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CHEYENNE ANIMAL SHELTER LAUNCHES NEW WAY  TO MAKE MONETARY DONATIONS
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March  Adoptions
Cats: 76
Dogs: 112
Critters: 12
   
March Fosters
Cats: 3
Dogs: 15
Critters: 12

Questions on available animals currently in foster? Call us for more information! 307-632-6655
You asked - we listened! You can now text the word Donate to 307-414-8222 to make donations to the Shelter.  After you send the text, you'll receive a secure link that leads you directly to our donations page. 

Without your kindness and generosity,  we would not be able to do the work of saving so many animals. Thank you for your support!
CAT PORTALS INSTALLED TO PROVIDE 
MORE COMFORTABLE LIVING SPACE
Several years ago, the Cheyenne Animal Shelter came across a study showing that when cats can live separately from their litter box and food, their overall happiness is increased. Happier cats result in better health and quicker adoptions, since the potential adopter sees the cat in a relaxed state.

Our cat adoption floor already has portals allowing kitties more space, and now we're starting to portalize our additional rooms!

We received a grant in August of 2017 for $7,500 which has been used to purchase 90 portals for kennels in rooms where cats reside, other than the adoption floor. This grant will not provide enough funds for all of our rooms to have portals, but it's getting us closer! We only need about 30 more portals to complete the project. If you would be interested in providing additional funds for the project, please contact Sue Castaneda, Director of Development, at 307-269-0970.

Our sincere thanks to David and Marissa Cox for volunteering their time for installation. Our cats are feeling much more relaxed, and we hope that helps them find their forever home a little faster!


PLAYGROUPS EXPANDING FOR SHELTER DOGS

The Cheyenne Animal Shelter   has received a $ 1,000  grant from the Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship Program through the Petfinder Foundation. 

The  grant will be used to cover tuition costs for one person to attend a Dogs Playing for Life Mentorship session. Our Behaviorist, Brooke Byelich will be attending training in Longmont, Colorado to learn more about safety during playgroups and how to incorporate more of this "recess" into our shelter dogs' lives.

Playgroups give dogs the opportunity to play together, socialize, and exercise. It's also good mental stimulation for the pups. As well, the groups give staff a chance to see how dogs interact with each other , which gives us a better idea as to what kind of home our shelter pets can go to.
NEONATAL NURSERY PUT TO USE WITH 
EASTER BUNNIES
Our Neonatal Nursery is complete just in time for spring kitten season, and it's being put to use for ... bunnies - lots of bunnies!

A bunny arrived in our drop-box several weeks that had just given birth to 11 babies! For the past month, staff have been cleaning every couple of hours, caring for the little ones, and letting the bunnies have playtime several times a day. The baby rabbits are heading to foster this week and will become available for foster-to-adopt at eight weeks.

Mama also surprised us this week, just in time for Easter with seven more babies! We're very grateful to have the Neonatal Nursery up and running and give it a little test run before kitten season.





The Neonatal Nursery's primary purpose is to house and care for newborn kittens, while eliminating cross contamination from other animals such as upper respiratory infection. There are six different kennels for bottle babies and kittens who need a little extra help during "kitten season" when we receive a tremendous influx of kittens.  Neonatal kitten care includes feedings every hour and about half a dozen staff members contributing to care at all hours of the day and night.

Kitten season typically starts in late March and runs into October, but we're starting to see more kittens year-round. Between March and October we can see anywhere between 700-800 kittens under eight weeks old. We're prepared and excited to see how the Neonatal Nursery will impact the lives of these kittens and their health this season.

If you find a nest of kittens or an individual kitten the Feral Cat Initiative has some advice:
  • First, wait and watch for a long time

- You might have come across kittens when the mother is searching for food or is in the process of moving them to a different location. To do this, stand far away from the kittens (35 feet or more). If you stand too close to the kittens, the mom may not approach, and be aware it may take several hours for the mother to return.

  • If the mother returns

- If the mother returns and the area is relatively safe, leave the kittens with mom until they are weaned. Six weeks is the optimal age to take the kittens from the mom from adoption placement or trap, neuter, release.

  • If the mother does not return

- If the mother does not return, you should remove the kittens. This is crucial to the kittens' survival. You can take kittens to the Shelter or bottle-feed them yourself, but be aware you must bottle-feed and provide around-the-clock care for kittens through to weaning if you decide to foster them yourself.


Spaying and neutering your pets is key to stopping kitten overpopulation.
MARCH SPAY DAY, A HUGE SUCCESS
Thank you Janet Marschner for sponsoring Spay Day in March! It was tremendously successful with all 25 spots being filled within 36 hours.

During March's Spay Day, patrons were able to get cats spayed/neutered, a rabies vaccination, and a microchip for only $30. O ther vaccinations and tests were also offered for an additional cost.

We have seen the need for this service, and we would love to provide these low-cost Spay Days more often to the community. The trouble we're having is finding the funding to do so. Even with a sponsor, it still costs the Shelter close to $1,000 to make these days happen. However, we are actively applying for grants to help cover costs, so keep an eye out on social media for when another Spay Day becomes available!


Click play for a look at our very busy vet clinic during the March Spay Day
SEND IN YOUR HAPPY TAILS!
Send in your Happy Tails to marketing@caswy.org or message us on  Facebook!

Orion is now living a very spoiled life! He has been a dream pet and is a very good boy! His owner surrendered him because of house soiling, but in the time that we've had him he has not pottied in the house once! Orion likes to take trips to the dog park and has a blast romping with his new sisters and a couple of other new friends! 

The tiny humans can be a bit rough sometimes, but he loves them very much and is quite protective over them. He hasn't left my side since he came home and enjoys napping with his teddy in front of the fireplace. He runs the house! He has to be told to get his nose off the counters and tables all the time, but he's an absolute joy. We're so glad that we have had the opportunity to make him a part of our family!
MARCH BLOG
Q&A with Animal Control
The job title, Animal Control Officer (ACO) often brings countless stereotypes and images to the public's mind: "dog catchers," animal trackers, cruelty investigators, roadkill control, emergency animal medical responders, exterminators, and law enforcers.

In this month's blog, Lauri Julian, Cheyenne Animal Shelter Board Member and Chair of the Education Committee sits down with Animal Control officer, Don Kremer for a Q&A session on what the organization does.

OUR WISH LIST
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2018 CORPORATE SPONSORS
Sponsor of Critter Camp & Shelter Medical Fund:

Cheyenne Animal Shelter | 307.632.6655 | http://www.caswy.org
800 Southwest Drive
Cheyenne, WY 82007