from the Humane Society of Southern Arizona press release
The Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSAZ) is making a desperate call for help to the community’s animal lovers. The HSSAZ is completely packed with 4 to 5 dogs to a kennel and cats filling every corner. Currently, more than 450 animals await loving homes as an influx of abandoned and unwanted animals continues to pour through the doors.
To help the overwhelming number of homeless pets in their care, they are offering an indefinite adoption special in celebration of the approaching monsoon season. From now until the first official rain* in Tucson, they are offering $10 dogs, $10 cats and half-off puppies, kittens, purebreds and small dogs. A license fee of $15.50 will be added for dogs 3 months and older.
These drastically reduced rates include the full adoption package of a microchip, up-to-date vaccinations, spay or neuter surgery, a leash or carrier, a bag of food, and a free visit to the veterinarian of your choice.
Public Relations Coordinator, Sara Gromley, explains, “Adoptions at the HSSAZ are in decline but animal relinquishment continues to climb at an alarming rate.” This is in addition to the normal furry frenzy that takes place every summer like clockwork, explains Gromley. “The hotter the temperatures, the more litters we receive. It’s peak season for animal shelters nationwide and we have simply reached capacity.”
Until that desperately-needed precipitation reaches the Old Pueblo, you can take advantage of a great deal on a new best friend. The HSSAZ encourages anyone able and willing to open their heart and home to do so now and to help spread the word by encouraging friends and family to adopt a loved one during this special offer.
On average, about 2/3 of the animals they receive each year are relinquished by their owners and know this can be a difficult choice. If someone has to give up a pet, we encourage them to contact friends, families, coworkers and neighbors to try to find the dog or cat a home before relinquishing it to a shelter, as sometimes this can be a smoother transition.
*as recorded at Tucson International Airport by the National Weather Service
(Tommy is a 1-year old Shepherd mix who has been waiting for three months for a home – photo courtesy of HSSAZ)