Adams County Animal Shelter/Adoption Center Statement on COVID-19
In the interest of doing our part to keep our staff and community safe by reducing the spread of COVID-19, Adams County Government offices are currently closed through April 19.
While the State of Colorado has issued a Stay-at-Home Order, we continue to provide essential services to community pets and their families daily, by appointment only. Essential services include: lost & found pet support, surrender, and end-of-life services.
IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE:
- You must first contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720.523.PETS (7387) to schedule an appointment. We will then walk you through next steps.
- If you have an emergency, call 911 or Animal Control at 303.288.1535.
- When you arrive for your appointment, you must call us at the number provided by our staff for further instructions.
Our Adoption Center is currently closed. We are unable to take donations at the door and cannot let visitors into our lobby.
Thank you for your patience as we work together to keep our community safe.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Animal Control still bringing pets to the shelter?
Yes, we will continue to take in animals from our Animal Control partners in the cities of Brighton, Commerce City, Federal Heights, Northglenn, Thornton, and the Towns of Bennett and Lochbuie, as well as unincorporated Adams County.
Can I adopt an animal during the closure?
While adoptions are currently on hold, some of our adoptable pets are being transferred to our rescue and shelter partners, so they do not have to wait to find their forever homes. Others are staying with our trusted foster parents until adoptions open again, which also helps us to make room for new animals in need.
What if I lost a pet?
If you’re searching for a lost pet, please search our Lost & Found page on our website, which is updated every two hours. If you see your pet online, please take note of the animal ID and email us at email@example.com or call 720-523-PETS (7387).
Also, we recommend checking postings on PetHarbor, Craigslist, NextDoor (in the neighborhood where your pet was lost), and lost pet pages on Facebook like Tri-County Lost & Found Pets.
What if I found a lost pet?
If you’ve found a lost pet and it’s possible to keep them safely in your home, we’re able to work with you remotely to help find its owner. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720-523-PETS (7387).
What if I need to surrender a pet?
We understand that it can be a very difficult decision to surrender a pet. During the COVID-19 crisis, unless it’s a true emergency, Adams County Animal Shelter is asking the community to keep owner-surrender pets in homes until community functions have stabilized. However, if you’re not able to do so due to a safety concern with your pet, we’re happy to help with your surrender, or provide resources that may help with your situation. Please email us at email@example.com or call us at 720.523.PETS (7387) for assistance.
Who is caring for the animals during this time?
The quality care of the pets we serve is always our top priority. Our veterinary and animal care teams remain on-site daily to ensure animals are fed, watered, receive medical care and enrichment, and that dogs are taken on walks during this time.
Are your animals at risk for unnecessary euthanasia during this period?
The regular high-quality care of our animals is always our first priority and at no time will we be at risk of falling short of that standard including the need for unnecessary euthanasia for time or space. This policy will not change, even during closures or times when we are offering limited services.
Do you need additional volunteers from the community to help care for animals?
Right now, we have enough rescue and shelter partners, volunteers, and foster parents to meet our needs during this time. If our needs change, we will get the word out on our website or Facebook page.
What about vaccination clinics?
We have suspended our vaccination/microchip clinics for the time being. Please check our website for updates as to when they will be offered again. In the meantime, we encourage you to visit your regular vet to maintain your pet’s vaccinations
How else can I help?
Donations for our animals are always appreciated, but during this temporary period, we cannot accept in-kind donations through our doors. Instead, you can view our Wish List for items that can be delivered to us from Amazon.
Help reunite lost pets with their families: Share Adams County Animal Shelter’s Lost & Found web link on social media and sites like Petharbor, Craigslist, NextDoor and Facebook to assist us in reuniting lost pets with their families. Other things you can do to help reunite a pet with their family:
- Email a photo of the found pet to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If someone calls the shelter looking for their missing pet, we can try to make a match.
- Post fliers near where you found the pet and alert neighbors.
- Post the pet’s information and photo on PetHarbor, Craigslist, NextDoor (in the neighborhood where your pet was lost), and lost pet pages on Facebook like Tri-County Lost & Found Pets.
Extend understanding, compassion, and support to our staff and volunteers. Please send compassion to our hard-working staff and volunteers. We would love shout outs about happy adoption stories and pet updates, etc. from those we’ve served, to be posted on our Facebook pages which helps lift us all. We’re also working quickly to respond to every call and email we receive and we ask for your patience with any delays that may occur.
Stay tuned: Please understand that this is a very fluid and rapidly changing situation. We will post updates on our website and Facebook page as soon as we’re able.
Plan ahead: Ensure you have a pet emergency plan in place if you become ill or hospitalized.
Pets and COVID-19: What to Know and How to Plan
As a pet owner, what should I do to prepare for COVID-19?
As always, you should include your pet in any disaster planning and be prepared to implement your pet’s emergency plan, which should include:
- Identifying a caregiver (or caregivers) who will take care of your pet in times of emergency or illness.
- Keeping your pet up-to-date with vaccinations and having updated medical paperwork on hand.
- Having a two-week supply of food and medications on hand and ensuring all medications and dosages are documented.
- If your pet has a microchip, make sure your contact information is updated and that your pet always wears a collar with tags.
- Here are additional resources available to help you create a disaster or emergency plan for your pet.
Should I be concerned about pets and COVID-19?
According to the CDC, while the virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, there is no reason to think any animals, including pets in the United States, might be a source of infection with this virus. To date, the CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals.
Should I avoid contact with pets if I am sick with COVID-19?
According to the CDC, you should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask. Please visit the CDC’s website if you have additional questions regarding pets and COVID-19.
How can I help pets in my neighborhood?
If you are able, let your neighbors know you are able to provide temporary help with their pets if they are unable to do so due to hospitalization, illness or housing challenges. What a great opportunity for our communities to come together and support one another and our animals. If accepting a pet from someone that is sick, it is prudent to give the pet a bath or wipe the pet with a damp towel as soon as possible.