UPDATE: Adoption begins at Cheyenne Animal Shelter after rescue of 58 large dogs


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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Some of the large dogs that came to the Cheyenne Animal Shelter from a “hoarder” home in Cheyenne are being adopted, a spokeswoman for the shelter told Cowboy State Daily on Tuesday.

At least five of the group of 58 dogs the shelter took in about 10 days ago have now been adopted, said CAS brand manager Niki Harrison.

“We still have over 200 animals in the building, so it’s definitely still a bit crazy,” she said. “But at least everything is productive.”

More than 30 dogs were available for adoption at the shelter Tuesday afternoon, and Harrison noted that most of the large-breed dogs available came from the hoarding case. Harrison said all the dogs are getting more and more used to being walked on a leash and, although shy and timid, they are friendly and adorable.

To increase interest in adoptions, adoption fees for adult dogs have been reduced to $50 this week.

Those interested in adopting are also welcome to visit the shelter anytime during its opening hours to meet a dog, but Harrison urged patience when coming to adopt a four-legged friend.

“We do more adoption counseling in one day than we have in a long time, so the wait time can be up to an hour or even a little longer,” she said. “People have been kind enough about it, though.”

All of the dogs that were available for foster families were placed in homes and Harrison noted that even some “foster family failures” have occurred, in which a family decides to keep their pet rather than to return it.

Shelter CEO Britney Tenant told the Cowboy State Daily last week that this was the biggest hoarding event the shelter has seen in some time.

“I think generally we would be much more stressed when it comes to a hoarding situation of this size,” she said. “But the support from the community, the support from the media, the support from our volunteers and our staff, it made things much lighter than they could have been.”

The tenant said last week that the hoarding situation was discovered after winds blew over a fence on the property south of Cheyenne where the dogs lived, causing a number of them, approximately 15 or 16, to escape.

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