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Pet and Animal Resources

Coronavirus Resources

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 May 31.

Virtual Adoptions are now available online. Please click here for more information on how to adopt virtually. 

We continue to provide essential services to community pets and their families, by appointment onlyEssential services include: lost & found pet support, surrender, and end-of-life services.

IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE SCHEDULING AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE:

  • You must first contact us at adcoshelter@adcogov.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. To contact Animal Control for your jurisdiction, click here. (Please note, some Animal control departments may be responding to emergencies only.)
  • 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 adcoshelter@adcogov.org or call 720-523-PETS (7387).

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 adcoshelter@adcogov.org or call 720-523-PETS (7387).

Other ways you can help unite a pet with their family:

  • Email a photo of the found pet to us at adcoshelter@adcogov.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

What if I found an adult, feral cat (also known as a community cat) or kittens?

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, Adams County Animal Shelter/Adoption Center is committed to continuing to be a safety net for animals and their families throughout our community. The pandemic does not diminish this commitment, but it does require us to do our lifesaving work in a different way.

So, in order to keep our patrons and our on-site staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working to reduce all non-emergency animal intakes. We kindly ask that you leave healthy cats and kittens who live outside, in their neighborhoods, unless they are in immediate danger, sick or injured.  If you discover a litter of kittens, before coming to their rescue, watch and wait to see if their mother is coming back for them.  A mother cat will not approach if she senses someone is nearby. It may be several hours or more before she returns. Remember, community cats are most active at night, so you may not catch a glimpse of the mother at all.  

If you are unsure if the cats/kittens you found are in need of rescue please email Adams County Animal Shelter/Adoption Center at animalshelter@adcogov.org or call us at 720.523.PETS (7387).

This decision to protect animal shelter staff and the public, and minimize the spread of COVID-19 is a top priority. 

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/Adoption Center 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 adcoshelter@adcogov.org or call us at 720.523.PETS (7387) for assistance.

How can Adams County Animal Shelter/Adoption Center help if I fall ill with COVID-19?

Adams County Animal Shelter/Adoption Center also serves as a designated site to assist residents with pets in times of disaster or emergency, including during a global pandemic. In an unfortunate case where you’re admitted into the hospital due to contracting COVID-19 and are unable to care for your pet, it’s always best that your pets are cared for by family or a trusted friend while you receive medical care. We can provide donated food or a list of resources like low-cost veterinary options while your pets are in their care. However, if you don’t have the option for family or friends to assist while you’re ill with COVID-19, we may be able to provide temporary care for your pets until you are well enough to care for them on your own. Please call us at 720.523.PETS (7387) to speak with our Customer Care team regarding your circumstances.

COVID-19 Pet Preparedness Plan

There is no question that the current pandemic is causing physical, mental and economic anxiety for many people. Having a plan in place can help relieve the stress of caring for a pet if you or a family member become ill unexpectedly. Taking these simple, preventive steps can help keep you and your pets safe in the event of an unexpected emergency like COVID-19.

  • When considering what to do with your pet if you contract COVID-19 and are unable to care for them, talk with a family member or trusted friend in advance about looking after your pet in your absence. You may want to have more than one person designated as a caregiver.
  • Prepare directions for pet care, including instructions on the administration of medications for each pet by name, and make sure you have adequate supplies on hand for your designated caretaker.
  • Ensure your friends and family also have your veterinarian’s contact information in case of emergency. If the Adams County Animal Shelter/Adoption Center is part of your emergency plan, please make sure to include that information with your pet’s emergency plan instructions.
  • Finally, don’t forget to confirm that your pet has the correct identification, including a collar with a pet tag that includes your contact information, and an updated microchip.

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?

Donate
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 adcoshelter@adcogov.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:

  • If you are unable to care for your pet, talk with a family member or trusted friend in advance about looking after your pet in your absence. You may want to have more than one person designated as a caregiver.
  • Prepare directions for pet care, including instructions on the administration of medications for each pet by name, and make sure you have adequate supplies on hand for your designated caretaker.
  • Ensure your friends and family also have your veterinarian’s contact information in case of emergency. If the Adams County Animal Shelter is part of your emergency plan, please make sure to include that information with your pet’s emergency plan instructions.
  • Finally, don’t forget to confirm that your pet has the correct identification, including a collar with a pet tag that includes your contact information, and an updated microchip.

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. 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. 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.