Animals & the Adoption Process

The Animals at PAS

We provide compassionate care for nearly 5,000 animals each year. Most of the animals that come to our shelter are either pets relinquished by their owners or stray pets found wanderingin the areas we serve. Dogs and cats are the most common, although a wide variety of other animals may be found at the shelter as well, including birds, snakes, fish, hamsters and guinea pigs.

Municipal ordinances require all stray animals be held for a period of 5 days in order to give their owners a chance to find them. After the 5 day holding period, the animal may then be available for adoption.

Adoption Process

You've reviewed the online list of available pets and decide to head to the shelter for a better look. Remember that although we update the database hourly, the animal you saw may have found a home already. We process adoptions on a first-come, first-serve basis and cannot place holds on animals by phone. The adoption process takes a minimum of 45 minutes to an hour, and up to two hours on Saturdays and during our busiest times.

At the shelter, animals available for adoption have a kennel card that gives a brief description and an ID number. Write down this ID number so a staff member or volunteer can give you more information about the pet and you can visit with him in one of our Get Acquainted rooms. A stray pet will have a kennel card indicating he is "lost and waiting for an owner.” If you're interested in a stray, we can share with you what information we have and when that animal may become available for adoption. You may also place a "choice hold" in person at the shelter (please see below for more information). Unfortunately, stray animals cannot be visited until they become available for adoption.

We're sorry, but due to the large number of visitors to the shelter, we must limit visitations to 2 animals per individual/family per day. To complete adoptions in a timely manner, we stop visitations 30 minutes prior to closing, at 4:30 p.m. daily. All adopters must fill out an adoption application and meet with an adoption counselor to discuss important medical and behavior information to get your new furry family member started off on the right foot.

Adoption Package

Adoption fees help offset the cost of evaluating, housing, feeding, and providing medical care for the 6,000+ animals we shelter each year. Because we are a nonprofit, donations subsidize the gap between the cost of care and the adoption fee. It is through the generosity of our donors that we have the resources to help so many unwanted, abandoned, and abused animals.

Like many animal shelters across the country, we use variable adoption pricing. We can help more animals in need by pricing pets in high demand at a higher rate. The money raised by their adoption helps the other animals in our care that require extensive medical treatment or need more time to find a home. We often reduce the adoption fees on these harder-to-place pets to help them find homes.


All of our dog and cat adoptions include:

  • spay/neuter
  • voucher for a veterinary exam
  • vaccinations
  • 30 days of pet health insurance
  • microchip
  • unconditional love!
Adoption Fees 
Puppies (2 - 5 months)$100 to $350
Dogs (6 months - 4 years)$90 to $200
Dogs (5 years - 7 years)$70
Dogs (8 years & older)$30
Kittens (2 - 4 months)$85 to $200
Cats (5 months - 7 years)$55
Cats (8 years & older)$30
Barn Cats$22
Small Animals$10 & Up


For animals not already spayed or neutered, a $50 refundable deposit is required by state law (House Bill 1185). This bill seeks to help decrease pet overpopulation in Colorado. Once proof of sterilization is returned, the $50 deposit will be refunded to the adopter via check mailed through USPS. Please allow 10-14 business days to receive your refund.

Licensing fees may apply.

All dogs must leave on a leash and cats and other small animals must leave in a carrier.

Please note we do not accept checks for adoption fees. Adoption fees can be paid using cash, MasterCard or Visa only.

Adoption Holds

A choice hold allows you to place a hold on a stray dog or cat in the event his family does not reclaim him. The hold gives you the first opportunity to meet the animal and decide if you wish to adopt once the stray period is up. Holds must be placed in person at the shelter and must be made by the potential adopter, and you must be able to complete the adoption process on the first day the animal becomes available for adoption. The choice hold fee is $30.00

Animals that are owner-relinquished, held for court or safe-keeping, as well as those less than 6 weeks of age, are not eligible for a choice hold. We’re sorry, but visitations are not allowed until the animal’s stray period is up. Please note this donation is not applied towards the adoption fee and is not refunded if you decide not to adopt the pet. However, the fee is refunded if the pet is reclaimed by the original owner or if the animal is not an adoption candidate.

Future Adoptions

Pueblo Animal Services thanks you for considering adopting a shelter pet. We receive so many wonderful animals every day! If the right match is not here for you on your first visit, come again. You will be surprised at the diversity of animals we receive. Our goal is to help you make the right match so you can enjoy each other's company for many wonderful years.

Questions? Please call (719) 404-5428.