Cats Available for Adoption in February, 2021

Per Shelter Policy all cats must be indoor only and may not be declawed.

All cats/kittens are spayed/neutered, utd on age appropriate vaccinations, tested for feline leukemia/aids. BEFORE going to their new home.  All are litter box and scratching post trained.  For an appointment to adopt call 520-457-2545. Adoption fees are $60 cash or check.

Greyson & Sammie are 1 year old male DLH cats. They are used to kids but not dogs. These two cats are super sweet.

Buddy is a 1 year old male. Mr. Buddy came from an abusive home and is still leary of most men. He has come a long way and is ready for his new home. He like attention on his terms.

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Dog Available for Adoption in February, 2021

Dogs available for adoption are spayed/neutered, micro chipped and utd on all age appropriate vaccinations. A meet and greet with your dog is necessary in most instances.  Adoption fees are $60 cash or check only + $10.99 (must have card) for micro chip registration where applicable. There is no cost for a transfer of the micro chip if dogs have been previously registered.

Giselle is an adult female boxer/shar pei mix about 2 yr old. She is super sweet and well mannered. She just wants to please. She is very loving.

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Open by Appointment ONLY

TSAS is open by APPOINTMENT ONLY. We make appointments 7 days a week. Our phone is a cell phone and is answered daily and voice mail is returned within 24 hours. If you would like to visit the shelter or adopt a pet call 520-457-2545.

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Tombstone Small Animal Shelter 2021 Annual Fundraiser Newsletter

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Open by appointment 7 days a week – call 520-457-2545

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


Shy, stray Roxanne arrived at the shelter with six kittens.  She was only about two years old.  She was a loving, kind mother cat, but she didn’t trust people.  After her kittens were adopted out, she’d ‘mother’ other shelter kittens.  One was four-month-old Pawly (renamed Mija).  After eight-nine days in the shelter, Roxanne was adopted out, along with Mija.  She went to their new home first.  She was so shy, she hid behind a wall unit in the home office.  Her owners only knew she was there because the litter box was used and the food disappeared each night!  Once Mija arrived Roxanne began to come out.  Now she chases Mija throughout the house. They are quite the pair, even teaming up to catch a mouse!

The Tombstone Small Animal Shelter is a non-profit, no-kill shelter.We are 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.

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


In November, 2019, one-year-old Atina arrived at the shelter with three kittens.  Having been a stray, she didn’t trust people.Two-year-old Morris was surrendered by his owner in December 2019.  He was adopted out, But returned five days later for not getting along with another cat in the family.  Morris & Atina were put together,  and because he was outgoing and liked people it was thought he might be a good influence on her.  They quickly bonded and Atina (renamed Tina) learned to be more trusting.  After 142 days in the shelter (93 days for Morris), the two cats were adopted out together.  Shy Tina watched Morris interacting with the owners and the other family cats.  She began playing with toys and chasing Morris and sleeping with the other cats.  Now she gets along with everyone!


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”. customers: Scroll down on the website to “Donate to a Rescue.” Choose Tombstone Small Animal Shelter to see our Wish List or products available.

❤Thank You to grant providers:
Petco and Ryan Meile Animal Welfare Endowment Grant❤_________________________________________________________________
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Stories: Space is limited, so we can only print a few Happy Tail Stories. However, if you have a story to share, please post it to our Facebook page at or send it by email (with a picture) to: It will be put on our website at:


Tori was a pit-bull mix stray brought into the shelter in November, 2019.  She was people-friendly, but also loud and constantly wanting attention.  She had medical issues: an infected eye, pancreatitis, and a bruised leg. As time went on, she became depressed.  Volunteers worried about her mental state.  After 188 days she was adopted — just when it was discovered she had valley fever.  Her new owner took her anyway.  She loves her new home, and her adopter spoils her.  She is still on meds, but is back to being her friendly, cheerful self.  She loves going visiting in the car.  She has a great life and is much loved. 

Amazon Shoppers:  Please switch to Select Tombstone Small Animal Shelter as your charity. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to us. Donations to TSAS in 2020 from Amazon were $520. Our wish list of products is there also.


Zinnia, a rat terrier mix, was surrendered to the shelter in 2018. She was soon adopted.  She had a good life and loved going to the dog park.  However, two years later she was overweight, showed signs of incontinence, and had diabetes.  She was dropped off at the shelter again.  After 18 days, amazing new owners adopted her.  She adjusted to her new life quickly and became quite a snuggler.  Today her diabetes has leveled off and she is maintaining her health although she needs insulin twice a day.  Her favorite hobbies include sun bathing and going for walks.  She is doing fantastic!


We accept cash or checks!

Positive results from social media aka Facebook

Thank You to all who clicked our Facebook “Donate” button and to those who created birthday fundraisers, other fundraisers, and shared fundraisers.  We love you!  Social Media aka Facebook helps with most adoptions.  Please “like” us on Facebook and “follow” it for info on available pets, adoptions, lost/found pets, and Happy Tail Stories.  “Share” our page so more people see it.  This page is “public” so those who aren’t on Facebook can view it.  For more info on a pet, please CALL  520-457-2545 (don’t text). All voice messages are returned. 
We also have a website if you have not checked it out please do so.  It also has a “DONATE NOW” button. It lists all available pets, those adopted and other information concerning the shelter.  Calendar of Events,things about the shelter including historical newspapers on how the shelter came to be. It has information on local dog trainers, fundraisers, lots of cool


  • Returned 23 dogs and 4 cats to owners
  • Took in 87 kittens under the age of 5 months
  • Had 18 puppies born in foster care
  • Adopted out 78 dogs and 123 cats
  • Spayed/neutered 65 dogs and 122 cats before adoption
  • Community pets spayed or neutered: 17 cats and 11 dogs
  • Participated in Arizona Gives and Giving Tuesday fundraising
  • Posted statistics to
  • Updated info on   for 2020 Gold Level in transparency
  • Participated in Tombstone Special Week-End Events (limited due to COVID)
  •  In mid-April , due to COVID restrictions all off-site adoptions were discontinued and the shelter hours were changed to “By appointment only”.
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Dogs adopted in 2021

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Cats adopted in 2021

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to All

This has been a different and sometimes difficult  year for all of us.  Personally, emotionally and in some cases financially. A lot of the animal shelters around the country have struggled with adoptions and in the beginning of the year huge intake volumes.  TSAS has been extremely lucky.  We have major contributors and supporters that kept us going with supplies and donations and adoptions.  When space permitted and we had volunteers/fosters available we were able to help other shelters in the county. In December we elected a new Board for 2021 that is very passionate about the shelter and how it works. We have a wonderful crew of volunteers that believe in the work we do and how to help the pets when they come in for, hopefully, a short stay. We have community support with residents and merchants helping to spread the word and hosting fundraisers.  Once again thank you for your shipments  and donations of supplies, your adoptions and your monetary donations. We all look forward to 2021! Stay safe and Have a Wonderful Holiday!

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A Story of a Happy Dog

In the summer of 2018 I got an email from a family member asking if I thought my daughter would be interested in adopting a 16 yr old Min pin ( Miniature Pinscher)named Piston.  Due to unforeseen circumstances the her friend’s family had to re-home all their pets and no matter what they had tried no one wanted the old guy. My daughter had just lost her 16 yr old Yorkie. Of course knowing my daughter she said yes. We asked that his shots be made up to date and found out he got along with all other dogs and was over weight. The family had him since he was a pup.  When we stopped to pick him up I discovered upon reading the shot record he weighed 42#. WOW  I had never heard of a Min Pin weighing that much.         (DNA confirmed the breed and blood work confirmed he had no health reasons to be over weight).  We put him in the car and off we went for a 3 hr ride home.  He was frantic, scared and stressed.  I wasn’t sure he was going to make it.  Seems car rides aren’t his favorite.  Upon getting to my daughter’s and introducing him to the rest of the pack, along with her friend’s two little yappers (no disrespect here!) we found he didn’t get bothered with other dogs, no matter the size.  He wasn’t food aggressive. He loves his beds,  and to top it all off he is the funniest dog ever.  He loved to toss all the blankets off the dog beds. Always greets you at the door and definitely knows that the pantry door leads to treats.  I stopped over one day when the house keeper was there and opened the door expecting to be greeted.  No dogs. hmm what’s going on I thought.  I heard music from the master bedroom and went that way.  All three dogs were in their crates or beds watching the housekeeper clean the bathroom.  I’m not sure if they just liked the music or were making sure she did a good job!! 

About a 6 months ago Piston started losing sight in one eye and gradually both.  He still could see shadows and hear the pantry door open.  He also became more increasingly  incontinent and started wearing protection.  He  got a little confused if he wanted a certain dog bed and the Princess Chihuahua was there and growled at him.  Everyone knows Princess Chihuahua’s rule the kingdom.  He would just move to another one. He was so easy going.  The other night my daughter brought home a new little guy she is in the process of adopting.  His story is something for another day.  Piston liked the little guy and welcomed him. I took over some new treats yesterday for the little guy and shared with everyone. A few hours later I got a call that Piston had a major seizure.  I rushed over and we took him into our vet, which is the emergency vet here and we were able to say good bye. I know your thinking this is a sad ending but it’s really not.  Whenever I think of this dog I smile and laugh that’s just the way he affected everyone he met.  He was so silly and funny with all his antics. What I really want to say is that there are a lot of senior/special needs pets in our shelters and rescues  that need good loving homes.  If you can adopt please check them out and the happiness you will get knowing how happy they are even if it’s for a short while is worth it. Not easy and not necessarily easy on the pocketbook. But so worth it.  No one, human or animal should die alone.

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Thank You !

Thank you to everyone that donated for #GIVING TUESDAY 2020. For sharing our story, creating fundraisers and for calling and scheduling adopting appointments. It is supporters like you that help us carry on and care for all the pet guest we have at the shelter.

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December  1 is National  Day of Giving or #GIVINGTUESDAY .  One of the biggest challenges  Tombstone Small Animal Shelter faces each year  is to make sure every pet guest that comes to the shelter gets veterinary care.  That they are in the best of health, to our knowledge, before going to their new homes.  Not everything can be tested for, but we try.  Every cat/kitten or litter mate is tested for feline leukemia and feline aids. They are given all age appropriate vaccinations, dewormed, de-flead if age appropriate and spayed/neutered before going home.  Each dog/puppy is dewormed, de-flead if age appropriate,  vaccinated, spayed/neutered and microchipped before going home.  All pets have dentals if recommended by their vets, given medication for ear infections, eye infections, ringworm. This year we have had  unusual  medical problems  with  In two cases of  Valley Fever.  In another couple of cases pancreatitis, in another canine lupus and another glaucoma.  We have had 2 dogs give birth to large litters of pups  while in foster. Several cats have also given birth to kittens in foster and we have brought in many litters from the streets.  Sometimes with all our care we lose one of the precious ones. They come to us in need of help and we do everything in our power for them. But their bodies just give up.  Thank goodness it is very few but it still hurts.  Every single pet guest at the shelter is like our very own.  We want you, the adopter to have the healthiest, happiest pet to take home.   But in order to accomplish this we need funds.  That’s where you, the donor comes in.  Now is a great time to help! You can create fundraisers on facebook for the shelter, you can share our story with friends, you can donate  on facebook, or on our website  Or send a check directly to the shelter at Tombstone Small Animal Shelter, PO Box 1085, Tombstone, AZ 85638. TSAS is  501c3 tax-deductible non-profit.   So far this year we have brought in 69 dogs and 30 pups (age 0-5mo), 42 cats and 89 kittens (0-5mo).  Thank you for all your continued support. It’s believers like you  that allow us to  continue what we do! We currently have a 2020 Gold Seal of Transparency on, and you can also see all our statistics on ( All of the pets listed below have found good loving homes)

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Volunteering in a magical place!

TSAS is in need of volunteers to do just about everything. We need walking buddies for dogs, custodians for dogs to ease the current custodians schedule, and cat helpers. Yesterday I was on “shelter duty” from 2-4 for the first time in 3 years. I have moved over 300 miles away but I can’t stop volunteering. But this isn’t about me, this is about what it’s like to be a volunteer in a magical place. I got to play with puppies, help pre-adopt our last dog and play with the cats/ kittens. All of our current dogs are pre-adopted waiting for their spay/neuter appointments to go to their forever homes. Duke our rambunctious beautiful Dobie will be going to California. Chewey & King whose new family came to play and hang out with them will be local. Apollo and Zeus one local one to Tucson. Misty will also be local. All the dogs chilled out in the shade of the trees. Playing with puppies is so fun, unless of course they like to wrestle at your feet and untie your shoes! LOL. Misty loves her toys and was such a darling. What really amazed me was how quiet all the dogs were. and how utterly sweet and good natured. All these new owners sure got fantastic pets. I have put some fun pics on here. What I can’t figure out is why some of our cats have not been adopted. Hazel (new pic) is the biggest lover and cuddle bug I have ever seen and I have had lots of cats most of my life. In fact this pic of Hazel was taken after I quit scratching her ears and she actually tapped my hand ( no claws out) letting me know I better not quit. Elke is another super friendly cat. Jake purrs all the time. He is rather thin and we are working on that. All of the cats are just sweet. Yes being a volunteer in what I have always considered a “magical” place isn’t all play time. Depending on your duties you may have laundry, feeding, cleaning kennels and pooper scooping.But take it from someone who has been involved for 10 years it is so worth it. These precious shelter guests appreciate every minute we spend with them. if you are interested in helping call the shelter 520-457-2545 for more information.

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