A microchip identification implant can identify your pet if it loses its collar. Most shelters and veterinary offices can scan pets for this type of ID. The microchip number and your contact information is kept on a shared registry so that you can be contacted when your pet is found.

Denver Animal Shelter will microchip your dog or cat for $20. Now through June 30th, stop by Denver Animal Shelter (1241 W Bayaud Ave.) during regular business hours to get your cat microchipped for free! Cats with microchips are 2,000% more likely to be reunited with their families if lost. Made possible by a grant from Maddie’s Fund® #ThanksToMaddie.

Microchipping is available during our public reduced cost vaccination clinics. Visit our Vaccinations Page for information about our reduced cost vaccination clinics and for a list of dates when we will not be holding the clinic.

We want to help ensure that if any pet gets lost it will be returned back to its owner.

Found Pets

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 10 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 720-913-1311. You must be of 18 years of age and home for approximately two hours for an officer to respond. Animal protection offiers will not be dispatched to pick up strays or stray holds after 9 p.m.

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. An animal protection staff member will return your call to assist in the tag trace.

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If you have found a pet with a microchip tag that indicated the dog or cat has been microchipped, you can use the Universal Microchip Lookup Tool to trace the microchip number.