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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 and would like to provide the following update:

  • Open Services
    • Denver Animal Shelter adoptions will reopen Saturday May 9th, 2020. In-shelter adoptions will be available daily, 11a.m.-4p.m.  A maximum of two to three groups (and no more than two people per group) will be allowed in the building at a time. A mask/face covering, and six-feet social distancing will be required. We respectfully request that anyone who is currently ill (or has any known risk factors related to the virus) not visit Denver Animal Shelter. Please do not stand in line until you have two animals you would like to meet. You can choose animals to meet from our website at Our staff will NOT be able to assist you with picking out animals at the door.  Please note: We cannot guarantee the animal you are interested in will be available at the time of your counsel.
    • Lost/stray pet intake and redemptions—Customers should contact staff at 720-337-1810 or We are asking customers to wait in their cars until DAP connects with them via phone. For full information on our operational adjustments, visit here.
    • Animal Protection Officer assistance—Customers should call dispatch at 720-913-2080.
  • Temporarily Closed Services

We request that anyone who is currently ill or has any known risk factors related to COVID-19, to please not visit our facilities in-person. We are asking the same of our staff and volunteers.

We appreciate your patience and understanding!

How the Community Can Help Denver Animal Shelter:

Community members who are eager to help offset the potential impact on pets related to COVID-19 are encouraged to: 

1.    Help reunite lost pets with their families.  Share Denver Animal Protection’s Lost Pets web link on social media and NextDoor to help aid DAP in reuniting lost pets back with their families.

2. Donate. Support the more than 150 animals at Denver Animal Shelter today by making a donation! It costs over $30/day to care for each animal at Denver Animal Shelter, so every dollar helps care for Denver’s homeless, and most vulnerable, pets. Individuals can make a monetary donation here: Additionally, supporters can donate treats, toys, and other essential enrichment items from our Amazon Wish List, which ships directly to the shelter. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept in-kind donations at this time.

3.    Extend understanding, compassion, and support to our staff and volunteers. Our staff are working overtime to ensure additional sanitization protocols take place while also continuing our high quality of care for our animals. We are repurposing staff to give more attention and enrichment to our pets during this uncertain time. Therefore, wait and response times may be impacted. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

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.

Donate Today!

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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