Cheyenne Animal Shelter proud of how much its grown in 50 years

A cat sleeps at the Cheyenne Animal Shelter Monday afternoon.
A cat sleeps at the Cheyenne Animal Shelter Monday afternoon.(Will Thomas)
Published: Apr. 5, 2021 at 6:17 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - On Aug 1, 1970 a group of local citizens decided they wanted to make a change for animals in the community. What they started, is now known as the Cheyenne Animal Shelter, which takes care of thousands of animals every year. Though the pandemic has overshadowed the 50 year celebration, its CEO, Sue Castaneda, wants to thank the community for its continued support.

“It feels good to know that we’ve taken care of thousands of animals a year and I often just get people saying hey you got me a dog, you got me a cat and I just love that.”

The animal shelter has had three locations over the years and Castaneda first got involved in 1999 when she did fundraising. After leaving in 2005, she came back in 2015. She’s proud of how much the shelter has grown over the years.

Something Castaneda is also proud of, is since 2012, the number of animals they’ve had to euthanize has dropped significantly.

“We are sometimes forced to have to euthanize and so we are just so pleased to be able to say that our live release rate for dogs and cats is in the mid 90%.”

Castaneda said she’s thankful for everyone who has made the Cheyenne Animal Shelter what it is today, and hopes to continue growing its programs and providing great service to the Cheyenne community.

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