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This is a great shelter, i got two of my dogs there and they were extremely helpful when helping me choose my dogs. They are very through and they even recommend services and products. I would stop by any time to see this great shelter!!
Great shelter :D
Far away fom my house :C
We adopted a sweet little kitten we call Brooklyn on January 23, 2009. She has adjusted to her new environment and has been doing very well. Brooklyn is a rambunctious little sweetheart and we love her very much!
Friendly and comfortable atmosphere
Slight animal smells but that's normal
We adopted one of our animals from The Humane Society of Southern Arizona and she was a real winner. She gave us many years of pleasure. The Humane Society was also a great responder recently when they rescued over 200 dogs (and birds ) from a breeder. They worked with veterinary's and saved the ones they could and housed and cared for the pregnant ones and those that had just delivered puppies. They held special adoptions for the available animals and farmed the healthy ones out to other areas that were able to place the animals in good homes. Tucson is lucky to have such a compassionate shelter with a caring staff and many many volunteers.
Care about Humane treatment of animals
The facility is old and could use some remodeling
We had a backyard chicken that wasn't doing well. Not laying, listless, backside covered in poop. One of her coopmates died from a viral cancer and had the same symptoms, so we figured she was next. We brought her in to HSSA. They were awesome! When we have to adopt our next pet we will definitely go there.
Friendly helpful staff
My husband and I just adopted 2 black labs from the Society. The HSSA was great, they gave us all the pro's and con's of adopting both at the same time and let us make up our own mind. They were very caring, the facilities were very clean and they truly cared about all of the animals under their care. If you ever want a pet, don't pay 100's or even 1000's of dollars on a papered pet, these animals are just as fantastic and deserve a good home as well.
Very friendly, courteous staff
I was a volunteer here for about a year and was very impressed with the care the animals recieved. They are careful about who is adopting their animals. they are the only alternative to the public asisde from the Pima county animal care center. Tucson has grown tremendously and there are not enought suitable options for stray and abandoned dogs and cats in this area. The HSSA is a life saver for many animals here. They deserve as much support as possible.
Very caring staff, Good community interaction
Every time I have gone to the shelter for Hailey's and Cash's immunizations I have been very pleased especially with my youngster pup Cash. Since Cash is part Rottweiler there was a couple things that they notified me about keeping him healthy and signs to look for if he wasn't getting the proper nutrition in his diet. They were very helpful and gave me lots of information about the breed.
lots of distractions with other animals
Over the last 15 years, my dad, both my sisters and I have adopted many pets here. It's just the place to go. My son and I have also done some volunteer work here, and the experiences were great ones!
Great place all around
So many animals, it's so hard to choose
I think this place is awesome! They do so much to make sure that animals are placed in good homes! I hope that they get the money for the make over. It would be great to see them get more funding!
friendly people, alot of pets
alot of pets, little room
I think this is a great place. I have purchased 4 out of my 7 dogs from their.
always try to do everything they can for the animals they receive.
Some staff members are not that freindly
Love the Humane Society. We've adopted two dogs from there, and they're wonderul. The Humane Society is a noble organization, defending the defenseless and working to decrease the pet overpopulation in Arizona. A side note: The HSSAZ was the only place in town that would help us put one of our beloved pets to sleep when she was in pain; no one else would put a gerbil to sleep. That meant a lot to our family. Thanks for being awesome HSSAZ!
Great cause, wonderful pets
They need more money!
Approximately 13 years ago, I caught a report on the news saying that HSSA was looking to get all of the animals in the shelter adopted over a long weekend. It was spring and they were facing over-crowding due to more cats and dogs giving birth. I decided to head down and was delighted to find an adorable kitten that I immediately decided needed to live in my home. Years later, I still use HSSA for their vaccine clinics and recommend their spaying and neutering options to people who have financial concerns. HSSA provides a much needed resource in the Tucson community.
Vaccine clinics, low cost spaying and neutering, helping the community
Lack of funds
We have adopted three wonderful dogs from the HSSA. The staff has always been patient with us - encouraging us to bring our current dogs to the shelter to make sure they were a match. They also do a great job of keeping their website updated. We love you HSSA!
So many animals who need adoped
I adopted Gypsy from HSSAZ in July 2008 and it was the best move we made. About a month after we got her, we found she had worms and the incubation period for worms placed her at HSSAZ when she got them. We brought her back to HSSAZ as we are low on funds and could not afford to take her to a vet. They checked her out and gave her a de-worming treatment for free and didn't even give us any hassle!! I was very very VERY pleased with our experience with HSSAZ!
easy to see dogs, easy application process, great pets and great people!
the shelter is really run down and they need a new home!!
The Humane Society of Southern AZ neutered a pet of my friends. They were so impressed that they could not wait to tell me how glad they were that they were sent there. The staff walked them through the process, answered all their questions and provided follow up., Excellent Job by the staff. You are truly an inspiration
Most caring & professional staff
We found the shelter to be working well with an old shelter. The staff was pleasant and helpful. We didn't know what we were looking for. The staff was very patient the whole time. There were so many poor animals, we wanted them all. We finally narrowed to two and have two of the most wonderful dogs one could hope for.
staff was very helpful and caring
too many animals that need help
I have been a foster mom for felines going on 5 years and I'm always amazed at the level of compassion demonstrated by the shelter staff and the volunteers. In the early stages of my fostering I had many questions/concerns and no matter who I called upon they were willing to lend a hand, advice or just moral support. Thank you, thank you HSSA!!
very friendly staff, good educators
I adopted my first pet from this shelter when I was 8. She was a golden retriever who lived to be 16. Fantastic family member. A year later, I adopted a cat who lived to be 18. Couldn't have lived without this cat. Helped my parents adoptanother cat in college after the other cat passed. She is now 5 and is a great pet. Whenever we go to the Humane Society as a family, we are treated so badly as though we are on trial or something for wanting a shelter pet. We have had so much success with our pets from the HSSA and they are always so grateful to be in a home. In my own home, I have 1 shelter cat (as a rescue from a friend who couldn't keep her) and 2 rescues, but I still hope that the HSSA realizes that it's beneficial to treat the humans who love animals with courtesy and respect. We are the adopters, the contributers, and volunteers who spread the word and work hard to make your shelter a success. Please think of that as you hire new staff and find homes for these deserving animals. We deserve to be treated well when we are coming to the shelter to help--not to be interrogated and treated rudely.
The animals are taken care of very well
The staff treats potential adopting parents very meanly
This shelter is one of the best we have ever been to. We adopted a active pet and they made sure we knew everything about this animal and that if we needed help of any kind where we could call.
The staff was amazing and made sure we were the right type of family for the dog we chose. They also were very detailed on what to expect and made sure we knew where to call if we needed help of any kind.
We did not have any negative issues
Everytime I come in contact with a staff member of the HSSA, I am more and more amazed with their dedication to helping all of the animals. It makes me strive to be better and help out as much as I can. Keep up the good work!
Always willing to help
Sometimes get animals in that are too far gone and they can not save
This facility is in need of the makeover, the staff are caring and knowledgeable. The Southern Arizona Humane Society does a great service to our community, I would like to thank them for their work.
none so far im aware of.
I have worked here for over a year and other Tech's have been here longer. We all still cry for the animals we can't save, cheer the ones we do, and wonder at the small and large miracles that happen. We are all here for the animals and no other reason.
everyone here cares deeply about each and every animal
We haven't spayed & nuetered every animal in tucson
One of my moms takes care of fosters and helps out when she can, my other one works as a tech in the clinic. I know my parents wouldn't be there if it wasn't one of the best places in town. They really care about the animals in their care.
Whenever i've ever asked a ? i've got a good answer
This is a top notch shelter! They are very involved in the community and stress the importance of having your pet spayed/neutered, prevention of animal cruelty and education concerning humane treatment of animals. Their classes are great from basic obedience to snake avoidence classes, agility training and more! They have a gift shop with toys, books and lots more. Let's all help to support them!
First Class In Everyway! The Shelter, spay neuter clinics, classes and community events
None known to me
From what I've seen they are doing a great job, especially after the massive adoption they had to put together from the breeder found last year. If the shelter had more funding I believe more of those dogs good have stayed and adopted in Arizona instead of some being taken to California, I heard of alot of people wanting to adopt but the dogs were either taken or adopted already
Very helpful, animals are well taken care of
Takes along time to get paired up with a specific animal
they have a really great staff. everyone there is very devoted.
My family has adopted 2 dogs from HSSA in the last 8 months and are going back when its time to rescue another pup. The staff has always been helpful, friendly, and caring. We could only hope for more of these shelters in Tuscon
helpfulness and knowledge of staff, careful placement procedures, great experience
needs more volunteers!
My husband and I adopted our "boy", Brady Dog from the HSSA. With their expert knowledge, we were able to nurse this frisky stray with a skin disease into a healthy and happy part of our family. We love the staff there. Thank you.
they helped us understand our pet's health issues and were very supportive
they are so wonderful that there may be a wait for service
Every pet I have ever adopted has come from the Humane Society. My most recent adoption, Reese, took me over 6 weeks to find. But once we found each other at HSSA, it was obvious that she was the one for me. The staff at HSSA was very helpful and the adoption process was quick and easy. I took Reese home that day to her forever home. Thanks HSSA!
Long drive for me
Recently, my husband and I adopted a dog from Humane Society of Southern Arizona. We went to their site and looked at dogs, then went to the featured pet of the week. We fell in love with Leia. We ended up seeking her out at a local Petsmart and Craig and her instantly bonded. When it came time to pick her up, everyone was on the ball and ready for us. It turns out that she had been at HSSA for a long time. Everyone there put effort and love into creating a well mannered absolute joy of a dog. We were pleasantly suprised taht everyone new of her and were overjoyed that she was being adopted! In the future, when we are ready for more pets, we will always come to you first! Leia is adjusting very well to her new home.\r\nSincerely \r\nCraig and Tera Schuetta
They really care about their animals!
HSSA needs more community support!
We adopted Kira first then fostered a motherless litter and adopted one of them and so on....\r\nAll the info we received from HSSA was accurate, they made sure the breeds we picked suited our desires. The animals were more socialized than those adopted from other shelters. They also provided info amd help after the adoption. Also when we've found dogs they check them for microchips and have helped us reconnect them with their owners without having to leave them at the shelter. All the staff I've worked with seem to genuinely and whole heartedly care about the animals. The more difficult an animal it seems the more love and effort is put into their rehab and eventual adoption. I love all the people there.
all our dogs and cats from HSSA have bonded well
I have too many adopted dogs to have time to foster
The staff at this H.S. were friendly, helpful to me. The interactions they had with the animals were very good.
it was a little slow
I didn't know this store was there until went with a friend. Considering the specialized area, they had a wide selection of collars/leashes, bowls, and other specialty items. They also have very reasonable prices on brand new crates. Prices beat Petco and Petsmart on odds and ends.
We have adopted from the Humane Society of Southern AZ. We were fortunate enough to get our puppy Taz, from a litter of puppies that were actually shot at by an inhumane person. After they were turned into the Pima Animal Hospital, Humane Society took the surviving pups and cared for them until they were ready to be adopted out. We originally heard about the situation on a local radio broadcast. \r\nThe experience of adopting there was great!\r\n\r\n
The friendliness and caring of the staff
The space they have is so limited
The Cat Viewing Room is greatly improved. All cages were clean, comfortable looking, and stocked with food, water & litter. All cats were clean and cared for. The Staff was extremely attentive in helping us visit with different cats and keeping track of our adoption process on a busy Saturday Morning. Sadly, we could take only one cat, there were many terrific cats. The Veterinary Staff were also very efficient. The cat we adopted was an injured stray, who was given medical care & many procedures to ensure his recovery & hope for a new home.
Facility greatly improved. ALL STAFF were very attentive.
Facility would be benefit from more space / addition. Crowded.
Adoption process here is great. The staff helps you in anyway you need it. The website (www.hssaz.org) they have has great information about the facility and the animals they have up for adoption. You will also find on their website other valuable information that will help you with your furry friends. They have worked hard to see that each and every animal find a happy forever home. They want to end euthanasia and with the peoples help and donation I believe that is in the near future. Go out and check them out or visit their website. You will not be disappointed.
The staff is helpful and they care so much about each animal in their care
Having adopted several dogs and rabbits from this shelter I can say with confidence that the animals are well cared for by a dedicated and caring staff. I support them wholeheartedly.
Caring dedicated staff
Could be larger
I don't have much to say but over the last year I was at the HSSA I have had so much fun and been helped out so much. All in all thank you!!!!!\n\n
Cons what cons? :)
My experience with hssaz is great. They truly care for the dogs and cats there. The dogs have inside outside access all yr round. It is ac and heated. The faclility is clean and staff is understanding. We have made a donation to them and there staff even posed in the pic for our website.\r\nWe adopted our dog zeus from there 7 yrs ago i was able to take him out meet him, play with him. I also got papers on his previous owners and reason for his turn in.\r\nThe hs also lets you introduce a new dog to your other dog to see how they may get along.( ive heard this) Not many places let you do that and its a great idea.. hssaz is just a super place !
The staff at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona are wonderful. I have made the comment so many times to fellow volunteers that I could never do the job that they do every day. Don't get me wrong - orphan pet advocacy is a passion of mine - but having to make life and death decisions most every day, not to mention having to show compassion for those who perhaps have little of their own can not be easy to do day in and day out. I have nothing but the utmost respect for the staff. They are angels and the animals are so lucky to have them advocating on their behalf.
staff, volunteers, donations, great animals!
too small facility
We adopted our dog from her and the staff was great! We love our dog and we are so happy we came to the Humane Society to find our new dog. I admire all the staff for the hard work they do.
Wonderful place all around
I feel bad for all the unwanted animals.
I've been familiar with this shelter for many years, and it has never disappointed me.
We adopted our beloved Toby Too from this shelter and he lived a happy and full life until he died of liver failure at the age of 10. We were nearly not approved as adoptive parents because we were, at the time, renters, not homeowners. As they would not accept our check my husband had to drive to our bank to get cash while I waited with our new kitten until he could get back. The rules seem to get in the way of successfully placing pets in need of good homes.
willingness to undertake tremendous challanges such as 800 dogs at one time
restrictions on acceptances and access to procedures
The "Humane" Society of So. AZ is not what many claim it to be.\n\nFirst, they will not take any animal unless you PAY a fee (Usually $25.00).\n\nThis seems wrong because what happens if you are poor and happen to find an animal in need that you can't provide, and try to take it to the "Humane Society"? \n\nThis happened to me and I was flabbergasted when I couldn't turn in a very gentle and kind dog I found and was unable to keep simply because I didn't have the $25.00!!\n\nOn top of that I was told that most likely, she would never be adopted and would end up being put to sleep because she was old.\n\nIt didn't matter how gentle, sweet and well behaved she was!\n\nIf I didn't cared about the wellbeing of the dog and whether she lived or died, I could have just left her on the street where I found her, in between cars, running on the road and begging for love to anyone who came across!\n\nBut instead I assumed that having such a great name meant that they were kind and caring towards the animals they encountered, but instead I found myself looking into a business where many volunteers give their free time to help, people donate to help, and the fees that people pay when adopting go to 'HELP', but when someone doesn't have money and can't help, then their help is nowhere to be found!\n\nNeutering and Spaying is done at prices that are above many places in town! How is that humane?? \n\nThey are not suffering, for money, that's for sure! People donate all the time, and their expenses are not what they claim, since they do not keep animals for long. They euthanize them if they can't place them in adoption no matter how nice that pet is, just in order to reduce expenses!\n\nThey do have their good points, the animals that you adopt from them are healthy and fixed, but still, they could do so much more to help instead of making this such a huge business and ignore the need of so many pets out there!!\n\n
FOR PROFIT AND PROFIT ONLY!
The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is in desperate need for funds since it has just accepted the brunt of over 750 dogs found in a puppy mill outside fo Tucson. This is a major strain on resources and will affect the association's budget. get points for the HSSAZ!
Great Humane Society
Check out the great programs offered. There are first aid, training, and other classess. Be sure to check events for free spay/neuter programs.\r\n\r\nThey need your help right now with a massive hoarding bust.
Have to pay to turn in animal
the humane socitity of southern arizona is avery nice place its clean and have great customer service they do everythig possible to meet the pets needs and wants and the peoples
they are very nice and want to help you and meet your needs and the pets
somethimes it can get stinky
Friendly staff and great customer service\nthank you
Save a shelter dog
This shelter has really come a long way-I would frequent this shelter as a child and over the years it has really become a nice place for animals to stay. With all of the renovations and friendly staff this is definaltely a place to visit when seeking to adopt a new companion.
This organization is progressive, stable, and a leaders in animal welfare. They have rec'd many kudos from outsiders and professionals, and have the loyalty and support of the community. They do so much with what they have --- the animals that find their way to this shelter have a wonderful chance at a healthy, loving future.\r\nThe shelter, however, is at least 50 years old, and this growing community needs a better facility. \r\nI would trust my pet to their care if something happened to me.
They make every dollar count
Need a new facility!
After years of only owning pure bread dogs (and dealing with teh health issues), we decided to adopt from HSSA. I was looking for a poodle/mix, short curly hair with no shedding. My family spent several weekends looking for a new family member. One day we were walking through HSSA and I passed a 'smiling' white fur ball. I smiled and continued on. When I passed by again...the dog smiled at me again. On my third passing, that wonderful smile made it impossible to NOT get a closer look at this beautiful white fur ball named Sophie! We got to visit with her in the play area, and we loved her! We put a hold on her, and went home to get our grouchy old lady, Bella. When we got back to the shelter, 3 other families had expressed interest in taking Sophie home if we passed on her. In the meet and greet play area, the girls did not 'play' together, but they checked each other out, and to our surprise...Bella did not growl at or act agressively toward this 'stranger'. That sealed the deal and we took our Sophie home!\r\n\r\nSophie is so wonderful, that another family member decided to try adoption for the first time. She ended up taking home 2 new girls.\r\n\r\nThe staff at HSSA was helpful, and friendly. They keep the facility clean and give the animals lots of love. They have a wonderful outreach program, they have a featured animal every week, and they do their best to get to know the animals and give potential families helpful information. It is sad to see all the animals in the 'cages', but all the adoption stickers (showing the animals are going home) can still bring a smile to your face.\r\n\r\nThank you HSSA.
Meet and Greet area to introduce new dog to current dog!
Need more space! Too many dogs in cement/wire 'cages'...so sad!
We got our dog from the HSSA and couldn't be happier. The HSSA does such great work in the Tucson area, and we just love them for it.
Really nice people
Too many dogs without homes :(
The Humane Society of Southern Arizona saved my dog, Nala from abuse and neglect when she was a puppy. They gave her the love and care she needed and then helped her find a home. Bless them for the good work they do!!! My Nala is a kind sweet dog, loving and loyal. I thank God every day that her life was saved by these good people, and that she found her way into my home to share her life with us. thank you HSSAZ!!!!
Caring helpful staff, giving of themselves for the sake of animals
s bit too small and crowded, building is getting old
I have been a fan of the HSSAZ for over 30 years as a past volunteer, a loyal supporter/member and have adopted most of my pets from them. I also help with the rescue of certain Sporting Breeds of dogs and the rescue of cats that have been abandoned, by having them spayed, neutered, given their shots and vet-checked. Then I find suitable homes for them, as well.\r\n\r\nAs for the facility and staff? There are none better as far as I'm concerned!
They provide superior education to the public about animal care and adoption.
They need more people to adopt from them!
I have been volunteering every Saturday for almost 6 years, and I love working with the staff and animals. I love going there every week.
Friendly Staff :)
They keep organized files on every animal that is adopted, lost, brought in, or fostered. We foster underaged (younger than eight week) puppies. We've done it for about eight months now, and the humane society staff are like family. We now at least fifty percent by name and face. They always welcome us friendly when we pick puppies up or go to volunteer. Everything is so amazing.
Lots of space for animals, And more...
Hard to locate shelter
The help is so friendly and willing to help in any way they can. They know all the animals and help place the right pets with the right people.
Centrally located and easy viewing areas for all animals
So many animals that need to be adopted!
I have gotten all my dogs and cat, and have had several good experiences here. The kennels are always clean when I have come to visit and they have many good programs to support the new pet owner.
Thank you for your dedication to the animals. You have my greatest respect.
caring staff, great mission
The Humane society has impacted the lives of so many people. They have done a wonderful job saving animals lives.
Helping animals find loving homes
I have been fortunate to work for HSSA for a few years now and can truly say that I have never worked with a better team of workers and volunteers. Our devotion to our four legged friends is unparalled. Everyone involved here strives to learn the most we can concerning animal behavior, health issues, and how to best serve our community. This is not a job for us, it is our life!
Absolute love and respect for animals
not enough room for those who need it
Love this place. Clean and I always find someone who needs a good home.
This is where I get my newest family members
I can't adopt all of them....
I went to get my 2yr cane corso micro chip to my surprise they refused to service me because the dog growled, didn't show her teeth just growled more in fear than any thing else, i have been to many a vet/clinic in 40 yrs, this is the 1st one that i found that will not muzzle an animal how odd. if they only deal with the most gentless of pets may be they should not deal with dogs but only puppies.\r\nit was bad enough to refuse but the lady i believe she said her name was cathy was smiling from ear to ear as if it was funny, the asst mngr, about 6'2" 300lbs came to see if the dog was afraid of him well what do you think happened ! it is some 20 miles from my house I well not take that trip ever again!\r\nit is too bad that i voted for them BEFORE i went there!! if I could I would take it back i know of much better clinics than this, an adoption center yes a clinic maybe not.
if you want a friendly pet this could be the place
a clinic it is not, best find some where else to go.
The HSSA Spay & Neuter Clinic is doing it's part to help reduce the pet overpopulation problem. Check out www.hssaz.org for more information on all the different programs available to the public to help get your pet fixed and help reduce the number of animals that end up at shelters.
Friendly staff, many options available
All the people involved in the Southern Arizona Humane Society are very active and caring individuals.\r\nThey are very creative in the events they sponcer to\r\nplace animals in homes. The events are numerous.\r\nThey also use a lot of newspaper space to advertise\r\npets of the week.
Very active group
could use more space to house animals
Peggy Johnston and Karin Milintello are just phenomenal inspiration, and the heart and soul of HSSA. They do they're best to keep the animals safe and comfortable and keep the volunteers feeling appreciated.
Best darn thing to happen to the critters in Southern AZ
Not enough staff, and what staff there is, is grouchy.
Tucson is lucky to have such a great shelter!\r\nThe core group of volunteers is very dedicated and the staff is wonderful.\r\n
Friendly staff & volunteers
Sadly, shelter is too small to handle volume in our area
HSSA not only serves the animals of our community, but pet owners and volunteers. Among these are children and developmentally disabled adults. the training courses in obedience facilitate people having pets that they can maintain without frustration. The visiting pet program and training provides pet visitors to many schools, hospitals and senior care facilities.
very community oriented and very responsive
needs more modern facilities for animals and staff and the public so that all may be served even more successfully
I adopted my two dogs, Katie and Ando from the shelter. I am also a volunteer dog walker and mentor for the last four years and walk the dogs on Fridays and Sundays for four hours each. \r\nStaff is friendly and supportive. I wish we would have more volunteer dog walkers. The dogs are just so much more relaxed when they get walked on a daily basis. \r\nKarin
They try to find good homes for the animals
Small facilities, kennels are too small, need bigger exercise areas for the dogs.
The Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSAZ) has a niche for you. You can work or volunteer there or simply use their services as a member of the community. I initially attended Sunday Fundays with my dog. From 8-10AM on Sunday mornings, their Companions for Life Center would invite people from the community to bring their dogs to play in the off-leash, grassy yards and air-conditioned warehouse. This was an absolute delight in the summer months of southern Arizona, where the heat is brutal and grass is limited. All spayed/neutered, well-mannered dogs could join in the fun with a $5 donation to HSSAZ. I then started attending the Yappy Hour events such as Howl-a-ween. These events were play days for your dogs, with biscuits and treats for both human and pet, costume contests, pet photography, etc. After experiencing these, I signed up for the volunteer orientation and dog handling, volunteer classes. They have it for cats too. I have had opportunities to walk the adoption dogs, and participate in the dog obedience and agility training classes. There are special community events like Doggie Boogie and Puttin on the Ritz where volunteers with various skills and abilities are needed to help out. I've really enjoyed working with the staff at the center and helping the public learn to enjoy their time with their dogs. The HSSAZ is a fantastic facility.
So many fun activities and volunteer duties to get involved with, Wonderful people to work with, Excellent location on the Rillito River Path
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