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Coronavirus Resources

Riverdale Animal Shelter's Statement on COVID-19

Note on Modified Operations

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Riverdale Animal Shelter is pleased to continue to serve our community under modified operations, providing contactless services by appointment only. These services include: lost and found, pet surrender, end-of-life services, and virtual adoptions. For more information on our virtual adoption process please visit our virtual adoptions page.

  • To learn more about our contactless services and to schedule an appointment, please contact us by email or by phone at 720.523.PETS (7387).
  • If you arrive at the shelter for a contactless appointment, please call us at the number provided by our staff.
  • If you have an emergency, please call 911.
  • Animal Control numbers are listed on our website.  

Thank you for your patience as we work together to keep our staff and 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?

Yes. While our adoption center is currently closed, we are offering contactless virtual adoptions. For more information on our virtual adoptions process, please click here.

What services are not currently being offered during the COVID-19 crisis?

At this time the following services are on hold. Please continue to check our website and Facebook page for updates on when these services will resume.

  • Shelter tours and community events

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 or call 720-523-PETS (7387).

What if I found a lost pet?

If you’ve found a lost pet, please email us at or call 720-523-PETS (7387).

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

  • Email a photo of the found pet to us at If someone calls the shelter looking for their missing pet, we can try to make a match.
  • Post flyers 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 kittens living outside without their mother?  

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 Riverdale Animal Shelter at or call us at 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. Please contact us a head of time and we can assist you with this process and/or provide resources that may help with your situation. Please email us and at or call us at 720.523.PETS (7387) for assistance.

How can Riverdale Animal Shelter help if I fall ill with COVID-19?

Riverdale Animal Shelter serves as a designated site to assist residents with pets in times of disaster or emergency, including during a global pandemic. In a 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 while you receive medical care. 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 Riverdale 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.

Who is caring for the animals during this time?

The quality care of the pets we serve is always our top priority. 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?

We appreciate your willingness to help. Right now, we have enough rescue and shelter partners, volunteers, and foster parents to assist. If our needs change, we will get the word out on our website or Facebook page.

What about vaccination clinics?

Due to COVID restrictions, we have begun offering contactless vaccination clinics by appointment only. Since we are limited in the number of individuals we are able to serve during these clinics, announcements and the link to sign up are posted on our Facebook page on the Saturday before the Wednesday clinic. For more information, please call our Customer Care team at 720-523-PETS (7387).  

Scheduled upcoming contactless vaccination clinics are below. Please remember to register for these clinics using the sign-up link posted on our website and on Facebook the Saturday before the clinic.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 21
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18
  • Wednesday, Dec. 2
  • Wednesday, Dec. 16

Please be aware this is a contactless clinic. Therefore, patrons will remain in their vehicles and must wear a face mask when interacting with our staff and volunteers. When the weather is warm, it is advised you keep the air conditioner running in your vehicle for the safety of you and your pet while you wait.

How else can I help?


As we transition to the Riverdale Animal Shelter, we kindly ask you to hold onto any donations, while we plan for a new donations process. We hope to communicate the new process soon after our move. Please keep an eye on the website and our Facebook announcement for any updates.

Help reunite lost pets with their families: Share Riverdale 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 If someone calls the shelter looking for their missing pet, we can try to make a match.
  • Post flyers 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

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.