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Better Together Programs

We believe that animals are an integral part of the family, and we know that the family and their pets benefit when animals can stay with or be reunited with their owners after a traumatic experience.

As part of our work in keeping pets with their families, we have partnered with Human Service Agencies and our Animal Control Partners to bring services to the citizens of Jefferson County. Simply put, it is the right thing to do to make lives better for pets and people.

PorchLight, A Family Justice Center (FJC)

FJC provides comprehensive legal, emotional and critical supportive services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, abuse of at-risk individuals, elder abuse, and human trafficking. Located in Lakewood, Colorado, the FJC is a safe, caring environment that provides one-stop services and support. Key local government agencies, law enforcement, community, social and legal service providers, and District Attorney’s Offices are located on-site at the FJC to make it easier for victims and survivors to get help. We have an office at the center so we can provide care and resources to the animals belonging to clients of the center.

Foothills Animal Shelter provides clients with pet food, animal supplies, vaccinations, and spay/neuter services. We will also provide short-term housing when requested.

Colorado Safe Parking Lot Initiative (CSP)

CSPI is a grassroots, all-volunteer nonprofit organization working to create a statewide network of safe, legal parking locations for individuals and families sheltering in vehicles because they are experiencing homelessness. Safe overnight parking is available for individuals experiencing homelessness and living in a passenger vehicle in Jefferson County’s two lots, located in Golden and Arvada. Safe lot guests have access to bathroom facilities, housing navigation and other services.

Foothills Animal Shelter provides clients with pet food, animal supplies, vaccinations, and spay/neuter services. We will also provide short-term housing when requested.

Protective Custody Program

Jefferson County Animal Control and the cities of Lakewood, Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Golden, Edgewater, Sheridan and Westminster Animal Control Agencies partner with us to provide Protective Custody Services. Our Animal Control Partners pick up and transport animals to Foothills Animal Shelter when the owners have been evicted, hospitalized, died, become homeless, or are experiencing domestic violence and need to flee an unsafe situation.

Foothills Animal Shelter provides ten days of boarding services at no charge to the families in crisis.

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