Pets and Beasts

Monday, October 14, 2019

Mega Adoption Event This Weekend

Posted By on Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 12:15 PM

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Calling all animal lovers, three local agencies are teaming up to host a “mega adoption event” this week.

Pima Animal Care Center, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona and Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter and Sanctuary, have come together to form "Tucson Shelters United.”

Individual locations of all three shelters, PACC at 4000 N. Silverbell Road, HSSA at 635 W. Roger Road and Hermitage at 5278 E. 21st St., will offer 50 percent off adoption fees for all pets for months and older. Prices will vary at each location.

The goal is to find homes for 600 pets. The event takes place Friday, Oct. 18 through Sunday, Oct. 20.

For more information, click here.

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Adoptable Pets: Wampa Needs a Home

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2019 at 3:52 PM

Wampa - HSSA
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  • Wampa
“Hi there, My name is Wampa and I’m a shy 1-year-old boy. If you are patient with me and give me plenty of time to adjust, I promise you won’t be disappointed! Once I get comfortable I am a sweet, wiggly, goofy boy.” Wampa (876823)

Bring your family to meet me at HSSA Main Campus at 635 W. Roger Rd. Have questions? Give an adoptions counselor a call at 520-327-6088, ext. 173.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Adoptable Pets: Minx Needs a Home

Posted By on Mon, Oct 7, 2019 at 10:07 AM

Minx (852293) is just adorable. You might be thinking that we're talking about her cute-as-a-button good looks - which she has in abundance, or her big, wide eyes, or even her bobtail. Yes, she's definitely a cutie. But it's her personality that we're really talking about. Talk to her for a few seconds and you'll be greeted with warmth and affection, and probably an outstretched paw signaling her request for more pets and snuggles.

She's also a celebrity around these parts. She was featured in our Super Bowl commercial earlier this year! Watch Minx get her snuggle on in our Super Bowl ad by visiting

For a cat as cute as Minx, it's a shame that she has not been adopted yet. Come by HSSA Main Campus at 635 W. Roger Road to meet Minx and see for yourself why she's such a terrific kitty, or give an adoptions counselor a call at 520-327-6088, ext. 173 for more information.

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Adoptable Pets: Orca Needs a Home!

Posted By on Mon, Sep 30, 2019 at 11:07 AM

“I am a friendly, mellow girl who will seek you out to see what you’re doing. I LOVE getting attention and will purr loudly to say thank you. I came to HSSA with my friend, Cheeks (876140) who is 6-year-old. I would love to bring her with me when I find my forever home. ” Orca (876142) Come fall in love with Orca at HSSA Main Campus at 635 W. Roger Rd. For more information give an adoptions counselor a call at 520-327-6088, ext. 173.

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Reid Park Zoo Giraffe Elinor Developed Cancer

Posted By on Mon, Sep 30, 2019 at 10:55 AM

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After receiving the results of a necropsy, the Reid Park Zoo announced that Elinor, the 20-year-old reticulated giraffe that passed away earlier this month, developed lymphoma before she died.

The necropsy (an animal autopsy) was performed at the University of Arizona Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

“Elinor died of an aggressive, malignant cancer known as lymphoma,” said chief veterinarian Dr. Alexis Roth, in a statement. “Her symptoms and progression of disease were rapid. Although a common form of cancer in people and many animals, lymphoma is extremely rare in giraffe and not much is known about successful treatment.”

The median life expectancy for reticulated giraffes is 19 years. Elinor lived at Reid Park Zoo with two other giraffes: Jasiri, an 8-year-old male, and Denver, a 30-year-old female who is the second oldest giraffe in an AZA-accredited Zoo.

“Elinor was loved so much by staff and guests,” said Sue Tygielski, director of zoo operations, in a release. “Little kids that visit the zoo knew her from the other giraffe and would wait to visit with and feed Elinor. She had her own special fan club. While some guests marveled at Jasiri’s tall height, and others at Denver’s bold nature, Elinor was often the sweet favorite.”

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Mobile Pet Clinic Stopping by PACC Next Week

Posted By on Mon, Sep 23, 2019 at 4:33 PM

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The Pima Animal Care Center will host Dr. Kelly’s Mobile Vet clinic from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, offering spay and neuter surgeries, mass removals, dental care, microchipping and other procedures.

The van, which is equipped with hospital-grade equipment, will offer their services for between $10 and $800, depending on the services rendered.

Anyone interested in utilizing the van’s services is asked to fill out forms, which can be found on PACC’s website, before attending the event, which will be held at PACC.

“These are exactly the types of events our community wants,” said Kristen Hassen-Auerbach, PACC Director of Animal Services, in a release. “All of our vaccine and microchip clinics have had huge turnouts and pet owners always ask us about low cost surgery options. We are so happy to be a parking spot for Dr. Kelly’s so that these pet owners can get their pets the care they need without having to worry about the cost.”

The van has been providing veterinary services in and around Southern Arizona since 2016, parking at various locations around the region to offer help to pet owners.

The pets are treated and monitored by the van’s staff and can be picked up once they get an ‘all-clear’ from the vets, the release said.

Surgeries often take several hours to complete, allowing owners to pick up their four-legged love ones within 30 minutes of their discharge time, according to the release.

For questions or more information on Dr. Kelly’s services, visit their website, at

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Adoptable Pets: Oscar Needs a Home

Posted By on Mon, Sep 23, 2019 at 9:06 AM

Oscar - HSSA
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"I'm a 2-year-old boy named Oscar! I am very friendly and love for people to give me attention. I have some allergies so I prefer to spend most of my time indoors." Oscar (876050)

Bring your family to meet Oscar at HSSA Main Campus at 635 W. Roger Rd. Have questions? Give an adoptions counselor a call at 520-327-6088, ext. 173.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Adoptable Pets: Wilson Needs a Home

Posted By on Mon, Sep 16, 2019 at 12:23 PM

Wilson (875085) is an affectionate, four year-old kitty who has won the heart of every HSSA staff member who has met him! He's very sweet and loves to chat with you when you pet him. Wilson needs your help. He has tested positive for FIV, the feline immunodeficiency virus, and though it sounds scary; it isn't. Knowing a cat has FIV simply means he needs a loving family and will need to be an indoor only cat. To learn more about FIV visit Wilson really is going to make somebody very happy. Will it be you? How long will he have to wait until his forever family finds him? Visit us, and Wilson, at HSSA Main Campus at 635 W. Roger Rd. or give us a call at 520-327-6088, ext. 173.

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