Animal Management Hours
7 days a week - 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (excluding Thanksgiving and Christmas)
If you need an Animal Management Officer outside these hours you can call 303-658-4326 to leave a message and your call will be returned within 24 hours. For urgent matters call the non-emergency Dispatch line at: 303-658-4360.
Dog House Assistance
Buddy's Builders is an organization who provides dog house assistance to low income families in particular, and if the families are not low income a donation would be required. Please visit their website for more information.
Living with Wildlife
The City of Westminster has many open spaces home to a variety of wildlife. In the spring and summer months, when people are outdoors, they see and interact more with wildlife. Some wildlife have adapted so well that they live in our neighborhoods. Living with wildlife can present some problems for their neighbors, the humans. Whether it is a raccoon living in your chimney or a skunk digging under your cement patio, questions and concerns will come up with wildlife. For more information about living with wildlife visit: Colorado Parks & Wildlife
Disposing of Dead Animals
Pet Safety Tips
Check out some of these pet safety tips .
Dog Licensing in Westminster
Foothills Animal Shelter handles the administration of the pet licensing program.
All residents of the City of Westminster, both in Adams and Jefferson counties, are required by law to license their dogs. Complete details on dog licensing.
Financial Assistance for Veterinary Bills
Ordinance addresses concerns over dangerous, vicious animals
In response to citizen concerns, Westminster has adopted rules designed to control dangerous and vicious animals in the city. The ordinance, adopted in 2006, takes aim at uninformed or irresponsible owners of animals that can cause harm to humans or other animals. The law creates two classes of animals - potentially dangerous and vicious - with specific control measures outlined for owners. The city opted for this control method rather than a ban on specific breeds because research shows that the problem with animal bites and aggressiveness is influenced more by owner negligence than breed. Any questions about the ordinance changes or new requirements can be directed to Animal Management at 303-658-4326, or access the ordinance on the city's website.
Impounded Animals/Lost and Found/Animal Adoption
Foothills Animal Shelter
580 McIntyre St. Golden, CO 80401
Monday - Friday 11a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday 10a.m. to 6 p.m.
Must be reported to Animal Management: 303-658-4360.
Dogs and cats, six months of age and older, must be vaccinated and kept updated thereafter. A rabies tag must be worn at all times. The owner must be able to provide proof of current rabies vaccination.
Upcoming Vaccination Clinics
For Information on Spay and Neuter please visit SpayToday, NeuterNow!
Restrictions on Possession of Animals
Westminster citizens are permitted to own/harbor no more than three dogs or cats. Please check the municipal code for restrictions on exotic animals (snakes, lizards, etc.) and small animals (rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, etc.). Chickens, bees and livestock are not allowed.
Chickens and Bees
View information about chickens and bees within the city limits
Animals at Large
It is unlawful for the owner of an animal (including cats) to fail to restrain it from running at large. If an animal is caught at large and is not spayed/neutered, the court can assess a $275 fine for a first offense. Of this fine, $200 can be waived upon proof of spay/neuter given to the court.
It is unlawful for the owner of any animal to deprive such animal of adequate and wholesome food and water, protection from the elements, opportunity for exercise, adequate veterinary care, or to otherwise neglect the animal in such a manner as to endanger its health or cause it to suffer.
It is unlawful to allow an animal to disturb any person by audible sound. First complaints are issued a warning; subsequent complaints within one year can result in a summons to court. The city's barking dog ordinance can be found in the City Code under Title VI (6-7-7).