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Shelter Hours

  • Monday through Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Closed on Major Holidays

Adoption Questionnaire

For your convenience, complete our adoption questionnaire online. You can also download the Adoption Questionnaire and submit it to the shelter via fax, email or by dropping it off in person.


Since 2007 we have provided relief to other animal shelters and rescues, both statewide and nationally, helping to reduce the euthanasia rate of adoptable dogs and puppies. We provide each new arrival with any necessary medical care, such as vaccinations, heartworm testing, spaying/neutering, and microchipping. Taking responsibility for these homeless animals means securing the funds to care for them physically and emotionally. Over the past several years due to the inflation of supplies, the average cost of care for a healthy dog or puppy has increased to over $500. Animals with special needs, or those recovering from illness or injury, stretch our limited resources and raise that cost of care. We will continue to keep our adoption fees affordable, as compared to our cost of care, and we have made the decision to adjust them to the following effective September 13th, 2019:

How much are adoption fees?

  • Puppies (6 months and under) $350*
  • Young Adults (7-12 months) $275*
  • Adults (1-7 years): $250*
  • Seniors (7+ years): $175*

*Guardian Pets:

Higher demand dogs or puppies may be designated a Guardian and have a higher adoption fee to help offset the costs of canines who may have higher medical or other special needs. On average, we invest over $500 of care into every dog or puppy during their time with us, and our adoption fee is never more than $450.


For senior citizens, we offer a $50 discount on adoption fees for dogs 6 months and older. No discounts on puppies under 6 months.

We believe our adoption fee adjustment will allow us to remain, good stewards of our community support while continuing our mission to provide second chances and save more lives. For more information or questions, please contact the shelter via email at or call 970-224-3647.

What does the adoption fee include?

  • Spayed/neutered dog
  • Micro-chipped dog (registration for one year)
  • Heartworm tested (6 months and older)
  • Vaccinations (age-appropriate)
  • De-worming treatment (initial)
  • Free follow-up veterinarian exam
  • Free pet insurance for the first month (email address required)
  • 5 lb. bag of Avoderm dog food (provided by Poudre Pet & Feed)
  • Adoption packet with discounts and coupons

Why aren’t the dogs free?
Pets are not free for anyone. For owners, they require a financial commitment for supplies, veterinary care, grooming, etc. It is not free for animal shelters to care for them either. The average expense to a shelter to save one dog is anywhere between $500-$1,000 per dog depending on the shelter’s resources. To keep our adoption fees affordable, our operating expenses are subsidized by donations, fundraisers, grants and our professional grooming services.

We encourage new owners to properly prepare themselves for the costs of owning a pet. Please keep in mind that the yearly average for dog ownership is between $1,100-$3,500 on up. This is largely affected by the age, type, and size of the dog. Making sure that you are financially stable to care for a pet should weigh heavily in your decision to add one to your family.

What kinds of dogs do you have and why?
Every week, Animal House rescues wonderful adoptable dogs/puppies of all breeds, sizes, and ages. There are millions of pets that are homeless by no fault of their own. Record numbers of people are losing their jobs, homes, and lifestyles. This combined with the already existing pet overpopulation problem has greatly increased the number of pets in shelters. Today’s typical shelter dog is yesterday’s loving dog next door.

By adopting from a shelter, you are truly saving a life and making room for another one to be saved.

What is Animal House’s adoption process?
Every shelter has its own policies for approving adoptions. Our adoption screening process is designed to ensure that each animal is placed with a responsible person; someone who is prepared to make a lifelong commitment. An important part of the adoption process is matching the lifestyle and needs of the adopter with the personality and needs of the individual dog. Our goal is to provide the owner and animal with a mutually beneficial lifelong match.

Animal House has a never-ending commitment to every dog that comes through our doors. That commitment is also extended to whomever the animal finds their forever home with. Whether it has been 7 days or 7 years from adoption we are here to help you and your Animal House Alum.

We have adoptable dogs both in the shelter and in foster care.

To see a dog that is currently in the shelter, please stop in to meet him/her along with your completed questionnaire at which time you can place a hold and set up an adoption time.

If the dog is in foster care (as indicated in profile), please submit your questionnaire and our staff will schedule a meet and greet with you and the foster home as soon as possible (usually within 1-2 days).

If you are interested in adopting a dog and we don’t currently have what you are looking for, we recommend filling out and submitting a questionnaire for pre-approval. We will keep your approved questionnaire on file for 30 days (unless otherwise requested) so that you have time to find the right dog.

We do not ship dogs. You are required to come and meet your new addition prior to adoption so that we can ensure a good match.

I have another dog or cat, how do I know if they will get along?
Choosing a new dog is important for all members of the family, especially the furry ones. At Animal House, we strongly encourage you to bring your current dog(s) with you for a meet and greet. Many times it’s your dog that chooses the new family member and gives their final approval.

Have a cat? Let us know if you have a resident kitty and we can let you know who likes them and who may not.