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When You Can’t Keep Your Pet

LAWS assists community pet owners who cannot keep their pets in trying to find new homes by allowing them to have a photo and brief bio of the pet, as well as the owner’s contact information posted on the Adopt page. It will be up to you to check out applicants, arrange to meet with them, and have them meet your pet. LAWS makes no guarantees that you will find a good home, nor can we take your pet for you—we do not operate a shelter. We provide this as a community service, and we reserve the right to discard any posting that we believe to be inappropriate, or we may require further information if we believe it necessary. We will remove any posting after 30 days unless you contact us to say you need it kept up.

Five Things You Must Do to Request Adoption Assistance:

  1. Include the reason you are giving up the pet, and provide proof that it is current on vaccinations. It should also be spayed or neutered.
  2. Send us a couple of good photos and a bio of each pet, including habits, likes, personality (playful, cuddly, extra-loving, feisty, energetic, explorer, hunter, etc.), favorite toys and foods.
  3. Provide the date that the pet must be out of your home and any other information a new owner will need.
  4. Provide your phone number or other contact information so that prospective adopters can get in touch with you.
  5. (Optional) You may upload the adoption application to provide to prospective adopters.

The Laramie Animal Welfare Society has launched a Compassionate Care Program (CCP). The idea behind such a program is that when a person or family finds themselves in an emergency or crisis situation, where their animals need temporary housing or care until the crisis is resolved, an approved local foster home will be available, through the Laramie Animal Welfare Society. Unfortunate things happen, and sometimes people find themselves in a position where, without such a program, their only option is to take their beloved pet to the animal shelter.

To request foster care, fill out the Compassionate Foster Care Request Form.

Micro-chipping greatly increases the chances that a lost pet will be found and returned to its owner! Cats especially need to be micro-chipped, because they so often wriggle out of collars, and if someone finds your kitty far from home, he won’t know how to get it back to you. A microchip can be read by a scanner in any animal shelter or veterinary clinic, and you will get a call or an email telling you where your pet is. Without a chip, only 3% of cats who end up in shelters ever return home.

Our low-cost clinics are offered two to four times a year, generally late October and March, for both dogs and cats. Look for the next clinic date on our Home page under “Mark Your Calendar”.

Since October of 2013 when we really began to bring in colony managers for the TNR program, our volunteers have captured over 120 kittens from those colonies; we have placed these kittens in foster homes to grow and be socialized. When they are 7 or 8 weeks, we post them for adoption, and we have found good homes for all of them! Each kitten goes to its new family spayed or neutered, with first shots and a microchip so it has a chance of getting back home if disaster strikes and it strays. The adults have been brought in, vaccinated, spayed/neutered and returned to live peacefully where they were, with daily food and water and with decent shelter. But no more kittens!

We are so grateful to all the wonderful volunteers, homeowners, and ranch owners who have helped to get this program off to such a wonderful start, and to the families who have offered loving homes to 120 little fur balls who otherwise would have led grim lives for a couple of years and then died.

Visit Alley Cat Allies to view the other communities that have adopted this effective strategy in working with feral cat populations!

Events

Always “To Be Announced”, McAlister’s Community Night for LAWS donates a portion of the evening’s earnings to support the Laramie Animal Welfare Society. For the date of the next LAWS McAlister’s Community Night, keep an eye on our Home page’s “Mark Your Calendar” section.

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 generally held on the third or fourth Sunday of August. For the next date of this even, watch our Home page’s “Mark Your Calendar” area.

Check out upcoming events on our Events Calendar!