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Pre-adoption policy

TSAS has a pre-adoption policy. It means you can come pre-adopt a pet BUT you may not take the pet home until after they have been spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations. Sometimes, in the case of very young kittens and puppies this can be two months or more. As of today 5/31 we have 15 kittens and 3 adults in 7 cat kennels. 13 of those kittens are pre-adopted and going home in the next couple of weeks. Only 1 of these 18 are available to go home now. As soon as we get kennels open we will be bringing in kittens that are being fostered. We will post pics and descriptions when they come to the shelter. If you see a pet you are interested in CALL immediately for an appointment as it is on a first come basis and they may not be available if you wait. We post on many sites and cannot answer all questions people tend to ask. Many pets also have a long list of interested adopters. Adoption fees are $60.

Dogs Available for adoption August 2020

Dogs available for adoption are spayed/neutered, micro chipped and utd on all age appropriate vaccinations. A meet and greet with your dog is necessary in most instances.  Adoption fees are $60 cash or check only + $10.99 (must have card) for micro chip registration where applicable. There is no cost for a transfer of the micro chip if dogs have been previously registered.

Airport is about a year old and has been at the shelter since Jan 29th. He is an absolute doll of a dog. He likes outings and treats and has great sense of humor. Airport has been diagnosed with Canine Lupus on his nose and is on medication but that doesn’t stop him from being a great dog. He cannot be in direct sunlight for long periods of time.

Muttley is a male red heeler/shepherd mix he will be 1 year on Sept 21st. He would make great hiking companions. Good with people of all ages but not so much cats.

Moana is a boxer/hound mix. She is very protective of her family and would probably do best as an only bet in an adult home. She was 1 year old on July 5th.

Kane is a 2 year old male Blue Staffordshire Terrier. Kane has a great personality and is good with people of all ages. He it tolerant of other dogs.

Cats available for adoption – August 2020

Per Shelter Policy all cats must be indoor only and may not be declawed. All cats/kittens are spayed/neutered, utd on age appropriate vaccinations, tested for feline leukemia/aids. BEFORE going to their new home.  All are litter box and scratching post trained.  For an appointment to adopt call 520-457-2545. Adoption fees are $60 cash or check( no cards).

Bobbie is 1-2 year old she like Roxanne came to the shelter with kittens who are all adopted and gone home. Bobbie seems to do best in a quiet home with no small children. Bobbie was adopted for a few weeks but just couldn’t get comfortable in her new home. She is now looking for a better fit.

Twilight is about 12 weeks male all black

Marina- playful but shy and about 12 weeks

Pax about 12 weeks to go home Aug 5th. He is friendly and loving

Splash is male, Tipsy is female all about 11-12 weeks old and can go to their new home Aug 10th

Sweety is a 3 yr old female. Very shy- her owner passed away and she is frightened and confused.

Swimming in Kittens

Thank you for your continued support

This has been a very unusual year for all of us.  As a recent post we read says “can we delete and re-boot 2020?”.  Many of us sure feel that way!  As the City of Tombstone and the merchants gradually re-open and things start to normalize, we want you to know that Tombstone Small Animal Shelter is here.  We are only open by appointment, with no off-site adoptions. Thanks to all of you that call when you see a pet you would like to make part of your family.  Or to drop off donations.  We thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate through these unusual times.  

Our supporters have been so generous with donations both monetary and with supplies and we just can’t thank you enough. Momma Amber and her 7 pups were a huge endeavor for us.  Sure not something we are used to.  Amber is adopted and we have a long list of those interested pre-adopting the pups. We still have two adult dogs that are in need of a forever home.  Tori who has been with us since November  and Airport in January.  Airport hasn’t been listed a lot because he has been a work in progress. He is finally out in a play yard and hopefully soon going on walks.  He is quite shy and needs a lot of love, patience and caring.  Tori who loves people just needs to be given a chance to show how wonderful she is.

Now for our next challenge cats/kittens…  We just brought in a mother and 4 kittens.  They will be available for pre-adoption after their vet appointment.  They are at the shelter.  In foster we have 5 adult cats – 1 a senior, 2 who are quite shy and will need a lot of socializing and 7 kittens all about 1 month old.  This is another big challenge for us.  They will not be available for pre-adopt for a while and will gradually come to the shelter as space permits and be available for adoption.

TSAS is a no-kill shelter.  No-kill is defined as saving every dog and cat in a shelter who can be saved. It means healing the animals who can be healed, treating behaviors that can be treated, and prioritizing safety and a high quality of life for both pets and people in our communities. That is what we do. Our jurisdiction (priority) is the greater Tombstone area, but if space allows we have helped Cochise County Animal Control and other shelters that may be over crowded. This is on hold at this time.  We are able to do this because of the donations we receive from our supporters.  And from the generosity and support of the Tombstone Merchants, Service groups  and the visitors/guests that some to our town.

If you have any questions regarding the shelter or our practices please call and ask.  520-457-2545.  All our statics are posted on  We believe in total transparency.  We achieved the gold seal of transparency on for the last three years.

Thank you for your continued support. 

Petco Grant Recieved


Thank you everyone for your generosity. With so many deserving non-profits to choose from we really appreciate that you chose to help us in our cause to find homes for surrendered or abandoned cats and dogs.

April 7th Arizona Gives Day

Frequently asked questions about donating to the Tombstone Small Animal No-Kill Shelter.

Who are we? Tombstone Small Animal Shelter (TSAS)is a 501(c)(3) non-profit no-kill animal shelter. We are run by volunteers and supported by donors.  Our donors, like you, are people that believe in the welfare of abandoned cats and dogs. Through no fault of their own, these pets find themselves at the shelter.  Most are scared and confused; many are also in need of medical attention.

What do we believe?  We believe that every pet that comes to us should be–and is–treated with respect, kindness and compassion.  We believe these pets need to have a safe, warm, dry bed; food; and, just as importantly, attention.  All of our volunteers are dedicated to these animals.

Where will your money be spent?  This year we are all facing major uncertainty with the COVID-19 situation.  With local stores and special events cancelled our monthly donations from tourists are non-existent.   Our supplies are very limited, volunteers are being asked to bring toilet paper, tissues, and disposable gloves. We are using wash cloths that can be washed instead of paper towels and our adoptions are fewer than normal.  Our shelter is full with more pets waiting to come in. And soon we will be facing kitten season.  Last year was an unprecedented year for kittens 95 under the age of 5 months with several born at the shelter. This means pets are staying with us longer and more supplies for cleaning, food and cat litter are needed. We are still open by appointment and 2-4pm on Saturdays. This year your donation of any size is extremely important. 

Examples of what we can/have accomplished: 

Ruby.  Ruby was found under the porch in an abandoned home with a litter of pups.  She was thin and scared. Ruby was also a handful since she was energetic, friendly and full of life.  Luckily Ruby did not need more medical then the normal medical care: being spayed and receiving routine vaccinations. After her pups were adopted, Ruby was left wondering what was going to happen.  Ruby is a Bull Terrier, a breed banned in certain local areas like military posts and some housing rentals.  Ruby was adopted twice and came back, through no fault of her own.  After about a year at the shelter, Ruby was finally adopted to a family with a small child.  Several months later pictures came to us showing Ruby as a happy, well adjusted dog, playing with kids and other dogs in her forever home.


Christopher.  Christopher was a kitten who was blind since birth.  He is now a happy cat who can negotiate stairs and jump on couches in his forever home.


Miss Daisy.  Miss Daisy, a 4 year old street dog from Mexico who lived in a gas station, was injured by a car.  She never received medical attention, so she walked with a limp. Now she lives a comfortable, happy life in her forever home and plays with the neighbor’s dog.


All of these pets now have wonderful homes.  TSAS does not shy away from accepting pets in need just because of their breed or because of medical issues which can be addressed. Pets stay with us for as long as they need until a forever home can be found.  On rare occasions, if we feel it is in best interest of the animal, a pet may be transferred to a rescue.

What kinds of expenses do we have?

Tombstone Small Animal Shelter, like all no-kill animal facilities, needs funds for more than just medical expenses. Unlike some shelters, however, TSAS is not a county or city owned facility.  It survives in its ability to carry out its mission as a no-kill shelter through applications for grants, creative fund raising sponsored by our local merchants and donations from caring people just like you. 

Just like a home, sometimes structural repairs need to be made to the facility itself.  Last year, repairs needed to be made to TSAS’ 20 year old septic system—including updating plumbing and drainage.  The year before, the electrical system at TSAS needed to be upgraded to accommodate two washers and dryers necessary to keep bedding and towels clean and sanitary as well as the necessary heating and cooling required in the high desert area of Tombstone.  Funds are required for food and general cleaning supplies, when donations of these items do not keep up with the demand.  Maintaining the shelter in tip top condition is crucial to the health and welfare of the pets that come to stay with us. 

We are a very small facility and space is limited, but with your kind help and tax deductible financial support we can make sure all cats and dogs coming to us receive the best care we can provide in a clean and well maintained environment. You can schedule or make donations on line at or by mailing donations to P.O. Box 1085, Tombstone, AZ  85638.  In the “Town Too Tough to Die,” it is important that we make sure our no-kill shelter remains open as a safe place for our fur residents!

Message to the Public

March 20, 2020

At this time of uncertainty Tombstone Small Animal Shelter would like you to know that we are full to capacity with cats and dogs available for adoption and more waiting to come in.  We will continue to be  open by appointment for adoptions and open to the public on Saturdays 2-4 pm. There are no offsite adoptions until further notice.  We will let you know if/when that should change.  If you are interested in adoption or need more information regarding the shelter or its pets CALL 520-457-2545.  We answer all messages. (no text please).

Please do not call us to surrender your pets at this time.  We have limited space and supplies. We will all get through these stressful times and we want everyone to stay safe.  Thank you for your understanding and patience.