Have you found a stray animal and aren’t sure what to do? Most of the time, with just a bit of effort, people who find lost pets can easily reunite them with their family by staying near where the animal was found. Here are a few tips on how you can best help a lost animal find their way back home.
If you have found a pet with identification tags and would like to try and contact the pet owner, contact the City and County of Denver 311 Help Center at 720-913-1311. An animal protection staff member will return your call to assist in the tag trace.
As a reminder, Denver Animal Shelter is an open admissions shelter, which means we never turn away an animal for any reason. If you have found a lost pet in the City and County of Denver, you are welcome to bring the animal to the Denver Animal Shelter during business hours. After regular business hours, the Denver Animal Shelter provides night drop-off boxes for found pets. The night drop-off boxes are located to the left of the shelter's Lost and Found entrance.
If you have found a lost pet in the City and County of Denver and would like the animal picked up by an animal protection officer, contact the Denver 311 Help Center at 720-913-1311. You must be 18 years old and home for approximately two hours for an officer to respond. Animal Protection Officers are not be dispatched to pick up strays after 9 p.m.
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.