About Foothills Animal Shelter

Foothills Animal Shelter is an open-admissions facility (never turning away an animal) and one of the largest animal shelters in the metro Denver area – taking in 8,000 animals each year. We are a true community resource that offers a broad variety of animal welfare programs and services. Low-cost spaying/neutering, vaccinations, microchipping and dog licensing are some of the many services we provide to the public.


Foothills Animal Shelter’s important mission is to provide the best care possible for every animal that enters our doors.

Community, Adopt, Reunite and Educate (C.A.R.E.) are the four key principles of our organization.

Areas Served

We work closely with animal welfare officers across Jefferson County to keep our neighborhoods safe and to educate the community. Arvada, Edgewater, Golden, Lakewood, Westminster, Wheat Ridge and unincorporated Jefferson County are all communities served by the Shelter.


Originally founded in 1976 by an intergovernmental agreement the Jefferson Animal Shelter served as the impound facility for unincorporated Jefferson County and the cities of Arvada, Lakewood and Wheat Ridge. In 1994, after years of success, the Jefferson Animal Shelter reevaluated its mission and goals to accommodate growing demands on the facility and changes in the external environment. As part of the reevaluation, the shelter changed its name to Table Mountain Animal Center. With the new name came expanded services, more efficient operations and greater public outreach, including the addition of the City of Golden as a member agency.

On June 30, 2009, ground was broken on the site of a long-awaited brand new facility, Foothills Animal Shelter. In early August of 2010, Table Mountain Animal Center became Foothills Animal Shelter and moved to its new beautiful building at 580 McIntyre at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

At 33,000 square feet, the new facility is nearly three times the size of the old building and allows the Shelter to significantly improve the space in which the animals are housed and the services to the community. A new medical suite allows the Shelter to provide more on-site, cost-effective care and has increased the number of spays and neuters.

Board of Directors

Jefferson County and each city served by Foothills Animal Shelter are represented by one leader who sits on our Board of Directors.


G.C. Creager, Deputy Chief of Police – Arvada Police Department


John Hough, Chief – Edgewater Police Department


Jeff Hansen, Finance Director – City of Golden

Jefferson County

Holly Björklund, Director, Finance & IT – Jefferson County


Daniel McCasky, Division Chief – Lakewood Police Department


Mike Cressman, Deputy Chief of Police – Westminster Police Department

Wheat Ridge

Vice President
Heather Geyer, Administrative Services Director/Public Information Officer – City of Wheat Ridge

Animal Control Partners

Animal Control Officers investigate animal abuse and provide services to keep our community safe. We consider these officers to be our partners in the field. They have access to our facility 24 hours a day so that they can keep lost pets safe while owners are located.

Arvada Animal Management 720.898.6850

Edgewater Police Department 303.278.2000

Golden Code Enforcement 303.384.8045

Jefferson County Animal Control 303.271.5070

Lakewood Animal Control 303.987.7173

Westminster Animal Control 303.658.4326

Wheat Ridge Animal Control 303.235.2926