Humane Education

Denver Animal Shelter is committed to proactively educating the public about animals, their needs, and our critical role as a community resource. Education is a key component to helping us reach our goal of making Denver the most pet friendly city in the United States. Our commitment to education includes providing presentations on a range of topics to a variety of groups including schools, businesses, community groups, and youth groups. 

We offer group tours with optional presentations at Denver Animal Shelter. We are one of the most advanced, environmentally friendly, and cutting edge animal shelters in the country. Our tours offer a look into the work that we do not only in our building, but also how it relates to the work we do out in our community every day. 

Tours & Educational Opportunities

Education Options

  • Guided Tours - We offer an inside look into how our animal shelter operates as well as the work that we do to protect the animals in our community. Though the tour does not include hands on animal interaction, it will see many animals throughout the shelter. Time: 30-45 minutes. 
    Cost: Suggested donation $25

  • Guided Tour and Presentation - Not only does this include the guided group tour, but also a presentation that will involve different staff members and volunteers talking about DAP’s work, responsible pet ownership, or pet safety. Time: 1.5 hr. 
    Cost: Suggested donation $75

  • Educational Special Opportunities - For inquiries into hosting a special event in our Community Room or Special Humane Education requests, please contact Special Event Opportunities vary and we may not be able to accommodate all requests.
  • Other Presentations- For inquires for scheduling one of the below presentations, please contact

         Bite Prevention

Each of these classes are tailored to a specific group and reviews basic dog behavior, how dogs communicate, ways to avoid bites, and what to do if you are bitten. 

  • Pre-K-5th Grade (45 minutes)
  • Delivery Personnel (45 minutes)
  • General Public (45 minutes)
  • Utility Workers (45 minutes)

DAP’s Response to Bites (45 minutes)

This class is catered towards other shelters and veterinary clinics; it reviews what Denver Animal Protection needs to complete a bite investigation. It covers the rules of quarantine as well as possible enforcement action that may be taken by Animal Protection Officers. It goes over the importance of reporting bites and how to report a bite in Denver.

Shelter Careers (45 minutes)

This class gives an overview of the various positions and careers that exist in Animal Welfare. It specifically covers positions at Denver Animal Protection. This class is geared towards High School age students but can be flexed for any age group.

Animal Protection Officer 101 (60 minutes)

This class teaches students about what Animal Protection Officers do for the community and its pets. Learn about the types of calls that DAP  Officers handle with real life examples. This is an interactive class where students may get the opportunity to explore the Officer’s vehicle        and tools that are used in the field. (Weather dependent).

Responsible Pet Ownership (45 Minutes)

This class is for students from Pre-K to 5th grade. It goes over the basic needs for pets and covers what it means to be a responsible pet owner.

DAP 101 (45 Minutes)

This class gives an overview of who we are, what we do, and how we help people and pets in the community at Denver Animal Protection. This class can be flexed for any age group, but is designed for students.


Tour Guidelines & Schedule


  • Wednesdays at 4 p.m.
  • Thursdays at 11 a.m.
  • Saturdays at 11 a.m.


  • Up to 25 individuals
  • At least one adult chaperons is required per eight children under 16 years
  • All attendees must be at least five-years old
  • See Education Options above for fees and donations

Apply to Participate in an Human Education Program