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Frequent Questions

My dog is in the shelter: Now what?

If you think WCHS has your pet, give shelter staff a call with a description to confirm the pet is yours.

If you live in the city of Pullman (and WCHS has your DOG), you must go to the Police Station to show proof of compliance with city rabies and licensing requirements. Once proof is shown, you will obtain an “Authorization to Release Impounded Animal” form. Shelter staff can not release the dog without this release.  For impounded cats, a “Release of Impound” is not necessary, but shelter staff does need to see proof of Rabies vaccination (if over 4 months).

If you wish to reclaim your dog, you must pay a $25 impound fee in addition to $8 for each additional day we care for your dog in the shelter. Owners must show proof of a current, valid pet license from municipalities where it is required. 

If your dog is being kept at the shelter for quarantine, it will be held for 10 days. Dogs are only quarantined when they have bitten a person. You must pay the $25 impound fee in addition to $15 for each additional day we care for your dog in the shelter. Owners must show proof of a current, valid pet license from municipalities where it is required.

Stray pets are made available for adoption after 3 days if the pet has no identification (microchip or tags) and 6 days if the pet has some form of identification.  If you have not contacted WCHS in that period, the animal will be evaluated for adoptability.