Nestled in the southeast corner of Wyoming, between Pawnee National Grassland and the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests, is Cheyenne, the capital of Wyoming. Home to a population of over 60 thousand, Cheyenne continues to grow at a rapid pace. This beautiful, fun city is located just an hour and a half above Denver, CO. Cheyenne is becoming a booming town for young professionals - and best of all, a great town for dog parents. With 12 state parks, six national parks, and dozens of more historical sites and hiking trails located nearby, Cheyenne is the perfect place for adventure seekers and their puppy co-pilots!
Looking to adopt your next best friend? Cheyenne has a great rescue affiliation, with two shelters acting as prominent fixtures in the community. Cheyenne Animal Shelter and Black Dog Animal Rescue are Cheyenne’s premier rescue and adoption centers. Through adoption drives, hosting local events, and working with the community, these rescue facilities save thousands of animals every year.
Cheyenne Animal Shelter has been working with the residents of Cheyenne and Laramie County for nearly 40 years, is open 7 days a week (except national holidays), and helps those with lost or found pets – to avoid rehoming when possible. Volunteering is always appreciated, too! Whether you’d like to plan their next event, walk a dog, or help educate children on handling pets appropriately, they have a job for you. Check their orientation schedule and learn how to become a volunteer today.
Black Dog Animal Rescue may sound like a color-specific group, but it is exactly the opposite! This organization prides itself on being “color blind” to all dogs (and cats), regardless of age, size, or breed, and cares for animals that may often be overlooked. Their goal is to “mak[e] a permanent change in the way Wyoming communities view and provide support for companion animals and their devoted families.” In addition to volunteering and donating, foster parents are always needed for pets who may require a temporary home.
Just outside of Cheyanne lies the spectacular, natural wonder that is the Medicine Bow National Forest. Plan for a whole day of hiking with your furry pal at your side. (Sorry, senior and infirm pooches, this one probably isn't for you!) The trail loop goes for over 7 miles and takes travelers up some staggering elevation, but rewards the trekkers with beyond breath-taking views. So pack some water, some snacks (for both man and dog) and get going!
Attend Cheyenne Animal Shelter’s Annual Fur Ball each April! Step into “Dogaritaville” for food, drinks (margaritas, of course), live and silent auctions, and non-stop fun! This event supports the thousands of animals that are cared for annually in the shelter—from spaying and neutering to low-cost programs and investigating animal cruelty. Pooches are invited to this shindig, so grab Rover and head on down. Make a difference while having a blast!
What could be better than an ice-cold beer and time spend with your pooch? Nothing, that's what! Check out Accomplice Beer Co.’s amazing patio (with plenty of seating) and never-ending beer taps on the town square! Day or night, you can people-watch, meet for a quick bite, or enjoy beer specials. Dogs are welcome to join the family, so no one misses out on the fun!