PAWS accepts owner surrendered pets from Teton County, ID residents. We accept dog and cat surrenders regardless of breed, age, behavioral or medical issues. We do not accept feral cats.
Please call ahead so we can best assist you and your pet: 208-354-3499. When surrendering your pet please bring a valid form of identification and your pet’s vet records. Once you are here, we will have you fill out the surrender form and questionnaire to assist us in getting to know your pet. The more information we have about your pet, the better we can assist in finding an appropriate new home.
All Owner Surrenders must schedule an appointment so we can ensure our staff can give you our full attention for your surrender, as well as schedule an appropriate time of day.
Teton County, ID, un-altered: $200.
Teton County, ID, altered: $100.
Out of County, altered: $200.
Out of County, unaltered: $300
*We accept Out of County Owner Surrenders on a case-by-case basis.
*These fees may be waived or discounted per our Shelter Managements discretion on a case-by-case basis.
If you would like to request to surrender your animal to our Shelter, please fill out the following form and our Shelter staff will contact you. FILLING OUT THIS FORM DOES NOT GUARANTEE WE CAN TAKE YOUR PET.
Please note, once you have surrendered your pet you give up your right to, and ownership of the pet.
Stray or loose cats that are brought to the Shelter will be held for 3 days from the date the cat arrives. Stray or loose dogs that are brought to the Shelter will be held for 5 days from the date the dog arrives.
If an owner does not come to retrieve their pet after their holding period, the pet becomes the property of PAWS and will be evaluated, vetted, and put up for adoption. Adoptions are final.
Even though we have a small staff, we will make every effort to contact you if your pet comes to the Shelter. We post lost/found animals to the Teton Valley Lost and Found Pets Facebook page when time allows. PAWS also proudly partners with Petco Love Lost to reunite lost pets with their owners at PAWS of Teton Valley | Petco Love Lost.
Ultimately, if you are missing a pet, please contact PAWS to find out if he/she is at the shelter.
You will need to show a photo ID when reclaiming your pet and proof of ownership. You can reclaim your pet during our Public hours, or call us to make an appointment outside of those hours (Sundays and Mondays).
Reclamation fees are based on the length of your pet’s stay and medical care given while in-shelter (if needed). These funds are used to provide shelter services to this community.
- Day of reunification: $20
- No vaccines administered or medical care given: $35/ night.
- Vaccines given: $35/night plus $50. We will vaccinate dogs on their 4th day of Stray Hold to protect our Shelter animals from potential illness. Idaho State law allows us to vaccinate all incoming animals to protect the safety and health of our Shelter animals and Staff.
- Medical care given: $35/night plus total amount of the vet bill.
We will vaccinate dogs on their 4th day of Stray Hold to protect our Shelter animals from potential illness. Owners can apply for MedFund to assist with the bill if needed.
Examples of Proof of Ownership:
- Microchip Registration
- Tags – if a dog comes in with a tag with their owner’s number on the tag.
- Vet Records with animal age and description attached.
- Dog License Registration.
- Current photos of the animal with their owner (on phone).
- Adoption Information.
- Consistent at-large animal, repeat lost/found hold.
If you need financial assistance to have your pet altered, please speak to our staff and/or apply online for a spay/neuter voucher: www.pawsoftv.org.
Your pet is LOST, here is what to do:
1) Post your pet as missing on the Teton Valley Pets (Lost and Found) Facebook page.
Be sure to include your contact information, your pet’s photo, gender, age, breed, general demeanor, and where they were last seen. Update the post to keep information current.
2) Call the Shelter 208-354-3499.
Leave a description of your pet: name, breed, sex, age, last known location, microchip information and any distinguishing marks. We scan every pet that comes to the Shelter for a microchip and try to contact owners to inform them that their pet is here. Please consider microchipping and collaring your pet with the pet’s ID/your contact info.
You FOUND a loose/stray pet. Here is what to do:
Identify the Lost Pet
1) Check for Identification and contact the owner. If the collar only has a Rabies tag, call the vet who issued the tag to help identify the owner. All the local vet offices have the ability to scan for a microchip. However, they will likely not be able to keep the pet overnight.
2) If you cannot identify the pet, please bring him/her to the Shelter. Please call us ahead at 208-354-3499, so our staff can set up an area for the pet. We are able to help 7 days/week, 8am-4pm.