There is a wonderful shelter in Cheyenne and here is a bit about them:
Welcome to Black Dog Animal Rescue (BDAR), where we are working towards a No-Kill Wyoming.
We are a small organization run solely on a volunteer basis and funded entirely through donations.
BDAR believes that no healthy, treatable, or rehabilitatable animal should be euthanized in Wyoming’s shelters because of population restrictions the length of time it may take to find a permanent home.
To create a No Kill Wyoming.
We rely on the volunteer spirit in our community. If you want to help our rescue animals directly, please visit our volunteer page for more information and an application form. Thank you for visiting.
Black Dog Animal Rescue Inc. (BDAR) was founded in February, 2008 and officially incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) no-profit in July of 2009. The organization is based out of Cheyenne, Wyoming though the volunteer base extends into several other surrounding communities. Currently, BDAR is operated entirely on a voulunteer basis with no paid staff, and no city or government funding. The organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
The 2011 Board of Directors is as follows:
Britney Wallesch – President
Becky Teal – Vice President
Julie Tennant-Caine – Secretary/Treasurer
Kim Blonigen – Director
Chloe Illoway – Director
Kevin O’Hare – Director
Emily Intelkofer – Director
Where can I come to see your adoptable dogs?
The dogs in this program are not housed in a central shelter facility. Each dog lives with a volunteer foster family in that family’s private home. Because of this, it is generally not possible to see all of the dogs together. Select dogs can be viewed in person at our mobile adoption drives, which are held on Saturday’s at various locations around town, in Laramie, and Ft. Collins. (Please see the adoption drive schedule).
However, if there is a specific individual dog you have found on our website or in any of our online adoption listings, you can arrange to meet this dog by appointment with an approved adoption application. The application does not commit you to adopting, but rather ensures our ability to approve your adoption should you meet and fall in love with the dog.
Can I surrender my dog to you?
No. BDAR acts as a resource to shelters within the State of Wyoming to provide alternatives to euthanasia for hard to place dogs. Our foster home space is limited and we feel we can make the biggest difference for each individual dog in our program by limiting our intake to those who have already been in a traditional shelter and who were not adopted from there. At no time does BDAR accept privately surrendered pets form the public.
Do you only rescue black dogs?
No, BDAR rescues dogs of all colors. However, it has been proven that black dogs, and big black dogs in particular, are less likely to be adopted from shelters than dogs of any other color. No one knows why this is. But, it does mean that we rescue a large number of black dogs because that’s what is left behind in shelters after other dogs have been adopted. BDAR rescues dogs without concern for color, but we do advocate for the plight of black dogs in shelters.
How do you fund the organization?
BDAR is funded entirely though adoption donations, private donations from the public, and foundation grants. We receive no state or city funding and are under no contractual obligations to any other entity.
Do you recue cats?
Not at this time. While we would like to initiate a cat adoption program in the future, we are unable to house adoptable cats in a safe and healthy environment now.
What are your adoption requirements and fees?
BDAR considers dog adoption to be a privilege and that good pet owners can demonstrate a history of responsible practices. Our basic requirements are as follows:
Adopters must be at least 21 years of age
Adopters’ current pets must be spayed or neutered and current on their rabies vaccination per local ordinances
Adopters must be able to provide a current veterinary reference if they own other pets
If the adopter rents, they must be able to provide a landlord reference stating that pets are allowed on the property
Adopter cannot intend for the animal to be kept as an outdoor only pet
Adopters must be a good match for the animal question as determined by our adoption counselors
Our adoption fee scale is as follows and includes spay or neuter, current age appropriate vaccinations, microchip with lifetime registration, a free first vet exam, and 30 free days of pet health insurance.
Puppies 6 months and younger – $225
6 months to 5 years – $150
5 to 7 years – $75
7+ (senior pets) – $75 or $25 if adopted to a senior citizen
VIP or Featured pets – $99
Sponsored pets – $10
Black Dog Animal Rescue is a wonderful alternative to buying from a pet store, or private party. Please feel free to check them out, and if you aren’t sure if you want a dog or not try their volunteer foster home program. That way you can try out a dog and help socialize them at the same time. They are always looking for loving friends for these cute fur balls.