Thinking about adopting a pet in Denver?
Are you looking to add a lovable kitten or canine to your family? That’s great! There are many benefits to having a pet in the home. You have a few options for getting a new pet: shelters, rescues, pet stores, and sites like Craigslist. How do you know which one is right for you?
We recommend steering clear of “puppy mills” and inhumane breeders. The best way to adopt an animal in Denver is to visit one of many shelters – this ensures your new cat or dog will be up-to-date on shots, screened for most behavioral issues, micro-chipped, and typically spayed or neutered.
Below, you’ll find a list of the best places to adopt a pet in the Denver area. Every location is a member of the Metro Denver Animal Welfare Alliance (MDAWA) and many are non-profits focused on improving the quality of life for companion animals. All pets adopted through a MDAWA-affiliated shelter are eligible for free post-adoption health examinations from members of the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society.
Dumb Friends League — 2080 S. Quebec St.
Dogs, cats, and horses are available for adoption. A “barn cat” program is also available.
Denver Animal Shelter — 1241 W. Bayaud Ave.
Dogs, cats, and other small animals are available for adoption. Meet-and-greet services are recommended. Seniors over 65 years of age receive a 50 percent discount.
Divine Feline — 2600 W. 2nd Avenue, Unit 10
Only cats are available for adoption. A foster program and affordable spay and neuter services are offered.
Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue — 2390 S. Delaware St.
Only cats are available for adoption after participating in a thorough screening process.
Humane Society of the South Platte Valley — 2129 W Chenango Ave, Unit A
Dogs and cats are available for adoption. All adoptions come with a 14-day limited health guarantee.
Adams County Animal Shelter — 10705 Fulton
Dogs and cats are available for adoption. A low-cost vaccination clinic is offered. This location serves Commerce City, Federal Heights, Northglenn, and Thornton.
Angels With Paws — 2540 Youngfield St.
Only cats and kittens are available for adoption. This non-profit organization also offers a foster program for eligible applicants.
Cat Care Society — 5787 W. 6th Ave.
Only adult cats are available for adoption. A full-service veterinary clinic is offered at this location.
Aurora Animal Shelter — 15750 E. 32nd Ave.
Dogs, cats, and other small animals are available for adoption. Occasionally discounted adoption fees will be offered during seasonal promotions.
Forgotten Felines Rescue — 3124 S. Parker Rd. Ste. A2-607
Only cats are available for adoption. This non-profit has been working since 2010 to socialize and rehabilitate cats for adoption.
Freedom Services Dogs — 2000 W. Union Ave.
Dogs that are ineligible for service are available for public adoption, and fully-trained service dogs are available for qualified applicants.
Foothills Animal Shelter — 580 McIntyre St.
Dogs, cats, and small critters are available for adoption. A “barn cat” program is offered at this location.
The adoption process
Most adoption fees range from $25-$200 depending on the animal desired. These fees may seem a bit steep to some, but they are very necessary to cover the costs of operation, veterinary care, and outreach. Remember, you’ll always be better off adopting through a legitimate shelter instead of a stranger online.
When adopting a pet, it’s important to consider which breeds and personality types would adapt the best in your home. For example, a senior dog would probably not be too happy in a household with several small children, and a timid cat might not enjoy a house full of large dogs.
If you’re concerned about being away from home often, it’s still possible to bring an adorable pup or kitty into the family with some professional help. Here at Zoologie Pet Services, we strive to offer flexible solutions for a wide range of situations.
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We provide dog-walking, pet-sitting, and grooming services for Denver residents. With us, you’re in good hands—we’re accredited through Pet Sitters International, certified in pet CPR and first aid, and fully insured and bonded. We’ve been in business since 2011 and are highly recommended in the Denver pet community.
Get in touch today to find out how we can help with your newly adopted pet!