Black Dog Animal Rescue

Cheyenne, Wyoming

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About Black Dog Animal Rescue

Black Dog Animal Rescue in Cheyenne, Wyoming is the state's largest animal rescue organization. Their mission is to promote, provide, and advocate for the needs of companion animals. Their adoption program is foster-based, which means all adoptable animals live off-site with a volunteer foster family.

Black Dog Animal Rescue isn't just about “saving black dogs!” In fact, the rescue is entirely colorblind. They welcome dogs of all colors, ages, sizes, and breeds, and even cats, too!

However, it's 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. While the rescue saves dogs without concern for color, they do advocate for the plight of black dogs in shelters.

It isn't just about finding loving, forever homes for the hundreds of animals that come through their doors every year, either. At Black Dog Animal Rescue, they’re working to change the way companion animals, as well as their dedicated families, are recognized and supported by their communities. They believe in creating socially conscious animal communities where the focus is on the best outcome for each individual animal.

Considering adoption from Black Dog Animal Rescue? Read below for more info on their adoption process and fees.

Contact Info

2407 E 9th St
(307) 514-4024
Not provided

Hours of Operation

Mon - Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun: Closed

Adoption Process

To adopt a pet from Black Dog Animal Rescue, follow the simple steps below:

  1. View the pets waiting to meet you on their website, where you can also complete an adoption application.
  2. The foster home currently caring for your pet will contact you to discuss the adoption process further.
  3. Once the foster carer has deemed you and the pet are a good match, you can arrange a meet and greet with any current dogs.
  4. Everything look good? Great! Finalize the paperwork and pay the adoption fee.
  5. Take your new pet home!

Black Dog Animal Rescue has a few requirements for potential adopters:

  • You must be 18+ years old.
  • Your current pets must be up-to-date on their rabies vaccination.
  • You must be able to provide a current veterinary reference if you own other pets or have recently owned pets.
  • If you rent, you must be able to provide a landlord reference stating that pets are allowed on the property.
  • You can't intend for the animal to be kept as an outdoor-only pet, or for the primary mode of containment to be tethering.
  • You must be a good match for the animal as determined by the foster carers.

Adoption Fees

Black Dog Animal Rescue utilizes a variable pricing structure for all of its adoptable animals. Adoption fees are determined based on an animal’s perceived desirability, age, training, medical costs, and the length of time they've been available for adoption.

Some animals are priced higher than others. These animals provide a legacy gift for others who may need additional resources to get the same chance in a forever home.

Whatever your fee is, it helps Black Dog Animal Rescue partially cover the costs incurred caring for your pet while in foster care (crates, kennels, leashes, collars, food, toys, and treats) as well as any medical treatment they’ve received.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Black Dog Animal Rescue
directly using the contact info above.

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