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Canine Veterans Day

Friday, March 13 was Canine Veteran’s Day, and it slipped past us without recognition of the wonderful dogs who risk their lives to help our soldiers stay alive and safe. Thankfully, there is no such thing as being too late to appreciate what these veterans (let alone the human ones!) do every day. Unlike the soldiers they assist, the dogs do not know the risks ahead of time; they only know the fear their handlers/companions feel. They work long, exhausting days, often in terrible conditions of heat or cold (aside from snipers and other hazards), checking for IEDs or searching for enemy ambushes–anything their buddy asks them to do, and they do it without arguing, loving the chance to please their human partner.

Sadly, these dogs are often cast aside when no longer able to work and are taken from their handlers. (After a few close calls, injuries from explosions or bullets, many of the dogs are too traumatized to continue working.) It can take a lot of determination and up to two or three years (and remember, a dog’s life goes by a lot faster than ours do) for a handler to succeed in adopting his combat buddy–and many are never able to do so. Sound familiar? Well, there is no “Doggy VA” to advocate for these dogs. Below are some links to information about these hero canines and some of their stories. So take a little time to look at them, and the next time you pass a dog, any dog, remember those gallant veterans gratefully.

Memorial Day: Why No Arlington for Dogs?

War Veteran Dog Adoptions Rising but They Are Still Not Officially Recognized

Requiring Immediate Adoption!



Bob and Eugene

Eugene and Bob

Zephyr is 10 years old and is a very calm and sweet boy. He’s good with other dogs, cats, and kids. He has a bandage because a benign cyst was removed from his leg. Blood work done at that time came out perfectly! There will be a $50 fee for adopting Zephyr, which will assist in his medical costs.

Eugene and Bob are male twins. They are playful, cuddly and just plain gorgeous! Eugene is on the left, and Bob on the right–Can you tell the difference?!

(We are ready for adoption! Contact LAWS for more information.)



Who: The Laramie Animal Shelter: 721-5385.

When: If it is after 6 p.m. and the situation is critical, call the police general dispatch number: 721-2526.
(You may leave a message at either number.)

The Laramie Animal Welfare Society cannot send anyone with authority to investigate reports of abuse or neglect; the Animal Shelter, operated by the Animal Control division of the Laramie Police Department, can send an officer who will issue a citation if necessary.

Thank you for caring!

What's Happening Right Now

What We Do to Help Animals

Compassionate Care Program

users This program provides short-term care for pets with owners who are dealing with a crisis (i.e. death in the family, medical emergency, etc.) and have no funds or means to arrange for pet care. Check out our CCP page!

Low-Cost Micro-chipping

downMicro-chipping greatly increases the chances that a lost pet will be found and returned to its owner! These low-cost clinics are offered two to four times a year for both dogs and cats. Volunteer to help!

Spay/Neuter of Shelter Animals

heartFor those who need it, LAWS will cover the expense to spay/neuter any animal adopted from the Laramie Animal Shelter.

Dog Day in the Park

imageCo-sponsored with the City of Laramie Department of Parks and under the direction of Barbara Barnes, this event offers many pet services and products, along with activities and educational activities all in one place. It is annually patronized by many people and their dogs and is held in late August at a large city park in Laramie. Volunteer to help!

Medical Care for Shelter Animals

id_cardWe assist in medical care for animals at the Laramie Animal Shelter, including dental and any other care needed to ensure that the animal is healthy enough for adoption. We also provide care for injured or sick animals brought in by Animal Control or surrendered by owners.

Spay/Neuter Vet Coupons

tagAccepted by all the veterinarians in the Laramie area, we provide coupons to cover a portion of the cost to spay/neuter cats, dogs and rabbits (and possibly other small mammal pets). The coupons pay $25 for cat surgeries and $45 for dog surgeries. Coupons are available through the Laramie Animal Shelter.

Foster Training

check_markDue to a lack of resources or space, it is often impractical for shelters and rescue facilities to house every homeless pet. Fortunately, animals that would otherwise be euthanized due to lack of space can be saved through caring people who are willing to open their home and hearts to a shelter pet in need. LAWS provides training to these individuals on how to prepare for the special care and handling that foster animals require.

Provide Resources

bookThrough our website, we offer links to rescue and humane organizations nationwide, educational material concerning pet health and care, a link to the Laramie Animal Shelter’s list of adoptable animals, and general and statistical information on pet overpopulation and animal welfare. We are also happy to answer any questions you may have about pets in Laramie and our organization. Just contact us!

Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR)

barcodeLAWS now has a Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) Program to help curb the overpopulation of feral cats outside Laramie. LAWS helps organize trapping, spay/neuter, and vaccination of feral cats, adoption of kittens, and helps people get set up to care for their cat colonies. We provide traps, trapping tips, primary funding for spay/neuter and first vaccinations, and insulated shelters for cats if needed. In return, caretakers provide daily food and water for the cats; and we ask that they note cats’ comings and goings for our statistics. TNR has been shown to significantly limit fighting over food and females, and lessen predation on birds and small animals. It reduces feral cat populations through sterilization, attrition, and adoption of kittens, where catch and kill methods are not effective. The method of “catch and kill”, where cats are removed from an area and destroyed, creates a vacuum effect where new cats will fill the void and continue to breed to capacity, and the cycle continues. Contact us for more information or Volunteer to help!