Category: “Shelter News”

2016 Annual Volunteer & Family Potluck

Tuesday, December 13th the Volunteers and their families met at the Community Church Hall in Tombstone for the Annual Potluck Dinner.  Everyone had a great time with games  and lots of door prizes. It was a  time to welcome new volunteers and share information regarding past and upcoming events and shelter news.

Elaine presented two couples with awards of appreciation for all the extras that they do at the shelter.  Always being available and going that extra mile, Bill & Lue Emmons ,  Shelly Coon & Freddy Loya.  Each were given a framed Certificate and a gift.

The following were elected to the 2017 Board of Directors:

President – Elaine Perry

Vice President – Chris Townsend

Secretary – Vanessa Burelli

Treasurer – Marcia Spitler

Member at Large – Karen Troncale


December adoption special all dogs $25

TSAS teamed with Best Friends Animal Society and offered all dog Adoptions at $25 for the month of December. . We adopted 12 dogs and 2 puppies during this promotion.





Tombstone Small Animal shelter was recently awarded a $12,540 grant. The funds were provided through the Arizona Community Foundation and were dispensed from the Ryan Miele Endowment for Animal Welfare. This grant will be used to build an addition to the shelter to better house our kittens and organize the main room of the shelter. Currently the main room of the shelter does double duty as a kitten room/store room/office etc. In order to reach the current cat enclosures the volunteers have to climb a ladder. The new addition will allow the kittens to be in their own room, safely play on the floor and volunteers will not need to worry about them escaping when someone comes in to do other work. Volunteers will no longer have to climb ladders to clean. The main room will be re-organized so work can be done more efficiently. TSAS is extremely thankful for the generosity of the ACF and the Ryan Miele Foundation.


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TSAS Quilt Raffle: This beautiful quilt was donated by Debra Brooks of Shoreline, Washington
Tickets sold at Outlaw T’s & More and Sweet Memories & TSAS Donation tables
This handmade quilt is 70″ x 70″ made with apple motif fabrics
Quilted with an “all over swirl”
It has a crazy pieced back
Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5
All proceeds go to Tombstone Small Animal Shelter
Drawing will be in time for Christmas
This beautiful quilt is on display at Outlaw T’s and More
Allen Street, Tombstone

You do not need to be present to win. We will ship to you. If you cannot come over to buy tickets please call 520-457-2545 for information on how to buy.

Please come see this beautiful quilt as the pictures do not do it justice!


Grant Recieved #ThanksToMaddie

“The Duffield Family Foundation, aba Maddie’s Fund is pleased to award Tombstone Small Animal Shelter a grant in the amount of $1000 to support your operations. This grant is being awarded because Tombstone Small Animal Shelter signed up to participate in Shelter Animals Count between March 25, 2016 and April 30, 2016, and completed all the necessary requirements for funding.” Thank You from TSAS!

Celebration of Animals SUCCESS!!

Celebration of Animals – All About Animals Cochise County was a whopping SUCCESS!  There were pets for adoption, horse cart rides, dog  demonstrations, AKC judging, information on rescues and other pet related issues.  A petting zoo area, alpaca demonstration  Lots of items for raffle and food.  A Beautiful Southern Arizona Spring Day. Visitors brought their kids and their dogs and everyone had a fun time.


Celebrating Animal Event

Come on over to Veterans Memorial Park, Sierra Vista, Saturday, March 19th, 10 -3 pm

All About animal Cochise County is Hosting A Special Event Sponsored by the City of Sierra Vista, Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center.  FUN for the Whole Family!!

TSAS will be there with several dogs for adoption…

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2016 Newsletter

Tombstone Small Animal Shelter

2016 Annual fundraiser newsletter

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

Open Saturday 2-4pm or by appointment 7 days a week – call 520-457-2545

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

Highlights of our Past Year

37 active volunteers donated 500 hours a month plus others helped at special events

Off site adoptions 3rd and 5th Saturdays, CAL RANCH in Sierra Vista

Offsite adoptions 2nd and 4th Saturdays, PetSmart in Sierra Vista

Donation tables monthly at Tombstone at Twilight and Staples in Sierra Vista

Donation tables at 8 special weekend events in Tombstone

Helldorado Parade participation, October 17th

5K Run/Fun Walk, sponsored by EPG Team, Ft. Huachuca. Raised $1385

Open House Showcase for renovations from Ryan Miele Foundation grant, May 17

Trina’s Story:IMG_7093 Trina Sept. 2015a

  I’m Trina, a 5-year-old St. Bernard mix. Last May, I ended up at the shelter. All the volunteers fell in love with me. I went to lots of off-site adoption sites and even participated in a        parade. But no one adopted me. Why? Because although I loved people, I’d decided I wanted to an only pet. It’s hard to find a home for a dog like me. I was still at the shelter in December, so I wrote a letter to Santa asking for his help. And guess what?!!! A wonderful gentleman called and said he wanted to be Santa’s helper and take me home! Now I have a family and a yard of my own. I’m so glad  the Tombstone Small Animal Shelter is a no-kill shelter and kept me all those months until I found a home.

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” 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.

K.C.’s Story

IMG_7086 K.C. Sept. 2015a

Last July, my owner could no longer care for me. I was eight years old when I arrived at the shelter. I’d never lived in a cage; I was very frightened. The volunteers were kind and loving, but I was quite shy. At off-site adoption events, I would ignore people and not  interact at all. I didn’t realize my actions were hurting my chances at being adopted. Finally in December, a lady came to the shelter searching for a cat like me: quiet and reserved. It was a match made in heaven. Now I love my new home. Since then I’ve learned that I was a lucky cat because I was brought to a no-kill shelter. I resided at the Tombstone Small Animal Shelter for five months.

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

Our shelter could not survive without the help of grants*. We’re very appreciative.

Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise Grant: to help with spay and neuter costs

Ryan Meile Animal Welfare Endowment Grant: to help pay for medical care for shelter pets and medical assistance for community pets

Petco Foundation Grant: for stipend to help pay for custodial costs.

*Each grant must be used for specific purposes only. Over 2/3 of the grant money from the Ryan Miele and the Arizona Community Foundation grants were used up by February.

The 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 in 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 are never given or sold for research.

Silas’s Story:

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From Desert Dog to Beachcomber

This was a recent letter to the Tombstone Small Animal Shelter:

     “It’s been three years now since I adopted Silas, a male bull mastiff from your     shelter. He’s had an incredibly positive influence on my life as both my teacher and companion. Silas became trained to be my service dog as well due to his intelligence and eagerness to learn even more. I remember back on 12/23/2012 when I adopted him, Tonyia was especially kind, friendly, warm and helpful.                

     Thank all of you for your noble, tireless efforts!”

From Jason Miller, San Diego, CA

Our shelter depends on donations from people like you.               

  Please donate today!

Calling all FaceBookers!

This past year FaceBook (along with our website and other online adoption formats such as,, and helped us get the word out regarding dozens of pets available for adoption. In 2015 we adopted out 86 dogs and 68 cats. Last year we returned 15 dogs back to their rightful owners through our postings on FaceBook. Because of FaceBook, people learned about our fund-raising events, our off-site donation tables, our off-site adoption locations, and low-cost mobile  clinic dates. We currently have 1600 + followers and everyday many, many people “like” our page. Won’t you please help us spread the word? Join us at:

We need your donations. Please make out a check today!   Also, T-shirts are available with our logo for a $16 donation at  the Rose Tree Museum, Ike’s Mini-Market, Boothill Cemetery Gift Shop, and sidewalk venues.

Donate Today!


This year’s Annual Spring yard sale will be held in Tombstone 15th and Allen  March 5th from 8am-2pm

LOTS to see and buy. ALL money goes to the Tombstone Small Animal Shelter

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Petco Foundation Invests In Lifesaving Work of Tombstone Small Animal Shelter
Grant of $5000 will extend efforts to save more animal lives in Greater Tombstone Area

Tombstone, December 2015– Tombstone Small Animal Shelter of Tombstone, AZ today announced it has been awarded a $5000 grant from the Petco Foundation to support its animal health and welfare program.

Tombstone Small Animal Shelter is a nonprofit organization. It is a no-kill shelter working to find homes for all abandoned/surrendered cats and dogs in the greater Tombstone Area. To provide the best possible care until those homes can be found and to educate to community and help all area cats and dogs to be spayed/neutered and receive health care when needed. Since 1977 Tombstone Small Animal Shelter has helped hundreds of cats and dogs find their forever home.

The Petco Foundation investment will help to maintain a level of continuity at the shelter. This grant is to be used for the express purpose of a Custodial Stipend.

“It’s very difficult to get volunteers to feed and clean the animals on a regular basis and with continuity. Having the Petco Foundation grant enables us to offer a stipend to provide that necessary function. We are extremely grateful to receive the grant to allow us to continue providing our animals the quality of life they deserve and maintain the reputation we have worked hard to achieve.” said Elaine Perry, President.

For more information about Tombstone Small Animal Shelter or the Petco Foundation, visit or Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by using the hashtag #PetcoFoundation.
About the Petco Foundation
At the Petco Foundation, we believe that every animal deserves to live its best life. Since 1999, we’ve invested more than $135 million in lifesaving animal welfare work to make that happen. Working with thousands of animal welfare partners, we inspire and empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Through our Think Adoption First© program, we partner with Petco stores and animal welfare organizations across the country to increase pet adoptions. So far, we’ve helped more than 4.2 million pets find their new loving families, and we’re just getting started. Visit to learn more about how you can get involved.