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"In 2001 a very special little kitten came to stay at our house named Emma. She weighed in at a whopping 2 ½ pounds. When she was about 9 months old she began vomiting and wouldn’t eat. The doctors at Piney Creek Square Veterinary Clinic took x-rays, but nothing showed up on them. She was losing weight, and she was thin by nature anyway, so everyone was worried about her. Dr. Behrns came to the rescue and performed emergency surgery on our little girl. She found an almond trying to pass into Emma’s stomach. Of course, it would not have shown up on an x-ray. Thank you, Dr. Behrns, for saving Emma’s life."

-Margo K.

Local Shelters & Rescue Organizations

If you have lost a pet, contact all your nearby shelters as soon as possible and display fliers with a current picture of your pet in the neighborhood.  Having a pet that is microchipped with identification tags and a collar will help make the time you are separated from your dog or cat shorter.  For other abandoned pets see the resources immediately below in addition to your local shelter or animal control office.

Local Shelters

  • Aurora Animal Care Division/Aurora Animal Shelter serves as Aurora’s animal control division as well as an adoption shelter.
  • Cat Care Society operates a limited admission cage-free shelter for homeless and abused cats.
  • Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund was created by the State legislature to curb pet overpopulation and reduce euthanasia of surplus, unwanted or abandoned dogs and cats.
  • Denver Animal Shelter is home to more than 100 lost and adoptable puppies, kittens, dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, reptiles and other small animals.
  • Denver Dumb Friends League Founded in 1910;  is a leader in providing humane care to companion animals-sheltering lost and relinquished pets, adopting pets to new homes, investigating animal cruelty, reducing pet overpopulation, and educating the public about animals and their needs.
  • 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 nearly 10,000 animals each year.
  • Good Samaritan Pet Center provides a “shelter alternative” for homeless animals through a network of foster parents who care for these animals until a permanent home can be found.
  • Humane Society of Boulder Valley provides shelter and care to more than 9,000 animals each year, with 92 percent of these animals being successfully adopted or reunited with their guardians, due to their behavior modification program.
  • MaxFund is a no-kill animal shelter and adoption center in Denver.

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