While Adams County Government offices are currently closed through April 30, the Animal Shelter is still offering essential services daily, by appointment. Click here for additional information.

End of Life

End-of-Life Services

As many people consider their pets as part of the family, the loss of a beloved pet companion can be an especially heartbreaking experience. Our compassionate staff are here to support both you and your pet during this difficult time. If you have any questions, please call us at 303.288.3294.

Owner-Requested Euthanasia

When the quality of your pet’s life has seriously deteriorated due to old age, severe injury or a debilitating illness, you may decide humane euthanasia is the most compassionate option to alleviate pain and suffering. We do recommend you work with your veterinarian (if possible), to receive guidance on the timing of end-of-life care.  We also suggest going to a veterinarian office if you want to present for your pet’s euthanasia process, as our shelter does not provide this option at this time.

Please note, we reserve the right to refuse euthanasia for any animal whose health condition and/or pet ownership cannot be verified.


We offer cremation along with euthanasia services for an additional fee.  In cases when a pet has passed away at home, you may bring him or her to the shelter for cremation. If you wish to arrange for private cremation and would like your pet’s ashes returned to you, we will assist with referrals for this service.

What to Expect:

  • You and your pet will be treated with kindness and dignity.
  • There will be time to be with your pet before and after euthanasia (if you choose), but not during the euthanasia process.
  • Plan to be at the shelter around 30-40 minutes.
  • Calling the shelter before you come in is helpful, but not required.

What to Bring and Fees:

  • Forms of Identification such as a driver’s license or state ID
  • Proof of pet ownership such as vet records, tags, photos
  • Cash or credit card to pay fees:
    • Euthanasia with Cremation: $85
    • Euthanasia Only: $50 (for those using an outside cremation service)
    • Cremation Only: $35

When to Come In:

  • The shelter is open 7 days per week except for major holidays.
  • Please call 303.288.3294 or visit our website ahead of time to check for any closures.
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sat and Sun 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Please arrive one hour before we close, so we can ensure to provide the best possible service.

Pet Grief and Loss Resources:

  • Free Pet Loss Support Group
    191 Yuma Street in Denver
    Meets every Thursdays evening from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. (No need to call first)

Pet Loss Support Hotlines:

  • National Pet Loss & Bereavement Hotline
    Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice 
    Answered 7 days a week from 7 a.m.–11 p.m. (EST)
  • Grief Support Line (ASPCA)
    Noon - Midnight EST
    1.877.GRIEF-10 or 877.474.3310
    This is a direct line to ASPCA's psychologist and grief counselor, Dr. Stephanie LaFarge, PhD.

Pet Loss Support Websites: