Aurora Animal Shelter

Aurora, Colorado

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About Aurora Animal Shelter

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:

  • Aurora Animal Shelter: 15750 E 32nd Ave, Aurora, CO 80011
  • Everyday Adoption Center: 10460 Town Center Dr, Westminster, CO 80021
  • PetSmart and Petco stores: Some of the shelter’s cats are located at PetSmart and Petco stores in the metro area. A cat’s location will be shown in their online biographies.

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:

  • Foster programs for pets who are difficult to place or not quite ready for adoption
  • Pet food bank for low-income households
  • Low cost vaccinations and microchipping for current pet owners
  • Educational and outreach programs to improve awareness, care, and knowledge in the community about responsible pet ownership and animal welfare
  • End-of-life services for the most humane answer for pets suffering from terminal illnesses or inoperable injuries

Contact Info

15750 E 32nd Ave
(303) 326-8280
Website: aurora_animal_shelter

Hours of Operation

Mon - Fri: 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sun: Closed

Adoption Process

To be eligible to adopt from Aurora Animal Shelter, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 18+ years old
  • Provide a valid photo ID

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?

  • Call the shelter directly to confirm the pet's location and make an appointment to meet them.
  • Aurora Animal Shelter's amazing staff will be able to answer any questions and can even tell you more about the adoption process over the phone.
  • You're required to visit to the shelter in order to meet your new furry friend, complete any necessary paperwork, and pay the appropriate fee. It' also recommended you bring the rest of your household along to meet the newest edition to your family!
  • It's possible to take your new pet home on the same day, so make sure you have everything you need!

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Aurora Animal Shelter are as follows:


  • Puppies (up to 6 months): $175
  • Adults (6+): $150
  • Seniors (6+ years): $135


  • Kittens (up to 6 months): $145
  • Adults (6+ months): $125
  • Seniors (6+ years): $110

Other Small Animals

  •  Rabbits, birds, and small mammals: $16

A 50% discount is available to Senior Citizens (65+)

Please contact the Aurora Animal Shelter directly to find out what your adoption fee includes.

Adoption Process & Fees

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, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

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:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

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.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

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.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Aurora Animal Shelter
directly using the contact info above.

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