The Society’s mission is to assist the work of the Laramie Animal Shelter in promoting responsible pet ownership especially through spay and neuter programs, preventing cruelty to animals and providing medical care for rescued animals.
To accomplish this mission, the Society participates in educational programs, public outreach, enhancement of facilities and financial support.
LAWS Board Members
Amy Williamson, President & Treasurer
Kelly Johnson, Vice President
Suzanne Luhr, Secretary
How We Began and Where We're Headed
In 1998 the staff of the Laramie Animal Shelter received a bequest from the estate of Nancy Mabie Harrington, a long-time animal advocate, with which they formed The Laramie Animal Shelter Foundation, Inc. (LASF, Inc.), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, with a mission to provide supplemental funding and support for a program of spay/neuter coupons to encourage local pet owners to spay and neuter their companion animals and thus cut down on unwanted kittens and puppies.
In 2004 the building in which the Laramie Animal Shelter is housed needed extensive repairs, and the Foundation undertook to raise enough money to pay for some additional remodeling. By 2006 we had raised enough money to contribute $250,000.00 to the project, and we also paid for interim housing for the shelter animals while the building was being renovated and enlarged. It opened in 2007, and we had enough money left over to continue to provide spay/neuter coupons. Also, with the cooperation of local veterinarians, we paid for the spay/neuter of any animal adopted from the shelter, and if that animal needed surgery, we assisted with the cost of its medical care.
In 2012 we began to see that there were other needs in the community which the city shelter, by its nature, could not address and which were not being met by any other group. We decided to change our name and expand our mission statement to allow us to try to meet some of those needs, and in 2013 we became The Laramie Animal Welfare Society.
We are the same 501(c)(3) corporation, and we continue our support of the Laramie Animal Shelter in the same ways as before, but we have also expanded what we do to include:
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR)
LAWS volunteers manage colonies of feral cats outside Laramie by trapping them to be spayed/neutered and vaccinated. After which, the cats are given an identifying mark and returned to the colony, where volunteers provide food, water and shelter year-round. For these reasons, the colonies are less prone to preying on birds or small mammals/reptiles, they do not expand (unless another stray arrives from outside), and they do not constitute a health problem. Visit our TNR page!
For the future, we are working toward offering:
- Responsible Pet Ownership classes for children
- Community Spay/Neuter Days
- Coordination of training/behavioral resources for people with pets exhibiting “problem” behaviors
- Information on pet-friendly rental properties in Laramie