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Denver Animal Protection COVID-19 Response

Denver Animal Protection’s priorities continue to be to work hard to protect the health and safety of our pets, our community, our volunteers, and our staff.

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 Shelter adoptions are open though we are not permitting parties to self-tour through adoptable animals. Current adoptable animals are displayed online, and customers can select a maximum of two animals to visit at the shelter. To assist customers with adoptions, DAP is offering its Adoption Hold Program via telephone. Customers can call 720-337-1810 to place an adoption hold, prior to the animal becoming available for adoption. Visit our website to view animals available for holds. Adoption holds are a $20 and $15 (for 2nd hold) donation. 

Adoption Hold Program

Due to COVID-19, DAP is offering its Adoption Hold Program via telephone. Customers can call 720-337-1810 to place an adoption hold, prior to the animal becoming available for adoption. Visit our website here to view animals available for holds (please note any animals listed as “Not Available for Hold”). Adoption holds are a $20 or $15 (for 2nd hold) donation and must be confirmed by a Customer Care agent. An adoption hold does not guarantee adoption. 

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. Must be at least 18 years old to complete adoption process.
  • Payment Options: Cash, Visa, Discover or Mastercard.
  • Meet and Greet: Before adoption, a meet and greet is required with all people living in the home, including children and other dogs. This will ensure you find the perfect match and will 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 $50 refundable deposit is required in order to take the animal home.)

Adoption Fees




 (2 mos - 1 yr)
 $170  Spay/neuter, vaccinations, one-year pet license
 Adult Dogs
 (1 - 5 yrs)
 $150  Spay/neuter, vaccinations, one-year pet license
 Senior Dogs
 (6+ yrs)
 $100  Spay/neuter, vaccinations, one-year pet license 
 (2 mos - 5 mos)
 $110  Spay/neuter, vaccinations, one-year pet license 
 Adult Cats
 (6 mos - 6 yrs)
 $95  Spay/neuter, vaccinations, one-year pet license 
 Senior Cats
 (6+ yrs)
 $65  Spay/neuter, vaccinations, one-year pet license 
 Small Animals  $15  
 Livestock  $50  

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

*Current Military and Veterans Discount - 50% off a one-time adoption fee

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 90 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 – $20
    • 2nd Hold – $15
  • 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 and behavior before being eligible for adoption. Once the animal passes the assessments, the individual with the hold will receive an email and text alert that the animal is available for adoption. The individual with the hold will only be guaranteed their hold for the day the animal was made available. Adoption visits end one hour before closing and all adoptions must have a visit prior to paperwork being started.

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

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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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