new PotenTial family members
Mila is an 8 year old female German Shepherd/Mix who is looking for someone to share the rest of her life with! She loves being right next to her person and sharing everything together. If you’re looking for a constant companion, this is the girl for you! Come meet her!
Champ is an 8 year old male Domestic Shorthair/Mix who made a New Year’s resolution to get healthy and fit! He is classified as a special needs kitty as he is very overweight. This just means he needs a trainer who is willing to work with him to reach his goals! Could it be you?
Amethyst is a 2 month old female white rat. She loves people and spending time with her handlers. Rats make incredible pets for people looking for social small animals!
pets adopted in 2019
Lost and found pets in 2019
INFORMATION & HOURS
CELEBRATING OUR 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Change happens. Animal welfare is progressive. We know that people come and go, the needs of a community change and so – change happens and organizations grow! In 2020, the Cheyenne Animal Shelter will hit a milestone – 50 years of lifesaving. Where did the time go and how much have we changed? Like the auspicious beginnings of most animal shelters around the country, it was a group of concerned citizens who first met in August 1970 to formulate plans for creating the Cheyenne Animal Shelter. Ten people attended the first organizational meeting held in what was then the basement of the Baptist Church at 1914 Thomes Avenue. Their first major fund-raising event, the ORPHAN Sale (an acronym for “Our Rescue for Poor Homeless Animals), was held the following October. The $1,500 that was raised allowed the membership to start their first “pet adoption center,” which was essentially a telephone service bringing together people looking for pets with people who had pets to surrender. Although the location of the Center was kept secret, invariably the public would discover the room, garage, or office and would leave lost or unwanted animals on the doorstep. Office equipment consisted of a portable heater and a telephone that rang constantly during the hours of 9 to 1 Monday through Saturday and was staffed by dedicated volunteers. The telephone number of the Adoption Center was 307-632-6655 – and the Cheyenne Animal Shelter still holds that number 50 years later!
The following month, the Shelter purchased new cat cages for the facility, which was now known as the Cheyenne Animal Shelter. New puppy cages and large cages for mother dogs and their litters were added to the inventory in October. In December 1973, the Cheyenne Animal Shelter instituted the policy of having everyone who adopts a dog or cat sign a contract ensuring spaying or neutering and leaving a refundable deposit as an aid to enforcement. Then – as today – the major cause of unwanted animals is overpopulation.
The Cheyenne Animal Shelter took over the control, operation, and responsibility of the City Dog Pound to provide housing for lost or unwanted animals in July 1973. The first annual contract with the City of Cheyenne was signed at this time and a professional salaried manager was employed. In July 1980, a three-year-contract was signed with the City of Cheyenne with the right of financial re-negotiation each year. Under the Joint Powers agreement between the City of Cheyenne and Laramie County, a contract was also signed with Laramie County in July 1980. At this time, enforcement and animal control were placed under the City-County Health Department.
Our locations have been on Happy Jack Road – on the east side of the bridge, on Parsley Boulevard, and for the past 15 years, 800 Southwest Drive. In 1990, animal control was officially placed under the purview of the Cheyenne Animal Shelter.
Looking through our archive of animal reports, the Shelter generally saw an average of 500 pets per month. That is until our current facility was opened when the numbers rose into the thousands. Most years, our numbers hovered around 5,000 pets per year but last year, the Cheyenne Animal Shelter cared for over 6,000 pets. Wow! How things do change! Still, there are so many positives! Our Big Fix program offers low-cost spay/neutering to income qualified residents for their pets. In-house, our medical team provides alterations to all pets that are adopted from the Shelter. Last year, we topped 2,300. That’s a lot of unwanted litters avoided!
Now, as we reflect on our 50 years of service to this community, there just aren’t enough ways to say thank you to all of you who helped us in our successes along the way! YOU made our work possible and YOU helped us save thousands of lives.
HOURS & LOCATION
800 Southwest Dr.
Cheyenne, WY 82007
Hours of Operation:
Open Daily Until 6 p.m.*
*(except New Years, Cheyenne Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas)
INTAKES AND RECLAIMS:
Open at 8 a.m.
and Meet & Greet Hours:
11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
By appointment only. Please call the front desk to set up an appointment.
Main Office: (307) 632-6655
Animal Control: (307) 635-1453
After Hours Lost & Found: (307) 214-5779
The Cheyenne Animal Shelter provides intake, reclaim and owner surrender services to Cheyenne and Laramie County residents only.