Why Adopt?

Pet overpopulation, especially for cats, continues to be a problem in Colorado. Even though great strides have been made in reducing the number of homeless pets through programs like the Pet Overpopulation Fund, you can help save a life by adopting a shelter pet.

Click here for a map of MDAWA members offering adoption services.

Animal shelters have a wide variety of pets: cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, and others; young, middle-aged, and mature; large and small; active and mellow. Breed rescue groups have specific breeds of dogs available through a network of foster homes. 

Many shelters and rescue groups screen animals for sound health and temperament. They also keep histories on strays and relinquished animals in their care, which helps in making appropriate adoptions.

Many shelter pets are house-trained and well-behaved.  All are eager for love in life-long homes.

Some shelters and rescue groups provide socialization and training for pets prior to placement, in addition to adoption counseling and free follow-up assistance.

Adoption fees often include spaying or neutering, a microchip implant, and vaccinations.

Pets adopted from MDAWA shelters are eligible for free post-adoption health examinations from members of the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society.