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Aurora Animal Shelter

The Mission of Aurora Animal Services

Aurora Animal Shelter LogoOur mission is to balance the needs of people and animals as we:

Provide humane shelter, treatment and placement of animals.

Enhance and preserve the human-animal bond through education, outreach, adoptions and cruelty prevention.

Aurora Animal Services History

1978 Aurora Animal Control
urora Animal Care has been serving the citizens of Aurora since the 1950s. Aurora Animal Care was originally created to help control the rabies epidemic in Colorado by enforcing the state laws that required pet owners to vaccinate their dogs and cats against rabies.

The City of Aurora soon realized that they needed a facility to hold stray dogs and cats. In 1968 the city leased space at 2155 S. Havana Street to be used as the city pound. The location was meant to be temporary until a proper shelter could be built. The pound remained operational for 13 years.

Aurora Animal ControlPrior to the mid 80s, the eastern part of Aurora was vastly ranches, farms and open space. Animal Control Officers had to be experienced with
handling dogs and cats, in addition to horses and other farm animals. On occasion they would respond to calls about wildlife and mountain lions.

With the City of Aurora's growing population, the Aurora Animal Shelter was built in 1983 to house lost pets and facilitate adoptions. The Shelter is located at 15750 E. 32nd Ave., Aurora CO 80011.

1981 Aurora Animal ControlOver the years Aurora Animal Care has been a strong advocate against animal abuse and educating the public on the importance of spaying and neutering their pets.

Since then the Aurora Animal Shelter has grown to a full-service, open admission animal shelter committed to protecting the animals of Aurora by providing shelter and care to the animals in the community.

The division name was formally changed from Aurora Animal Care to Aurora Animal Services in 2015. 

Westminster Everyday Adoption Center Grand Re-Opening 2017In 2017 The Aurora Animal Shelter was able to secure a 3 year grant with PetSmart Charities in Westminster. This allowed the shelter access to PetSmart's Everyday Adoption Center. This is the only PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center in the state of Colorado located at 10460 Town Center Dr., Westminster CO 80021. This has proven to be a valuable resource for the shelter and their animals as it allows adoptions to be done in both Aurora and Westminster.

1983 Aurora Animal Shelter Dedication Plaque      

Old Photo Gallery

1983 Aurora Animal Shelter Construction Completed
Mascot Jerry  1993 Gateway to the Rockies Parade Gateway to the Rockies Parade  Parade - Share in the Care
Aurora Parade  Aurora Parade
Dog in Animal Control Truck

Retired Mascots of Aurora Animal Shelter
Gus    Merlin
Angus (Gus), Mascot 2002-2018 & Merlin, Mascot 2002-2016
Jerry, Mascot of the 90s


The Aurora Animal Shelter is proudly partnered with the following organizations:

       Animal Assistance Foundation           MDAWACAACO            Hill's Science Diet

          CFAWA              SAWA 

       PetSmart Charities       NACA                  PetCo
     Bel-Rae       Colorado Pet Pantry
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