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Please note that our dog kennels are at capacity, and we are currently evaluating capacity daily to determine if we can accept owner surrenders at this point.

Pet Surrender

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Deciding to surrender a pet is never an easy choice, but sometimes it can be the most responsible and compassionate decision for both the owner and the animal. While it may be emotionally challenging, surrendering a pet can be a selfless act when it is done with the best interests of the animal in mind. 

To surrender your pet the Aurora Animal Shelter requires the following:
  • Pets must be brought to the Aurora Animal Shelter at 15750 E. 32nd Ave., Aurora, CO 80011.
  • The legal owner of the animal must be present.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • A valid photo ID is required.
  • Complete a surrender form to provide the shelter with information about your pet.
  • Pay the surrender fee listed below.
  • If possible, provide your pet's medical records.

Surrender Fees

Aurora Residents: $46



We are only accepting Aurora surrenders at this time dependent on our available kennel space.

Resources and Available Help

The most common reasons why pets get surrendered to the shelter are due to cost of care, behavior issues, new living situations and moving. The resources below may provide you with assistance for overcoming those obstacles.

Pet Food Bank - The Aurora Animal Shelter partners with Colorado Pet Pantry to provide food assistance for those in need. Thanks to the generosity of our community and CPP, we can provide pet food for those going through a financial hardship. If you need pet food or other pet supplies, please reach out to Colorado Pet Pantry to set up assistance at (303) 818-0618 or visit their website at

Behavioral Tips - The shelter has tips available for pet owners that need information on how to correct unwanted behavior. For a full list please click Aurora Animal Shelter Behavioral Tips.

In addition, the ASPCA provides plenty of online guides and information for basic training and behavior modification for dogs and cats. You can visit ASPCA Pet-care for more information.

Training - The City of Aurora offers training classes through their Parks & Recreation Division. A list of their services can be found at City of Aurora Dog Training.

Low-Cost Vet Clinics - There are several low-cost veterinary clinics in the area, as well as national, state and local organizations focused on assisting with the cost of veterinary care.

Pet Friendly Housing - Tips for securing pet friendly housing are available from and PetFinder.

Pet Laws - Become familiar with the City of Aurora Pet Laws or the pet laws in your area.

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