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2nd Annual Celebration of Animals a Huge Success

2nd Annual Celebration of Animals

The 2nd Annual Celebration of Animals – All About Animals is a supportive organization of animal welfare governmental agencies and non-profit organizations with common goals to provide for the welfare of animals in Cochise County. We will be hosting a Celebrating Animals Event on March 18 at Veterans Memorial Park, Sierra Vista.  Tombstone Small Animal Shelter is a member of this group and will be attending. This will be a FUN filled FREE Event for the whole Family.

2017 Annual Fundraiser Newsletter

Tombstone Small Animal Shelter

2017 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              



Eddy arrived at the shelter in 2007 as a totally unruly pup.  His recent DNA indicates he is 90% American Staffordshire Terrier and 10% Bulldog.  He was such a handful at that time that the volunteers weren’t sure he could be saved. Dog behavior experts were called in to help deal with his behavior. With lots of work, he was finally ready for adoption.7 months later he was adopted.  However, he was returned due to poor behavior.  No suitable adopter was found. So the person who first adopted him re adopted Eddy, following through with the behavior  plan that had been put in place. Eddy thrived. Sadly his owner fell on hard times and was unable to care for him.

He returned to the shelter in 2015 as a scared, angry, big dog that some volunteers did not even want to be around.  One minute he was giving kisses and another he was snarling . He had medical issues and was put on medications.  He mellowed out and became friendlier.  After 176 days he was adopted out but was brought back. He was adopted again.  Again he was returned, both the adopters had other problems and couldn’t keep him.

Eddy was now a pure gentle soul that just needed a chance. The volunteers continued to work with him daily and were worried he would spend his last years at the shelter.  Eddy’s blood work now showed he may have more medical issues.  Everyone was concerned.

Finally in 2016 a lady adopted him who turned his life around. He now accompanies her to a local museum where she volunteers and he is the love of the staff. He is now healthy, and according to his new owner Annette “Eddy is in Hog Heaven with an acre to run in.  He is spectacular, very well trained and follows directions. “


TSAS would like to thank all our supporters for their generous donation


ASHTON’S STORY                                                                                                     

Special Needs Met

My name is Ashton. I am 2 years old.  When I was young I had a home where I was allowed to run the streets. It is not against the law in Tombstone for cats to roam .  It can be a lot of fun but also hazardous to us felines. I became somewhat of a nuisance and was in lots of skirmishes chasing the ladies. Somewhere along the way I lost an ear, don’t remember where or when.  The good folks of the shelter took me in and gave me food, shelter and medical treatment. It was discovered that I had FIV which is Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (aka Feline Aids), even thought I show no symptoms. This is a disease that is not transferable to other animals or humans but is fatal to cats. I was now considered a “Special Needs” cat and could only be adopted to someone without any other cats or someone that had cats with the same disease.  A “Special Person” was found and now I live in a big beautiful home with others like me, a big room just for us and lots of love and attention.  No more wondering the streets looking for love in all the wrong places!!

For more information on this disease: › Cat Health

Calling all FaceBookers!

This past year FaceBook (along with our website and,, and helped us circulate information about dozens of available pets. Through FaceBook, people learned about our fund-raising events, our off-site donation tables, our off-site adoption locations, and low-cost mobile  clinic dates, and lost and found pets. We now have over 1900 followers. Would you please “like” our page and share the information?

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 o  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

Highlights of our Past Year

President Elaine Perry, Rose Tree Parade Grand Marshall

Partnered with Best Friends Animal Society on Several Occasions

Participated in Territorial Days Parade

Participated in Celebration for Animals at Veterans Memorial Park

126 dogs adopted; 22 returned to owner

68 cats adopted; 1 returned to owner

33% increase in adoptions from last year

Successful adoptions figures due in part to our volunteers who take the cats/dogs to offsite venues in Sierra Vista 20 miles away every Saturday with the exception of the 1st Saturday of the month.

44 cats/kittens taken off the streets of Tombstone, spayed/neutered and found good loving  indoor homes, preventing approximately 288 more kittens on the street in 2017

Spayed and Neutered 127 pets

62% increase in spays and neuters from last year

Provided micro chipping for a majority of dogs adopted

Missy’s Story:

Miss Missy came to the shelter In April 2016 – She was a senior

whose previous owner was ill and no longer able care for her. Missy needed spay and updated vaccinations.  She also had some tumors that needed to be checked. Missy was a quiet little poodle that everyone loved.  She was adopted about 2 weeks later. I just wanted you to know how much my daughter and I love Missy.  She is so spoiled!  My daughter is always kissing her and now Missy only wants to sleep with her. The best news is that she is cancer free. Thank You”, Sheila.


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.


Mordred is a 7 year old 15 lb   black beauty,  who came to the  shelter Dec 23, 2016. His owner was a Military Veteran who traveled the world with Mordred, whose name is from the Kind Arthur Stories.When, sadly his owner could no longer care for him he asked the shelter to find a good loving home.  Mordred is healthy and happy, laid back and a gentle soul.  Jan 28 he was adopted to a family and is happy and well.


We are thankful for our wonderful Grant Providers

Ryan Meile Animal Welfare Endowment Grant: will pay for a cat room addition

Shelter’s Animal Count Incentive Grant: helped pay vet bills

We need your donations. Please make out a check today! 

We also accept, Mastercard, American Express and Visa Too!

 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!

Valentines Special Feb 1-14

TSAS is teaming with Best Friends Society for reduced adoption fees on All Cats/kittens Feb 1-14

All cats/kittens must be indoor only and may not be declawed.  All will be spayed/neutered, tested for feline leukemia/aids and given age appropriate vaccinations.  For an appointment to adopt or more information call 520-457-2545.

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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.