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In 1977, a small group of concerned Tombstone citizens banded together and incorporated the Tombstone Small Animal Shelter. At that time, the animals were housed in an unused public works water treatment shed near the landfill on the north edge of town.

In 1995, the current structure was built. The new building contains 12 dog kennels (suitable for two small dogs or puppies, if necessary) and seven cat cages. Each dog kennel has an inside and an outside area. Each cat cage has a window. Outside are eight large dog play areas and two small areas for puppies.


The Adoptions Program: Adoptions are by appointment only.  Please call 520-457-2545 to schedule an appointment!

Spay/Neuter/Shots Program: All adoptable pets are neutered or spayed and given necessary shots.

Community Assistance Program:  Provides low-income residents with emergency requests for pet food and spaying/neutering.

Volunteer Program:  Volunteers are trained to care for and feed animals in the shelter and are set up on a work schedule.

Dog Walking Program: Volunteers are trained to take shelter dogs for walks.

Donation Canister Fundraising Program: Town businesses’ have “doggie” banks to collect donations for the shelter.

Newsletter Program: Newsletters are mailed out yearly, asking for donations.

Fundraising Program: Various fundraisers are held throughout the year, such as t-shirt sales and donation tables during special Weekends in Tombstone…


Tombstone has approximately 1400 residents, so getting and keeping good volunteers is an ongoing concern. Volunteers do the following and more: feed animals, clean kennels, help with building and landscape maintenance, wash and fold bedding, clean shelter and storage areas, maintain a web presence on FaceBook, create, mail out and hang flyers with pictures of adoptable pets, write grants, and help with all fundraising events.

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