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Dogs & Puppies
Adult Dog (over 6 mos.)


Puppy (under 6 mos.)


Senior Dogs (over 6 yrs.)


Purebred Dogs


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Cats & Kittens
Adult Cat (over 6 mos.)


Senior Cat (over 6 yrs.)


Kitten (4 mos. & under)


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Other Pets




Guinea Pigs


Pocket Pets (Gerbils, Mice, Rats, Hamsters, etc.)


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Your Best Friend Is Waiting - Adoption Specials                />

The adoption process begins with a visit to our facility at 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd. You may also adopt a pet at one of our offsite adoption locations.

HSSA places thousands of companion animals each year into the lifelong care of responsible, loving homes. We use an application and interview process to ensure that each animal adopted will be matched with the most compatible new owner.

Why does HSSA charge different adoption fees for animals?

While we don't see any animal as "worth" more than another (they are all equally wonderful in our eyes), we understand that our community sees certain breeds, sizes, and ages as more desirable than others. As much as we love the 8 year old half-blind Sheperd mix, we know that more people will be interested in the litter of tiny adorable purebred Boxer puppies.

By charging a reduced adoption fee for the older dog or cat with special needs, we help ensure that he or she will find a great home when the right adopter comes through our doors.

How do differential adoption fees save lives?

Did you know that HSSA doesn't put time limits on animals in our care? They can stay with us as long as they are happy and are doing well in a kennel environment. The higher adoption fee for a dog that we know will be adopted within days of entering our shelter subsidizes the care involved in keeping another pet for weeks or even months until he finds his special home.

Before you come to view our animals, please download and complete an adoption profile, or you can pick one up when you come to the shelter. 

When you visit us, you will be able to view all of our adoptable animals through their kennels. Once you have selected your potential new pets, our staff will asist you in meeting with each animal, one-on-one. For canine companions, we have outdoor yards for visitation.

One of our adoption counselors will be happy to answer all your questions and give you background information on the animal that interests you. All members of the household (including other current household dogs, if possible) should be present to ensure the chosen pet is compatible with everyone.

We update our online listings at daily, so there is a chance that an animal listed will have already been adopted. Therefore, we suggest that web visitors find several animals that interest them, and then come to the shelter for a personal visit. We have many great animals available for adoption every day, and the only true way to appreciate them is to visit them personally! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Questions? Contact the shelter at 520.327.6088, ext. 173.


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All Dog Adoptions Include

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Spay or neuter surgery

Internal and external parasite treatment

Microchip identification

Initial vaccinations include distemper / parvovirus, intranasal bordatella
(kennel cough)

Free visit to a veterinarian of your choice

Rabies vaccination for dogs 3 months of
age & older

*A $16 license fee will be added for all dogs 3 months & older.

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All Cat Adoptions Include

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Spay or neuter surgery

Microchip identification

Internal and external parasite treatment

Initial upper-respiratory /
distemper vaccination

Sturdy cardboard carrier

Free visit to a veterinarian of your choice

Rabies vaccination for cats 3 months of age & older

Cats 6 months and older receive Feline Leukemia & FIV testing

Cats under 6 months tested for Feline Leukemia

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