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Surrender Your Pet

Where can I take my pet if I am no longer able to care for or keep it?

Denver Animal Shelter is working in collaboration with the Dumb Friends League (DFL) on the Denver Stray Project. The program saves more animals’ lives and increases the number of lost Denver pets that are reunited with their owners. The Denver Stray Project makes DAS the “one stop shop” for finding your lost pet in Denver. Therefore, if you are a resident of Denver and have a pet that you need to surrender, please bring it to DFL at 2080 S. Quebec Street. Their hours are Monday–Friday: 9 a.m.–7 p.m. and Weekends: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, call 303-751-5772.

I am disabled and/or don’t have transportation to take my pet to the animal shelter?

A City and County of Denver resident may contact Denver Animal Protection at 720-913-1311 for assistance regarding an owner surrender pet.

Where can I take my pet if I am not a Denver County resident?

You will need to contact your local animal shelter or animal control agency.

Denver Pet Retention Program — Get help for you and your pet!

Denver Animal Protection’s goal is to keep pets in their homes and out of the shelters — we want to help! The Animal Assistance Foundation has generously granted DAP funding to support keeping pets in their homes. The shelter can offer pet guardians the following support to help prevent surrendering their pet:

  • Medical support
  • Pet care items
  • Fencing repair

Owners requesting support should visit the Denver Animal Shelter (1241 W. Bayaud Avenue) and speak with a staff member and to fill out a resource referral form. Owners can set up an appointment for services and supplies within one week of the referral. Please note: the resource referral form must be presented at time of service.


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Contact Us

1241 W. Bayaud Ave.
Denver, CO  80223
3-1-1 or 720-913-1311


Adoption visits end one hour before closing (all adoptions must have a visit prior to paperwork being started).

Adoption lobby is closed to visitors 30 minutes before closing. 

Owner redemption paperwork must be started by 30 minutes before closing.

Full Services

Mon – Fri | 10:30 a.m – 6:30 p.m.
Sat & Sun | 11:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.

Vaccination Clinic Services

Sat | 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Sun | 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. 

Clinic Cancellations or Schedule Changes

Occasionally we have to cancel or change the schedule for our vaccination clinic. When this occurs, cancellations will be posted in our events calendar located on the Home Page and Events Page.

Closed Holidays