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Arvada law requires dogs to be licensed annually. Cats may also be licensed. A dog (or other pet) license may be obtained through Foothills Animal Shelter, any of the four Arvada Police Stations or many local veterinary offices. Proof of current rabies vaccination and spay/neuter must accompany this registration. In lieu of written documentation, your veterinary clinic may complete the designated area on the license registration. Licenses must be worn on the dog's collar at all times.
If you find or lose a pet, notify Arvada Animal Management at 720-898-6850. This is a recorded line and Animal Management Officers (AMO) check it frequently. Be prepared to leave a message with the following information:
If you've lost a pet, you may also contact Foothills Animal Shelter to see if your pet may have been turned in by a concerned citizen.
Immediately call police non-emergency dispatch at 720-898-6900 and select option #1. An Animal Management Officer (AMO) will be notified by dispatch to respond as soon as possible.
Please note: If your pet is injured or deceased, please contact your veterinarian for assistance.
If you know or suspect someone is committing animal abuse or neglect, please notify Animal Management at 720-898-6850. This is a recorded line, which is checked frequently. Leave the reason for your call and your contact information to expedite a response. When Animal Management returns your call, be prepared to tell them:
Documenting as much information as possible is critical to the Animal Management Officer’s ability to help the animal.
Repeat encounters with off-leash or pooper scooper violators warrants a call to Animal Management. Animal Management will ask for descriptions of the animals and the owners and the time and location of the infraction. As a repeat encounter, does this happen at or around the same time every day or on a particular day? Knowing this information helps the Animal Management Officers determine if an area is violation-heavy. Assigning extra patrols to those areas can help correct the violations.
It is unlawful for an owner or custodian of an animal to allow that animal to create a disturbance by loud, persistent, or habitual barking, howling, yelping or other unreasonable noise. Before filing an official complaint, it can be useful to try the following:
When Animal Management receives a complaint of a barking dog:
If you would like to request a form letter, a brochure on barking dogs or to file a barking dog complaint please submit a service request or call Animal Control at 720-898-6850.
Arvada's Code of Ordinances prohibits the feeding of wildlife or any wild animal in any park or golf course within the city.
You can report coyote activity in the area online or you can call Arvada Animal Management at 720-898-6850.