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Adoption Process and Fees

Adoption Process

  • Required Documents: Drivers License or Photo ID with your current address. If your address is not current, please provide paperwork with proof of current address.
  • Payment Options: Cash, Visa, or Mastercard.
  • Meet and Greet: Before adoption, a meet and greet may be required for homes with children and other dogs. This will ensure you find the perfect match and assist the animal with the transition.
  • Spay and Neuter Information: Pets that are already spay/ neutered can be taken home at the time of adoption. Pets that have not been spayed/ neutered prior to adoption will remain at the shelter and be scheduled for the next available appointment. You will then receive the date and time of pick up for your newly adopted pet.
    (If your pet is unable to be altered, a $100 refundable deposit is required in order to take the animal home.)

Adoption Fees




 (Under 1 year)
 $150  Spay/neuter, vaccinations, 
  one-year pet license
 Adult Dogs
 (between  1 and 5 years)
 $130  Spay/neuter, vaccinations,
  one-year pet license
 Senior Dogs
 (6 years & older)
 $95  Spay/neuter, vaccinations,
  one-year pet license 
 (Under 1 year)
 $95  Spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip, 
  one-year pet license 
 Adult Cats
 ( between 1 and 5 years)
 $15 (Regular $87)  Spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip,
  one-year pet license 
 Senior cats
 (6 years & older)
 Name Your Price (Regular $60)  Spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip, 
  one-year pet license 
 Other small animals  $15  

*Senior Discount (65 and over) - 50% off pet adoptions

Our goal is the find the right pet for your family! Within 90 days of adoption, if your new pet is not working out, return to the shelter and exchange your pet for another furry friend. You will have 30 days from the exchange date to choose another pet.

Hold Program

The Hold Program helps customers reserve an animal—prior to it becoming available for adoption— by making a non-refundable donation at the customer service counter.

  • Holds can only be done in person at the shelter.
  • Only two holds are allowed per animal: 1st Hold – $15, 2nd Hold – $10 
    An individual cannot put both the first and second hold on the same animal.
  • The non-refundable donation does not count toward the cost of adoption.
  • A hold donation does not guarantee adoption. All animals are evaluated to assess their health & behavior before being eligible for adoption. Once the animal passes the assessments, we will call the individuals with the holds. 

DAS adoptions include spay/neuter, vaccinations, & 1-year pet license. 
All animals currently available can be viewed online.


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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