Register Your Dog, Keep Them Safe and Out of Conour Animal Shelter

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Register Your Dog, Keep Them Safe and Out of Conour Animal Shelter

This is a general notice to inform you of the City of Monte Vista's Dog Ownership policies. We are six months into the year and a lot of dog owners have not registered their dogs.   Every person owning or harboring any dog within the City shall have it registered and licensed.  A license fee is $7.00 which is on file in the City Clerk's office for the calendar year in which the license is issued. Dogs must have current vaccinations and rabies vaccinations.  This is stated in Chapter 6 Article 2 of Monte Vista Municipal Code.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of these matters, please contact us.

Responsibilities of a Pet Owner

The City has been notified by Conour Animal Shelter that they are at full capacity from people picking up stray dogs or surrendering their pet.  We understand Dumb Friends League of the San Luis Valley is in the same predicament. 

When the City picks up an animal, they are taken to Conour and on occasion DFL. Pets don’t want to live in a cage. And the staff at Conour wants to find good homes for these dogs.  Conour has cut the normal adoption fee in half, yes, 50% off for the month of June.  You can get 2 dogs for the price of one!   Please consider taking advantage of this offer and adopt a new fun loving furry friend. 

The City pays Conour a monthly fee to help keep them operational, but it isn’t enough.  Conour can always use the help by donating cash, food, treats, toys, bleach, laundry detergent, paper towels, file folders and other office supplies.  It costs on average $12 to $15 per day to keep a dog in the shelter. Let’s find these dogs a home. 

Here are helpful tips to consider:

Give Them Regular Exercise
Some pets will need more exercise than others. Dogs often require plenty of time outdoors from going on walks to playing in the park to burn off excess energy.

Schedule Annual Check-Ups
Taking your beloved friend to the vet for an annual wellness visit is critical to keep them in good health, this is also the time to make sure they are up to date on their vaccinations and can be registered.

Feed Them Properly
A proper, healthy diet is vital to providing your pet with the best level of care. 

Keep Them Safe
Being a responsible pet parent also means providing the best level of safety for your friend. This means taking extra precautions outside of your home, as well as implementing additional safeguards in case your pet runs away from home. Pet tags and microchips are vital in case your pet ever escapes your home or yard and gets lost.  With summer being here there is increased traffic and if your dog is not properly taken care of then you run the risk of your dog not returning home. With proper and current identification, your furry friend has an increased chance of reunification with their family!

Have your animal chipped, so any animal shelter can find their owner in case the dog is lost or rescued.  They are delighted to see a happy reunion. 

Pick Up After Your Pet
Being a responsible pet owner means also being respectful to those around you. Whenever your animal goes outside and leaves little presents, whether on a walk or in the backyard, be sure to pick up their “gifts” in a timely matter. Not only are they unpleasant to see or worse, step on, they also carry germs that could harm other individuals and animals around you.

Spay or Neuter
Unfortunately, there are more animals in shelters than loving homes that are willing and able to take them in.