Category: “Shelter News”

2019 Annual Potluck and Election of Officers

December 12th the Volunteers at TSAS had their Annual Volunteer/Family Potluck. This is a time for getting together, sharing good food and electing the new Board for 2020. The new Board for 2020 will be:

President – Tonyia Hallen, Vice-President – Kirby White, secretary – Jennifer Watson, Treasurer – Marcia Spitler, Member-at-Large – Mary Ellen Atkins.

Thank You

Thank you everyone that helped raise funds during #Giving Tuesday. Between the sharing and funds raised through facebook and the checks directly sent to the shelter we exceeded our goal. We raised over $2600.

#GivingTuesday Dec 3rd

Dear  TSAS Supporters;

The success of the  Tombstone Small Animal Shelter has been made possible due to this amazingly generous community of supporters/adopters who believe in what we do.  From now until Dec 31st we are fundraising for funds to help with medical bills for our shelter pets, our goal is $2000. We need your help.  This has been a record breaking year for pet adoptions.  But that also means a record breaking year for medical expenses.

How can you help?

As a supporter of Tombstone Small Animal Shelter, we need your help. 

  • Create a Facebook fundraiser using the “start a Fundraiser link below” and share it with your friends on #GivingTuesday. Creating a fundraiser is easy and we welcome fundraisers with any goal amount. Facebook charges no fees on donations, so all of the money raised will go towards our goal. Start a Fundraiser


  • If you would rather mail a check directly to the shelter that is also acceptable our mailing address is:
    •  P.O. Box 1085, Tombstone, AZ 85638


There is a Network for Good donate button on this page your can use.

Where will the money raised will go?
ll money raised with go towards medical expenses for our shelter pets. Every $1 raised  goes towards the health of the pets we serve before they go to their new  forever homes.  Facebook is contributing up to a $7 Million match to US nonprofits for #GivingTuesday 2019. Starting  8:00am EST (5am PST) on December 3, 2019 the match will go live, matching dollar for dollar on a first come first serve basis until it hits $7 million matched.

Thank you for your support.

Thank you to Ryan Meile Foundation for 2019 Grant

Tombstone Small Animal Shelter would like to thank the Ryan Meile Foundation for Animal Welfare , Administered by the Arizona Community Foundation for the generous grant of $8500.  This grant was awarded to the shelter to be used for needed repairs to fencing and gates in the outside play yards.  For new updated  uniform locks for all enclosures. And the ever accumulating medical expenses. The Ryan Meile Foundation has been a huge supporter of the shelter helping to keep the shelter a safe  and comfortable place for our pet guests.

Adoption Price increase

Starting July 1st  the adoption fee will be $60 for all adoptions.

This includes – spay/neuter, deworming, age appropriate vaccinations, micro chip for dogs, and testing for feline leukemia/aids for cats.  It also includes any medical that is needed for the pets to go to their new home. i.e. dental and any other necessary surgeries.

The shelter is not funded by any city or government agency.  Therefore all operating expenses come from donations and/or grants and adoption fees.

Supplies Needed

The Shelter is currently experiencing a HUGE amount of kittens.  We also have many on the waiting list.  This means we are in short supply of the following items. If you can donate  any of these items please call the shelter for time to deliver as the shelter is not open for deliveries.  If you are ordering on line please call the shelter for a delivery address.  520-457-2545

  1. Purina Kitten Chow – Dry
  2. Fancy Feast Kitten – canned
  3. Clumping cat litter.

Thank You for AZ GIVES DAY Donations

AZ GIVES DAY was a huge success.   We want to thank everyone that donated or shared our event with others.  We raised $2055 online and another $1050 in checks sent to the shelter.  That is amazing.  Your generous donations are already being put to use as we brought into the shelter 2 dogs and 9 kittens.

AZ Give April 2nd

Invest in AZ! We are excited to announce that Tombstone Small Animal Shelter is joining this year’s Arizona Gives Day, a statewide, 24-hour online giving campaign. Please consider giving on April 2.

Tombstone Small Animal Shelter needs your help. We are a small no-kill non-profit shelter in rural southeast Arizona.  We are privately owned and operated.  We receive no funding from any city or other government agency.  Tombstone Small Animal Shelter has been incorporated since 1977. We are run by volunteers and supported by donors, just like you, people that believe in the welfare of abandoned cats and dogs. Through no fault of their own these pets  find themselves at the shelter, many scared and confused and some in need of medical. We believe that every pet that comes to us is treated with respect, kindness and compassion.  That they are given  a safe, warm, dry bed and food and attention.  All of our volunteers are dedicated to these animals. We are not paid to take them to veterinarians 20 miles one way and pick them back up. We receive no pay to take them 16+ miles for offsite adoptions 3-4 times a month to get them better exposure.  We are not reimbursed for our many hours on the computer making sure they are out there for the public to see, or for the many errands we run.  We ask no pay for doing laundry and the day to day care they need.  We do this because we believe in these cats and dogs.  In 2018 our medical expenses, including spay and neuter, for shelter animals was 46%.   Our total adoptions for the year was 208.  Considering we only have 7 cat kennels and 12 dog kennels, 2 of which we try to keep open for local animal control, this was a big accomplishment.

If you are asking “How would my donation help?”  Here is an example:  In March of this year we took in 8 cats whose owner had passed away. They were all 8-10 years old.  Good news is they were all spayed/neutered.  Bad news is 6 of the 8 needed major dental and some minor surgeries, testing for feline leukemia/aids and all vaccinations updated.  At the same time we had two small dogs needing dental.  All in the first week of the month.  All cats and dogs that come to us are spayed/neutered, given all age appropriate vaccinations and any other medical they need before going to their new homes. Of course medical expenses  for shelter animals are not our only expense but the largest.  We also help local low income families with spay/neuter and food so that they can keep their beloved pets and we don’t get them at the shelter.  We need to buy food  for shelter animals and other necessities when donations run low.  Your much needed donation and continued support will help to allow this small rural shelter to continue for many years. Thank You! TSAS.


2019 Fundraiser Newsletter

Tombstone Small Animal Shelter

2019 FUNDRAISER Newsletter

Send a Donation Today!        “Non-profit, no-kill”*       email:

Open most Saturdays 2-4pm or by appointment Sunday – Friday – call 520-457-2545

1037 S. Landin Park Way;     Mailing Address: PO Box 1085, Tombstone, AZ 85638  

Highlights for the year 2018:

  • Participated in 3rd Annual Celebration of Animals – Sierra Vista
  • Replaced original cat room roof
  • Partially Repaired septic system- will complete in 2019
  • Participated in Special week-end events in Tombstone
  • Participated in Arizona Gives and Giving Tuesday
  • With  grant from Ryan Meile- we had pull down door installed on all outside dog kennels, rat proofed the laundry room, removed cooler in old cat room and replaced with smaller energy efficient ac unit and covers over entry gate and smaller outside puppy kennel.
  • adopted  129 dogs and 79 cats 208 total adoptions
  • spayed/neutered  122 cats and dogs before adoption
  • Posted  statistics to Shelter Animals Count
  • Updated Information on  for Gold  Level in transparency

Christopher’s Story

From Christopher’s new family:                                       

“On 8/31/2018 we brought home our new kitten, Christopher, from the Tombstone Animal Shelter. We renamed him as Christopher Boaz Stevens. My grandson chose the name Bo (Boaz) after the donkey from the movie “The Star”. Bo is special – he is blind.

I was very apprehensive to take on this responsibility. See, he and I have something in common and I felt compelled to adopt him. He’s blind and I am visually impaired. I can see most things, but I believe he cannot see ANYTHING. When we first brought him home, we kept him in our master bathroom so that he would not be overwhelmed. We brought in his litter box, his food and water and a few toys. After the first night, we were pleasantly surprised that he used his litter box, found his food and water and even found himself a new toy…the toilet bolt covers!”

Within 5 weeks Bo had mastered the layout of his new home, was becoming quite brave and confident.  He made friends with the dog and could jump on and off furniture.

Christopher aka Bo is in a great home.  He still faces many challenges that he is overcoming slowly.  At first he did not like to be picked up. He ran into things constantly,  He had to learn to go up and down stairs.  This adopter took a chance on a sweet blind kitten and we are so happy she did. Bo is now growing into a confident cat in a loving forever home.

We’re thankful for our wonderful grant providers:

Ryan Meile Animal Welfare Endowment grant

The Arizona Community Foundation

Petco Foundation Grant

Tombstone Small Animal Shelter is a non-profit, no-kill shelter, dedicated to finding homes for unwanted and abandoned animals in the Tombstone area, and educating the public on the benefits of spaying and neutering. We proudly comply with national no-kill standards.  We don’t euthanize except when injury, disease, or temperament makes other options impossible.  All animals are spayed or neutered and vaccinated before leaving the shelter.  Animals re never given or sold for research.

TSAS would like to thank all our supporters for their generous donations!

Stories:   Because space is limited we are only able to print a few of our wonderful Happy Tail Stories.  However, if  you have a story to share, please post it on our facebook page at: 

or send it by email (with a picture) to:    

             It will be put right here on this website.


Mikey’s Story

                  As a puppy, Mikey lived with a young couple who loved him very much.  But they had   to   move  to  a place that did not allow American Staffordshires (aka Pitt Bulls).                                             Mikey was left at a local kennel for almost a year when they reached out to us to help find this beautiful sweet dog a home.  Mikey was smart and loveable. But he also was untrained, extremely strong, and very energetic. A dog trainer was consulted.  Mikey learned quickly to follow directions.  He just needed the right person to be the pack leader.  Mikey was at the shelter for 67 days when he was adopted to a couple in another city.  He is doing great and integrated into their family and other dogs quite well.  He just needed a chance and the right person to understand him.

                    Snow’s Story

Hello, I’m Snow. I’m pretty with one green eye and one blue eye.

When I came to the shelter February 17,  I was scared. My teeth  needed cleaning. Then I got sick. I got better, but still no one wanted me. No one could understand why. Finally 125 days later a wonderful   a  sweet lady came and took me home.  I am truly lucky.

My new owner said,  Snow came home with me on June 22nd and he’s quickly become my best friend. He follows me around everywhere and has decided I make a comfy pillow. I am so thankful to have found such a sweet furry little friend at your shelter. Thank you so much for helping us to meet! What a team we make !!!!”


TSAS sells t-shirts with the shelter logo at Special Week-end Events in Tombstone.  During the off season we have them available for sale upon request.  Short Sleeve t-Shirts are $16.  We also have by pre-order long sleeve t-shirts $18 and sweatshirts $20. Call 520-457-2545 or email  for order and shipping information.


 Rose’s Story

              My name is Rose.  I was left at the gate to the shelter in December of 2017.  I was a big scared puppy. The volunteers at the shelter tried to comfort me and tell me it would be okay. A nice lady visited and took me out of my kennel.  She sat quietly and let me get to know her.  I was  sad when she left.   But she returned  with her husband! They spent hours letting me get to know them.  I went to the vet and afterward, I woke up at their home!  I had a soft warm bed and a  calm and peaceful place recover. I even had a little piglet for a new best friend.  I made friends with the other dogs and all the farm animals.  I even learned, much to the dismay of my new mom and dad to open peanut butter jars.   They caught on pretty quick and put them away after that.  I liked to curl up with my new dad and sleep.   I was still a pup and did all kinds of “puppy” things.  One day I ate my mom’s Combos snack, she even posted a shaming picture of me on Face Book.  But you know what she told all her friends ” Rose is awesome, if I could only have one dog ever it would be her.”  WOW guess even when I misbehave they love me.  We now live in New Mexico and  even though I miss my farm animal friends I still have the best forever family. The shelter is full of awesome dogs like me. They just need someone like my new folks to give them a chance.  I am one LUCKY DOG!!!

Positive results from social media aka Face Book

A BIG Thank You to everyone who has clicked on the “Donate” button on our Face Book page.  And to those that have created birthday fundraisers, shared fundraisers and created fundraisers. These donations are extremely helpful to the shelter and like all donations help provide needed medical and other necessary services to our pets.

Social Media aka Face Book has been instrumental in helping us with a great majority of adoptions, including sending 28 dogs and 2  cats back to their grateful owners in 2018  For those of you that have a FaceBook account please “like” our page.  “Follow” our page for up to date information regarding available pets, adoptions, lost/found pets and Happy Tail stories from adopters.  “Share” our page so that the information we have is out to more people.  We strive to keep this a positive and informative page.  This page is “public” so those of you that do not have Face Book can also see all the comings and goings. If you find a pet you would like more information on CALL, do not text.  We answer all voice messages. Do not wait to see if a pet is “still there tomorrow” as most likely the answer will be “no”. Thank you to all of you that “like, follow and share” our pets and information.

A Donation in Honor of Someone is a Wonderful Gift !

A donation to the Tombstone Small Animal Shelter is a wonderful gift for many special  occasions: in memory of a loved one, a birthday gift for a pet lover, to recognize an accomplishment, for any reason really – or “just because.”

The “Honored Someone”  or their family, will be sent a note notifying him or her of your gift. They will be happy knowing the gift will provide a homeless pet a second chance at a wonderful life or medical treatment for a pet in need.

Thank you to all of you that sent donations in honor of a loved one, their pet or even their birthday!

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We need your donations!

        Please make out a check today!

      We also accept American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa.

Guidestar Gold Seal of Transparency

Tombstone Small Animal Shelter was recently recognized for our transparency with a 2018 Gold Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile!

GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than 8 million visitors per year and a network of 200+ partners use GuideStar data to grow support for nonprofits. In order to get the 2018 Gold Seal, Tombstone Small Animal Shelter shared important information with the public using our profile on Now our community members and potential donors can find in-depth information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress. We’re shining a spotlight on the difference we help make in the world.