Animal Control: (307) 635-1453

The Cheyenne Animal Shelter is contracted by the City of Cheyenne and Laramie County to provide Animal Control services.  We have four full-time Animal Control Officers who cover the entire county.  The CAS Animal Control Department also investigates reported cases of neglect and abuse.  Individuals are prosecuted when conditions warrant and when other interventions do not improve the situation.

To reach Animal Control please call (307) 635-1453.

Investigate neglect, cruelty and abuse

Humans domesticated cats and dogs many years ago.  Consequently, it is our responsibility to make sure that they are treated with compassion and kindness.  It is our duty to be the voice for those who cannot speak and to do what is right.  If you see people treating animals incorrectly, speak up and let them know what they are doing is wrong.  If necessary, call Animal Control at 307-635-1453.  Animal Control Officers will do everything within their power to ensure that animals are being treated kindly and being taken care of properly.   City and County laws state that owners cannot abandon their animals or fail to provide them with good and wholesome food and water.  Owners need to provide proper shelter, protection from the weather and veterinary care when needed.  If these needs are not being met for an animal, call Animal Control so that they can help.

Bite Cases

By law, all humans bitten by an animal (either wildlife or domestic) must be reported to Animal Control, preferably within 24 hours of the time that the bite took place.  To report a bite, call 307-635-1453.

Dogs at Large

If you see a stray dog, call Animal Control at 307-635-1453.  If possible, try to confine the dog in your yard or house.  Stray dogs can also be brought to the shelter by the public.  Officers are available for emergency calls at all hours.

Since stray cats are more elusive than dogs are, we ask that if you find a stray cat that you bring it to the shelter or confine it in a humane trap.  The shelter offers humane traps available, if needed.  Call first to ensure availability.

Park & Greenway Patrol

Animal Control Officers patrol Lions Park and the greenway on a consistent basis.  Officers advise owners on leash and license laws and also enforce waste management.

Humane Education

Animal Control Officers provide education to citizens and owners on humane and responsible care and treatment of animals.   Education is a part of the Cheyenne Animal Shelter’s mission statement and Animal Control Officers help to promote kindness and compassion towards animals.  Officers offer help and suggestions to owners who are struggling with animal issues such as: barking dogs, escaping dogs, roaming cats, and unwanted wildlife.


Animal Control Officers issue citations and testify in court cases of violations of City, County and State ordinances.

Click here for City Laws regarding animals
Click here for County Laws regarding animals

Before the Wildlife – Humane Evictions

Although we predominantly handle canines and felines, the Cheyenne Animal Shelter works closely with Game and Fish and the Livestock board to remove certain wildlife from inappropriate environments.

Importance of Rabies Vaccines

Did you know that the rabies vaccine is also the registration license to own your pet? Did you also know that if you do not get your pets vaccinated for rabies, they are at risk of contracting the rabies virus. Rabies virus has been present and active in the Cheyenne area since January 2011. Transmission of rabies virus usually begins when infected saliva of a host is passed to an uninfected animal. The most common mode of rabies virus transmission is through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected host. Though transmission has been rarely documented via other routes such as contamination of mucous membranes (i.e., eyes, nose, mouth), aerosol transmission, and corneal and organ transplantation.

The quarantine period for an animal that has been exposed to the rabies virus IF they have been vaccinated against rabies is 45 days, with little to no human or animal contact. The quarantine period for an animal that has been exposed to the rabies virus that has not been vaccinated against the virus is 6 months. Unfortunately there is no other way to test for this disease than the quarantine period and monitoring for symptoms, unless the animal has been euthanized, decapitated and the brain sent to the lab for testing and evaluation.

Symptoms for the Rabies Virus:

After coming in contact with the virus, the bitten animal may go through one or all of several stages. With most animals, the virus will spread through the nerves of the bitten animal towards the brain. The virus is relatively slow moving and the average time of incubation from exposure to brain involvement is between 3 to 8 weeks in dogs, 2 to 6 weeks in cats, and 3 to 6 weeks in people. However, incubation periods as long as 6 months in dogs and 12 months in people have been reported. After the virus reaches the brain it then will move to the salivary glands where it can be spread through a bite. After the virus reaches the brain the animal will show one, two, or all of the three different phases.