Most pet owners are responsible and caring but there are unfortunate animals that find themselves lost, abandoned, neglected or the victims of cruelty.
There are organizations to help and Denver animal shelters contribute to animal welfare in the city. Most organizations devoted to animal care are non-profit and they rely on donations from the general public.
Many shelters are run by volunteers. They will never put a healthy animal down.
The Denver Municipal Animal Shelter is located on Jason Street and deals with hundreds of new dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and other small animals each week. Donations are welcome and are tax deductible. This Denver animal shelter is a part of the Division of Animal Control and operates an adopt a pet scheme for a small fee.
Senior citizens are given a discount. In addition to dogs and cats, there are sometimes birds, iguanas, fish, rabbits or snakes.
When a dog or cat is adopted, they must be spayed or neutered before the new owner is allowed to take him or her home. The shelter gives dogs the distemper and parvo vaccinatation but the person adopting must organise a rabies vaccination. Cats are given the feline distemper and upper respiratory virus vaccination.
In Denver, all cats and dogs aged over 6 months are required by law to be licensed. The shelter has an online facility for obtaining a license.
The Dumb Friends League was founded in 1910 to care for sick and injured animals. They also run an adoption scheme for the animals they rescue. Part of their work at this animal shelter in Denver is to educate the public on how to take care of pets.
It is the largest organization of its kind in the Rocky Mountains area. The main shelter is on Quebec Street and there is another one at the Buddy Center in Castle Rock.
In addition to placing the dogs, cats, and rabbits etc., with new owners, the shelter also re-unites pets that have been lost with their owners. The shelter also welcomes donations to meet the expense of housing over 25,000 homeless animals each year.
Members of the public give money but also supplies, such as pet food, toys, dog and cat collars, pet cushions, grooming tools and office equipment to assist in the day-to-day running. It is also possible to be a foster parent to a pet.
This is open to adults and young people aged between 12 and 17 in the Junior Foster Programme.The animal shelter has a gift shop with a range of pet goods, including pet food dishes, car bumper stickers, greeting cards, and tote bags.
The Animal Rescue and Adoption Society on Delaware Street is devoted to the welfare of cats. They operate adoption and foster schemes and will pass a cat on to another animal shelter in Denver if their capacity is full. The shelter is funded from donations and fundraising events.
The adoption fee includes spaying or neutering, a cardboard transport carrier, vaccinations, safety collar and identity tag. A microchipping service is available for an additional fee.