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2017 End of Year Thank You

It has been an amazing year.  We have found forever homes for  251 cats and dogs. We have managed to reunite 17 dogs and 2 cats with their owners.  This was mainly due to Social Media.  We have over 2200 followers on FaceBook and they are a huge help in finding owners and sharing our pets for adoption.

This year has brought many changes to the shelter, thanks to a grant received in the Fall of 2016 from the Ryan Miele Endowment for Animal Welfare we were able to build a new much needed kitten room and re-organize the main room of the shelter,  We also were able to upgrade all the electrical and can now use two washers and two dryers at the same time.  We added wall heaters to the cat and kitten rooms  and did away with the space heaters and electrical cords. We worked with Sit Means Sit dog trainers for evaluating and helping our volunteers with issues that may arise. We also received grants for spay/neuter and medical for the shelter and for community assist.  The shelter is committed to helping the local community keep their pets whether it be medical or food assistance. All animals coming to the shelter receive medical treatment,  vaccinations, spay neuter,  de worming even dental if needed.  Cats are tested for feline leukemia/aids.They also receive flea/tick treatment upon entering the facility.  Dogs are micro chipped.

This year also saw more collaboration with other Cochise County Shelters and Rescues. We participated in the 2nd Annual Celebration of Animals at Veterans Memorial Park in Sierra Vista and look forward to next years event.

We continually search for ways to raise money as we are not funded by any city or government agency.  Our funds come from donations.  We appreciate all those that host fund raisers in our honor.  We are run by about 25 volunteers and sometimes spread pretty thin.  We participate in all Special week-end events in Tombstone with a donation table, accepting cash donations and sharing information about the shelter. In February  we send  out our annual Newsletter.

Every Saturday except the first Saturday of the month you will find us at PetSmart or CAL Ranch in Sierra with pets for adoption. Getting our pets out in an area where they can be seen is crucial. We are open 7 days a week BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.  We are open to the public without an appointment EVERY SATURDAY INCLUDING HOLIDAYS from 2-4 PM. By making an appointment adopters can come and get a one on one with a volunteer at a more convenient time in their busy schedules. This year 55% of our adoptions were done by appointment.

We thank each and everyone of you that share our story, our pets, post alumni pictures on Facebook and send donations.  We have a fabulous group of volunteers who are all dedicated to the animals they interact with.  We look forward to even bigger and better things in 2018!

2017 Annual Pot Luck and Election of Officers

What a great time we had at the Annual Volunteer/Family Potluck Dec 12, 2017

Great food,  fun and fellowship.  This is the time when new volunteers can meet others and   learn about the shelter, and long time volunteers  can learn of upcoming events and hear about all the wonderful things they have been a part of.  During the awards part of the evening Chris Townsend presented out going President Elaine Perry with a Certificate of Achievement and a gift certificate. Chris shared how  with Elaine’s Leadership and commitment to the shelter we have become quite successful.   It was also the time for  the election of next years Board of Directors.

The 2018 Board will be:

President: Tonyia Hallen

Vice President: Elaine Perry

Treasurer: Marcia Spitler

Secretary: Vanessa Burelli

Member at Large: Chris Townsend

 

Christmas Kitty Adoption Special

Christmas Kitty Adoption Special

December 1-24

ALL adult cats and kittens

Special $25  Fee for adoption or  pre-adoption

Spayed/neutered, tested for feline leukemia/aids,

utd on all age appropriate vaccinations

Call today for an appointment or more information

520-457-2545

THANK-YOU to the Benson Pony Express

The Tombstone Small Animal Shelter would like to give a big THANK-YOU to the Benson Pony Express. On Saturday, November 18th, they held a benefit trail ride to raise funds for the shelter. Their effort brought in $70 which is greatly appreciated by the shelter volunteer staff.
The trail ride began at 10:00 a.m. from the Tombstone Monument Ranch. The trail was new to the riders and they discovered some interesting old rock walls. The weather was perfect and everyone had a great time. Upon their return, a delicious lunch was provided at the ranch restaurant.
The Benson Pony Express is hoping to make this a yearly event.

THANK YOU for Ryan Meile Grant

TSAS would like to thank the Ryan Meile Endowment for Animal Welfare administered by the Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise for the $10,000 grant received for veterinary/medical use. TSAS is a non- profit, no-kill shelter and is funded by donations and grants like this. In 2016 52% of our budget was spent on medical bills for the dogs and cats in order to get them ready for adoption. We thank you so much for your generosity.

August Adoption Promotion $20

Tombstone Small Animal Shelter is a Proud Network Partner and excited to be offering this Adoption Special during the month of August. ALL pets just $20 each.  *** cats/kittens must be indoor only and may not be declawed.  Call today for an appointment 520-457-2545.  Or stop by on Saturday from 2-4pm when the shelter is open to the public. We also offer Off Site adoptions in Sierra Vista from 9:30-3pm at PetSmart on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month and CAL Ranch on the 3rd and 5th Saturdays.

Freedom Adoption Event July 1-4

Tombstone Small Animal Shelter is once again Teeming with Best Friends Animal Society  to offer a Special Adoption Fee of just $17.76 for each cat or dog adopted or pre-adopted July 1-4

All pets are spayed/neutered, utd on vaccinations.
Cats must be indoor only and may not be declawed Per shelter Policy

Dogs are micro chipped and there is a $10.99 registration fee.

June Adoption Special $10

TSAS Is teaming with Best Friends Animal Society and offering all cats/ kittens for a $10 adoption fee. All Cats/ Kittens must be indoor only and may not be declawed.

For an appointment to adopt or pre-adopt call 520-457-2545.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony May 6, 2017

The Ceremony was a wonderful time to greet old and new friends to the shelter.  It was a beautiful Saturday in May.   About 40+ people attended including many volunteers. Volunteers of the shelter took this time to not only celebrate the opening of the new kitten room but to honor long time volunteers, Tonyia Hallen and Chris & Paulette Townsend for their dedication to the shelter and all their hard work..  All three started in 1997.

Tonyia Hallen moved to Tombstone in 1996 after her husband Rodger retired from the Foreign Service. She started volunteering at the shelter in 1997, two years after the current building was built. At that time there were no accommodations for cats. Until 2014 Tonyia held several positions on the Board of Directors the last one being Secretary. Tonyia was passionate about seeing to the welfare of the animals and helped find good loving, forever homes for hundreds of abandoned pets. Her volunteer years included doing just about anything that needed doing at the shelter.  She currently lives in Sidney, Australia.

Chris and Paulette Townsend made Tombstone their home in 1997 after retirement.  Like Tonyia both Chris and Paulette have held different positions on the Board of Directors over the years.  Chris is currently the Vice President.

In 1997 Chris and Rodger Hallen built six cat kennels in the main room of the shelter.  Three upper and three lower.  Due to water leakage and dampness the three lower ones were removed about a year later.

About 2007 the large cat room, on the East side of the building,  with four cat kennels was built.  Money for all projects,  including building the shelter, was raised by donations. Many, many bake sales were held over the years and Paulette, along with other volunteers baked dozens of goodies for the sales.

In 2011 Tonyia over saw the installation of  windows put into the four cat kennels in the “cat room”.  This room also housed the washing machine, hot water tank,  toilet and utility sink. It currently does double duty as the rest room.

Tombstone Small Animal Shelter is a successful shelter due to the many dedicated volunteers like Tonyia, Chris and Paulette and generous donors and supporters.

Volunteers do everything from taking care of the cats and dogs, transporting to veterinarians, taking pets to off-site adoptions, writing grants, doing laundry, walking dogs, cleaning up the yards and pulling weeds, picking up the mail and entering everything into an online data base.  Posting on Social Media and many adoption sites. Sitting at  donation tables at all Special Week-end Events in Tombstone, once a month at Tombstone at Twilight  and at Staples in Sierra Vista.

Over the years the shelter has seen many changes. A new laundry building was built in 2014 and the washing machine was removed from the existing cat room.  This allowed the use of two washers and two dryers. In 2015, 2/3 of the  dog kennels were re-framed thanks to a Grant received from the Ryan Miele Endowment for Animal Welfare. Over the years large play yards have been divided and more added.  Currently there are 8 large yards and two smaller enclosed puppy yards. Most of the funds for this has come from Grants received over the years from the Ryan Miele Endowment For Animal Welfare.

This new addition will allow better organization and storage in the main room of the shelter and a safer environment for the cats/kittens that will be housed in the new room. It also will be easier/safer for the volunteers working with these cats/kittens. This project was accomplished by a Grant from the Ryan Miele Endowment For Animal Welfare  and distributed by the Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise.

The shelter was also able to work with the City of Tombstone to upgrade the electrical to the site, allowing for better heating and cooling and the use of two dryers simultaneously.   Construction on both projects was done by Bob Radcliff and his crew at  Eco Strada Construction.

The shelter currently has seven cat kennels and ten dog kennels plus two dog kennels kept available for the Tombstone Marshall’s when they bring in  dogs.

Tombstone Small Animal Shelter is a 501c3 non-profit, no-kill  animal shelter run by volunteers and supported by donations with the added support of grants received.

 

 

 

 

 

INVITATION

You are Cordially invited to:

Tombstone Small Animal Shelter’s

 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Showcasing renovations made possible by the

Ryan Miele Endowment for Animal Welfare

Saturday, May 6, 2017             2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Ribbon Cutting 3PM

1037 S. Landin Park Way, Tombstone, AZ