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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
    • 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.

Where Do I Redeem My Pet?

If your pet is impounded by Denver Animal Protection, you will need to visit the Denver Animal Shelter at 1241 W Bayaud Ave. during business hours to reclaim your pet.

To determine if your pet is at Denver Animal Shelter, view our adoptable and lost pet database online.

You may also call us during business hours at 720-913-1311 or 311.

What do I Do I Need To Bring to Pick up My Pet?

You will need to bring the following items with you to redeem your lost pet.

  1. A driver's license or photo ID with your current address.  If your address is not current, please provide paperwork with proof of current address. 
  2. You will need to pay all fees by cash, check, Visa, MasterCard or Discover.
  3. Your pet's rabies vaccination certificate and spay/neuter certificate is required.
  4. Proof of ownership such as photos or veterinary records.

What Are the Fees To Redeem My Pet?

Animal Type

Impound Fee

Medical Fee

Food & Board Fee (per day)


Dog/Cat 1st Impound



$10 (per day)


Dog/Cat 2nd Impound



$10 (per day)


Dog/Cat 3rd Impound



$10 (per day)





$10 (per day)

FPA License $25

Other Animal



$10 (per day)





$30 (per day)

Livestock Permit Required

Restricted Breeds (Pitbulls)

Impound Fee: $100

Medical Fee: $40

Food & Board: $15 (per day)

Breed Evaluation Fee: $50

Microchip: $20

Paying an Administrative Citation or General Violation Summons Ticket?

Administrative Citation payments can be made at the following location or online:

Denver Animal Shelter
1241 W. Bayaud Ave.
Denver, CO 80223

Payments can be made:

  • Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Have a general violation summons ticket?

Payments can be made at the following location: 

Justice Center
520 W. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80204

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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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