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Now at Capacity, Animal Shelter Seeks Public Help

Amid Surge in Owner Surrenders, Aurora Animal Shelter Seeks Public Assistance
Posted on 08/23/2022

Like many other animal shelters in the Front Range, the Aurora Animal Shelter is experiencing an unprecedented high number of owner-surrendered dogs and is currently at full capacity. Starting Aug. 23, the shelter can no longer accept surrendered dogs until further notice. 

The animal shelter has a food bank, thanks to the community's generosity, with pet food and supplies to help those considering surrendering their dog due to financial hardship. To access the food bank, please call 303.326.8280 to check availability and schedule an appointment for pick-up.   

Below are ways the community can help:

  • Adopt a Dog: If you are considering adopting a dog, now is the perfect time to do it! All dogs (and cats) over six months old are 50% off their regular adoption fees through the end of August. Aurora residents who become adopters will receive a free pet license with their adoption. 
  • Foster a Dog: If you are interested in joining the Aurora Animal Shelter foster team, please complete the volunteer application at
  • Donate: If you cannot adopt and would like to support the animals at the shelter, please check out the shelter’s Amazon Wish List linked at by clicking the Donate button. The wish list includes items in high demand that will directly impact the animals in the shelter’s care. 
  • Call the shelter when a stray is found: If a stray dog is found, please call the shelter for guidance before considering taking it to the shelter to ensure kennel space availability.

Follow the Aurora Animal Shelter at or visit for updates. 
Contact the Aurora Animal Shelter with questions at 303.326.8280 or [email protected]

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