Top Pet Rescue Shelters In Denver

February 28, 2014 6:00 AM

(credit: Dumb Friends League)

(credit: Dumb Friends League) (credit: Dumb Friends League)

There is nothing like the feeling of coming home to the loving admiration of your beloved pet. After a long day, your best friend climbs up on your lap and offers you the kind of love that comes with no expectations and no demands. A family pet can make a world of difference in the lives of just about anyone. So why not open your home and your heart to a new best friend? There are several shelters and spots throughout Denver for you to meet your new dog or cat pal, so check out any of these great shelters today.

Dumb Friends League
2080 S Quebec St.
Denver, CO 80231
(303) 751-5772

The Dumb Friends League is one of the largest animal shelters in the state. It was originally founded in 1910 and serves the community by rescuing sick, injured and neglected animals. The Dumb Friends League is always a great place to visit for anyone looking for a new friend, and you can continue your education there as well by taking one of the many classes and other offerings. In 2013, the League placed 16,762 pets into loving homes.

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1005 Galapago St.
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 595-4917

MaxFund is a no-kill animal shelter, with two different locations for cats and dogs. Since 1989, MaxFund has cared for dogs and cats in the Denver area and it is responsible for 470 dogs and 533 cats finding homes in 2012. Just like most centers, there is an adoption process where the staff at MaxFund works to make sure you will be a good fit for the pet you are bringing home. These processes are in place to ensure that you will be that forever home that every pet needs. MaxFund also has a wellness center that provides low cost care for your pet throughout his or her life.

Denver Animal Shelter
1241 W. Bayaud Ave.
Denver, CO 80223
(720) 913-1311

As Denver’s main municipal animal shelter, the Denver Animal Shelter is always a busy spot, tending and caring for the many lost and abandoned pets that are found in Denver each year. More than 8,000 dogs and cats find themselves coming through the doors of this facility. With adoptions, lost pets, pet licensing and veterinary care, there is a lot you can take advantage of at this shelter. It is also conveniently open seven days a week now, so you can spend more time finding your new pal.

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Cat Care Society
5787 W. 6th Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80214
(303) 239-9680

The Cat Care Society is a smaller cage-free shelter that is dedicated to the care of homeless and abused cats. Since 1981, this specialized shelter has given the felines of Denver a cage-free environment for them to roam and prepare for their new forever homes. As a smaller shelter, only about 45 adult cats are cared for at a time and that limit is kept until each cat finds a new and permanent home. With so many cats in need of care, it is important that the cats in the care of this shelter find homes so new cats can be taken in.

Big Dogs Huge Paws
5855 Stapleton Drive N.
Denver, CO 80216
(303) 322-4336

As another specialty shelter, Big Dogs Huge Paws is dedicated to the care and adoption of larger breed dogs. Why focus on only larger breeds? Many people love adopting puppies but once the dog reaches full size, a lot of times they are found to be too expensive or too big and are abandoned for a variety of reasons. The breeds found at Big Dogs Huge Paws include Great Pyrenees, Great Danes, Saint Bernards, Mastiffs, Newfoundlands, Irish Wolfhounds and Scottish Deerhounds. It is because of this specialization that Big Dogs Huge Paws has enabled large breed rescue for animals all over the country.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at