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“Good afternoon. My name is Cloud and whatever those others say, I am quite the handsomest of all the kittens. Note my elegant face markings and charming eye makeup. I’m on watch right now, so Frankie can get some rest. We take turns on Woozle Patrol and Monster Lookout; a kitten can’t be too careful. I am looking for the right sort of home—something with a playmate, good dinners, a warm bed and lots of hiding places so I can practice my Pouncing. Pouncing is very important for kittens. And please note, I am extremely soft and pettable, and my purr is getting better every day!”
“Hi, I love climbing on just about anything, and I hope you noticed my extra-spiffy markings—a ring of black rosettes (spots are so retro!) on my back. Not that I’m vain, but one should always display one’s best assets, no? Enough of that—I’m looking for some mischief, and failing that, a person who will play with me, or rub my tummy—that’s the best! I’m looking for a person of my own, and I’m not too fussy, as long as the naps and playtime and dinners are provided.”
“Are you sure everything out there has had lunch? I’m just about bite-sized for nearly anything. My name is Smokey, and I can be pretty playful if I don’t have to watch out for Kitten-Chomping Monsters. I’m only 4 weeks old and everything is new, and bigger than I am, but I’m learning about having my ears tickled and my tummy rubbed (they make me purr!), and also regular meals and comfy, warm places for naps. I’ve had my “first shots”—I didn’t like them at all! That needle was HUGE. I had to have a nap to get over that, but then I had supper, so it was a good day after all.”
“Hi! My name is Marmalade, and I am the alert one in the nap group. Buttermilk is stretched out every which way—he would have a horrible crick in his neck if he weren’t a kitten! Fred Astaire is dreaming of dance moves. I am planning my next Discovery Campaign: every single thing is new when you’re an 8-week-old kitten, and you have to get out there and find out about it all. Of course, I have to take time out to play with everyone, and of course eat dinners and (as you can see) take naps. In fact, sometimes kittens work so hard they just fall asleep wherever they are, but we prefer soft laps or beds. Just a hint—we also would love to live with you.”
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Compassionate Care Program
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!
Micro-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
For 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
Co-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
We 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
Accepted 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.
Due 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.
Through 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)
LAWS 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!