For Office, Adoption, Animal Visitation and Redemption hours and locations, see Contact Us.
An intact permit allows you to keep your pet from being spayed or neutered. Denver has a mandatory spay/neuter law.
What if I am not approved for the permit?You may choose any of the following options:
- Call the Division of Animal Care and Control at (720) 337-1800, we can mail you an application.
- Come in to the office located at 1241 W Bayaud Ave, Denver,CO 80223, to pick up the intact permit application in person
- Or you can simply download the Application For Intact Permit
Once the application is completed and the necessary documents are submitted to the Division of Animal Care and Control allow 5 business days to process your application, you cannot obtain a permit the same day of application.If it is approved or denied you will be notified by telephone.
Annual Intact Permit Fee: (Animal Code Sections 8-152(a)(6)
If you are not approved for the permit, you will need to either spay or neuter your pet or you can call the Division of Animal Control at (720) 337-1800 and find out why you were denied the permit. Then you can fix the problem and reapply. If you are still denied you will need to have your pet spayed or neutered.
In order to obtain a livestock or fowl permit you must first send a (pre-approval letter) to the Director of the Division of Animal Care and Control,1241 W Bayaud Ave, Denver, CO 80223, with the following information:
- Your name, address, phone number.
- The number of each type of livestock or fowl you are attempting to house on your property
- Size of area where animal(s) will be held.
- Vets name, address and phone number.
- Indicate if the animal is spayed or neutered.
- Indicate where they dispose of excrement.
- List of vaccinations animal has received
- If the request is approved a pre-approval letter will be issued to the owner.
- The owner must contact zoning to finalize request (720) 865-3000.
If Zoning approves the request, the owner will need to send a copy of the zoning approval letter to the Director of Animal Control.The owner then must purchase the permit from the following location:Denver Animal Shelter1241 W Bayaud AveDenver, CO 80223720- 913-1311Annual Permit Fee: (Animal Code Section 8-91)Livestock $100.00Fowl $50.00
For Food Producing Animals (Ducks, chickens, goats, etc.) please see "Food Producing Animals" under the FAQ Tab.
Do I have to get my pet spayed or neutered if I live in Denver County?
Denver County does have mandatory spay or neuter laws, they are as follows:
Section 8-70. Spaying and neutering.
The Denver Animal Shelter is scheduling appointments on Thursdays to spay and neuter your pet at a reasonable cost.
Denver Animal Shelter
1241 W Bayaud Ave
Denver, CO 80223
To schedule an appointment please contact 720-913-1311. A 311 agent will take your information for an animal shelter representative to contact you.
Your pet must be 12 weeks of age and must have a current distemper/parvo vaccination. If your pet does not have a current vaccination, click on the link provided for our rabies vaccination clinic.
Spay (Female) Fee: Cat - $40.00** Dog - $60.00**
Neuter (Male) Fee: Cat - $25.00** Dog - $50.00**
**Other fees may apply. Please contact the animal shelter for information.
City and County of Denver residents only are allowed to bring in their pet to the:
2080 S. Quebec St.
Denver, CO 80231
Pet Intake/Lost & Found Center
Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
Weekends: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
I am disabled and/or don’t have transportation to take my pet to the animal shelter?
A City and County of Denver resident may contact animal control and speak to a supervisor for assistance regarding an owner relinquishment.Where can I take my pet for euthanasia?
City and County of Denver residents only may bring in their pet to the Denver Animal Shelter. A $50.00 fee will be assessed for this service. The animal shelter is located at 1241 W Bayaud Ave, Denver, CO 80223, during business hours which are Monday - Saturday 11:00 am - 6:00 pm. Closed Sunday's and Holiday's.
Where can I take my pet if I am not a Denver County resident?
You will need to contact your local animal shelter or animal control agency.
Pet Adoption/Pet Health Resources