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Coronavirus Resources

Riverdale Animal Shelter's Statement on COVID-19

Note on Modified Operations

The safety of our patrons, volunteers, and staff, and the well-being of the pets in our care is our top priority – especially during the unpredictable COVID-19 pandemic.

Riverdale Animal Shelter is now taking reservations for patrons to visit the shelter to view adoptable pets in person. Click here to see available appointment times.

For all other services, including lost & found pet support, surrender, or end-of-life services, please email or by phone at 720.523. PETS (7387).

  • If you arrive at the shelter for an 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

Frequently Asked Questions

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 about vaccination clinics?

Our vaccination clinics by appointment only will resume in May. Please click here to see dates through August and information on how to make an appointment. 

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 they 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 top 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 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.

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.

How can I adopt an animal during the COVID-19 pandemic?

We are offering adoptions. For more information on our adoptions process, please click here.

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 720.523.7387.

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 else can I help?


We’re always so grateful for in-kind and monetary donations that support our efforts to serve the animals in our care. For a list of what we could use most, please visit our Donate page.

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 COVID-19 response is a very fluid and rapidly changing situation. We will post updates on our website and Facebook page as soon as we’re able.