Thank you, Linda

As many of you know, Linda Coonts, a Founder and President of Friends of the S.V. Animal Shelter, Inc recently retired.  Linda was a driving force in the animal welfare community –and I’m sure she will continue her passion of supporting animal welfare in her “retirement”!!


Dear Linda,

Upon your retirement from the Friends of the S.V. Animal Shelter, Inc. the board salutes your commitment, work, and determination to the Friends’ mission.   We are grateful and proud of your visionary leadership as a co-founder of the Friends of the S.V. Animal Shelter, Inc.  You recognized almost a decade ago that there are times when a shelter animals’ needs are greater than the shelter’s ability to provide.  Your laser focus on the Friends’ mission of improving the quality of life, health and welfare of shelter and rescued domestic animals in Sierra Vista and surrounding Cochise county areas has never wavered.   You accomplished all the required actions to create a non-profit organization that values the work of animal welfare and honors the mission with projects that benefit the animals we serve.

Under your leadership during the last seven years, many projects have been accomplished. Among these were the Huachuca City animal shelter triage room, Destiny’s Playground at Sierra Vista’s Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center, Pay It Forward-My Friend and I project, and One Paw at a Time-Door to Door Clinics.  These clinics provide wellness exams, rabies shots, micro-chipping, and city licenses at no cost in low income neighborhoods.   Additionally, the emergency medical treatment of abandoned, lost and injured pets remains a mission priority.  Your efforts as the catalyst in obtaining several individual sustaining donors has been an immeasurable success.

Your leadership was instrumental in the formation of All About Animals-Cochise County, a collaboration of  animal welfare organizations in the county.  This group has established the spring event, Celebrating Animals, which held its second successful event on 18 March of this year.

Lastly, the Friends board, under your leadership, has launched into a new area of a significant fund-raising effort to purchase an AnimalSafe trailer.  After the trailer is purchased, it will be gifted to the Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center for operation by the Sierra Vista Animal Control Officers. This capital purchase will move Sierra Vista into the position to vastly improve the quality of life for domestic pets for many years to come.

Linda, your service as a Co-founder, Board President, and sole grant writer will be missed.  We wish for your continued success in your passion and dedication to domestic pets.


Kathleen Buonocore

President, Friends of the S.V. Animal Shelter, Inc.