If you are no longer able to keep your pet for any reason, you can bring it to Foothills Animal Shelter. Here, you and your pet will be treated with compassion and respect throughout this process.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept wild animals. They should be taken to organizations who specialize in their care.
PROOF OF RESIDENCY
All patrons must provide identification verifying they are residents of Jefferson County when surrendering a pet as we are the open-admissions facility for this county.
How to Surrender Your Pet
SURRENDERING PETS – JEFFERSON COUNTY RESIDENTS
- Bring your pet to Foothills Animal Shelter along with proof of residency and the animal’s medical records during the hours of 9 am – 6 pm on weekdays and 9 am –6 pm on weekends. You can enter through our “Intake” door, just past our main doors.
- At the time of drop-off, you will sign a waiver releasing your ownership rights to the pet.
- You will be asked to give us as much information about your pet as possible. This information is very important, helping our staff know how to handle your pet safely, and providing any potential adopters with history about your pet’s behavior, special care, likes and dislikes. You can complete a questionnaire in person with the assistance of a staff member.
- Once you surrender your pet, it will undergo standard medical and behavior testing, and we will determine the best course of action – whether placement for adoption, transfer to a specialized rescue group, or euthanization due to poor health or temperament.
SURRENDERING OUT-OF-COUNTY PETS
Out-of-county pet owners seeking to surrender their pets are encouraged to take their pets to their resident animal shelter. For a listing of shelters, click here.
Follow the steps above as well as proof of rabies vaccine.
For this service, we charge a fee to help cover the initial cost of care of your pet. We welcome and appreciate any additional donation you are able to contribute so that we can continue our important work of helping homeless pets.
JEFFERSON COUNTY RESIDENT FEES
Mother dog with litter or pregnant: $80
Mother cat with litter or pregnant: $60
Rabbits & ferrets: $20
Small mammals: $25
Other pets: fees vary
*NOTE: Surrendering pets at your local county shelter will likely reduce the surrender fee significantly.
Dogs and cats are taken on space available basis, however due to housing limitations, we do not take certain animals from out-of-county as we do not have the resources to best meet their needs.
Mother dog with litter or pregnant: $160
Mother cat with litter or pregnant: $120
Rabbits & ferrets: $100
Small mammals: $50
Other pets: $100+ (varies by pet)
*Pets we are unable to accept from out-of-county include turtles, fish, roosters and other birds and exotic animals.
IF YOU HAVE FOUND A LOST PET
Lost pets found outside Jefferson County should be taken to the shelter closest to where the animal was found. For a listing of shelters, click here. Bringing lost pets from outside Jeffco will require an out-of-county surrender fee.
Feel free to contact us for specific information.