Failing to provide adequate shelter from the cold could result in up to $999 fine and/or a year in jail
As the Denver Metro area braces for several days of bitter cold, Denver Animal Protection reminds residents to ensure pets are protected from the elements. Failing to do so could have dire consequence for pets and result in a Cruelty to Animals or Animal Neglect charge, up to a $999 fine and/or a year in jail for the owner.
Ideally, the best way to protect pets from extreme temperatures is to avoid long-term outdoor exposure. However, if pets have to be outside for longer durations, Denver city ordinance requires that pets have adequate outdoor shelter such as a dog house, porch area, or a similar structure that allows the animal to escape the elements.
Further insulating the shelter or adding a “doggie door” to a garage or covered area adds another layer of protection from the cold.
Additional tips include:
For information about Denver’s Animal Protection ordinances or additional pet safety tips, visit www.denveranimalshelter.org.
As Denver’s nationally-accredited local public health agency, the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment (DDPHE) is dedicated to advancing Denver’s environmental and public health goals. DDPHE Divisions include Denver Animal Protection, Community Health, Environmental Quality, Office of the Medical Examiner and Public Health Inspections.
For more information about DDPHE visit www.denvergov.org/EnvironmentalHealth. Follow us onwww.Twitter.com/DDPHE.
Sgt. Stephen Romero, a nearly 22-year veteran of Denver Animal Protection( DAP), will host a community meet and greet session on Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Capital One Café located next to Union Station at 1550 Wewatta St. in Denver.
The event will offer community members an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the vital services DAP officers provide to both people and animals every day. It will also give DAP officers an opportunity to better understand the community’s animal protection needs and open a helpful dialogue with residents. Anyone curious about the work DAP officers do to educate and protect people and animals, and especially those interested in pursuing a career in animal protection, are encouraged to attend.
DAP is committed to providing humane care to companion animals; reuniting lost pets with their owners; adopting pets to loving homes; enforcing Denver City and County animal ordinances; and proactively educating the public about animals, their needs and DAP’s critical role as a community resource.
In September 2017 alone, DAP officers responded to 1,734 calls in addition to providing education and materials to community members. These efforts contributed to helping vaccinate 429 animals, spaying or neutering 250 animals, microchipping 36 animals and providing foster care for 44 animals. DAP officers also helped return 36 pets to their homes and families, ensuring these animals never needed to enter the shelter’s care.
Approximately two dozen French Bulldogs rescued as part of a special investigation by Denver Animal Protection will get a chance at a new start during a special adoption event on Saturday, Aug. 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Denver Animal Shelter (DAS).
Earlier this month, Denver Animal Protection removed more than 34 animals from a Denver residence as part of a special investigation. Since then, DAS medical and behavior teams have been working nonstop to provide medical care for the dogs and prepare them for rehoming. Many of the dogs will be available for adoption on Aug. 26 on a first come, first served basis.
DAS staff anticipate significant interest in the dogs and encourage those looking to adopt to arrive early and be prepared for longer-than-usual wait times. The French Bulldogs will only be adopted to Colorado residents, and no pre-adoption visits will be available.
To help recoup the costs of the specialty medical care the dogs have received, the requested adoption cost for this event will be $400, which includes the shelter’s standard adoption fee and a suggested donation. This care includes:
Prospective adopters should also be aware that French Bulldogs can require special ongoing care with regards to medical and behavior needs. For those not able to adopt but still eager to help, the shelter is also accepting monetary donations to help defray the costs of animal medical care, dental care and rehabilitation.
DAS is an open-admission shelter that cares for approximately 7,000 lost and abandoned pets each year.
The shelter is located at 1241 W. Bayaud Ave. in Denver and can be reached by phone at 720-913-1311 or online at www.DenverAnimalShelter.org.
“Name your own adoption fee” event aims to place 40-plus animals in forever homes
Denver Animal Shelter (DAS) is partnering with Telemundo Denver to host Clear the Shelters on Saturday, Aug. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This “name your own adoption fee” event is one of hundreds of local adoption events taking place across the country as part of the annual promotion. Each event aims to place all stray, abandoned, lost, and homeless pets in safe and loving homes.
DAS is an open-admission shelter that cares for approximately 7,500 lost and abandoned pets each year, with standard adoption fees ranging from $15 to $150. The shelter currently has more than 40 cats, dogs and other animals available for adoption.
While most animals will be adopted as family pets, the shelter also has a new Working Cat program for cats that can help provide rodent control.
Denver Animal Shelter’s adoption package includes a wellness check, spay or neuter, and a one-year pet license. While adoption fees will be reduced for this special event, potential adopters must meet with an adoption counselor and complete the shelter’s application process. Spanish-speaking adoption counselors will be on hand as well.
For those not able to adopt but still eager to help, the shelter is also accepting monetary donations to help defray the costs of animal medical care, dental care and rehabilitation.
The shelter also offers low-cost vaccination, pet licensing, microchipping and other helpful services.
DAS is located at 1241 W. Bayaud Ave. in Denver. The shelter can be reached by phone at 720-913-1311 or online at www.DenverAnimalShelter.org.
As temperatures across Denver are expected to hit 90, Denver Animal Protection (DAP) and Denver Public Works are teaming up to remind pet owners of the dangers of leaving pets unattended in hot vehicles.
Since the beginning of the year, DAP has received 175 calls regarding dogs left inside vehicles during extreme temperatures. Leaving your pet in an overheated car could result in a summons for animal cruelty, which can result in a fine of up to $999 and/or a year in jail.
As a reminder about the dangers of leaving pets in vehicles during the blistering heat, Denver Public Works Right of Way Enforcement Agents will distribute flyers and keep an eye out for pets left unattended in hot vehicles while on patrol.
“Temperatures inside of a vehicle can reach 120F in a matter of minutes, even with the windows cracked,” says Sgt. Jim Sanborn of Denver Animal Protection. “The best way to keep your pet safe during the blisteringly hot temperatures is to leave your pet at home.”
DAP offers the following tips for protecting your pet from the heat:
The new Colorado law that protects good Samaritans from breaking an animal or child out of a car goes into effect on August 10th. If you see a dog in a hot car, immediately call 311.
Wednesdays in June, 5:30 p.m., Denver Animal Shelter
Find your chakra alongside enlightener, free-roaming, adoptable cats during Denver Animal Shelter’s YogAdoptables series. Classes are held on Wednesdays in June at 5:30 p.m. and are taught by a local, certified yoga instructor. Bring your yoga mat and all your yogi friends for some fun, flexible philanthropy with felines! Register today.
You’ve officially been invited to help raise money for Pet Wellness Packages for Denver Animal Shelter! Every $55 raised spays or neuters, microchips, licenses, and vaccinates a cat or dog.
What can you do to make this fundraiser a success? Getting all of your friends to make a donation! Simply go to the page below and click the FUNDRAISE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN button and you'll have your own fundraising page as a part of our Team. (Before you invite your friends to donate, be sure to make a donation yourself!)
The Michelson Found Animals Saving Pets Challenge is even more exciting than a normal fundraiser because we have the opportunity to win extra money for the shelter. Throughout the campaign, Denver Animal Shelter will have the opportunity to receive bonus grants. One of the bonus grants is tied into the people we have fundraising on our team. So don’t delay – join our Team and invite your friends to donate!
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