Adopt a Pet

Denver Animal Shelter has many wonderful animals available for adoption! View our online database of adoptable pets or stop by to see our animals in person. We constantly have new animals coming to the shelter. Keep in mind that adoptions occur frequently and we can not guarantee the availability of an animal listed online.

Don't forget to check out the list of lost pets as well. Animals listed on the Lost Pets page may eventually come up for adoption, if their owners don't reclaim them.

The shelter's adoption package includes the spay or neuter cost, vaccinations, and a one-year pet license. 

Our goal is to work with you to find the right pet for your family! Within 90 days of adoption, if your new pet is not working out, return to the shelter and exchange your pet for another furry friend. You will have 90 days from the exchange date to choose another pet.

Prepare for your pets safety while you're on vacation(PDF, 840KB)!

Transfer Partners

To assist Denver Animal Shelter in the placement of homeless animals, we have several cooperative partnerships with Colorado rescues groups, humane societies, and shelters. These partners assist us by giving these transfer animals extra care prior to placing them up for adoption. Interested in joining our transfer partner network? Please email to get started!

License Plate Program

Colorado Adopt a Shelter Pet custom license plate

Pets a the Denver Animal Shelter are helped by funds from the Adopt a Shelter Pet license plate program. Visit your local Denver Motor Vehicle division to purchase a plate.

Learn more about the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund by visiting

Denver Animal Shelter
1241 W. Bayaud Ave.
Denver, CO 80223
Location and Hours

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

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