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About Denver Animal Shelter

Denver Animal Protection (DAP) provides animal care and protection services for all of Denver County. DAP operates Denver Animal Shelter (DAS), an open-admissions shelter that is home to more than 7,000 lost and abandoned pets each year.

MISSION STATEMENT

Fostering the human-animal bond by protecting the safety and welfare of Denver’s animals and citizens.

To aid in succeeding in our mission, we:

  • Provide humane care to companion animals
  • Reunite lost pets with their owners
  • Adopt pets to loving homes
  • Enforce Denver County animal ordinances
  • Proactively educate the public about animals, their needs, and DAP’s critical role as a community resource
     

VISION STATEMENT

Leading a city in which people and companion animals are safe and have the resources necessary to live in healthy, humane Denver neighborhoods.

We believe strongly in not euthanizing animals for time and space, and only make such determinations based on severe medical or behavior for safety concerns (bite history, aggression, etc.). Denver Animal Shelter has one of the highest placement rates of homeless pets among municipal shelters in the U.S. 

Denver Animal Shelter facts and statistics infographic

View our frequently asked questions to learn more.

 

dog and cat in holiday attire

With the help of  caring neighbors like you, Denver Animal Shelter will make a difference in the lives of more than 11,000 animals in 2018. Sadly, many more animals are still waiting for love and happiness.

You can help make this a safe, warm and wonderful holiday season for Denver's most vulnerable animals.

 

News and Announcements

 

Shelter Highlights

Denver Animal Protection is a member of the Metro Denver Animal Welfare Alliance (MDAWA). MDAWA is a coalition of 25 public and private shelters, rescue groups, and other animal service providers committed to fostering collaborative efforts of its members to promoting humane care for companion animals in our community. 

 
 
 
Contact Us

1241 W. Bayaud Ave.
Denver, CO  80223
3-1-1 or 720-913-1311

Hours

Adoption visits end one hour before closing (all adoptions must have a visit prior to paperwork being started).

Adoption lobby is closed to visitors 30 minutes before closing. 

Owner redemption paperwork must be started by 30 minutes before closing.

Full Services

Mon – Fri | 10:30 a.m – 6:30 p.m.
Sat & Sun | 11:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.

Vaccination Clinic Services

Sat | 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Sun | 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. 

Clinic Cancellations or Schedule Changes

Occasionally we have to cancel or change the schedule for our vaccination clinic. When this occurs, cancellations will be posted in our events calendar located on the Home Page and Events Page.

Closed Holidays