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Resources for Cat Owners

We know how much time, money, and energy can go into taking the best possible care of your feline companions, which is why we’ve compiled this helpful list of resources. Whether you’re looking for medical care, behavioral tips, pet friendly housing, or aid during personal hardship, the following resources and organizations offer a wealth of information and answers to any challenge life with a cat can throw at you. 

Frequently Asked Questions
I can't keep my cat, how do i surrender it?

Almost 3,000 cats entered animal shelters in Jefferson County during 2018. We receive hundreds of requests from owners looking to re-home cats every month. Unfortunately, as a small shelter with a maximum capacity of approximately 100 cats, we aren’t able to help every cat in need. The best option, if at all possible, is to keep your cat in your home. The resources below are designed to help you find financial aid for medical bills and pet supplies, behavior help, and pet friendly housing. We understand that sometimes, as painful as it may be, keeping your cat is simply not an option. If this is the case we encourage you to try to re-home your cat yourself with the help of the Petco Foundation.  The fact of the matter is that no animal shelter is as comfortable as a home, despite how hard we try to make every cat feel safe and stress free. If none of these options are suitable for your current situation, please fill out our pet surrender form. We hold weekly intake meetings to determine our available space, and will reach out to you if we have a space available that is suitable for your cat’s needs. 

I found a stray cat, what should i do?

First, it’s important to determine whether the cat is a stray, feral, or lost cat. If the cat is friendly, the easiest thing to do is to scan the cat for a microchip, which can be done at most animal shelters or veterinary clinics. If the cat does not have a microchip, check your local municipal animal shelter for lost cat notices. Post the found cat’s information on flyers in your neighborhood and online. If you cannot keep the cat in your house it is best to take it to the municipal animal shelter that provides animal services for your city, as this is often the first place that people look for their lost pet. If you suspect that the cat has been abandoned and would like to place it with us, please fill out our cat surrender form. We hold weekly intake meetings and will contact you if space is available. If the cat is feral, or not friendly to people, check out our resource section for stray cats to find organizations that trap, neuter, and return neighborhood cats. This is an important step in reducing the number of stray cats in our community. We also have humane traps available for a small deposit. 

I lost my cat, do you have it?

Because we are a limited admission shelter with very few open spaces at any given time we seldom take in lost cats unless we are fairly certain that they don’t have a home. The first place to look is at the municipal animal shelter that provides animal services for your city, lost and found pets are often posted online. You can also post flyers in your neighborhood and online forums such as Craigslist and NextDoor. Leave food, water, and your cats litter box outside near your house; many cats return home when it is dark out. If you cat is shy or frightened you may have more success using a live trap to try to capture your cat. We have live traps available for a $75 deposit which is refunded upon return of the trap. 

Where can I get my cat spayed or neutered?

Spaying or neutering your cat is very important to their health. Spaying or neutering reduces their risks of certain cancers and helps reduce unwanted behaviors such as spraying. The Dumb Friends League Solutions Clinic offers free spay/neuter surgeries to cats regardless of the owners income.  

my cat passed away, can you take the left over food, toys, bed, etc?

As a small animal shelter that operates solely off of donations and grants we are always grateful for any donated pet food, gently used beds, pet carriers, and towels. We also accept opened and expired cat food for our Nibbles and Kibbles food pantry and for feeding feral community cats. Due to PACFA regulations we cannot use or accept used litter boxes or fabric cat furniture or toys. 

Low Cost Clinics

It can be expensive providing medical care to your pet. The following veterinary clinics have been known to have lower than average prices. Click on the link to be redirected to their website or call for more information on services offered and standard rates.

Downtown Animal Care Center

(303) 595 – 3561
1041 Galapago St. Denver, CO 80204

Max Fund Wellness Center

(303) 595 – 0532
1000 Inca St. Denver, CO 80204

Homeward Bound

(303) 981 – 4663
7571 Indiana St. Arvada, CO 80007

Dumb Friends League Solutions Clinic

(303) 722 – 5800
191 Yuma St, Denver, CO 80223 

(Free spay/neuter clinic for cats)

Planned Pethood

(303) 433 – 3291
4595 N. Harlan St. Wheat Ridge
After hours 7pm-12am

Lakeside Animal Hospital

(303) 955 – 4576
4243 Harlan St. Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Peace Love & Paws

1280 Vine St. (Denver)
Free Veterinary Clinic for the homeless.

THRIVE Affordable Vet Care

Inside various Petco stores
Walk ins welcome

Emergency Rooms

Sometimes pets get sick when you least expect it, these clinics offer 24/7 medical care.


Lower Cost Pet ER Service
(303) 239 – 1200
2201 Wadsworth Blvd. Lakewood. CO 80214

Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital

(303) 424 – 3325
10140 W 44th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033


(303) 874 – 7387
3550 S. Jason St. Englewood, CO 80110

Animal Urgent Care (Lower cost ER)

(303) 420 – 7387
12520 W. 64th Avenue, Arvada 80004

Alameda East

(303) 366 – 2639
9770 E. Alameda Ave. Denver, CO 80247

Resources for Stray Cats

The following organizations provides services and resources for feral or unowned community cats. If the cat is friendly enough to be picked up please visit the sections on shelters below.  

Metro Denver Cat


(844) 336-2287

Alley Cat Allies


Resources for managing and caring for feral and unowned community cats

The Feline Fix


(303) 202-3516

The Humane Society of the United States


Resources for caring for community cats.

Pet Loss Grief Support

Organizations that can help when it is time to say goodbye to your beloved pet.  

Caring Pathways


Financial Resources

It can be expensive taking care of a pet, and life doesn’t always go as planned. The following organizations can help provide financial relief to help keep your pet and you together throughout any hardship. 

Red Rover

Provides grants for medical care, domestic violence, and disaster relief.

Colorado Pet Pantry

Monthly pet food banks located throughout Colorado. 

(303) 818-0618

The Pet Fund

Provides medical grants for non urgent medical care for chronic conditions.  

Cat Care Society's Nibble and Kibbles

Cat food, litter, and other supplies for people in need every 1st and 3rd Saturday.

Diabetic Cats in Need

Provides insulin and testing supplies for diabetic cats. 

Care Credit

Line of credit with special financing for unexpected medical costs, often 0% interest for several months. 

Behavior Resources

It’s not always easy to know what a cat is thinking, or why they do the things they do. The following articles and behaviorists specialize in understanding felines and redirecting or better understanding unwanted behaviors. 

Good Kitty Behavior

Sometimes the problem is just too big to be solved by a website-or you prefer speaking to a real person. We don’t have any behaviorists on staff, but encourage you to reach out to Billie Reynolds of Good Kitty Behavior for a consultation. 

(970) 231-7216

Cat Friendly Homes

The American Association of Feline Practitioners has put together a full guide of answers to the very frequent question; “why does my cat do that?”

The Indoor Pet Initiative

Ohio State University has compiled an excellent catalog of articles to help you better understand your cat and keep it mentally and physically happy and healthy. 


Cornell Feline Health Center

An extensive list of articles covering almost every health and behavioral concern that can inflict your furry friend. 


Articles about common behavior issues such as scratching, aggression, and inappropriate urination. 

International Cat Care

 Articles covering a wide array of feline health and behavioral concerns. 

Finding Pet Friendly Housing

One of the number one reasons that pets are surrendered to shelters is due to housing, but that doesn’t have to be the case! Pet friendly housing is becoming more and more common. The links below will direct you to websites where you can easily search for housing that allows pets.

Use this link, select your city, and choose from hundreds of pet friendly housing options.

Apartment List

More than 500 pet friendly apartments in the Denver region. 


Over 700 apartments and homes that offer pet friendly housing.

Avalon Communities

Because pets are part of the family, Avalon Communities offers pet-friendly housing in Colorado.

Pet Sitters, Boarding, and Grooming

Cat Care Society

We offer a Temporary Care program for those experiencing temporary homelessness, domestic violence, or an extended hospital stay. We also offer complimentary nail trims for life for former CCS cats. 

Denver Animal Shelter Safe Haven

Temporary care for those affected by fire, domestic, violence, hospitalization, etc. 

All Cat Clinic (Boarding)

(303) 781-8540
3998 S Broadway (Englewood)

Paradise 4 Paws Boarding

(720) 506-9800

24735 E 75th Ave. (DIA)

Cold Noses Warm Hearts Pet Care

Kari Ruder, Certified Veterinary Technician, provides personalized in home pet sitting and medical care for pets of all types, including those with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes or kidney disease.

(970) 389-6650

 Open Admission Animal Shelters and Animal Control

We are very fortunate in Colorado to have excellent animal shelters and a population that cares about pets, in fact the shelter pet is the state pet of Colorado! If you are looking to re-home a relatively young, healthy animal, find your lost pet, or report a found pet these open admission shelters are an excellent resource. Most will take any animal that comes their way and find a loving home for the vast majority of them. City and county animal control is also generally responsible for animals at large, dangerous animals, or concerns about animal abuse or neglect and work closely with the shelters listed below depending on jurisdiction. However, admission means that they may need to euthanize to make space for new animals coming in. 

Denver Dumb Friends League

(303) 751-5772

2080 S. Quebec St. (Denver)  

Denver Animal Shelter

(303) 720-913-1311
1241 W Bayaud Ave. (Denver)

Foothills Animals Shelter (Jefferson County)

(303) 278-7575

580 McIntyre St. (Golden)

Boulder Valley Humane Society

(303) 442-4030
2323 55th St. (Boulder)

Humane Society of the South Platte Valley (Englewood and Littleton)

(303) 703-2938
2129 W Chenango Ave (Littleton)

Longmont Humane Society

(303) 772-1232

9595 Nelson Rd. (Longmont)

Adams County Animal Shelter

(720) 523-7387

10705 Fulton St. (Brighton)

Colorado Humane Society and SPCA

Investigates animal cruelty, abuse, and neglect in counties across Colorado.

Denver Animal Control

(720) 912-1311

Aurora Animal Shelter

(303) 739-7000

15151 E. Alameda Pkwy (Aurora)

Bureau of Animal Protection

Investigates animal cruelty and neglect in Colorado.

Littleton Animal Control

(303) 794-1551

Aurora Animal Control

(303) 326-8288

Arvada Animal Control

(720) 898-6900

Intermountain Humane Society

(303) 838-2668
67318 Hwy 285 (Pine)

Lakewood Animal Control

(303) 987-7173

Englewood Animal Control

(303) 761-7410

 Limited Admission Animal Shelters and Rescues


The following shelters and rescues are in general, smaller, and thus more limited in space and resources. Like Cat Care Society they can only take in animals when they have the space available. These shelters and rescues may be a better option if you are no longer able to keep a cat that is older or has chronic health conditions such as diabetes or kidney disease, as limited admission shelters do not euthanize for space.

Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue

(303) 744-6076

2390 Delaware St. (Denver)

Barnwater Cat Rescue

(303) 759-2855
3131 E. Evans Ave (Denver)

Almost Home Adoptions

(303) 432-2299
6010 W 88th Ave (Westminster)

Angels with Paws

(303) 274-2264

2540 Youngfield St. (Denver)

Happy Cats Haven

(719) 635-5000

1412 S. 21st St (Colorado Springs)

Max Fund

(720) 266-6081
1005 Galapago St. (Denver)

Fort Collins Cat Rescue

(970) 484-8516

2321 East Mulberry St.  (Fort Collins)


5787 W. 6th Ave.
Lakewood, CO 80214