Program areas at Humane Society of Southern Arizona
ANIMAL SHELTER SERVICES -- HSSA prides itself on providing the highest level of service to the pets in its care. The happier, healthier, and more confident pets are, the more likely it is that they will find their forever home. This year, we sheltered over 4,500 pets, provided more than 2,600 vaccinations, reunited over 2,300 lost pets with their families, and matched over 3,200 pets with their new forever homes. Our foster care volunteers cared for almost 1,400 pets before they were adopted. Our dedicated team of staff and volunteers provides daily enrichment and individual attention to each of our pets, which helps prepare them for their new adoptive families.We are now building shelters on the eastside of Tucson and in Bisbee to offer this support to homeless pets in new areas throughout our region.
EDUCATION & OUTREACH -- HSSAs innovative education and outreach programs, which support community members of all ages, from the Hand in Paw Club for kids to the Pet VIP program - bringing pets to visit those in care facilities and hospitals, reached over 40,000 people this year. Our animal ambassadors visit more than 500 classrooms a year, teaching humane education and kindness towards animals, generating huge benefits for our community in the reduction of domestic and other human violence for decades to come. HSSA partners with Pima Community College, Pima Medical Institute, and the University of Arizona's College of Veterinary Medicine to help the next generation of veterinary professionals gain valuable experience.See Schedule O for exciting news on our advocacy efforts!
VETERINARY SERVICES HSSAs team of veterinary professionals provide emergency services, preventive surgical services, and dental services to our shelter pets, public pets, and to our pet partners. More than 960 animals were spayed or neutered this year to help reduce the number of unwanted pets in our region. Dental exams and procedures support a pets overall health, as do regular exams and vaccinations. We are now developing the OneHealth program which offers healthcare to people in poverty when they seek care for their pets, increasing access to healthcare for humans and pets alike -- recognizing the strength and the value of the human-animal bond to public health.