Dogs Available for Adoption in May, 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 require.  Adoption fees are $60 cash or check only + $10.99 for micro chip registration where applicable. There is no cost for a transfer of the micro chip if dogs have been previously registered.

Copper is a 1 year old male hound mix. He is a little fearful and needs lots of patience. He is not dog aggressive.

Bandit is a 1 yr old female Irish Wolfhound Mix. She is a large very active dog. Still learning manners. Bandit is good with other larger dogs. But due to her high energy and exuberance no small dogs,cats or kiddos please.

Fred is a 1-2 year old male lab mix. He is learning to walk on a lead and seems to be very laid back where other dogs are concerned.

Jewlz is about a year old female lab mix. She has hip dysplasia but that doesn’t seem to slow her down. Jewlz is a sweet friendly dog who is learning manners, sit stay, walking on a lead.

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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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#GIVINGTUESDAY Dec 1, 2020

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 www.tombstoneanimalshelter.org.  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 Guidestar.com, and you can also see all our statistics on shelteranimalscount.org. ( 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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Give Puppy Love

 givepuppylove.com, is an online pet supply store that donates a portion of each sale to a rescue organization of the buyer’s choice. They currently have gift baskets for sale with a portion going to the shelter. Please click on the link below (or copy and paste) and check out their gift baskets that you can customize for your pet.

https://www.givepuppylove.com/?recipientOrg=Tombstone-Small-Animal-Shelter__Tombstone–AZ

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Ryan Miele Grant Received

Tombstone Small Animal Shelter would like to thank the Ryan Miele Endowment for Animal Welfare, administered by the Arizona Community Foundation for the $11,000 Grant just received.  The funds will be used for a variety of maintenance issues at the shelter, help with custodial care stipend and veterinary medical bills.  TSAS has been the recipient of these grants for many years and cannot thank the administrators of this grant enough.  Over the years these funds have allowed us to do much needed improvements and maintenance at the shelter and helped with all kinds of medical. Ryan Miele was a strong believer in Animal Welfare and TSAS would like to think she would be proud that we are continuing her work. Keeping animals safe, healthy and finding good homes for them. 

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Precious Nikki needs help

UPDATE 10/8/2020

It is with great sadness and heartbreak that we have lost our precious Nikki.  She was found a week ago with severe malnutrition, injured and deformed front leg, and she had just given birth within a couple of days to pups not found. She was also diagnosed with Valley Fever and  a severe uterine infection.  At first we thought she  would make it but last night she took a turn for the worst and was in extreme pain.  Sadly it was just too much for her to deal with. Everyone that met her loved her and it breaks our heart that she never got to go to that perfect home we wanted for her.  But she also had a loving foster home this last week and didn’t die on a lonely desert road with no one to take care of her. RIP Sweet Nikki.

This is sweet precious Nikki. She was found by a good Samaritan off Gleeson.  No microchip, emaciated, full of milk and with an injured leg. Her pups were not found with her or in the vicinity. Thank you to the Drs and staff at Coronado Veterinary  for taking such good care of her.  Even through all the pain and too weak to stand Nikki still wags her tail at volunteers. She knows she is in good hands.  Nikki has a long road to complete recovery ahead of her. She faces not only recovery from starvation but she will need to have her injured leg removed at the shoulder when she is healthy enough to have surgery. She will also need to be spayed and utd on all vaccinations.   Any donations to help with her medical bills and care is greatly appreciated.  Checks can be mailed to the shelter at PO Box 1085, Tombstone AZ 85638

Update 10/4/2020 – After a couple of days of food, meds and a soft bed Nikki is able to stand and do short walks.

Update 10/5/2020 – We just received news that Nikki’s Valley Fever test is positive. She will be on meds to help with this for several months

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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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