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Aurora Animal Shelter



To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Aurora Animal Shelter will be closed to the public until further notice. The services below are still available by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled Monday through Friday 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 303.326.8280. Appointments are not available Sunday or on holidays.

Reclaims: If your animal is at the shelter, please contact us to schedule an appointment.
Adoptions: We strongly encourage adopters to view our available animals online. To meet with an animal please contact us to schedule a visit.
Lost Pets:
Lost animals should be brought to the shelter in the jurisdiction that they are found in. Pets found in Aurora can be brought to the Aurora Animal Shelter. If possible, please call in advance before bringing the animal to the shelter.
Food Bank: Please contact us for availability and to schedule a time for pick up.
Donations: Donations can be delivered to the shelter. We ask that donations be left at the front door or for large scale donations to call us to arrange a time to drop off.
End of Life Services: Please call for an appointment if you need to have your pet humanely euthanized.


American Staffordshire TerrierStarting Feb. 14, Aurora residents who own an American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier or Staffordshire Bull Terrier will be able to license their pets through the Aurora Animal Shelter, following the Aurora City Council's action to remove restricted breeds from city ordinance. Licensing can be done online through Pet License Purchasing, by mail or in person by appointment only.

Please be aware that proof of a current Rabies Certificate is required in order to purchase a city pet license.

Licensing your pet is an inexpensive and easy way to make sure you are quickly reunited with your pet if they ever get lost, and helps ensure a healthy and safe local pet population. Plus, it's required by city ordinance.

Need to get an updated rabies vaccine with a certificate? The shelter partners with several veterinary clinics throughout the city that can vaccinate your pet and license them at the same time!

For more licensing information, pricing or a list of veterinary clinics, please view our Pet Licenses Page. If you have any questions our staff would be more than happy to assist you at 303.326.8280.


ChanceWith kitten season around the corner, the Aurora Animal Shelter is looking to recruit more foster homes. Foster homes are needed for kittens that are under 2 months old and are too young to be adopted. Fostering provides a temporary home for kittens to grow up in instead of growing up in a kennel at the shelter. This is a great way for kittens to learn social skills along with plenty of playtime and cuddles. One of the joys of fostering is watching a newborn kitten grow and develop a personality, such as Chance who is pictured on the left.

Not interested in kittens, but prefer fostering puppies? No problem, the shelter is always in need of foster homes for puppies.

For more information on fostering visit Foster Information.

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