Animal Shelter

Due to the number of clients we are currently serving and the time we close, clients may not receive service before closing time. We apologize for the inconvenience!

Location and Hours of Operation

We have new our operating hours! We are now open Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Night drop kennels are available if a lost pet is found while the shelter is closed.

Location and Phone Numbers

1241 W. Bayaud Ave.
Denver, CO  80223 (View Map)

Officer Dispatch 720-913-2080
All Other Inquiries 3-1-1 or 720-913-1311 

Hours of Operation


  • Monday – Friday | 11:30 a.m-6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday | 11 a.m-4 p.m.

Adoption visitations must start at least an hour before closing. You can view animals until closing time.

Lost and Found

  • Monday – Friday | 11:30 a.m-6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday | 11 a.m-4 p.m

Owner redemption and owner surrender paperwork must be started 30 minutes prior to closing. Self-service night drop-off kennels are available after hours. The night drop-off has a dedicated entrance, located to the left of our “Lost and Found” doors.


Field Services (investigations, enforcement, strays, etc.)

Contact dispatch 24/7 at 720-913-2080

Animal Protection Officers are dispatched through Denver Police/Denver 911.

General response hours:

Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: 8:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Outside of these hours, on-call officers are available for emergency situations. Dispatch will determine whether to page an on-call Animal Protection Officer and/or send Denver Police, or hold the call until business hours.


View our calendar to find dates for our vaccination clinics, Cats on Mats, and other special events.


The Denver Animal Shelter follows the City and County of Denver's closure schedule. Find scheduled holiday closures by visiting the city's Event - Holiday Closures page.

We provide animal care and protection services for all of Denver County. We foster the human-animal bond by protecting the safety and welfare of Denver's animals and people. Denver Animal Protection 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
  • Educating the public about animals, their needs and our critical role as a community resource
  • The Denver Animal Shelter is an open-admission shelter that is home to 6,500 lost and abandoned pets each year.


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Accreditation & Partners

AAHA Accredited - The Standard for Excellence logo

Champions for Excellent Care                                                     

We are an AAHA-accredited veterinary hospital. That means we hold ourselves to a higher standard. Pets are our passion. And keeping them  healthy is our number one priority. Here, we strive to deliver excellent care for pets. Because your pets deserve nothing less. Learn more about AAHA accreditation and why our accreditation is important to you and your pet.


Maddie's Fund - #ThanksToMaddie logo     Denver Animal Protection is a proud recipient of funding from Maddie's Fund

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