Lettie Lutz was originally named Makeda in Rawlins, Wyoming. She was turned in by her owner to the Rawlins Rochelle Animal Shelter in 2016 where her "shelter life" began.

While she was in Rawlins, she was a staff and volunteer favorite. It's hard not to fall in love with the animals when you care for them every day and in this case for an extended amount of time. She loved to play with toys and absolutely loved when volunteers would take her on walks. She's also a smart girl! She romped off leash in the play yard and always came when she was called to come back inside. Although she was adopted out once, "Makeda" was quickly returned when the new owners realized she was a little too big for their apartment. She spent a year and four months in the Rawlins shelter before she found her way to Cheyenne.

The Cheyenne Animal Shelter often transfers animals from other shelters when they are overpopulated, and we find sometimes the animals just need a change of scenery for new families to see them. We hoped by bringing her into a new community, a family would want to adopt her. However, what we have found is that "Makeda" has become one of our "long-termers." Our average stay for dogs at the Shelter is typically about a week, but Lettie Lutz has been at the Shelter for three months now.

The reason Makeda has become Lettie Lutz is because she's become our main attraction! After more than a year and a half in shelters, staff are dedicated to finding this girl a home. She has become a "project pet," giving her a little extra love and attention to help with her mental and physical well being.

Her personality from Rawlins hasn't changed. She loves people, playtime and walks. Unfortunately we're finding ourselves in the same situation as Rawlins, having trouble finding her a new home. Come see if Lettie would be a good fit for your family! 

The Cheyenne Animal Shelter has partnered with Pets for Patriots, Inc., a nonprofit that saves the lives of people and pets through companion pet adoption for United States military veterans. The Cheyenne Animal Shelter is the first shelter in the state of Wyoming to partner with this organization.

Working with Pets for Patriots, the Shelter will give local veterans, active duty military members and their families the gift of unconditional love while providing the most overlooked cats and dogs a second chance at life.
Individuals are welcome from all United States armed forces at any stage of their careers. Eligible pets must meet one of three criteria: cat or dog two years or older, cat or dog with special needs, or a dog over 40 pounds.

Joining Pets for Patriots is entirely free to veterans, though they are responsible for the Shelter's adoption fee. To reduce the chance that these pets are surrendered, the charity sends a $150 gift card upon proof of eligible adoption to help with food and other essentials, and it also provides access to local veterinary partners who agree to offer ongoing discounted care. For patrons enrolled in this program, the Shelter offers a member patriot special of 50% off the adoption fee and a 10% military discount in the store as a thank you for their service. Cheyenne Pet Clinic is the veterinary partner in the Cheyenne, Wyoming Pets for Patriots program. The Clinic will provide 10% off veterinarian care for those enrolled in the program.
Individuals must first apply through Pets for Patriots and provide relevant eligibility documents. Approval typically takes no more than two business days, after which they can visit the Shelter to find their new best friend.
To help cover costs associated with the program, the Cheyenne Animal Shelter has new sponsorship opportunities. Patrons can sponsor an animal eligible for the program by making a monetary donation, which will then lower the cost for military members and give more opportunities for our servicemen and servicewomen to gain four-legged friends. To learn more details on how to sponsor an animal, please contact Director of Development, Sue Castaneda at scastaneda@caswy.org or by calling 307-269-0970.
Cheyenne, Wyoming is now equipped with an AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer that will be available to dispatch to any disaster scene that needs assistance sheltering pets. This is the first trailer in the state of Wyoming, with only a handful in our time zone.
AKC Pet Disaster Relief, a national program that is dedicated to keeping pets and their owners safe in response to natural or civil disasters, joined forces with local American Kennel Club dog clubs and dog lovers to present an emergency trailer to the Cheyenne Animal Shelter.
The AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailers help to create a safe, temporary home-base for at least 65 pets during the first 72 hours after a disaster is declared. The trailers house and deliver essential animal care items including crates and carriers, AKC Reunite microchips and an AKC Reunite universal microchip scanner, bowls, collars and leashes as well as fans, lighting and a generator, cleaning supplies and maintenance items. These supplies can be used as co-location shelters, where people can evacuate with their pets, as well as emergency animal shelters for displaced animals.

The purchase of the trailer was made possible by donations from the Cheyenne Kennel Club, the Dog Judges Association of America, the Petco Foundation, the Cheyenne Animal Shelter and  AKC Reunite , the nation's largest non-profit pet identification and recovery service.
"We are grateful to these AKC dog clubs and AKC Reunite for providing us with such a significant resource for our community," said Robert Fecht, President of Cheyenne Animal Shelter. "Now our team is better prepared to help pets and pet owners during times of disaster".
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This is my cat Stevie! I saw Stevie on Facebook, so I decided to go check him out. Stevie started his life out as a lab-testing animal, found his way to a shelter and was adopted. Then Stevie was hit by a car, was taken to the Cheyenne Animal Shelter and had to have his leg amputated. 

I thought it was pretty awesome he had made it through all that stuff. When I met him he was nice and loving. I was a little concerned about the stairs we have since Stevie only has three legs, but they don't even phase him. The cat isn't too fond of our dogs, but the end of the day when the dogs are calm, Stevie will come downstairs and hang out with everyone. What really drove me to picking him was that he was a lab testing animal. It makes me just want to spoil him. He's unique, and he doesn't let his past stop him from doing stuff.
Proper Pet Care in Winter Weather
Just like people, pets' cold tolerance can vary - based on their coat, body fat stores, activity level, and health. February's Blog discusses the do's and don'ts of how to care for your pet in cold weather.

Volunteer Orientation: March 12th, 24th, and  Foster Orientation: March 1st, 22nd. More information on orientation can be found  here.
It may be cold in the rest of Wyoming, but on April 14th, it's going to be hot inside Little America. 2018 Fur Ball, "Dogaritaville" is quickly approaching, and we can't wait!

There will be tasty appetizers, island entrees, margaritas and of course, the largest live and silent auctions to help the nearly 8,000 animals that will be in the care of the Cheyenne Animal Shelter this year. 

It's 5 o'clock somewhere, so you don't have to wait to buy your tickets.  You can buy them now! Join us on April 14th. This is an event you won't want to miss!
CATS: 70
DOGS: 82
TOTAL: 171
Thank you Terry Bison Ranch! 

At the beginning of December we had five pot-bellied pigs turned in to the Cheyenne Animal Shelter. For a couple of weeks the pigs lived in the play yard, since the Shelter currently doesn't have many resources for housing livestock. 

During that time there was a lot of interest expressed in the pigs. Our social media posts took off! Thousands of people saw the posts, several people called asking about them, but no one ever came in to adopt the pigs.
Then as you can imagine in December, we heard some winter weather was on its way. We were expecting several inches of snow and single digit temperatures, so we had to figure out where the pigs could go to remain safe and healthy. 

Terry Bison Ranch very graciously took in the pigs, feeding and caring for them for almost two months! We can't express how thankful we are that Terry Bison helped us out. They saved us (and these pigs) BIG TIME!

Shelter staff meeting Flying Dandelion Animal Sanctuary to transfer the pigs from T erry Bison Ranch. 
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