The Society’s mission is to enhance the welfare of the animals in the Albany County community, primarily through our trap, neuter and return (TNR) program; foster and adoption program; pet rehoming; and funding medical care, including spay and neuter for animals at the Laramie Animal Shelter.
LAWS Board of Directors
Donald Probst, President
Ashley Smith, Vice President
Kris Slyman, Treasurer
Billie Slyman, Secretary
Board members: Kelli Decora, Sierra Guzman, Shelby Kappler, Amy Williamson
In 1998 the staff of the Laramie Animal Shelter received a bequest from the estate of Nancy Mabie Harrington, a long-time animal advocate, with which they formed The Laramie Animal Shelter Foundation, Inc. (LASF, Inc.), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, with a mission to provide supplemental funding and support for a program of spay/neuter coupons to encourage local pet owners to spay and neuter their companion animals and thus cut down on unwanted kittens and puppies.
In 2004 the building in which the Laramie Animal Shelter is housed needed extensive repairs, and the Foundation undertook to raise enough money to pay for some additional remodeling. By 2006 we had raised enough money to contribute $250,000.00 to the project, and we also paid for interim housing for the shelter animals while the building was being renovated and enlarged. It opened in 2007, and we had enough money left over to continue to provide spay/neuter coupons. Also, with the cooperation of local veterinarians, we paid for the spay/neuter of any animal adopted from the shelter, and if that animal needed surgery, we assisted with the cost of its medical care.
In 2012 we began to see that there were other needs in the community which the city shelter, by its nature, could not address and which were not being met by any other group. We decided to change our name and expand our mission statement to allow us to try to meet some of those needs, and in 2013 we became The Laramie Animal Welfare Society.
We are the same 501(c)(3) corporation, and we continue our support of the Laramie Animal Shelter in the same ways as before, but we have also expanded what we do to include: