Daisy

is a two-year-old female Australian shepherd cattle dog. She is great with other dogs. Though she is shy at first with people, she quickly warms up to them.

Lucy

is a thirteen-year-old female cat looking for her retirement home. She really enjoys napping, especially in or near a warm window. She would prefer an older family with no kids as she doesn’t have the energy for them.

Nava

is a two-year-old female terrier bull mix. Once this sweet girl bonds with you, there is no one else who matters! Nava really opens up around other playful and confident dogs, so she'd love to go home with a friend!

Oreo

is a two-year-old female cat. She is black and white just like an Oreo cookie and she is just as sweet! She is looking for a home with older beings. 

Milton

is a four-year-old male terrier mix. This sweet boy is looking for his forever home here. Milton came to us from Oklahoma.

Maximus

is a one-year-old male black cat. This sweet guy would really love to be your one and only! He is cuddly and gentle at home, but not a fan of other pets. He shows signs of stress here being around animals.

Hero

is a six-year-old male American pit bull mix. Help this guy find his forever home and show you that he can be a “hero.” He has done well here at the shelter playing with other dogs.

Tom

is a one-year-old male cat. He is a mellow guy who needs a great lap to nap in! He can be picky of other furry friends so it’s important that he meets other pets in your home before going home.

In Memory of Jeannine Stallings 

It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of Jeannine who was instrumental in founding the Cheyenne Animal Shelter nearly 50 years ago. Thank you Jeannine for all you have done to save the lives of so many animals in our community!

2019 Critter Camp Registration is now open!

Critter Camp is the Cheyenne Animal Shelter’s day camp for children ages 7 to 12 years old. This camp, now in its ninth year, is an excellent educational opportunity for children. Campers learn how to treat animals with compassion and respect. Children attending camp interact with a variety of animals from the shelter and the community, learn about animals from local experts, and participate in games, crafts and educational worksheets. The cost is $175 per camper, per week or $150 per camper, per week if more than one child is enrolled. Registration includes a t-shirt, camp supplies and a field trip. Campers will need to bring their own lunches.

We’re Hiring!

Drop Boxes Are Now Closed

Based on recommendations from an external audit conducted by an animal behavior specialist and animal shelter consultant, the Cheyenne Animal Shelter has ended use of drop boxes, which allowed people to drop off stray animals when no employees were present.  However,  the Animal Control division will have an officer on call after hours to pick up lost, injured or aggressive animals.

In 2018, the Cheyenne City Council and Mayor Orr asked the Board to conduct an external review of the Shelter’s policies and procedures. The review cited concerns from Sheltervet.org, ASPCA and others that drop boxes could negatively impact the welfare of the animal being abandoned.

“We believe that this is an important step, and it’s one of several that we’ll be taking in the next few months based on the recommendations we received from this audit,” said CAS Board Chair Tammy Maas.

When the Shelter first opened, Board members worried that people would leave abandoned pets outside the building without food, water or shelter. Drop boxes complete with heat and air conditioning were built to allow people to drop off pets safely. Now the trend in shelters is to eliminate drop boxes because they make it difficult for employees to get information about the abandoned animals and they can cause undue stress for injured pets. Additionally, the boxes created safety concerns for shelter staff as it was common for staff to find everything from snakes to aggressive dogs, feral cats, rabbits and other critters in the drop boxes when they arrived at work in the morning.

In 2018 there were 588 animals left in the drop boxes including 525 stray animals picked up by the public and 63 pets that were surrendered by their owners. Out of these, there were 307 animals left with no paperwork, leaving Shelter employees in the dark regarding the animal’s demeanor, medical history, or owner.

The Shelter hopes that closing the drop boxes will encourage pet owners to talk with staff about  alternative options that could help keep more pets in their homes.

The Shelter will also be altering their hours for accepting animals to open earlier at 8 AM and close at 6 PM. The public can call Animal Control (307-635-1453) any time for emergencies such as animals with life-threatening medical conditions or severe aggression. Cheyenne Animal Shelter reminds the public that abandoning or abusing animals is illegal and carries a maximum penalty of $750 and up to 6 months in jail. All suspected cases of abandonment will be investigated by Animal Control.

For lost or found pets after regular business hours, the public is encouraged to contact our Cheyenne Animal Shelter After Hours Lost and Found hotline at 307-214-5779 and/or connect with the Facebook page by the same title.

About Cheyenne Animal Shelter

The Cheyenne Animal Shelter was founded nearly 45 years ago by a concerned group of local citizens eager to provide animal welfare services to the homeless and unwanted animals in the community.  Each year, the Shelter cares for over 6,000 pets including puppies and kittens, cats and dogs, rabbits, birds and a variety of other critters.  To learn more visit: https://www.cheyenneanimalshelter.org

Cheyenne Animal Shelter Releases External Audit of
Policies and Procedures

Recently the City of Cheyenne City Council and Mayor tasked the Cheyenne Animal Shelter Board of Directors to have an external animal sheltering professional review of the Shelter’s operating procedures.

Trish McMillan with Loehr Animal Behavior, based in North Carolina, came to Cheyenne in early December 2018 to visit the Cheyenne Animal Shelter and review its current policies and procedures. She set forth goals for the Shelter and proposed a variety of ideas to streamline its behavior programs, which are detailed in her final audit report.

The Shelter can implement some of the changes at little or no cost, and staff is currently working on standard operating procedures to update employees on the new systems before they take effect. Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing information via social media and our website to notify the public of the changes that are being made to improve animal placement and quality of life for animals.

McMillan holds a Master of Science degree in Animal Behavior from the University of Exeter in England. Her business, Loehr Animal Behavior, specializes in personalized training and behavior modification plans for dogs, cats, and horses. She worked for the ASPCA in a variety of roles for more than seven years, doing shelter work, writing and research. She also performed evaluations and did behavior work with animals from dogfighting and hoarding cases. Before working for the ASPCA, Trish trained and showed horses in a variety of disciplines, managed dog daycares, worked with shelter animals, taught obedience classes, and took in board-and-train dogs. She currently does some contract work with Dogs Playing for Life.

The Cheyenne Animal Shelter’s audit report may be viewed here.

Address

800 Southwest Dr.
Cheyenne, WY 82007

Hours

Hours of Operation:
Open Daily Until 6 p.m.*

Intakes and Reclaims:
Open at 8 a.m.

Adoption Consultation
and Meet & Greet Hours:

11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

*(except New Years, Cheyenne Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Contact Us

Main Office: (307) 632-6655 Animal Control: (307) 635-1453 After Hours Lost & Found:
(307) 214-5779

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