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New Animal Shelter Complete!

Sun Spot statue outside new Animal Shelter

Thanks to Denver voters' support of the Better Denver Bond Program, a new Denver Animal Shelter was complete in June of 2011.  The new shelter has helped us fully achieve our goals and mission to protect animal and human health and safety, and animal welfare. 

The new Shelter is located at 1241 W. Bayaud (Platte/Navajo), a short distance from the old shelter.


The new facility benefits:

  • Bigger - The new shelter will is 35,900 sq feet - bigger than the current building
  • More convenient - Offering more services under one roof
  • More enjoyable surroundings -  For people and animals
  • Better care – New equipment, technology & accommodations to ensure humane care


Features & Services of the New Facility:

  • People and animal- friendly pet adoption spaces, with “real life” rooms for dogs, enriched cat condos, and cat colony rooms.
  • Separate spaces for dogs versus cats; and for impound versus lost & found animals.
  • Separate lobbies for adoption services and lost & found/relinquishment services.
  • Natural daylighting throughout the building focusing on animal areas.
  • Education/ Community room.
  • Medical isolation areas.
  • State of the art spay/ neuter clinic.
  • Dedicated, well-located area for animal control vehicles.
  • Convenient staff areas and service areas throughout.
  • Green building on-track for LEED Silver Certification.

Bigger Capacity for Animals

The new shelter has over twice the capacity to house and care for animals

  • Dog Housing Provided:  163
  • Cat Housing Provided: 138
  • Urban Wildlife / Small Mammals:  20
  • Total Capacity:  321


The new shelter, located at 1241 West Bayaud (between Platte River Drive and Navajo), is only a short distance away from the old shelter. 



exterior view of animal shelter entrance


new signs outside animal shelter entrance


Outside View

cat and visitors at animal shelter


adoption counter inside animal shelter


Indoor View

city officials at ribbon cutting ceremony


well dressed dog at ceremony


Grand Opening Celebration