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Aurora Animal Shelter is an open-admissions shelter that operates as part of the city’s Animal Services department. Every year they deal with hundreds of lost, abused, neglected, and owner-surrendered animals. Aurora Animal Shelter is one of three adoption centers for the city's Animal Services department:
Animal Services in the city began life in the 1950s when a rabies epidemic forced the state to take action. The city built a pound in the 1960s to house their lost and stray animals. Then in 1983, the first shelter was built, which was able to house stray pets and facilitate adoptions.
Over the decades the shelter has grown in response to the changing needs of the community they serve. Today, Aurora Animal Shelter and the Animal Services department offer both adoption services and a range of programs to improve human-animal interactions and care:
To be eligible to adopt from Aurora Animal Shelter, you must meet the following criteria:
All adoptions operate on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend viewing all the adorable available pets online prior to your visit to see who might be waiting for you!
Found an animal that could be right for you?
Adoption fees at Aurora Animal Shelter are as follows:
A 50% discount is available to Senior Citizens (65+)
Please contact the Aurora Animal Shelter directly to find out what your adoption fee includes.
Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!
In the meantime, below you'll find some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
Because shelter dogs are full of love!
Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?
I can't say for certain, but yes.
Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.