We understand that making the decision to rehome your pet is difficult.
Denver Animal Protection's goal is to work with pet owners, empowering you to take an active role in determining the best outcome for your pets. We encourage all pet owners to consider other options for help or private rehoming prior to surrendering your pet to our shelter. While we never turn away a pet in need, we are also here to help you keep your pet.
DAP and our partners are able to offer a variety of community pet resources to assist pet owners in keeping their pets. Resources include:
- Low-cost spay and neuter services
- For pet behavioral assistance, Google search “positive reinforcement trainers” in your area.
- Safe Haven program (temporary housing of pets during transitional periods)
- Colorado Pet Pantry (food and other care supplies)
- Emergency medical services
- Pet-friendly housing tools
The best outcome for your pet is to be placed into a new home directly from your home. No one is better equipped to find your pet a new home than you!
Here are some helpful tools to get you started:
- Post your pet on these adoption sites, they will help you from start to finish!
Visit Get Your Pet to get started today!
Learn more About Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet
- Prepare your pet for their new home.
- Make sure they are current on their vaccinations.
- Make sure they are spayed or neutered.
- Microchip your pet if they don’t already have one.
- Groom your pet so they look their best.
- Organize a packet of all your pet's medical, microchip, behavior, grooming, and diet information.
- Provide their adopter with any care items you might have, such as a crate, leash, collar, food dishes, and special toys or bedding.
- Tips on how to screen a potential adopter.
- Prepare a list of screening questions.
- Ask for pictures of their yard and doors to ensure they are safe and secure.
- Learn about their pet history and what type of experience they have.
- Meet them at a neutral location.
- Inform the new adopter about everything you know about your pet. This will set them up for success and settling into their new home better.
Unable to rehome? We can help.
DAP offers compassion and understanding to owners who relinquish their pets and a warm welcome to the animals that are being entrusted to our care.
If you are having difficulty keeping your animal, visit our Surrender Your Pet page for more information or call us at 720-913-1311. A Customer Care Associate will guide you through our process to discuss the best options for you and your pet. The more we know about your pet, the better we will be able to place them into the best home for them.
Items to bring with you and your pet:
- Copy of your pet’s veterinary records
- Current medications
- Drivers license or state issued ID
- Microchip information
- License information