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Humane Society Of Southern Arizona

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Hssa is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the general welfare, sheltering and placement of animals; prevention of cruelty to animals and animal overpopulation; education concerning humane treatment of animals; and involvement in other animal welfare issues.

Programs: Shelter operations: receiving and adoptions as the trend has held steady for the last several years, approximately 32,000 pets in the tucson metropolitan area were homeless. The humane society of southern arizona accepted 7,308 stray and owner release pets. Our lost and found program helped reunite 313 pets to their owners and 6,001 found homes through our placement model. Our foster care program placed 1,777 pets throughout the year. Our live release rate (adoptable animals who found homes) in fye 14 was 96. 3%, the highest of any organization within arizona. This was an increase from last year's live release rate of 90. 5% offsite the humane society of southern arizona has had continued great success with its offsite adoption model of petsmart locations, retail and adoption centers at two local malls, and multiple community special events. Hssa opened the first retail and adoption center, pawsh, in 2009 at a central tucson mall. In july 2010 a second retail and adoption center opened up in an upscale mall on the central north side. The hssa retail stores carry a variety of merchandise for the new adopter and casual shopper. In fye 14, 1,704 cats, 1,070 dogs and 85 other animals (guinea pigs, rabbits, etc. ) were adopted into new homes from the offsite locations, 46. 2% of the total organization's adoptions (up from 39. 7% prior fiscal year).

humane education and cruelty prevention: the humane society of southern arizona's humane education programs give people of all ages and backgrounds the tools to make informed decisions about the appropriate care and treatment of animals. In fye 14 our humane education program reached approximately 3450 children through educational presentations and approximately 6000 more through our attendance of numerous community outreach fairs and festivals. -115 educational presentations to school and youth groups which include hssa shelter tours and community service presentations for children grades 3-12. -24 full days of camp for children between 6-14 years of age -5 animal cruelty education classes for adults -15 onsite hand-in-paw kids club events for children 6-14 years old -5 pet first aid classes -8 adult and child fairs/booths at local festivals and fairs for children, adults and families - such as educational booths at the ted walter day at old tucson studios, tucson festival of books, u of a children's festival, cox movie nights, bear essentials camp fair, and u of a bookstore children's story time, school based literacy programs, and more. Cruelty prevention programs were broadly employed by the humane society of southern arizona to address acts of violence or neglect directed toward animals. We have one part-time staff dedicated to animal cruelty investigations and who assists as a resource for all enforcement agencies in southern arizona (and frequently used as a resource from agencies throughout the state). This included field investigations; animal rescues of all sizes and descriptions; evidence gathering, the coordination of emergency medical services for animal victims and directing all cruelty complaints from the public to the appropriate agency for follow up investigation. He is also responsible for assisting with the formation of the metropolitan phoenix area animal cruelty task force, also known as apact. He has provided various trainings for investigators from different enforcement agencies throughout the country, including crime scene investigations. These organizations included arizona association of court reporters, law enforcement agencies in in cochise county, university of arizona law school, the animal law club at the university of arizona and training in florida to veterinarians from throughout the united states and several foreign countries.

spay and neuter clinic: the most direct way to prevent the homelessness and suffering of the pets in our community is to prevent pet overpopulation. The humane society of southern arizona's spay and neuter clinic performs low cost and grant funded spay and neuter surgeries for the public and rescue groups in southern arizona, as well as spay and neuter surgeries, special surgeries - some of which are life-saving - for hssa sheltered animals. In fye 13/14, veterinarians at hssa performed a total of 5,426 cat spay/neuter surgeries, 5,111 dog spay/neuter surgeries, along with 863 other surgical procedures for a total of 11,400 surgeries. The total number of pets seen for preventative services such as vaccinations, fiv/felv and heartworm testing rose to 15,805 (including shelter pets), a 30% increase over the previous fiscal year total of 12,135. This increase directly correlates to the overall live release number for hssa shelter pets. Vaccine clinics: we provided low-cost vaccinations to pets in our community through on-site and off-site vaccination clinics. We provided 22,837 vaccinations at our walk-in vaccination clinics and at time of spay/neuter surgery (including hssa pets being placed for adoption). In an effort of community outreach to address the increasing numbers of dogs infected with, and dying from, canine distemper, hssa held a series of 2 offsite vaccination clinics offering free distemper parvo vaccinations to the southern arizona community. In addition to the offsite clinics, all dogs who attended hssa campus clinics received free distemper parvo vaccinations through the month of june. Public service announcements as well as media spots highlighted the prevention aspect of pet vaccination to protect dogs, particularly puppies, from this fatal disease. Nearly 1,000 dogs benefitted from this unprecedented effort during the month of june. Trap, neuter, return: tnr for feral cats has become a large focus of the hssa's spay/neuter clinic's overall response to prevention of overpopulation. Feral cat surgeries were up 11. 75% for fiscal year 14 - nearly 34% of cat surgeries were feral cats. The humane society of southern arizona has historically been the only clinic to provide low cost and funded feral cat surgeries with no appointment or restrictions to the number of cats brought in daily by local colony care-givers and residents of the community. In-patient services: the hssa clinic provides critical and acute care for shelter pets who require special surgeries such as amputations, enucleations, or special treatments such as iv fluids, blood testing, cytology, etc. These special services enable shelter pets to recover from injuries or medical issues and have the opportunity for a second chance and a forever home.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

I help out doing offsite adoptions, and it's obvious how everyone involved-- staff and volunteer alike-- cares immensely about the shelter's mission. In an environment that has the potential to be very depressing, spirits stay high, and every animal gets love and attention in an attempt to find it a good "forever home." Thanks to so much time and effort, Tucson is a much furrier and well-loved city!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I am saddened by no response from your emergency task advocate. I am just an ordinary citizen taking care of a homeless dog for two years because I could not catch him. Animal control tried but was not aware he hid in a basement and they would of only killed the guy. This dog lived in an abandoned house, hurting no one. He waited for the sound of my vehicle. Fast forward- property was bought and new owner was putting up fence. We spoke with him and he said would give us two-three months to capture dog. Following week he has workers bulldozing surrounding buildings. Spoke to workers on the dog and they lied saying the dog went with some old guy. I knew this dog would not go with anyone. That evening went and the dog came out. Meanwhile I contacted Heather Rowe to get some immediate assistance on helping me get the dog. THIS DOG IS NOW TRAPPED INSIDE THE GATED AREA. She said to call Mike on your animal task force. This man has to be there for a paycheck because not only has he not returned my phone calls but I have other people call him and no return call. For a week I have not seen my Dog and found the basement was blocked with cionder blocks. The owner and worker knew this dog hid under there and with no way out he has probably died from no access from food or mainly water. This is animal cruelty by all of you who would not help. I am sure had I cut the fence and trespassed could of gotten attention then. I own a business and every portion of my sales go to help homeless, forgotten animals but your organization will not get anymore. Everybody just passed the buck because this dog was either not newsworthy since he did not bite anyone or traveled thousands of miles or an exotic animal. I barely take a paycheck so I can take care of abandoned animals (ask my vet) yet you have this Mike on your payroll being paid to help animals and he can not even return any of our calls. How sad

Review from Guidestar

2 azbirdwoman

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted animals from the HSSAZ shelter and have also utilized their spay/neuter and inoculation clinic. I find the facility to be clean, employees knowledgable and concerned about the animals in their care. I am delighted to be a supporter and intend to continue utilizing their services!

Review from Guidestar