about us



800 Southwest Dr.
Cheyenne, WY 82007


Currently available only by telephone at 632-6655 from  11 A.M. - 4 P.M.

Virtual Adoptions by appointment  10 A.M. - 4 P.M

We are accepting owner-surrenders by appointment only at 632-6655.

Check out our rehoming program!


Limited basis from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.


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.


What we do

We help people find new furry family members!

Our Mission

The mission of the Cheyenne Animal Shelter is to enhance the quality of life for animals and people through compassion, respect and education.

Our History

For 50 years, the Cheyenne Animal Shelter has extended the hand of kindness to neglected and abused companion animals in Cheyenne and Laramie County. Today, we are involved in an ever-expanding effort to accomplish a mission that goes beyond sheltering the homeless and unwanted pet population. Our goal is to find a home for every adoptable companion animal brought to our door. To reach this goal, we must increase the number of pets we place and decrease the number of pets relinquished. We hope to achieve this goal through ongoing community relations programs, such as humane education, offsite adoptions and outreach.

Quick Facts

We are proud to share our successes!  Click here to learn more!

Thank you for visiting our website and we look forward to meeting you soon!


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.


Board of Directors

Dr. Samantha Vernon


Richard Mincer

Vice President

Kevin Jording


Chloe Illoway


Sue Hume

Assistant Secretary

Karen Calahan


Donna Crock


Clayton Howard-Willmer


Kendra Rinker


Not Pictured

Cathy Norris

Brandon Lang

Rocky Case (Ex-Officio Member)

Photography provided by: Momentm

Our Staff

Interim CEO
Sue Castaneda
(307) 269-0970
[email protected]
Medical Director
Tessha Winsch, DVM
(307) 271-5964
[email protected]
Amanda Payne, DVM
(307) 271-5964
[email protected]
Shelter Manager
Marissa Cox
(307) 278-2409
[email protected]
Finance Director
Gail Young
(307) 222-0730
[email protected]
Human Resources Director
Meleny Cox
(307) 271-5970
[email protected]
Director of Operations
Vanessa Woodin
(307) 278-2416
[email protected]
Pet Post Store Coordinator
Tena Sikma
(307) 278-2416
[email protected]
Animal Care Supervisor
Cece Brown
(307) 222-6352
[email protected]
Volunteer & Foster Coordinator
Brianna Mathewson
(307) 269-0967
[email protected]
Donations Coordinator
Karen Staples
(307) 271-5962
[email protected]

Foundation Board


The Cheyenne Animal Shelter Foundation, which was established in 2006, ensures the long-term sustainability of the Shelter.

The Cheyenne Animal Shelter’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for animals and people through compassion, respect and education. Each year more than 6,000 animals pass through the Shelter’s doors and almost 3,000 animals are adopted. This is possible through donations provided by the community, adoption fees, city and county funds, and money provided by the Cheyenne Animal Shelter Foundation.

The Foundation Board invests donations made to the Foundation – currently at approximately $5 million and returns $41,000 to the Shelter each month to assist with daily operational costs.

To learn more about the Foundation, please click here.

Phil Kiner
Vice President
Holly Hansen
Kim Sutherland
John Rogers
April Brimmer Kunz
Col. Shelly Campbell 
Buck McVeigh
Lt. Col. Holly Shenefelt
Ken Whipple

Shelter faq

What are the requirements to adopt a pet?

You must be at least 18 years of age with current photo ID, and you cannot have Animal Cruelty charges in your history.

Are adoption fees negotiable?

No. Our adoption fees are set so we can continue to care for all of the animals in the shelter. At times, we have sponsors that cover adoption costs, and we offer discounted adoption fees through promotions from time to time.

Why do I have to do a dog-to-dog meet?

The purpose of the dog meet is to ensure the dogs are likely to be compatible so they don’t create a dangerous situation when they get home. It also gives our adoption counselors a chance to see any potential problems that may arise in the home, so they can give advice on how to deal with those situations. Our recommendations are not guaranteed, but the hope is to ensure the new dog fits in with all of your family members.

Do I have to get the pet I’m adopting from CAS spayed/neutered?

All of the cats, dogs, and rabbits we adopt out into the community are already spayed or neutered as part of our goal to protect against overpopulation.

If you don’t have what I’m looking for, how often should I come in?

We recommend checking the website daily and coming into the shelter as often as you can to see if we have what you are looking for.

Will you let me know if my cat/dog I surrendered gets adopted?

We are not allowed to share animal outcomes, but you are welcome to check our Facebook page where we do occasionally share adoption photos. Adoption photos are not required, and sometimes patrons will decide they do not want their picture taken.

If you euthanize my cat/dog will you tell me?

Unfortunately, we do not disclose the outcomes of animals once they are surrendered to us.

I can’t afford reclaim fees what do I do?

If you cannot afford reclaim fees, you may speak to a supervisor about your situation. All exceptions are on a case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed.

I can’t afford cat litter, will you give me some?

Unfortunately, we do not have a cat litter program, as the cats in our care typically use all of the litter we have available.

Will you vaccinate my pets?

Currently, we do not offer vet services for privately owned animals. However, there are low-cost services available in the community. Murdoch’s and Tractor Supply Co. in Cheyenne, and Fort Collins Cat Rescue offer services.

Are you a No-Kill Shelter?

The Cheyenne Animal Shelter is an open-intake facility, which means we take the sick, the aggressive, the exotics – and everything in-between. If someone brings an animal into the shelter, our staff finds a way to provide adequate care and proper placement. We are not no-kill, but we actively continue to strive towards increasing our life-saving efforts. The Cheyenne Animal Shelter does not euthanize for time or space, however we do sometimes have to euthanize animals who are not safe for placement, who are too sick and cannot be treated by our dedicated vet staff, or who are too young and do not have foster placement.

For dogs, our live release rate is over 90 percent! For cats, however, we continue to struggle with the feral cat and neonatal populations during kitten season. Because of this, we are constantly looking for more foster homes to help save the under-aged kittens, as well as funding to expand programs such as our Feral Cat Program, TNR, Barn Cat Program, and other community resources as funding allows. We have seen our live-release rate for cats steadily increase over the years and will continue working to achieve ever-higher live release numbers!

Still have questions? Visit our Adoption FAQ for more frequently asked questions!

Do I need an appointment to visit with an animal?

All adoptions are on a first-come, first-served basis. You can come in to see an animal at any time we are open. We are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. We are open most every day of the year with the exception of New Year’s Day, the 4th of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

What is included in adoption?

All adoptions include vaccinations, spay/neuter, microchipping, a free visit to a vet clinic in town, and 30 days of complimentary pet insurance, which is an estimated $400 value! Plus when you adopt an animal, you get a lifetime of love and companionship, which is priceless!

Does the Shelter ever deny an adoption?

While rare, the Shelter does reserve the right to decline an adoption even if the interested adopter meets our adoption criteria, if the Shelter feels strongly it is in the best interest of the animal or adopter to do so.

How often do you get puppies?

We have new animals enter the shelter every day. All animals are posted on the website as they become available, so we recommend that you monitor the website daily as puppies are in high demand.

Can you call me if you get a specific breed?

All adoptions are on a first-come, first-served basis. The Adoptable Animals page on our website is updated in real-time, and we recommend checking there frequently if you have a specific breed you are looking for.

If you elect to euthanize my cat/dog, will you call me to give me the chance to get it back?

We evaluate these requests on a case-by-case basis. You are welcome to ask to speak to a supervisor when you surrender your animal.

Why do I have to pay reclaim fees?

Reclaim fees are a combination of impound fees ordered by the City and daily expenses associated with care of the animal.

I can’t afford cat/dog food, will you give me some?

We do have a food assistance program. There is a short application to fill out at the front desk, so we can make sure to provide enough food for all of your pets.

When is your next spay day?

We do not currently have a spay day scheduled, but you can monitor our website and Facebook page to see if dates come up.

Do you have a Foster-to-Adopt Program?

We do allow foster-to-adopt on a case-by-case basis. Rabies vaccinations must be provided for animals already in your home, and you must talk to a Shelter Supervisor to see if you qualify. General fostering information can be found here. For more information, you can contact the Foster Coordinator at 307-365-6638 or at [email protected]

What Volunteer Activities Does the Shelter Offer?

Whether you enjoy real “hands-on” experience working with animals or would prefer an office atmosphere, teaching children the humane treatment of animals or if you are great interacting with the public – we have a job for you! The list of current opportunities changes monthly and is available at each orientation. Click here for more information on volunteering and upcoming orientation dates.

Cheyenne Animal Shelter 990 Form

Please click here to download the Cheyenne Animal Shelter’s 990 form. Cheyenne Animal Shelter 990 Final 2017 Public