Living with a pet in Colorado presents some unique opportunities and challenges. Let’s take a quick look at the current pet laws in Colorado as well as some fun places to bring your pet to the state.
Read on to see some of our favorite dog (and cat) friendly outings as well as some resources available!
Colorado pet laws
Colorado has a number of laws in place to protect both animals and the citizens of Colorado. Here are some important rules to keep in mind.
- Pets must be held in the custody of licensed animal shelters for at least five days before the pet is available for adoption or otherwise disposed of.
- Counties may adopt policies that require animals to be licensed and under control at all times.
- Dogs and cats adopted from Colorado animal shelters are considered state pets.
- It is unlawful for any cat or dog owner to allow an animal to run at large if it has not been properly vaccinated as deemed necessary by the County Board of Health.
Fun things to do with your pet in Colorado
Colorado has a lot to offer you and your pet, whether it’s hiking the many trails or engaging in whitewater rafting. Many museums now allow dogs, and unique activities like jeep tours allow both you and your pet to see. Denver, in particular, is particularly pet-friendly, with many tech companies allowing you to bring your pets with you to work.
Also, many restaurants now allow you to dine with your dog. Doggie boutiques are a new up-and-coming thing that’s popping up all over town. Regardless of where you live in Colorado, the sky’s the limit when it comes to finding fun things to do with your pet.
Colorado Pet Resources
If you, or someone you know, needs help caring for their pet, here are some resources to help:
- Fort Collins Pet Rescue: A local food bank serving pets in need. Call (970) 484-8516.
- Colorado Pet Pantry: Distributes food to 93 monthly pet food banks in 29 counties in Colorado. Call 303.818.0618 to find a pet food pantry near you.
- Ladybug Fund: has now joined forces with the Street Dog Coalition to help provide emergency care for pets in Colorado who are going through a tough time. Visit their website for more information.
- Pet Fund: Founded in 2003, this national nonprofit helps struggling pet owners provide exceptional pet care.