I Found a Stray Pet

Found a stray pet? Here's what you can do:

Check for Identification

  • If there is an ID tag, contact the owner immediately.

  • If there is a rabies tag, contact the vet to try and find the owner information. 

  • If there is no tag, consider taking the animal to the shelter or local vet to scan for a microchip. 

Let the Community know

Bring the animal to TVCAS

If you cannot keep the animal in your house, until the owner is found, you may bring the dog or cat to our animal shelter. Please call ahead of time, so the shelter staff can set up an area for the stray pet. You can bring in a stray animal between the hours of 8am-4pm on any day of the week.​ 

Once you bring the animal into the shelter we will scan for a microchip. We will then have you fill out the stray intake form. If you are interested in potentially adopting the animal, once they are available, please notify the staff. 

Our Stray Intake Process

Once an animal comes into the shelter as a stray, the owners will have 10 days to claim their pet. After the 10th day, at the shelter, the animal legally becomes shelter property.

When the animal is spayed/neutered, fully vaccinated, dewormed and microchipped they will become adoptable.

What if I can't catch a stray dog?

The world can be a scary and stressful place for any dog, there are many factors that can cause them to act timid and scared. If you feel the dog is friendly but scared please click the link below for tips on how to catch a stray dog. 

If your efforts to catch the dog do not work or you think the dog may bite please DO NOT approach the dog. Instead please call the local sheriff dispatch number

(208) 354 2323, and have their officers catch the dog to then bring into the shelter. ​

What if I can't catch a stray cat?

Cats can be quite difficult to catch, especially when they are scared. The shelter can rent out cat traps to community members, in order to catch the hard to get stray cats. Click the link below to learn more about trapping stray cats. 


However, it is important to determine whether the cat is a scared stray or a feral cat. The shelter CANNOT board or accept feral cats, due to their lack of socialization. Feral cats are considered wild animals and have little to know chance of being adopted. Click this link below to learn how to determine whether a cat is feral or a stray. 



Feral Cat Policy

Though the shelter can't accept feral cats but we can provide traps rentals for if you would like to catch a feral cat to spay or neuter. Please note that our shelter cannot pay or contribute to the spay and neuter services, all we can do is rent out traps. Click the link below to learn about trapping feral or stray cats.


If you cannot pay for the spay or neuter surgery or you would like to learn about trap neuter release (TNR) programs for feral cats, click the link below to learn about the TNR efforts and services of Paws of Jackson Hole.