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FAQs

How do I Report a Lost Pet?

LAWS supports the Laramie Animal Shelter, but we do not operate it. If you have lost a pet, please call (307) 721-5385 and report it to the Shelter staff. We do not operate a shelter facility of our own. Call our Compassionate Care Program for assistance in an emergency if you need short-term care for a pet or pets (307) 399-8495.

Where Can I See a List of Donors?

We do not make our donor list available online to preserve the privacy of those donors. You may request the information and we will provide names only, no contact information.

Are There Any Requirements To Join Your Organization?

To become a member of LAWS you must be 18 or older and have no record of any animal neglect or cruelty misdemeanors or felony convictions. Junior members must be 10 years old. And of course, you have to love animals!

Do You Have A WildLife Protection Initiative?

LAWS does not work with wildlife, except when we accidentally trap a skunk instead of a kitty or a dog (using food in a cage trap only, of course). We concentrate on working toward having no stray animals, but it will take us a long time. Of course, the fewer stray or feral cats there are, the less their impact on birds and lizards and rodents—so in that way, we do impact local wildlife!

How Can I Make A Donation?

You can donate to us in several ways:

  1. You may send a check or money order payable to Laramie Animal Welfare Society, P. O. Box 514, Laramie, WY 82073
  2. You may drop cash or a check in our locked box at the Laramie Animal Shelter, at 1054 North 5th Street in Laramie. (You get there through La Bonte Park).
  3. You may make a gift through PayPal on our Donate page.

How Are Donation Proceeds Distributed?

Any gift you give LAWS will be put into our savings account and then transferred at need into our checking account to pay bills for veterinary care for animals at the Laramie Animal Shelter, for spay/neuter coupons which help people pay to spay or neuter any pets not adopted through the Shelter, to provide compassionate care and emergency foster care, for low-cost microchip clinics 3 – 4 times a year, and of course for spaying or neutering any animal adopted from the Shelter, if needed.  We also assist local veterinary clinics with our Trap/Neuter/Return program outside the city limits–Read about that program in the About Us page.

Can I Write Any Donations Off On My Taxes?

Yes, indeed, you may deduct the amount of your gift to LAWS from your federal income tax, to the extent permitted by law. We are a 501(c)(3) corporation, and when we thank you for your kind gift, we issue a statement that says you received nothing of commercial value for your gift so the entire amount can be deducted (consult your tax professional, of course).

What Do Your Events Typically Consist Of?

We sponsor Dog Day in the Park in late August and hold a micro-chipping clinic during that event. We also do two or three other micro-chipping clinics, and we are planning educational programs and, hopefully, a Spay Day Laramie, when pets can be spayed or neutered for a very low cost. Once in a while we have pets available in foster care for adoption, though this is mainly due to problems encountered by the pet’s owner. In the past we have sponsored a 5K race, the Doggone Race, and we have done a spring brunch. If you have an idea for an event or activity, please feel free to get in touch (Contact Us)–We’d love to hear your ideas!