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About DAS

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 7,500 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. In the last year alone, more than 6,000 pets were adopted, reunited with owners, or transferred to placement partners.

View our adoption rates and statistics or our frequently asked questions to learn more.

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. 


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1241 W. Bayaud Ave.

Denver, CO  80223
3-1-1 or 720-913-1311

Full Services

Mon – Fri | 10:30AM – 6:30PM
Sat & Sun | 11:00AM – 5:00PM

Vaccination Clinic Only

Sat | 9:00AM – 11:00AM (Year Round)
Sun | 9:00AM – 11:00AM (May -         November Only)

Adoptions and redemptions end 30 minutes prior to closing. 

Meet and greets and visits with animals end 1 hour prior to closing. 

Closed Holidays