About DAS

DAS is an open-admission municipal shelter that provides animal care and control services for all of Denver County. DAS cares for more than 8,000 lost and abandoned animals each year. DAS is committed to:

  • Providing humane care to companion animals.
  • Reuniting lost pets with their owners.
  • Adopting pets to loving homes.
  • Enforcing Denver County animal ordinances
  • Proactively educating the public about animals, their needs, and DAS’s critical role as a community resource.


We believe strongly in not euthanizing animals for time and space, and only make such determinations based on severe medical or behavior for safety concerns (bite history, aggression, etc.). As such, DAS’s live release rate has risen from 67% in 2008 to an average 90% live release rate for 2013. Each year, DAS adopts out more than 2,200 animals; transfers more than 2,300 pets to other rescue partners; and returns more than 2,000 pets to their owners.

View our adoption rates and statistics or our frequently asked questions to learn more.


Denver Animal Shelter is a member of the Metro Denver Shelter Alliance. The Metro Denver Shelter Alliance is a coalition of more than 20 public and private shelters, rescues, and other animal service providers committed to saving pets and fostering responsible pet ownership in our community.

1241 W. Bayaud Ave.
Denver, CO  80223
3-1-1 or 720-913-1311

Mon – Fri | 10:30AM – 6:30PM
Sat & Sun | 10:00AM – 5:00PM

Adoptions and redemptions end 30 minutes prior to closing.

Closed Holidays