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Rescue Runway: A Virtual Success!

The runway show may be over but your chance to contribute is not! The deadline for donations and silent auction bids has been extended until 6:00 p.m. on Monday, August 17.

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Your car is not a dog sitter; never leave a dog in a hot car!

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Was your pet born to be a star?

The 2021 Beautiful Paws calendar contest supports Denver Animal Protection!

Enter your pet’s photo in Gaelle Pet Photography’s 2021 Beautiful Paws calendar contest and help the homeless pets at the Denver Animal Shelter! Submit your favorite pet photo and ask your family and friends to vote. The top 13 pets will have their photo taken professionally and will be featured in the calendar.  Fees for photo entries and votes will help Denver Animal Protection continue their lifesaving work.  Plus, there are weekly mini-contests and the option to reserve a spot for your photo on a grid space. Submissions are accepted through September 11 and voting closes on September 12. Visit the Gaelle Pet Photography Photo Contest Page for info!


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Adorable Lester has his own photo ready to submit – now he just needs a home!


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.

In-shelter adoptions will be available Monday-Friday 10:30am-5:30pm and Saturday-Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm.  Adoption visitations must be complete one hour prior to closing each day.  At this time, we are not permitting parties to self-tour through adoptable animals. Current adoptable animals are displayed online and parties can select a maximum of two animals to visit at the shelter. 

A mask/face covering, and six-feet social distancing will be required. Please read the instructional signage when arriving at the shelter and follow all social distancing markers.

We respectfully request that anyone who is currently ill (or has any known risk factors related to the virus) not visit Denver Animal Shelter. 

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

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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.

Shop Our Amazon Wish List

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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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