AZ GIVES DAY April 6th

Invest in AZ! Tombstone Small Animal Shelter is excited to announce that it is joining this year’s Arizona Gives Day, a statewide, 24-hour online giving campaign. Please consider giving on April 6th, go to The money donated in years past during these 24 hours have helped the shelter with many issues.  Some are maintenance issues as we continue to update and improve the living conditions of pets in our care until we find them good loving homes.  Our biggest expense of course is medical, incl. spay/neuter. The shelter also helps the local community with spay/neuter of personal pets and  pet food when supplies are available.   2020 was an unusual year with the onset of COVID and many pets coming into the shelter needing unusual medical procedures. We did several dentals on both cats and dogs, treated ear and eye infections, canine lupus, glaucoma, valley fever, diabetes, and feline calicivirus along with the normal ear mites and ring worm.  The money we raised through AZ GIVES helped immensely with all these medical  challenges. We are hoping for a quieter year in 2021 but  plan to meet any challenge that should  arise and with your support we know we can succeed. Please share our fundraiser to help get the word out.  Or if you choose to write a check please mail to TSAS at PO Box 1085, Tombstone, AZ 85638 indicate it is for AZ GIVES DAY Thank you for your continued support!

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Dog Walkers Needed

Not everyone can adopt and if you are that person, call today and become a dog walker. We would love to have you and the dogs would too! You just have to be over 18 and dependable. Be able to handle large and small dogs. For more information call 520-457-2545 and leave a message if needed.

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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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Fry’s Community rewards www.FrysCommunity


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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Cats Available for Adoption in December, 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 + $5 for micro chip.

Chaplin is a beautiful adult black/white male he is 3 yrs old Super sweet and a real lover boy

Sprite is an adult female Flame Point Siamese Mix. She is 6 yrs old a little shy but friendly. She does like her space.

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Dogs Available for Adoption in December, 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 + $5 for micro chip we will register it for you for free. There is no cost for a transfer of the micro chip if dogs have been previously registered.

Rocket is a sweet dog a little on the anxious side. May do well as an only dog

Rosemary is a 4-5 month old female Lab mix super fun and full of energy.

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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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