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  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 relief support & resources including medical supplies for organizations, opportunities to donate and volunteer, safety information on the virus, and more!

Learn more about Testing.

The city is gradually moving from an emergency response phase into one of relief and recovery. As of Wednesday, May 6, 2020, face coverings are mandatory while inside of or waiting in line to enter any retail or commercial business, or any location or facility offering government of health care services, and waiting for or riding on public transportation.

On May 9, 2020, many businesses will be allowed to re-open with 50% of employees if able to maintain six-foot physical distancing, abide by the face-covering order and other guidelines.

Everyone is urged to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. We know this is a big ask of our residents and businesses, but it is a necessary step to ensure the health and safety of our community.

Get information on Recovery Guidance and Planning  |  View Denver's COVID-19 case and outbreak data | Read the Full Press Release | View the Webinar  |  Watch the Press Conference in English & Spanish


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
    • Denver Animal Shelter adoptions will reopen Saturday May 9th, 2020. In-shelter adoptions will be available daily, 11a.m.-4p.m.  A maximum of two to three groups (and no more than two people per group) will be allowed in the building at a time. A mask/face covering, and six-feet social distancing will be required. We respectfully request that anyone who is currently ill (or has any known risk factors related to the virus) not visit Denver Animal Shelter. Please do not stand in line until you have two animals you would like to meet. You can choose animals to meet from our website at Our staff will NOT be able to assist you with picking out animals at the door. Please note: We cannot guarantee the animal you are interested in will be available at the time of your counsel. 
    • 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.

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.

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 June 8th. 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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