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Two Upcoming Humane Society Benefit Events

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is hosting two big events in February! These are both annual events where you and your dogs can participate, win some prizes, and have a ball with lots of other dogs!

PAWS IN THE PLAZA is  Saturday February 11th from noon to 3pm at Casas Adobe Plaza (NW corner of Ina and Oracle).  It features adoptable animals, live music, sidewalk sales and specials and a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree to the plaza stores. You can also buy raffle tickets here.

COVER DOG SEARCH is Saturday, Feb. 18th at La Encantada. Is your dog a Cover Dog? Then bring him out for this annual contest, and they could grace the cover of Tucson Lifestyle’s May 2012 issue. Your $10 entry fee benefits the HSSA. You can also get a personal photo of your dog on a magazine cover, visit pet-related vendors and enjoy the shopping center. Get more info: online registration and VIP.



Breeders Vs. Rescues

The Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona posted an article this week having to do with a scam involving puppy adoption. They are “cautioning consumers to watch out for classified ads offering purebred puppies for free or at prices that seem too good to be true.”

Apparently, this scam is run much like the Craigslist scams where you are offered something for free, but then they ask you to pay all sorts of fees, and once you’ve paid, they disappear.

Regardless of how the scam works, we at Dawg House continue to support and advocate the adoption of animals from shelters and rescue organizations rather than from an irresponsible breeder.

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona, Pima Animal Care Center, Petfinder, and a bunch of very reputable non-profit adoption and fostering agencies here in Tucson are typically overflowing with animals who desperately need to be adopted into good home.

The BBB is doing a good thing by alerting consumers to watch out for these sorts of scams, but their article does not convey the sort of urgency this message requires. Stray dogs that don’t get adopted are often euthanized. The exploding pet population is in a state of crisis – there are far more pets than could ever hope to find good homes. Breeders prey on the uninformed consumer, and the very practice of dog breeding is often inhumane, leading to genetic health problems and birth defects that breeders will never disclose. Private breeders and pet stores are both guilty of these practices.

Adopting from shelters and fostering agencies is one sure way to help do the right thing when it comes to choosing a pet.

Here are some great resources when it comes time to adopt your new family member from a shelter or rescue organization:

Humane Society of the United States

AZ Humane Society Project 121

Breeders Vs. Rescues


El Tour de Dawg – Ride for the Animals!

We wanted to share this idea with all of you who may be riding – or considering riding – in the 2011 El Tour de Tucson. You can choose to sign up through the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA)  and pledge your proceeds to benefit local animals in need!

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona is participating as a beneficiary in the University Medical Center El Tour de Tucson Presented by Diamond Ventures.  You can raise funds for our animals through your El Tour de Tucson ride or through the indoor event (which is held on stationary bikes).

El Tour de Tucson (Outdoor Ride):  Saturday, November 19, 2011

El Tour is an amazing bike ride attracting over 9,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities from throughout the United States, including novice, intermediate, advanced, and professional riders. What all riders of El Tour share is a desire to get on their bikes, meet great people and have a fun doing it!

Participants may choose to cycle 109, 79, 66, or 40 miles, plus a 4-mile & 1/4- mile Kids & Family Fun Ride, open to kids, parents and friends.

El Tour cyclists (signing up through HSSA) receive an official event t-shirt, cycling socks from HSSA, goody bag, police, route and SAG support, aid station refreshments, published results and more! And all finishers are awarded a special engraved medallion at the finish line for their accomplishment.

How it would benefit HSSA?  All contributions you raise from family, friends, and business associates for your ride will benefit the animals in our care.  Click here for pledge form and click here for sample thank you notes for your friends who pledge.  BUT you  MUST fill out our registration form! Click here for a registration form.

Tucson Lifestyle Cover Dog Search 2011

Do you think your dog has what it takes to be on the cover of a top magazine? Tucson Lifestyle is searching for one fabulous pooch to grace the cover of its April 2011 issue, and is asking pampered pedigrees and lovable mutts alike to join in its cover dog competition. If you think your canine is a contender, join Tucson Lifestyle, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA), and celebrity judges on Saturday, Feb. 5 from 9 am – 1 pm at the west end of Brandi Fenton Memorial Park (on the corner of River & Dodge).

Canine candidates will pose for a digital photograph, which will be reviewed by a panel of celebrity judges. The winner will be notified by phone and must be available for a private cover photo session within two weeks of winning.

Busy Busy Busy!

We’ve been posting about a lot of upcoming events, so here’s a quick recap!

March 20 (Saturday): Yoga /  Haiti Benefit


March 21 (Sunday): Tails and Ales Dog Wash / HSSA Benefit


March 28 (Sunday): Bark for Life / American Cancer Society Benefit


April 3rd (Sunday): Tucson Canine Classic / FAIR Benefit


April 10-11 (Sat/Sun): Pooch Pageant / HSSA Benefit



April 30th (Friday): Puttin’ On the Dog! HSSA Benefit



And a plug for our own ongoing FOOD DONATIONS box here at Dawg House! The Humane Society is grateful for your donations!



Upcoming Dog Events

Check out some of these great dog and pet related events coming up in Tucson!



Sunday, February 14th, 12:00-3pm, free.

An event featuring dog massages, a parade, photo opportunities and contests. The entry fee for all contests is $10, and there are minimal fees for massages and Valentine photographs. Call 622-8613 for more information.

Geronimo Plaza (Main Gate Square on University)





Saturday, February 20th, 10am-4pm, free.

The Arizona Animal Fair is a festival celebrating animals! It is the largest of its kind in Arizona and one of the largest in the Southwest.

The fair features non-stop demonstrations and entertainment such as professional Frisbee teams, miniature horses, canine flyball & agility, search and rescue dogs, training demos, police K-9s and therapy dogs and more.





Saturday, April 10th.

This fabulous American Cancer Society event and silent auction – held at the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa – isn’t particularly a dog-focused event, but Dawg House and other pet-related businesses donate items to help raise money for this important organization.

Check it out by contacting:





Sunday, April 10th-11th.

Your dog will be the center of attention in this spectacular affair that will benefit the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. The pageant will be held at The RiverPark Inn and will is a two day event.

Email:  poochpageants@hotmail.com

Rhonda VerHalen, Director:  (520) 220-0129



Friday, April 30th, 5:30-9:00pm

Voted #1 in Tucson for the past 3 years, “Puttin’ on the Dog” is a unique fun-filled extravaganza benefiting the homeless animals within our community. The event features Alan Michaels and Heather Rowe as our emcees. Over $270,000 was raised in 2009 for our homeless animals in this annual benefit for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona! Wow!



Please contact us with other upcoming events you’d like to see on the Dawg Blawg!

HSSA Food Donations Drop-off

Here at Dawg House we’ll be keeping a BLUE DONATION BOX in the lobby ~ the Humane Society of Southern Arizona (HSSA http://www.hssaz.org )  is asking for CANS of food for dog, puppies, cats and kittens ~ they’re running dangerously low!  They can also always use treats, kibble and toys as well—’tis the season so let’s reach out and help the dogs that don’t have a home this season.  We’ll be collecting food and dropping  it off periodically ~ thank you for helping!