FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the funding for the Cheyenne Animal Shelter come from?
The shelter raises money to operate through a combination of contracts from the city and county as well as donations and income from private contributions and fundraising efforts.  But over half of the shelter’s funding comes from the community and private donations.

How much money does it take to run the Cheyenne Animal Shelter?
The current budget for 2009 is $1.6 million–this equates to $4,400 per day to operate this great facility, care for and protect the stray and homeless animals of the City of Cheyenne and Laramie County.

How much of a need is there for the Cheyenne Animal Shelter?
The population of unwanted cats and dogs in Laramie County is growing.  Each year, nearly 5,600 stray and unwanted animals are sheltered and cared for at the Cheyenne Animal Shelter.  On any given day, between 100-200 animals are housed in the shelter.

Is the Cheyenne Animal Shelter a no-kill shelter?
No.  We accept every animal that comes through our doors, even those who may be injured, very ill or are hosting a contagious disease.  If an animal is behaviorally sound and in good health, we will try our hardest to find a home for the animal.

Are there really too many animals in Cheyenne and the surrounding area?
The Cheyenne Animal Shelter recognizes that pet over-population is in most of America, and southeast Wyoming is no exception.  All animals adopted from the Cheyenne Animal Shelter are neutered before they leave, so they are not contributing to the over-population problem.  In addition to this, the Shelter offers low-cost neutering to income-eligible families through a program called the Big Fix.

Does the shelter provide veterinary care for owned animals?
No, the shelter does not provide veterinary care for owned animals, we have many wonderful veterinarians in our community who can assist you with your pet.  We do, however, offer microchipping at the shelter for $25 per pet.  We also offer neutering and vaccinations for the pets of income eligible families through the Big Fix program.

Do you have a program to help community members with feral cats and the growth of feral cat colonies?
Yes.  We have a “Feral Cat Program” which helps community members neuter, vaccinate and control disease in their feral cat colonies.  This service is provided at a very low cost for each cat.  To learn more about this program, call 307-632-6655 ext. 24.

What is the Big Fix and how can I receive assistance in neutering my animal through the program?
The Big Fix is a neuter program for income eligible families.  For an enrollment form, click on the Big Fix logo, located to the left of this page.  For information about the Big Fix program, call 307-286-0177.

How much does it cost to adopt a pet from the Cheyenne Animal Shelter?
Our cat adoption fees range from $10 to $65 and our dog adoption fees range from $35 to $150.  All cats and dogs adopted from the shelter are already neutered, come with at least one set of vaccinations including de-worming, are microchipped and registered with the national database, are eligible for one month of health insurance for $1, and come with a certificate for a free veterinary exam.

What if I don’t see the kind of pet I am looking to adopt?
If a potential adopter is interested in a specific breed, they are encouraged to place their name in our “Purr-fect Pet Wish List” book.  When we receive an animal meeting the specifications they desire, we give them a phone call.

What should I do if I have lost my pet?
If you have lost a pet, please report it immediately by coming in and filling out a lost report and looking at the stray animals in our stray holding areas.  We also recommend that you call veterinary clinics, place an ad in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Traders and check the shelter at least every other day.  The Lost and Found Department is open from 8 am until 6 pm Monday through Friday and from 8 am until 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

What should I do if I have found an animal?
If you have found an animal, please report it immediately by coming in and filling out a found card.  Please bring the found animal with you when you come so that we can scan it to see if it is microchipped and so that we can enter a detailed description of the animal into our computer system.

Are most stray animals reclaimed by their owners?
In FY 2007-2008, only 3% of stray cats and 52% of stray dogs brought to the shelter were reclaimed by their owners.  This is why the shelter so strongly supports microchipping and tagging your animals so that if they ever get lost that they can be reunited with you.