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Community Engagement

Building relationships, saving lives.

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Denver Animal Protection delivers the Community Engagement program locally to build safer, more humane communities using innovative strategies and fresh approaches designed to extend the reach of animal services, resources, and information to underserved areas. Through proactive, door-to-door outreach, community events, and a consistent presence in the neighborhood, DAP helps families who face many barriers to accessing important services for the animals they love — and 84 percent of these animals have never seen a veterinarian.

DAP focuses on listening to their communities and on being a resource to pet owners. We meet community members where they are, rather than waiting for them to come to us. The program also acts as a bridge to other partner organizations that may be able to help as well; ultimately, DAP is improving the lives of both people and pets.

Here’s what you need to know about Community Engagement:

  • We’ve helped to spay/neuter more than 2,700 animals.
  • We take a nonjudgmental, supportive approach to helping animals by working directly with people in underserved communities — Community Engagement is not an enforcement program.
  • We provide free spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, pet license, microchips, collars, leashes, food, educational resources, referrals and more.

Are you a pet owner in need of assistance? DAP’s Community Engagement is able to assist the following service areas:

  • 80219, 80204, and 80214: Call 303-910-0875
  • 80239: Call 720-402-4517

Ways You Can Help


Make a contribution exclusively for Community Engagement. Just note "Community Engagement" in the comments section of the donation form. Thank you for your support!



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!

Safe Haven Program

Providing temporary housing and care to keep families together

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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. If you need assistance, you or your case worker can contact our Safe Haven coordinator at 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.

Donate! You can make a contribution exclusively for Safe Haven 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.



1241 W. Bayaud Ave.
Denver, CO 80223

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