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Lost & Found




Lost and Found animals are housed at the Aurora Animal Shelter. If your pet is at the shelter, please call us at 303.326.8280 or come to the shelter during business hours. The following is required to reclaim your pet:
  • To reclaim your pet you must be at least 18 years of age.
  • A valid photo ID is required.
  • Proof of ownership is required. Acceptable proof of ownership are items such as: photos, adoption paperwork or vet records. If your pet is microchipped and the chip is registered to you, then proof of ownership is not required.
  • Impoundment and Boarding Fees are due on pick up (please call the shelter for pricing).
Animals posted in the Aurora Animal Shelter's Lost & Found are not available for adoption.


Dogs and Cats  Impoundment Fee
1st Impoundment    $64
2nd Impoundment $118
Other Pets $17

A Daily Boarding Fee of $18 is applied each day an animal is not reclaimed.

Non-Residents of Aurora will be charge an Additional Fee of $18.


If you can keep the lost pet with you until we open, we would greatly appreciate it! However, if you are unable to do so, VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital can be used as an alternative. VCA can house the pet until the shelter is available to arrange pick up. VCA is open 24 hours and is located at 9770 East Alameda Ave., Denver, CO 80247. If possible, please contact VCA at 303.366.2639 prior to arriving to check on space availability. This service is for lost & found pets after hours only. Please note that VCA is not associated with the Aurora Animal Shelter, any questions pertaining to the shelter should be directed to the Aurora Animal Shelter.

  • Ask you neighbors if they recognize the pet and whom it may belong to.
  • Check the collar for tags.
  • Bring the pet to a local veterinary office to scan for a microchip.
  • Post found ads online at the sites mentioned in the below Tips on Locating a Lost Pet section.
  • If you are unable to locate the owner, pets can be brought to the your local shelter or humane society. Pets found in Aurora can be brought to the Aurora Animal Shelter.

  • Utilize online resources to post and search the community's lost & found sections. Such online resources include: Pet HarborFinding RoverPawboostCraigslist, the Nextdoor App and Facebook Pages (such Facebook pages include: Colorado Lost & Found Pets, Lost & Found Pets Aurora Colorado Only, Aurora & Arapahoe County Lost & Found Pets, etc.).
  • Search local animal shelters and humane societies. Check these organizations frequently and provide them with a flyer.
  • Contact your microchip company. If your pet is microchipped, notify the microchip company that your pet is lost and verify that your contact information is up to date. If you are not sure which microchip company to call, contact your vet or where the microchip was implanted. They should have the chip information in your records.
  • Post and pass out flyers. Your flyer should have a good quality photo, a general description of your pet and have your contact information. You can email your flyer to the Aurora Animal Shelter at
  • Update your tag information. If your pet is wearing a rabies tag and/or a city license, contact your vet and city shelter to make sure your contact information is up to date.
  • Leave an item of clothing, their bedding or their litterbox outside. The scent from these items can help guide them back home.
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