No tricks! No Treats! Halloween candy and treats are for humans! Candy, especially chocolate, can be toxic to our pets. If you would like to include your pet on Halloween  fun, be sure to have some yummy pet treats set aside.

·         Trick-or-treat safely - If you take your pet trick-or-treating, be sure to keep them close to you on a leash and that they are wearing reflective wear.

·         Home Sweet Home - If you are keeping your pet at home and will be getting trick-or-treaters be sure to keep your pets in a separate room. This prevents them from bolting out the door or potentially hurting a child.

·         If they’re inside they thrive! - Keep all pets indoors to prevent them from being harmed or endangered by pranksters.

·        ID for me! - Be sure your pet has proper identification! This includes microchip and a well-fitted collar with tags.

If your pet becomes lost, immediately call the HSSA’s Lost and Found Department at 327-6088, ext. 111, and Pima Animal Care Center at 743-5900 to file a lost report and obtain information on conducting an effective search. Also be sure to visit each shelter every day to look for your pet in person.


Posted in Pets on Thursday, October 23, 2014 9:31 am. | Tags: Scaredy-cats , Halloween , Humane Society Of Southern Arizona , Trick Or Treats , Comments (0)

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.


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.


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)

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