Animal Control

Animal Control

Please be aware Riverdale Animal Shelter does not provide animal control services.

If you have a life-threatening emergency, please contact 911.

If you have concerns an animal is being abused or neglected, or for support with other animal control-related issues in your home, neighborhood, or place of business, please call the number of the city you reside in below. You may also click on the city name to view more information on the animal control services and specific animal ordinances in your community.

Assistance with Community Cats (Feral Cats)

What are community cats?

Community cats are different from social, pet cats. They’re feral (wild) and have had little to no contact with humans during their lifetime. They can’t be adopted into homes as family pets; instead, they happily live outdoors, freely and independently.

The most humane way to improve the quality of life for feral cats, while reducing their numbers within the community where they live, is to limit their ability to reproduce, which also helps them to live healthy lives. This method is often referred to as Shelter-Neuter-Return (SNR).

How does SNR work?

  • Community members trap community cats and bring them to Riverdale Animal Shelter.
  • We spay or neuter these community cats and vaccinate them against rabies.
  • We tip one ear to show that they’ve been spayed/neutered.
  • We return the cats to the very same colony/neighborhood where they live independently.

Additional information about assistance with community cats (feral cats).

Animal Control Numbers

*Unincorporated Adams County 303.288.1535
 Arvada 720.898.6850
 Aurora 303.326.8288
*Bennett 303.644.3249
*Brighton 303.288.1535
*Commerce City 303.288.1535
*Federal Heights 303.428.8539
*Lochbuie 303.659.1395
*Northglenn 303.288.1535
*Thornton 720.977.5150
 Westminster 303.658.2540 *4360

*Shelter with Riverdale Animal Shelter