Found Pets

How to help a pet that you have found

Have you found a stray animal and aren’t sure what to do? Most of the time, with just a bit of effort, people who find lost pets can easily reunite them with their family by staying near where the animal was found. Here are a few tips on how you can best help a lost animal find their way back home.

Found Pet Tips

  • Check to see if they need medical attention, if so, take them to a veterinarian clinic for treatment. If you are unable to do so, please bring the animal to Denver Animal Shelter.
  • Check for tags.  
    • Personal ID tag: Call the phone number or take animal to address listed.
    • License or rabies tag: Call local animal shelter for assistance looking up their owner information.

If you have found a pet with identification tags and would like to try and contact the pet owner, contact the City and County of Denver 311 Help Center at 720-913-1311. A staff member will return your call to assist in the tag trace.

  • Get the animal scanned for a microchip (for free).

Our Doors Are Always Open

As a reminder, Denver Animal Shelter is an open admissions shelter, which means we never turn away an animal for any reason. If you have found a lost pet in the City and County of Denver, you are welcome to bring the animal to the Denver Animal Shelter during business hours. After regular business hours, the Denver Animal Shelter provides night drop-off boxes for found pets. The night drop-off boxes are located to the left of the shelter's Lost and Found entrance.

If you have found a lost pet in the City and County of Denver and would like the animal picked up by an animal protection officer, contact the Denver 311 Help Center at 720-913-2080. You must be 18 years old and home for approximately two hours for an officer to respond. Animal Protection Officers are not be dispatched to pick up strays after 9 p.m.