Have you seen a stray dog running loose, or have one in your possession? Start Here.
We appreciate your help in controlling the loose dog population across Clay County. Because we are a very small, privately run shelter, we ask that you help us in working together to create the best possible outcomes for dogs in Clay County. Please read this information in it's entirety to determine your best option for the stray dog in your area.
Contact the Police Department, or your City Office. We are contracted with the city of Clay Center and most of the smaller communities in Clay County. If you find a stray running loose in the community, contact your city office to see if there is an agreement in place between your community and CCARE. If so, the designated representative of said community to bring the dog into the custody of CCARE. This will prevent you from paying the surrender fee.
-Clay Center PD (Animal Control) (785) 632-2121
-Clifton City Office (785) 455-3711
-Green City Office 785-944-3486
-Longford City Office (785) 388-2124
-Morganville City Office (785) 926-3070
-Wakefield Police Department (785) 461-5444
Strays found in Clay County: There is currently not a support program in place to collect strays found in Clay County. If you take a stray dog found in the county into your possession and wish to bring it to CCARE, it is classified as a surrender and you will be assessed the $40 surrender fee. We're sorry, we know that's not ideal, and certainly don't mean to discourage good citizens from helping us with the stray dog population. CCARE may spend up to $400 preparing the pet for adoption, but we do everything we can to keep the surrender fee low, and work with you to make the process as easy as possible.
We are not an on-call shelter. Due to our shelter's small size, and our staff of one, we currently cannot be available after business hours to collect strays in your possession. If you decide to take in a stray outside of business hours, we ask that you keep the animal in your possession until the next business day, at which point you should first contact your community police or city department (see above). If you decide to bring the dog directly to CCARE, it is classified as a surrender and you will be assessed the $40 surrender fee. We're sorry, we know that's not ideal, and certainly don't mean to discourage good citizens from helping us with the stray dog population. CCARE may spend up to $400 preparing the pet for adoption, but we do everything we can to keep the surrender fee low, and work with you to make the process as easy as possible.
Try to locate the pet's owner yourself. Social media is a wonderful thing! This option will prevent you from paying the surrender fee.
-For Sale - Clay County (Facebook Page)
-Lost/Found Pets Clay Center (Facebook Page)
-Lost/Found Pets Clay Center (Facebook Group)
-Salava Veterinary Clinic (785) 632-5090
or visit their Facebook page
-Court Street Vet Care (785) 632-3555
or visit their Facebook page
-Noffsinger Veterinary Clinic (785) 632-2110
-KCLY Radio Classifieds (785) 632-3771
or submit via their Online Form
Honesty is the best policy. Claiming your pet is "a stray that you found" rather than admitting you can no longer keep it is never the answer. Keeping our doors open depends on our community being truthful. If we receive your pet as a stray, it will be kept for 3 business days waiting for someone to claim it, before being prepared for adoption. Not only will your pet experience stress during this time, it will be occupying valuable space for animals that are available for adoption. Once you have disclosed you are the owner of the pet, you can also provide us with important details about your pet that will help it find the right home. If your pet is a spayed female, you can notify us, preventing your pet from undergoing unnecessary additional surgeries. For these reasons, it is never a good idea to leave your pet unattended for the purposes of having it impounded as a stray.
Euthanasia is unlikely, but possible. Since our shelter is privately run and a "low-kill" facility, we strive to find homes for every adoptable dog. However, this does not guarantee a live outcome for every animal that enters the system. CCARE has developed guidelines to provide live outcomes for our dogs, and does not euthanize animals due to space or length of stay. There must be a severe medical condition and/or severe behavioral problems for an animal to be euthanized.
Wild Animals - Leave Them Be! Most wild babies are NOT helpless or abandoned. Most "rescuers" who move them unwittingly stole the young animal from its parents. We can never be a better substitute for them, so leaving a young animal alone affords it the best chance for survival. Wild animals are excellent parents by instinct, their babies will stay "home" when the parents leave for hours a time to forage, and trust that their babies will stay in the same place until they return. Many are noctural, meaning Mom may not return until dark. It’s illegal. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment have regulations, and fines can be up to $1,000! CCARE can’t take any animals other than dogs. We are neither equipped nor insured for other species, and cannot risk the health of our facility, licensure or animals. If you DO find an animal in obvious distress (signs of vomiting, injury/bleeding, weakness, distress, parasites) you can call the Nature Center at Milford Lake, (785) 238-5323 to get additional guidance.