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Lost & Found



Please note that our dog kennels are at capacity, and we are currently unable to accept any owner surrender dogs at this time. We are able to accept lost dogs found in Aurora on a case-by-case basis depending on our kennel space. Please call the shelter directly at 303.326.8280 to check on space availability before coming to the shelter. Tips on how to reunite a lost pet with its owner can be found below. 

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Lost Dogs

Lost Cats

Other Lost Pets

Lost and Found animals are housed at the Aurora Animal Shelter. If your pet is at the shelter, please come to the shelter to reclaim during business hours. The following is required to reclaim your pet:
  • To reclaim your pet you must be at least 18 years of age.
  • A valid photo ID is required.
  • Proof of ownership is required. Acceptable proof of ownership are items such as: photos, adoption paperwork or vet records. If your pet is microchipped and the chip is registered to you, then proof of ownership is not required.
  • Impoundment and Boarding Fees are due on pick up (please call the shelter for pricing).
Animals posted in the Aurora Animal Shelter's Lost & Found are not available for adoption.

Shelter Fees

Dogs and Cats  Impoundment Fee
Impoundment    $63
Other Pets $20

A Daily Boarding Fee of $19 is applied each day an animal is not reclaimed. (Excludes holidays, Tuesdays, and Sundays due to shelter closure)

After Hours for Injured or Ill Lost & Found Pets

Injured and ill pets found after hours, can be taken VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital at 9770 East Alameda Ave., Denver CO 80247. If possible, please contact them at 303.366.2639 prior to arriving. The pet will remain at VCA until they can arrange pick up with the shelter. This service is only for injured and ill lost and found pets that are found after hours. Please note that VCA is not associated with the Aurora Animal Shelter, any questions pertaining to the shelter should be directed to the Aurora Animal Shelter.

Tips for Reuniting A Found Pet With Its Owner
  • Ask you neighbors if they recognize the pet and whom it may belong to.
  • Check the collar for tags.
  • Bring the pet to a local veterinary office to scan for a microchip.
  • Post found ads online at the sites mentioned in the below Tips on Locating a Lost Pet section.
  • If you are unable to locate the owner, pets can be brought to the your local shelter or humane society. Pets found in Aurora can be brought to the Aurora Animal Shelter (kennels are at capacity, please call in advance to verify that kennel space is available).

Tips On Locating A Lost Pet
  • Utilize online resources to post and search the community's lost & found sections. Such online resources include: 24 Pet ConnectFinding RoverPawboostCraigslist, the Nextdoor App and Facebook Pages (such Facebook pages include: Colorado Lost & Found Pets, Lost & Found Pets Aurora Colorado Only, Aurora & Arapahoe County Lost & Found Pets, etc.).
  • Search local animal shelters and humane societies. Check these organizations frequently and provide them with a flyer.
  • Contact your microchip company. If your pet is microchipped, notify the microchip company that your pet is lost and verify that your contact information is up to date. If you are not sure which microchip company to call, contact your vet or where the microchip was implanted. They should have the chip information in your records.
  • Post and pass out flyers. Your flyer should have a good quality photo, a general description of your pet and have your contact information. You can email your flyer to the Aurora Animal Shelter at [email protected].
  • Update your tag information. If your pet is wearing a rabies tag and/or a city license, contact your vet and city shelter to make sure your contact information is up to date.
  • Leave an item of clothing, their bedding or their litterbox outside. The scent from these items can help guide them back home.
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