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Humane Society of Southern Arizona receives $1 million donation

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Bazy Tankersley and many of her canine companions (Source: Tankersley Trust) Bazy Tankersley and many of her canine companions (Source: Tankersley Trust)
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona has received a very generous donation from a long time animal lover and her family. 

The Ruth M. Tankersley Trust has awarded $1 million to the HSSA in memory of Ruth M. 'Bazy' Tankersley and her daughter Tiffany, according to a recent release, both have passed away in the last two years.

This generous donation will assist the HSSA in building a new facility to help pets and those who care for them.  The intake center at the new facility will be named the 'Bazy and Tiffany Tankersley Welcome Center', to honor their donation.

"Tiffany and Bazy were both dedicated supporters of the Tucson Community," says Hanna Miller, Bazy's granddaughter, in a recent release. "The HSSA positively impacts hundreds of thousands of lives, both two- and four-legged, through its community programs - Pet Visitation and Community Education, the Animal Cruelty Task Force and Inmate Integration, just to name a few. That's something I know my Aunt and Grandmother would be thrilled to support."

Bazy Tankersley was best known as owner of Al-Marah Arabians. She was devoted to her horses, and was one of the most prolific Arabian horse breeders in the country, with more than 2,800 foals registered.

"Both Bazy and Tiffany always had a menagerie of pets – dogs, cats, birds, horses, cows, even orphaned raccoons … All creatures great and small were beloved. Beginning in my childhood it was clear to me that the animals were a part of the family, and that a house couldn't be a home without them," says Hanna Miller. 

"The generosity of this incredible gift from the Tankersley Trust has inspired us all," says Maureen O'Nell, CEO of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, in the release.  "It is an honor to pay tribute to Bazy and Tiffany and their love for animals at the new facility."

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