Cheyenne Animal Shelter remaining open, asking for community help

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Release) -- The Cheyenne Animal Shelter is staying open amid the global pandemic. They address what they are doing in the following press release:

"Like many others, we are taking necessary precautions for the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We also provide a critical service to animals and that must continue, so in order to prepare for the expected increase of animals who will need our help soon, we need YOUR help now.

Facility Updates
As of today, March 19th, we ask that public traffic to the Cheyenne Animal Shelter be limited to the following:

ADOPTIONS

Animals are still available for adoption on a first-come basis, but to help limit the number of people inside our adoption area, we will ask adopters who are waiting to be paired with an adoption staff member or volunteer to wait in their car and we will call/text when it is their turn.

LOST & FOUND PETS

All lost/found pets that arrive at the Cheyenne Animal Shelter will still be placed on our Lost Pets page within 24 hours of arrival. If you're searching for a lost pet and find it on our page, please come into reclaim with a current photo ID (yours) and a proof of rabies vaccine. We will still limit the number of people inside at a time, so you may be asked to wait in your car until it's your turn. We also encourage you to look at our Cheyenne Animal Shelter After Hours Lost and Found Facebook page if you have LOST or FOUND a pet. You can also call their on-call volunteer at 307-214-5779.

PET HELP SERVICES & OWNER SURRENDERS

If you are struggling to provide for your pet, please call the Cheyenne Animal Shelter at 307-632-6655 so we can see what support and resources we can offer. If you need to surrender your pet, please call that same number to schedule an appointment.

ANIMAL CONTROL SERVICES

We are still responding to animal control calls, with a priority given to emergencies, injured animals, and animal bite cases. If you're in the City of Cheyenne or in Laramie County and need to have a Cheyenne Animal Control officer dispatched, please call 307-635-1453.

Our Urgent Needs:

ADOPT

With so many people spending more time at home, there has never been a better time to adopt a new pet to be your Social Distancing Sidekick and when you adopt, you'll make room for more animals coming in. Today through Sunday we are offering a 25% reduction in adoption fees for every dog and cat over 7 months old.

PLEASE NOTE: We will be limiting the number of people from the public allowed in the building at the same time. We ask that when you come, you check in with the front desk personnel first if there are less than 10 people in the building we will continue as usual. However, we may check you in and ask you to wait in your car until others leave. We will then call or text you to let you know when it is your turn. We appreciate your cooperation and continued support for the Cheyenne Animal Shelter and its furry residents.

View our adoptable pets and refer to our facility updates above regarding our new policies to increase social distancing.

FOSTER

In preparation for the impact the coronavirus may have on our community, the Cheyenne Animal Shelter is looking to expand our current foster program. We are looking for fosters who reside in Cheyenne or Laramie County and can commit to a two to six-week commitment needed to help keep animals out of the shelter and in a home environment. We are creating an On-Deck foster-based program in the event a virus severely impacts Laramie County, potentially causing a massive influx of animals. The Cheyenne Animal Shelter will provide crates, food, supplies, and anything else required to take care of that animal. If you are interested in becoming an "On-Deck" Foster, please email bmathewson@caswy.org with the subject line as "foster ready" for a copy of our foster application and any limitations you may have. Thank you all for your continued support, especially in the weeks ahead, as we work to maintain our mission during this tough time.

DONATE

We have a huge need for animal care items that you can have delivered without leaving your home! Please visit our Fetch List for our most-needed items.

To help now and each month as we work through this crisis, please make a donation.

Over the past 50 years, we have been through a lot. But I am confident, with your support, we will get through this, together.
For the animals,

Sue Castaneda
Interim Chief Executive Officer

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What programs at the Cheyenne Animal Shelter are impacted because of COVID-19?

To protect the community and halt the spread of the disease, we are suspending all volunteer orientations and training until they are safe to resume. If you have an appointment scheduled for our Big Fix program, you will be contacted ASAP by our Volunteer and Foster Coordinator, Brianna Mathewson, to reschedule.

In addition, we urge you to keep pets in your homes. If you find an animal and it is safe to be in your household, you can fill out a found report, and we will work to reunite that pet with its owner. If you have a pet that you need to surrender, we ask that you keep the pet in your home until further notice. This will help to minimize foot traffic and potential virus exposure in the Shelter. It will also reduce the number of animals that will need care in the event that staff members become quarantined or ill.

How are you ensuring the public, your pets, your partners, and your employees are safe during COVID-19?

Our priority is the safety of the pets and people in our community. We are doing everything in our power to reduce the risk of COVID-19 for our employees, our pets, our partners, and the public, while also working to accommodate any reduction in our staff that would impact the pets.

We are limiting exposure to the virus by temporarily postponing public events and services. In addition, our staff is enhancing cleaning efforts and increasing disinfecting protocols so we can keep staff healthy to care for the animals and stop the spread of the virus.

Are you closing to the public?

At this time, we are not planning to close. We are here to be a resource for people and pets in our community. If we close our doors, families and pets in need will have nowhere else to turn. We are ensuring that the Cheyenne Animal Shelter is as safe as possible for employees and our community through limiting exposure to the virus by temporarily postponing public events and services. We will keep everyone updated if there are any additional changes to our services and hours.

How can I help?

We are already seeing a decrease in adoptions, but with pets still entering our facility every day, we have to continue finding pets homes or we won't be able to safely manage our animal population. If you are in a position to add a new family member to your household, please consider adopting one of our pets at the animal shelter website.

If you find an animal and it is safe to be in your household, you can fill out a found report, and we will work to reunite that pet with its owner. Finally, if you have a pet that you need to surrender, we urge you to keep the pet in your home until further notice. This will help to minimize foot traffic and potential virus exposure in the shelter.

Can't adopt a pet but still want to help out? Your generous donation is more important than ever before. We will need every dollar to continue caring for our homeless pets during this crisis.
Can pets get or spread COVID-19?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the disease is spread to humans through person-to-person contact. There have been no reports of pets or livestock becoming ill or spreading the coronavirus in the U.S. Likewise, the World Health Organization has stated that there is no evidence that dogs or cats have become ill with this particular virus.

Are you testing pets for COVID-19?

Because the CDC has not received any reports of animals infected with COVID-19, we will not be testing them for the virus.

How are you helping with pet food shortages during COVID-19?
Due to the global lack of resources, we too are impacted by supply shortages. However, if you are greatly in need, please contact hchenchar@caswy.org to see if we can help you.

What can I do to prepare?

You should always have a plan in place for your pets in case of any disaster. Check out the tips below to make sure you are prepared!

1) Make arrangements with nearby family, friends, and neighbors who are willing to agree to assist you if you become hospitalized. Make sure they have access to pet carriers and emergency kits as well as written permission to act on your behalf. Post a current list of the number and types of animals in your home in a location that is easily visible.

2) Keep vaccinations and preventative care up to date and give medical records and veterinary contact information to your pet's designated caregiver. Include microchip information and recent photos of you with your pet for identification.

3) Have a two-week supply of food and medications on hand for your pet.

The Cheyenne Animal Shelter is monitoring the situation closely and is in touch with top health officials in order to keep everyone in our community safe. Please see the CDC's website for more information on the COVID-19 virus and how it could impact your pets. We appreciate your support during these uncertain times!"