Category: “About Us”

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.

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.






How to help the future of TSAS

Would you like to help now and give later?

Please consider giving to the Tombstone Small Animal Shelter when you are creating or updating your Will. It is as easy as speaking with your professional advisor, including your CPA, Estate Attorney, or Insurance Advisor. With their help, and the assistance of Arizona Community Foundation, you can leave behind a gift that will create a lifetime of funds to allow the Tombstone Small Animal Shelter to continue doing the work of saving at-risk dogs and cats, and finding them forever homes. 

For more information, please contact TSAS, or Becky Pickett at 520-505-3678, or


On Sunday October  4th the Tombstone Small Animal Shelter held its First Annual 5K Run 1 mile Fun Run/Walk at the shelter.  The EPG Team from Ft. Huachuca coordinated this fundraiser for the shelter.  Many of this team  and their spouses volunteer regularly at the shelter as needed. We had kids, dogs, alumni dogs, runners and walkers of all ages.  There were items for sale, gift bags and t-shirts. It was a beautiful morning and everyone had a great time.   The race course was a challenge for the runners but the top runner was able to do it in 17 minutes 19 seconds.

Former Tombstone Marshall Bobbie Gerencser was in attendance.  Mr. Gerencsner was instrumental 20 years ago in getting the current building up and running.

The following businesses donated items for a great raffle: Cafe Margarita, The Longhorn Restaurant, Tombstone Harley-Davidson, The Shady Lady’s Closet, J.L. Silver Co., Outlaw Tees, Books & More, Big Iron Shooting Gallery, Bird Cage Theatre, Tombstone Real Estate, Superstition Sue Gifts and Red Buffalo Trading. THANK YOU!

Special thanks to Linda and Sam Weber owners of Outlaw Tees, Books & More who printed our beautiful t-shirts designed by Julianne Panico.

We are indebted to the Tombstone Fire Department for providing emergency stand by and E.M.T. Service, to the best of our knowledge their services were not needed – thank goodness.  We also want to thank the Arizona Rangers Tombstone Company, especially Sgt. Mike Gross, Ranger Carol Gross, Lt. Steve Lant and Lt. Linda Lant who helped with traffic control, direction, parking and security.

Thanks to Ike’s Mini Market for ice donated for the runners and Morena Cherry for not only helping with registration but introducing her business Cherry’s Advocare (with the help of her coach Rachael Tibesar) to those in attendance.

Metals to the race winners were presented along with  Certificates of Appreciation to EPG Team members that helped make this event a HUGE SUCCESS raising $1385.00 for the shelter. Plans are already under way for  next year.

You can see all the pictures  under “About Us” – Shelter Gallery Pictures – 1st Annual Fun/Run Walk 2015.

2015 Renovation Project completed

Thanks to the Ryan Miele Animal Welfare Endowment the shelter was able to complete much needed renovations,.  The shelter was built in 1997 and 2/3 of it needed a some major tlc.  The walls of the kennels were having  major safety issues as the original metal was thin and sharp. Dogs were tearing it apart in some places and in others there were sharp edges that needed to be fixed. Jason Shepard and his crew of Robbie and Mike  from Sierra Metals did an amazing job of tearing out all the bad parts and replacing with new easy to clean walls. To see all the pictures before and after go to “About Us” at the top of the page, click on Shelter Gallery then 2015 Renovations.

Cash Donations Needed

Tombstone Small Animal Shelter is a non-profit 501c3, no-kill animal shelter.  it is the only No-Kill Animal shelter in Cochise County. Supported completely by public donations, no funds are received from corporations or the City of Tombstone.  Because of our no-kill status some of our cats and dogs  are with us for many months, just waiting for that  perfect new home.  This year 61% of our spending was for spay/neuter and medical costs for the cats and dogs, 20% was to help  the less fortunate members of the community with medical and food assist.  August was the lowest month of this year for donations and we are in need.

Friday October 17 through Sunday October 19th is Helldorado Days in Tombstone, the last 3 day Special Week-end of the year,  We will be having a donation table on  the corner 5th and Allen Streets.  Please stop by with a donation, visit with our volunteers, share stories about your pets, get current news regarding the shelter and maybe pick up an item or two that we have for sale.   On Saturday we will also have a donation table in front of Staples in Sierra Vista if you can’t get to Tombstone for the festivities. And we always have a donation jar when we are doing adoptions at PetSmart.

If you prefer to send a check through your bank or mail please send to Tombstone Small Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 1085, Tombstone, AZ 85638.

For those of you that like to do the internet there is a Donate button on our face book page, or you can check out other fund raising options on this page on the right side under “Ongoing Fundraisers”

Also check out the “Special Events” section for other times and locations where we will have a donation table.

A BIG THANK YOU to all of you that have been supporting the shelter through out the year with your donations of money, adoptions,  supplies and time.

Annual TSAS Christmas Potluck

The Annual TSAS Christmas Potluck was held Tuesday, December 10, at the Community Church in Tombstone. There were about 25 in attendance. Everyone had a great time, lots of food and good conversation. Sharing stories about shelter animals and visiting with guests.  Elaine Perry, President, talked about the need for volunteers to sign up to sit at donation tables for special events coming up and passed out sign up sheets.  It was also time to elect the Board of Directors for 2014.  The Election was held and the Board will be installed at the January general meeting. Elaine and others shared news about the work party we just had, about the new grant we have been awarded by the Ryan Meile Foundation and asking everyone to check out our new  web page.

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