A license is your pet’s ticket home, and pet licensing the law. Licensed pets that wander away from home can be returned to their owners without ever coming to the shelter. Lost pets not in compliance with the local pet license ordinance will be brought to Larimer Humane Society.
Begin the search for your lost pet immediately by following these steps. To ensure prompt attention, please do not email us regarding lost pets.
Per state law, stray animals will be held for five days. After the five-day waiting period, your pet will become the property of Larimer Humane Society. Please retrieve your lost pet as soon as possible to minimize impound fees and reduce stress on your pet.
If your animal is at the shelter, you will be required to pay impound and boarding fees. If the animal does not have a current Larimer County license, you will be required to purchase one.
The impound fee for pets wearing their license tag is $40, and $60 for pets that either are not wearing their tag or are unlicensed. In addition to the impound fee, an additional $15 boarding fee will apply per calendar day.
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Even the most responsible pet owners can be accidentally separated from their pets. Follow these steps today to prevent your pet from getting lost and increase the chances of them making it back home should they go missing.
- Keep a collar, license and identification tag on your pet at all times. Lost animals wearing identification are usually returned directly home.
- Microchip your pet. Microchips are a painless, permanent form of identification. The inert microchip inserted under your pet’s skin is encoded with a number that is registered in a national database and can traced back to you, 24-hours a day.
- Keep your cat indoors. Cats allowed to roam outside don’t live as long – it’s that simple. Consider building a safe enclosure for your cat or only allowing her outdoors when supervised. It’s especially important to confine your cat during early morning and evening hours when coyotes, foxes, and hawks are looking for prey.
- Have your pet spayed or neutered. Altered animals are less likely to roam from home and if they do, they don’t contribute to pet-overpopulation.
- Upgrade your cat’s lifestyle! Indoor cats live longer, healthier lives. Welcome your feline friend into your home to show how much you care.
- Confine your dog. If your yard isn’t fenced, consider investing in a free-standing dog kennel. Tethering your dog is not a safe alternative and will not protect him from other aggressive dogs, wildlife, theft, or dangerous entanglement. If your dog is left alone each day, consider doggy day care or a neighborhood cooperative play group.