Dogs available for adoption

Dogs available for adoption are spayed/neutered, micro chipped and utd on all age appropriate vaccinations. A meet and greet with your dog is require.  Adoption fees are $65 cash or check only. We will register the microchip for you at no chg. There is no cost for a transfer of the microchip if dogs have been previously registered.

Marcy is a pretty blue pit bull. She starts out as being intimidating until you give her a treat then she is putty in your hands. A very good girl that needs a stable home.

Howie is a young heeler mix. Super friendly but may need to be only dog.

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Dogs Adopted 2022

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Merry Christmas

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Thank You

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Dear Supporters,

November 30th  is National  Day of Giving or #GIVINGTUESDAY .  One of the biggest challenges  at Tombstone Small Animal Shelter continues to be veterinary care.  We want all of  those that adopt one of our pets 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 your facebook page  for the shelter, you can share our story with friends, or you can donate  on the shelter’s facebook page, or here on our website. Just click the “donate now button”   Or send a check directly to the shelter and indicate for #GivingTuesday,  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 4 pups (age 0-5mo), 31 cats and 28 kittens (0-5mo). Thirty -one of the dogs were from kill-shelters and are now  in or are  headed to good homes. Thank you for all your continued support. It’s believers like you  that allow us to  continue what we do! We currently have a 2021 Platinum  Seal of Transparency on, and you can also see all our statistics on


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Mr. Willy’s Adventures

Mr. Willy has had quite an adventure since he was discovered wondering the desert roads outside Tombstone. Little did he know he would meet a group of dedicated volunteers willing to go the extra mile for him, actually 360 miles.  Willy’s adventure began on September 8th when he came to TSAS, skinny, starving and underweight.  He was finally off the streets and eating good food and had a soft bed to sleep and a safe play yard to exercise. He was already neutered so he just needed a final vet check, vaccinations and microchip and he was ready for his next leg in life’s adventure.  On Oct 3rd he was adopted to a nice family in Surprise, AZ.  Off he went for a long car ride.  All communication indicated all was well and he was such a nice “big boy”.  Suddenly communication stopped and on Oct 14th our new micro chip company let us know Mr. Willy was in the Maricopa Animal Care Center.  OH NO!!. MACC is sadly over full and bursting at the seams with abandoned and surrendered dogs. No response at all from Willy’s owner to multiple text, phone calls and emails.  We immediately contacted Maricopa Shelter because, you see, once a TSAS pet always a TSAS pet.  Now we had to make sure we could spring Mr. Willy from there asap.  It seems Mr. Willy’s placement wasn’t perfect and instead of contacting TSAS like the adopter was asked they re-homed him and the 2nd owner surrendered him. That was one of several reasons why we were told he was there.  On Sunday  our volunteer and a friend drove the 360 miles  round trip and 2 hrs of waiting, to pick him up and bring him back to the shelter. He was SUPER excited to see her and get on the road back to TSAS.  This isn’t the first time our dedicated volunteers have sprung one of our dogs.  The last time we went to PAC in Tucson. On the long way back  Mr. Willy fell in love with our volunteer’s friend and it was mutual.  He stayed a couple of nights with her decompressing from his harrowing experience. He is now at the shelter and we will not give up.  We know his new family is somewhere out there and will come adopt him.  If that is you please call 520-457-2545 for an appointment.

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Ryan Miele Grant Recieved

Thank you to the Ryan Miele Endowment for Animal Welfare and the Arizona Community Foundation for the $10,00 grant. These funds will be used for Veterinary care of the animals in our care. Making sure they are as healthy as possible before being adopted to forever homes. All pets are spay/neutered if needed, micro chipped, given current sets of vaccinations and any other medical care deemed necessary. It also will be used for a stipend to be paid for Custodial help at the shelter. Having one person continuously in charge of the pets in our care helps with the continuing consistency of care. We rely on volunteers to help our main custodian which works two shifts a day 6 days a week along with volunteers on Sunday. Ryan Miele Endowment for Animal Welfare and the Arizona Community Foundation have been wonderful supporters of the shelter and because of their continuing belief in us we are able to continue with our programs in a safe and beautiful environment.

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Shelter upgrades 2021

TSAS has had a very busy year so far with many exciting renovations and updates.  Thank you to Mr. Shed of Huachuca City for the beautiful new rodent proof storage shed.  Echo Strada Construction of Tombstone for the finishing and electrical work.  All made possible by a local donor who asked us for a project he could fund.  This made it possible to remove the mouse infested trailer in front of the shelter. We also were able to have  guillotine doors installed in the remaining dog kennels.  Thanks to other donors we also replaced all the dog flaps in the kennels.  These two improvements will help the heating and cooling in the main shelter.  But that isn’t all we got to do with the large donation.  The kitten room also got a large new play tree and play shelving  on the wall which is still being tweaked. We are working on some upgrades to the cat room as well.  Our new policy is to let the kittens/cats out of their kennels all day and only contained at night.  This allows for better socialization/ mental and physical stimulation. We will have the gate from play yard #4 moved for better access.  We are so thankful for this donation  and to the construction companies and our team of volunteers that worked diligently installing, painting and hauling to get this new project completed.

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Shelter News

Tombstone Small Animal Shelter is a unique small shelter in the Arizona desert. It was started by one resident  of Tombstone, AZ  wanting to save the abandoned pets in the area and later grew into an all volunteer organization.  In 1977 it was incorporated and became a non-profit. In 1997 with the help of donations collected by volunteers and the City of Tombstone the current main building was built.  Today it stands as a beautiful small shelter in the desert.  The shelter currently has the main building with a cat room on one side and a kitten room on the other along with twelve dog kennels with inside/outside runs.  A large storage shed and a small storage shed, a laundry room. Eight  varying sized large fully enclosed play yards and 2 enclosed puppy pens.  All this made  possible with the continued  support of the City of Tombstone its residents, local merchants and local service clubs.  The shelter also has a wonderful  supportive donor base.  The shelter continues to operate on a volunteer basis with financial support from its many donors.  All most all of the  large building and renovation projects  have been because of grants received from the Ryan Miele Endowment for Animal Welfare administered by the Arizona Community Foundation.  Grants received from Ryan Miele and Petcolove Foundation  have also helped with medical costs for the pets.

The shelter serves the Greater Tombstone Community and helps its residents with food and sterilization upon request and funds and supplies are available.  When space and volunteers are available dogs are transferred in from other county  shelters to help find them new homes.  All animals receive medical care, sterilization, micro chip and current vaccinations.  Currently the shelter is in need of volunteers to help. Even an hour a week could make a big difference. Without volunteers the shelter cannot continue  with it’s much needed work. Volunteers must be 18 yrs old and physically able to work with animals.  For more information call 520-457-2545 and leave a detailed message.

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Another easy way to support the shelter

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