UPDATE: Adoption Begins At Cheyenne Animal Shelter Following 58 Large Dog Rescue

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

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

At least five of the dogs from the group of 58 that the shelter took in around 10 days ago have now been adopted, CAS branding director Niki Harrison said.

“We still have more than 200 animals in the building, so it’s definitely still a little crazy,” she said. “But at least it’s all productive.”

More than 30 dogs were available for adoption from the shelter as of Tuesday afternoon and Harrison noted that most of the larger breed dogs available were from the hoarding case. Harrison said all of the dogs have been getting more and more used to being walked on leashes and, while timid and shy, they are friendly and lovable.

In attempt to increase interest in adoptions, adoption fees for adult dogs have been slashed to $50 this week.

Those interested in adopting are also welcome to visit the shelter at any time during its business hours to meet a dog, but Harrison urged patience when coming in to adopt a furry friend.

“We are doing more adoption counsels in a day than we have in a while, so the wait time could be up to an hour, if not a bit more,” she said. “People have been pretty gracious about it, though.”

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

Shelter CEO Britney Tenant told Cowboy State Daily last week that this is the most significant hoarding event the shelter has seen in quite some time.

“I think typically, we would be under a lot more stress when it comes to a hoarding situation of this size,” she said. “But the community’s support, the media’s support, the support from our volunteers and staff, it’s made things much lighter than what it possibly could have been.”

Tenant said last week that the hoarding situation was discovered after the wind blew over a fence at the property south of Cheyenne where the dogs lived, which allowed a number of them, around 15 or 16, to escape.

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