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If your pet is lost, the following list of resources may help you find your lost pet.

  • Contact all local animal shelters. The Metro Denver Animal Welfare Alliance (MDAWA) website provides a list of all MDAWA members and contact information for those members.
  • Post fliers in your neighborhood and alert your neighbors. You can also place a sign in your yard to alert neighbors and others that your pet is lost.
  • If your pet is lost in Denver, look here on the Denver Animal Shelter website as often as every hour to see if your pet is at the shelter.
  • Check to see if any of your neighbors have found your pet.
  • Search the Craigslist "pets" and "lost+found" pages.
  • Complete a Lost Cat or Lost Dog registration on
  • Upload your lost pet's photo to
    • Upload you pet's photo
    • Enter the required details about your pet
    • Enter your name, email address and ZIP code

Lost pets brought to the Denver Animal Shelter without identification are held for five calendar days. Animals with identification are also held for five calendar days while their owners are contacted. You can view our pets online. Our database is updated daily. After the five day hold, animals will be evaluated for adoption or transfer.




If you're visiting our shelter in search of your lost pet and you do not see your pet, please ask our front office staff for assistance to determine if your pet is in a location not accessible to the public. The front office staff can view pictures of all animals in the shelter to include animals in our quarantine area that is off limits to the public.


If your pet is at Denver Animal Shelter , visit the Redemption Process and Fees page for information about reclaiming your pet. 


If you have found a lost pet in the City and County of Denver, you are welcome to bring the animal to Denver Animal Shelter during business hours. After regular business hours, the animal shelter provides 10 night drop-off boxes for found pets. The night drop-off boxes are located to the left of the shelter's Lost and Found entrance.

If you have found a lost pet in the City and County of Denver and would like the animal picked up by an animal protection officer, contact the Denver 311 Help Center at 720-913-1311. You must be 18 years of age and home for approximately two hours for an officer to respond. Animal protection officers will not be dispatched to pick up strays or stray holds after 9:00 p.m.

If you have found a pet with identification tags and would like to try and contact the pet owner, contact the City and County of Denver 311 Help Center at 720-913-1311. An animal protection staff member will return your call to assist in the tag trace.

Pet Microchip Lookup logoIf you have found a pet with a Microchip tag that indicates the dog or cat has been microchipped, you can use the the Universal Microchip Lookup Tool to trace the microchip number.



Licensing your pet can be helpful if your pet becomes lost. Make sure your pet is always wearing a collar displaying their license tag, rabies tag, and ID tag.

Microchip implants are an excellent safeguard. In the event your pet loses their collar, the microchip information can be used to bring your pet home. Be sure to register your microchip and keep information current. Microchips are available at Denver Animal Shelter.

Obey the Denver leash laws and make sure that your pet is kept in a secure enclosure when not leashed.

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Denver Animal  Protection (DAP) provides care to more than 12,000 pets each year. DAP operates Denver Animal Shelter (DAS), an open-admissions shelter that is home to more than 6,000 lost and abandoned pets each year.


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