How to adopt
At the shelter, when you’re ready to adopt or have identified a pet you want to meet, follow the signage to join our virtual queue. You’ll be added to the line, on a first come first served basis, to visit with a counselor and meet your new best friend.
In order to best serve you, please sign in at least one-hour prior to closing to visit with a counselor. Our queue may be closed at other times if we have met our capacity for daily visits.
Don’t have time to wait? We offer limited appointments for cat, dog and small animal adoptions at the Leslie A. Malone Center only. Schedule an appointment to reserve a time to meet with an adoption counselor and pets available for adoption at the time of your appointment. Click here for dog appointments. Click here for cat and small pet appointments.
An appointment does not guarantee that you will meet a specific pet, it simply secures the time and date of your visit.
We only offer same-day or next-day appointments, on weekdays only. We currently don’t offer weekend appointments. If the calendar doesn’t show any available appointments, please check this page the next day as more appointments times become available. We do not have additional appointment capacity beyond the appointment times listed on the calendar, so there is no need to call us.
Visiting in person
Here is what to expect and bring with you in order to adopt:
Bring the adopter, a valid ID and family members needed to finalize the adoption. If your ID does not match your current address, please bring another proof of residence such as a utility bill or vehicle registration.
Browse adoptable pets in the shelter and make note of who you would like to meet. Follow signs and directions from staff and volunteers.
Meet the pet you’d like to join your family!
All adoptions will be finalized on the same day as your visit. Take home your new family member!
You can adopt our small pets from these PetSmart locations. Please check the PetSmart.com for hours of operation.
40 S Abilene St
Aurora, CO 80012
9291 S Broadway
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Parker and Chambers
5520 S Parker Road
Parker, CO 80134
11183 S Parker Rd
Parker, CO 80134
3720 River Point Parkway
Sheridan, CO 80110
4654 Milestone Ln
Castle Rock, Co 80104
How much does it cost to adopt a pet?
Our adoption fees don’t come close to covering the cost of caring for the thousands of homeless pets that come to us each year. Generous donations make up the difference and allow us to continue providing vital services and second chances. Click “show more” to see our current fees and specials.
What is included when I adopt a pet?
In addition to a lifetime of love and companionship, you’ll get:
- An animal that has received a general health examination and has been well-cared for by our staff and volunteers
- A pet that won’t contribute to pet overpopulation—all dogs, cats, and rabbits are spayed or neutered prior to adoption
- Microchip ID implanted and registered to the adopter
- Temporary collar and ID tag
- Temporary leash or carrier (Cat adopters: bring your own carrier and get $5 off your adoption fee!)
- Resources to help set you and your new pet up for success in your home
- A complimentary wellness exam at a participating veterinary practice as part of the Connect for Care program. This exam must be scheduled and completed within 14 working days of adoption.
- Preliminary vaccinations, including rabies. Please discuss an appropriate vaccination schedule during your complimentary wellness visit.
- Did we mention a lifetime of love and companionship?