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Aurora Animal Shelter

Aurora Animal Care Division / Aurora Animal Shelter
15750 E. 32nd Ave.
Aurora, CO  80011

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Call:  303-326-8295

The Aurora Animal Shelter is temporarily relocating to Tenaker Pet Care Center, April 11th through April 23rd.  
Our temporary phone number is 303-326-8295.  We will not have any available adoptable pets until after shelter repairs are complete.  In the interim, other area shelters have graciously agreed to find new, loving, permanent homes for Aurora’s adoptable cats and dogs until we return to our building on April 23rd.

While the city shelter’s floors are resurfaced, the building painted and kennel gates replaced, staff and stray dogs will temporarily relocate to:
Tenaker Pet Care Center
895 N. Laredo Street
Aurora, 80011 
Please search in person for your lost dog.   Tenaker is open Monday thru Friday from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm and on Saturday from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm to search for your lost canine.  Their kennel is closed on Sundays.  Staff respectfully asks that owners pay board and impoundment fees with a personal check or cash.  The temporary location does not offer the ability to process credit or debit card payments.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please take stray cats to the Dumb Friends League (2080 S. Quebec Street, Denver) until our return to the Aurora Animal Shelter on April 23rd.  If you've lost a cat, please look for it at the Dumb Friends League. 
Cat owners are asked to wait until we return to the shelter on April 23 before surrendering their pet for re-homing.  

All animals returned to the Aurora Animal Shelter on Wednesday, April 23.  

Thank you for your patience and cooperation while we make improvements at the Aurora Animal Shelter!
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A loved pet is a licensed pet 

Field Service:  303-326-8288
Animal Care Officers pick up injured or ill animals, investigate cruelty and neglect calls, and enforce the city’s ordinances related to animals.  If you need an officer to investigate a cruelty, mistreatment or neglect situation, please do not send an email.  Call the above dispatch number for quickest service.  Officers are available to take your call: 
  • Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
  • The Division is closed on Sundays and holidays
Please be aware that hours of operation are different for the animal shelter. 

After Hours?  If there is animal involved in a life-threatening situation after-hours, please call 303-627-3100, the Police department's non-emergency number.   They will contact the on-call Animal Care Officer to respond to urgent-only calls. If the situation can wait, please contact the Animal Care Division the next business day.

Animal Shelter:  303-326-8280
Kennels: kennels are open to search for a lost pet or an adoption candidate. Animals will be released to owners during these hours only: 
  • Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The shelter is closed on Sundays and all major holidays.
Office:  The front office / shelter lobby is open for administrative matters:
  •  Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Lost and Found

Lost Pets:
  Please look promptly for them at the Aurora shelter. Stray animals without identification are kept a maximum of 72 hours for owners to claim them. At the end of this three-day period, the animal becomes City property and may be adopted or otherwise disposed.  Well-placed signs, lost and found ads, talking to neighbors and checking other animal shelters may also  help locate your missing pet. It is also recommended you place a piece of worn and unlaundered clothing or the pet's bed outdoors so your pet can use its sense of smell to find its way home. Search for a Lost Pet
If you see your missing pet online, please make note of the animal ID number.  Staff will need it in order to find your pet in the shelter's computer system to provide you with additional information.

Found Pets:
  The animal shelter is one of the first places most owners look for their missing pet. If you find a stray, please bring it to the shelter so it can be quickly reunited with its owner. Staff traces microchips, licenses and rabies tags to notify owners of their pet's whereabouts. Keeping strays at home exposes family members to unnecessary risks from unknown illness and temperament problems. 
If you still prefer to keep a found pet at your home, please call the Aurora Animal Shelter at 303-326-8280 to file a “found report.”   This allows staff to connect you with someone filing a “lost report” and reunite pets with owners.  Most newspapers will run a “found ad” free of charge for three (3) days. This may help the owners reunite with their stray pet.
If you would like the “found” animal kenneled at the Aurora Animal Shelter but are unable to transport it, please call our field services dispatch number at 303-326-8288. An Animal Care Officer will pick up the stray and impound it at the shelter.

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Adoption of Shelter Animals

Many wonderful dogs and cats need a good home. When considering a new family pet, please visit the Aurora Animal Shelter. A wide selection of purebred and mixed breeds is available. Call 303-326-8280 for information on animals in our kennels or view photos and information online.  Search adoption candidates

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Breed Request List
If you wish to adopt a specific breed of dog, cat or other pet but there currently aren’t any available for adoption in the shelter, you may place your name and pet requirements in the Breed Request (Wish) List.   When an animal enters the shelter that matches the information provided, shelter staff will call you to meet it and decide if it is a good adoption candidate for your family. Call 303-326-8280 to be placed on the Breed Request List.


Spay / Neuter
All dogs and cats over six months of age in the city of Aurora must be spayed or neutered unless their owner purchases an Intact Animal License for it.  The Intact Animal License is the appropriate city license for all dogs and cats physically capable of having a litter of puppies or kittens.  All cats and dogs adopted from the Aurora Animal Shelter are spayed or neutered before leaving the facility with their new owners. The Aurora Animal Shelter is not able to provide spay/neuter services for owned animals, however we can provide a list of low-cost services provided by other shelters or clinics


Many wild animals have adapted to live comfortably in an urban environment. It is not unusual to see raccoons, skunks, squirrels, fox, coyotes and other wildlife in residential areas. Respect for wildlife and simple, preventive measures can reduce or limit conflict with urban wildlife. Please visit the city’s Living with Wildlife page for tips on reducing conflict with wildlife in your community. 
Losing a pet to a wild animal is an uncommon and tragic event. In many cases, these attacks are preventable. Precaution, supervision, awareness, and prevention go a long way to protecting precious pets from opportunistic predators. To learn more about how to protect pets from wild neighbors, please visit the city's Living with Wildlife page.
The Aurora Animal Care division will respond to wildlife-related service requests only if the animal has shown aggression toward a human, is severely injured, is showing signs of disease or is in distress (trapped in a fence, dumpster or window well).
The city of Aurora does not trap and remove wildlife. If you wish to have an animal trapped and removed, please use the internet or the phone book to find and contact a local, professional wildlife damage control or pest control specialist.
Because relocating wildlife can spread disease, move a problem rather than solve it, and often ends badly for the animal, relocating wildlife is either not legal or is regulated. Check with state wildlife officials for regulations related to trapping and relocating wildlife.
The Aurora Animal Care Division works closely with Urban Wildlife Rescue, Inc. (303-340-4911), a nationally-recognized, private, non-profit organization.  Please be aware that Urban Wildlife Rescue is not affiliated with the city of Aurora, although Animal Care Officers refer to them as an educational resource for successfully and humanely managing conflict with raccoons, skunks and squirrels. 
For more information on Colorado wildlife, visit Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

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