While it’s been more than two years since opening the Denver Animal Shelter, the momentum and interest in the new facility continues to build. Nowhere was this more apparent than this past weekend (April 13 and 14), as the Denver Animal Shelter opened its doors for Doors Open Denver.
Hosted by Denver’s Arts & Venues, Doors Open Denver is an annual event designed to showcase Denver’s architecturally significant buildings and architecture, offering the public unprecedented access and behind-the-scenes tours of featured facilities.
Over the course of the two-day event, shelter staff and volunteers saw close to 200 visitors and adopted out 23 animals, more than twice what the shelter sees in a typical weekend.
The fact that the Denver Animal Shelter was chosen as a featured facility this year is a testament to the extensive effort that went into building the new shelter—from staff and supporter efforts to hav
e the shelter added to the list of bond projects, to the more than 4-year long remediation, design, and build out that lead up to the shelter opening in June of 2011.
In 2012, the Denver Animal Shelter achieved Platinum LEED Certification, the highest achievable sustainable designation offered by the U.S. Green Building Council. To date, the facility remains the only city facility and only animal shelter in the country to achieve Platinum certification.
Special thanks to shelter staff and volunteers for going the extra mile to help make the most of this great event!