Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the funding for the Cheyenne Animal Shelter come from?
The Cheyenne Animal Shelter raises money to operate through a combination of contracts from the City of Cheyenne and Laramie County as well as donations and income from private contributions and fundraising efforts.

How much money does it take to run the Cheyenne Animal Shelter?
The budget for Fiscal Year 2014  was $1.9 million.  This figure equates to $5,200 per day to 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 cared for at the Cheyenne Animal Shelter.  On any given day, between 100-200 animals are housed in the shelter.

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 for a microchip and enter a detailed description of the animal into our computer system.

Does the shelter provide veterinary care for owned animals?
No, the shelter does not provide veterinary care for owned animals as there are many wonderful veterinarians in our community who offer quality healthcare for your pet.  We do, however, offer micro chipping at the shelter for $25 per pet.  As well, our “Big Fix” program provides neutering and vaccinations for the pets of income-eligible families.

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.

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