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Denver City Government Closed Monday, March 30 for Cesar Chavez Day!

Most City and County of Denver’s offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, March 30 in observance of the Cesar Chavez Day holiday and/or due to COVID-19. Critical emergency functions and operations will remain in place on Monday in support of Denver’s COVID-19 response, including enforcement of the Stay at Home Order. 

Read the press release for additional information.

  Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) City Preparedness Update

The City and County of Denver is working with local, state, and federal partners to provide accurate information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to the public. Help us spread facts, not fear.

Get COVID-19 information on support services, donations & volunteering, safety information and more!

“Stay at Home” Denver – March 23, 2020 – A Public Health Order is in effect in Denver. This includes a “stay at home” directive for the entire city that will last from March 24 – April 11. Essential activities needed for health and safety are exempt.
Read the press release, public health order, and frequently asked questions.


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Denver Animal Protection COVID-19 Response

Denver Animal Protection’s (DAP’s) priorities continue to be to work hard to protect the health and safety of our pets, our community, our volunteers, and our staff. We realize the situation with COVID-19 is uncertain, rapidly evolving, and concerning for us all. We appreciate your continued support and dedication during this time and would like to provide the following update:

  • Open Services
    • Lost/stray pet intake and redemptions—Customers should contact staff at 720-337-1810 or We are asking customers to wait in their cars until DAP connects with them via phone. For full information on our operational adjustments, visit here.
    • Animal Protection Officer assistance—Customers should call dispatch at 720-913-2080.
  • Temporarily Closed Services

We request that anyone who is currently ill or has any known risk factors related to COVID-19, to please not visit our facilities in-person. We are asking the same of our staff and volunteers.

For more information regarding COVID-19 and your pets, please click here.

We appreciate your patience and understanding!

How the Community Can Help Denver Animal Shelter:

Community members who are eager to help offset the potential impact on pets related to COVID-19 are encouraged to: 

1. Help reunite lost pets with their families. Share Denver Animal Protection’s Lost Pets web link on social media and NextDoor to help aid DAP in reuniting lost pets back with their families.

2. Donate. Support the more than 150 animals at Denver Animal Shelter today by making a donation! It costs over $30/day to care for each animal at Denver Animal Shelter, so every dollar helps care for Denver’s homeless, and most vulnerable, pets. Individuals can make a monetary donation here: Additionally, supporters can donate treats, toys, and other essential enrichment items from our Amazon Wish List, which ships directly to the shelter. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept in-kind donations at this time.

3. Extend understanding, compassion, and support to our staff and volunteers. Our staff are working overtime to ensure additional sanitization protocols take place while also continuing our high quality of care for our animals. We are repurposing staff to give more attention and enrichment to our pets during this uncertain time. Therefore, wait and response times may be impacted. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

Are you interested in fostering an animal during the COVID-19 pandemic? Please fill out this form for the DAP emergency foster program. A staff member will contact you if/when we have animals in need of emergency foster, so please provide as much information as you are able in response to the questions on the form. We will do our best to respond to you during this busy time, we thank you for your patience, and we appreciate your willingness to help!

Denver Animal Protection provides animal care and protection services for all of Denver County.


Denver Animal Shelter and Animal Protection Denver Public Health and Environment LogoWe foster the human-animal bond by protecting the safety and welfare of Denver's animals and people. Denver Animal Protection is committed to:

  • Providing humane care to companion animals
  • Reuniting lost pets with their owners
  • Adopting pets to loving homes
  • Enforcing Denver County animal ordinances
  • Educating the public about animals, their needs and our critical role as a community resource

Our Denver Animal Shelter is an open-admission shelter that is home to more than 6,000 lost and abandoned pets each year. 

Champions for Excellent Care

Champions for Excellent Care                                                     

We are an AAHA-accredited veterinary hospital. That means we hold ourselves to a higher standard. Pets are our passion. And keeping them  healthy is our number one priority. Here, we strive to deliver excellent care for pets. Because your pets deserve nothing less. Learn more about AAHA accreditation and why our creditation is important to you and your pet. Visit



DAP has cancelled Saturday/Sunday vaccination clinics through May 11th. Please continue to check our website for future clinic dates and cancellations. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Denver Animal  Protection (DAP) provides care to more than 12,000 pets each year. DAP operates Denver Animal Shelter (DAS), an open-admissions shelter that is home to more than 6,000 lost and abandoned pets each year.


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Purchase a donation of treats or toys for the animals at Denver Animal Shelter from our Amazon Wish List. Amazon will ship the gift directly to the shelter!


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