Denver animal shelters facing challenges, encourage pet adoption

Governor Jared Polis and First Mister Marlon Reis spoke about the challenges shelters face and encouraging pet adoptions on this holiday.

DENVER – Holidays are generally a more relaxed season in Denver Animal Shelter, but not this year.

The influx of new animals heading to the shelter is “unprecedented,” DAS said. The number of animals taken care of by the shelter increased by 76% compared to December 2019. The increase was even higher for small animals, with a growth of 175% compared to 2019.

Already this year, DAS said it has adopted 2,114 dogs, cats and other animals, including guinea pigs, rabbits and turtles.

“The need is great,” the DAS said in a press release Thursday. “The work seems endless.”

The challenges extend beyond the Denver Animal Shelter. Governor Jared Polis, First Gentleman Marlon Reis and animal welfare advocates with the Denver Dumb Friends League discussed these challenges on Thursday.

> WATCH: Governor Jared Polis and First Gentleman Marlon Reis host discussion on pet adoption

DAS has encouraged people who are considering bringing a pet home over the holiday season to adopt them from a shelter or rescue organization.

Those not considering adopting can help in other ways:

  • Microchip and license your pets so if your pet is lost you can be reunited with your pet quickly.
  • Volunteer in a shelter.
  • Join the Shelter Hosting Program to take care of the pets in your home when shelter space becomes difficult.
  • Donate to a shelter to help them take care of homeless animals.

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