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headline circle gifAbout Us > Animal Bill Of Rights



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Every day, the staff and volunteers of the Humane Society of Arizona are charged with providing the best possible care for the animals brought to us. Regardless of temperament, health, age, or species, it is our responsibility to create a healthy environment in which the animal receives the humane and loving treatment it deserves.

Providing for these animals is a tremendous responsibility: their lives are in our hands - and our hearts - for an indeterminate amount of time. We view this responsibility as a sacred one. Therefore, we created the HSSA Animal Bill of Rights, which all staff members and volunteers are required to sign.



headline circle gifThe HSSA Animal Bill of Rights

All animals in our care are our clients. Each animal that enters the protection of the HSSA will be treated with dignity and respect from loving, responsible, well-trained caregivers, during every moment it remains under our guardianship.

The animals at HSSA may have been abandoned, but they will not be abandoned by us. They have been displaced from their environment and their homes. Our commitment to them is to provide them with safety, comfort, and the best possible stay within our walls, as well as to use all available means to find each animal a responsible, devoted, and permanent home.

The following animal care standards identifying our responsibility include, but are not limited to:



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Fresh clean water will be available at all times.

The appropriate quantity of palatable quality food will be provided for each animal.

Appropriate heating and cooling will be utilized.

A sanitary environment will be maintained to ensure disease control.

Safe housing will be maintained through proper kennel maintenance.

Prompt recognition of injuries and health conditions shall ensure proper medical intervention and care.

Proven stress reduction measures will be employed, such as humane housing design, appropriate handling techniques, compatible kennel mates, exercise, cushioned place to lie, and toys.



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Every effort will be made to place each animal into a suitable, permanent home.

We will employ all methods available to find second-chance options for our animals, including, but not limited to:

  • Foster care
  • Socialization and training
  • Breed placement groups
  • Behavior modification training when possible
  • Medical intervention for those animals who would not otherwise be adoptable

We will also make every possible effort to ensure that each adopter will be educated on how to provide the best possible physical and emotional care for their new pet.



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Handling of all animals will be gentle, safe, secure, and in accordance with HSSA policy.



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Every possible effort will be made to reunite lost animals with their guardians.

All animals will be scanned upon entry to the shelter to determine the presence of a microchip.

Lost and found websites will be provided with accurate photos of all found animals.



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Although many of the animals received by HSSA are victims of cruelty or neglect, their suffering and pain will end here, either through the employment of rapid medical care, rehabilitation, or, if required, through humane euthanasia. Each of our animal clients has the right to:
  • Have their abusive or neglectful situation promptly addressed, recorded and reported to the proper law enforcement authority in accordance with Law.
  • Be provided with any specialty care or rehabilitation as is required to help the animal recover from the effects of abuse and neglect.
  • Have the opportunity, when so designated by a court of law or investigative authority, to be placed in a new, loving, violence-free home.
  • Expect that each of their human caretakers and the HSSA itself will uphold standards that meet or exceed what is required by law for the care of animals.



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Ongoing medical analysis and treatment will be administered as needed.

Sick and injured animals will receive veterinary care as soon as possible, either in-house or at an emergency clinic.





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Every animal has the right to live and the right to and die with dignity.

Should euthanasia prove to be the only solution available for any animal, that animal will receive the undivided attention of its caretaker during the procedure. The animal will be held with the utmost compassion and the least amount of restraint required. 

Only highly trained and certified staff will be allowed to perform euthanasia.


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