Pets for Life is a program developed by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) that uses innovative outreach strategies to extend animal services, resources and information to an underserved community. By addressing the need for accessible pet care, Pets for Life helps animals by partnering with and empowering the families who care for them. In 2016, Denver Animal Protection was chosen to be a Pets for Life mentorship city by HSUS. We are proud to be a part this program that partners with the community to help keep animals happy and healthy in their homes.
Denver Animal Protection delivers the Pets for Life program locally to build humane communities using innovative strategies and fresh approaches designed to extend the reach of animal services, resources and information to underserved areas. Pets for Life serves people and animals in Denver’s 80219 and 80204 zip codes through proactive door-to-door outreach, community events and a consistent presence in the neighborhood. Families in these communities face many barriers to accessing important services for the animals they love, and 84 percent of these animals have never seen a veterinarian. This approach allows us to reach those in our community who have the least access to information and services, improving quality of life for both animals and people. In collaboration with our partners Dumb Friends League and PetAid, we provide free spay/neuter surgery, vaccines, information and resources.
The program seeks to meet community members where they are, rather than waiting for them to come to us. Here’s what you need to know about Pets for Life:
Are you a pet owner in the 80219 or 80204 zip codes? Call Pets for Life today to learn how they can help: 303-910-0875.
Volunteer to help our outreach team in the community. We have a variety of volunteer positions from field work with our clients to helping transport animals to surgery appointments. Volunteers can even help from their homes completing help with data entry to track this amazing community engagement and support program. Your generosity will help save lives!
Denver Animal Protection (DAP) partners with several referral organizations to provide the Safe Haven Program, which offers two to four weeks of shelter for pets of families experiencing temporary homelessness. This could be due to fire, domestic violence, or hospitalization. DAP also provides this service to pet owners experiencing homelessness during severe cold weather (under 15 degrees).
Many pet owners do not want to give up their animals but need short-term assistance to focus on tasks that can get them into a new home. The Safe Haven Program makes it possible for these people to get the resources they need to improve their situations enough to welcome their pet back home again. Animals provide companionship, comfort, and unconditional love to these families, and preserving the bond between families and their animals is vitally important.
Participation in our Safe Haven Program requires referrals from a case worker. Have your case worker reach out to us through our liaison. If you do not have a case worker, please contact Denver Human Services at 720-944-4347.
Volunteer as a foster parent. We often take Safe Haven pets in at our shelter but that can stressful for an owned pet. By opening your home to an animal through the Safe Haven program, you not only provide a comfortable home environment for the pet, but also peace of mind for their family. Your generosity will help save lives – both human and animal. More information is available on our foster program page.
Thanks to many years of successful spay and neuter programs, public education and Denver’s pet-loving residents, dog overpopulation is no longer an issue for the Denver metro area. This progress has allowed Denver Animal Shelter to expand its focus to finding loving homes for dogs with manageable and trainable behavior concerns. The shelter’s HOPE Program, supported by a grant from Maddie’s Fund, provides professional, science-based training services for eligible dogs at the time of adoption to set new families up for success and ensure dogs reach their full potential.
Denver Animal Shelter is committed to supporting HOPE dogs and their new families in building a bond that will last a lifetime. We partner and learn alongside HOPE families to better understand how to keep dogs in their homes after adoption. New canine companions need time, dedication, training and support, and we are there to provide resources to modify their behavior and help them be successful.
If you'd like to help a HOPE Dog, fill out the Denver Animal Shelter donation form online. Please leave a note with your donation letting us know that you are supporting the HOPE Program.
With the help of supporters like you, Denver Animal Protection changed the lives of more than 11,000 animals in 2018! Sadly, many more animals are still waiting for love and happiness. Your gift makes a huge difference to Denver's most vulnerable animals!