It happens every spring and summer. The Humane Society of Southern Arizona receives hundreds of tiny newborn puppies and kittens with their eyes barely open who require tender loving - and oftentimes intensive - care. Critical to their surivival are the foster care volunteers who come forward and assume the role of surrogate parents for these vulnerable infants until they are old enough to enter permanent homes.

The HSSA Foster Care Program saves literally thousands of lives each year and there is always a need for more help. To start litter season prepared and on a positive note, the HSSA is hosting a Foster Care Carnival. This fun and festive celebration will highlight the vital work of foster volunteers and will include games, refreshments, adorable animals and experts on hand to answer questions. This family-friendly evening is open to all animal lovers and will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, March 18, at the Companions for Life Center, 3465 E. Kleindale Rd. (right around the corner from the main shelter).

If you think you have what it takes to be a hero for a homeless pet, save the day with the HSSA! Please join the celebration to discover the joys of fostering or call Peggy Johnston at (520) 321-3704, ext. 131, for details.

What: Humane Society of Southern Arizona Foster Care Carnival

When: 6-8 p.m. Monday, March 18

Where: Companions for Life Center, 3465 E. Kleindale, Rd.

Who: Animal lovers of all ages

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