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  • Writer's pictureSusan Houser

Teton County and Jackson, WY

Jackson, Wyoming, is a town of just under 10,000 people located in the Jackson Hole valley in Teton County. Together, the city and county have a population of over 21,000. The town is a gateway for nearby Yellowstone and the Grand Teton National Park, and there are several notable ski resorts in the area. This makes for very heavy tourist traffic in addition to the permanent population.

The Jackson-Teton County Animal Shelter (JTCAS) provides animal control and sheltering services for both the city and the county. The shelter accepts owner surrenders from Teton County residents as well as taking in strays.

The shelter does not post its full statistics on its website. It states, however, that its intake is 500-600 dogs and over 200 cats per year, and that it either returns or adopts out almost all of the dogs and over 90% of the cats. JTCAS states on its Petfinder page  that “euthanasia is performed only in the case of terminal illness, serious irreparable injury, or aggression.”

In addition to Petfinder, JTCAS has a Facebook page that it uses to network for its pets, including photos of available dogs and cats. JTCAS receives funding for its basic expenses from the city and county, but like many progressive shelters it relies on donations for the “extras.” As the shelter says: ”Additional services provided to our shelter animals, such as spay/neuter, vaccinations, and other medical care, are made possible through donations.”

Teton County is counted in the Running Totals as a 90%+ community.

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