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Community Engagement

Building relationships, saving lives.

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Community Engagement 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, Community Engagement helps animals by partnering with and empowering the families who care for them. In 2016, Denver Animal Protection was chosen to be a Community Engagement 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 Community Engagement 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. Community Engagement 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 Solutions, 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 Community Enagement:

  • Since its launch, Community Engagement has helped to spay/neuter more than 600 animals in the 80219 and 80204 zip codes for free!
  • Community Engagement takes a nonjudgmental, supportive approach to helping animals by working directly with people in underserved communities — Community Engagement is not an enforcement program.
  • This program also provides free collars, leashes, vaccinations, educational resources and more!

Are you a pet owner in the 80219 or 80204 zip codes? Call Community Engagement today to learn how they can help: 303-910-0875.


Ways You Can Help


Make a contribution exclusively for Pets For Life. Just note "For PFL" 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

Photo of Safe Haven Program pet owner with small dog

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.

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

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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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