Reclaim a Pet

If we have your pet, either it was brought to us by a good samaritan or by animal control. If we identify your pet, we will contact you to either come pick it up or come in to release it to the shelter. If we cannot identify your pet, it is up to you to notify us of your lost or impounded pet. Once it is in our custody you only have three days to claim it! After three days, you might have to adopt your pet if it is still available.

When you reclaim your pet, you will have to pay a fee to the shelter. The fees vary depending on your situation, and the first time your pet is reclaimed, you could owe nothing. See how it works:

  • Has your pet been here before? If so, add $50 for each time your pet has been here. If it is the first time, then the fee is $50. If it is the second time, it is $100, and so on.
  • Is your pet fixed? If so, subtract $25.
  • Is your pet wearing a collar? If so...
    • Does your pet have a current rabies tag on the collar? If so, subtract $10.
    • Does your pet have your current contact information on the collar, or is it's microchip information current? If so, subtract $15.

These new prices, effective October 1, 2011, were made in an effort to reward responsible pet owners. More often than not, if animal control or a stranger picks up your pet and it is wearing a collar with your identifying information, they will contact you before bringing your pet to us, which costs you nothing at all.

You can view the City Ordinances here.

Keeping Your Pet on Your Property

If your dog or cat keeps getting out of your yard, please visit this site for tips on how to pet-proof your yard. The bottom line is that pets are meant to be companions, and leaving them alone outside all day makes them discontent. They will want to go exploring.

If you have cats, make them indoor cats. They will be healthier and live longer. Local stores, including Wal-Mart, sell "Cat Grass" growing kits, which is wheat grass that cats love to eat. It satisfies their need to go muching on the yard. There are lots of cat toys that squeak and chirp, move and light up, satisfying your cat's curiousity and hunting instincts.

If you have dogs, don't leave them outside all day. They need companionship and lots of exercise. If you work during the day, try to leave your dogs inside during part of the day and let them in/out during lunch instead of leaving them alone in the yard. Turn on the TV so they can listen to human voices. Provide them with plenty of toys so they will be entertained. A quick walk around the block is the least you can do for your four-legged friend, but ideally, a half-hour running around the park will tire your dog and he will be content to just sit around the house and relax.

If nothing works, sometimes it's just that the pet you have is not a good fit for you. Huskies, for instance, require no less than a six-foot fence and at least a good hour of rigorous exercise each day. You might not be able to provide a husky a proper environment, even if you love him to pieces. Always carefully consider your breed's needs before adopting a pet.