HOURS & LOCATION
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!
The mission of the Cheyenne Animal Shelter is to enhance the quality of life for animals and people through compassion, respect and education.
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.
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!
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.
What are the requirements to adopt a pet?
Are adoption fees negotiable?
Why do I have to do a dog-to-dog meet?
Do I have to get the pet I’m adopting from CAS spayed/neutered?
If you don’t have what I’m looking for, how often should I come in?
Will you let me know if my cat/dog I surrendered gets adopted?
If you euthanize my cat/dog will you tell me?
I can’t afford reclaim fees what do I do?
I can’t afford cat litter, will you give me some?
Will you vaccinate my pets?
Are you a No-Kill Shelter?
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!