Aurora Animal Shelter suspends dog intake and adoptions for up to 20 days

AURORA, Colo. - The Aurora Animal Shelter is suspending dog intake and adoptions for up to 20 days.

Five cases of canine upper respiratory illness (URI) and pneumonia have been confirmed at the shelter, officials said.

"...staff is currently working closely with the veterinary community and conducting tests to determine the cause of the contagion.  We are working diligently to protect shelter dogs as well as the pets in our community," Kathryn Cable with the City of Aurora said Wednesday.

It is considered a precautionary suspension.

Cats and small pets are not affected, and therefore intake and adoptions of those animals will continue as usual.

The shelter is also collaborating with members of the Metro Denver Shelter Alliance (MDSA) to accommodate people who find a stray dog or need to surrender their family dog. 

Agreements are in place for:

  • People who need to surrender ownership of their personal family dog should bring it to the Dumb Friends League, 2080 S. Quebec, Denver, 80231 (303-751-5772).  This is for family pets only.
  • Found stray dogs should be brought to the Adams County Animal Shelter, 10705 Fulton Street, Commerce City,  80022  (303-288-3294)
  • Cats and other animals can continue to be brought to and adopted from the Aurora Animal Shelter.

Signs of URI include coughing, sneezing and lethargy. 

If you recently adopted a dog from the Aurora Animal Shelter that is now showing these symptoms, please call the Aurora Animal Shelter at 303-326-8282.

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