• Contact Information

    Animal Control Office

    Monday - Friday
    7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    Contact Us

    700 Jefferson County Pkwy.
    Ste. 160
    Golden, CO 80401

    After-hours and animal emergencies

    24 hours a day/ seven days a week

  • Jefferson County Animal Control


    Animal control officers investigate animal abuse and provide services, including leash-law enforcement, regulating barking dogs, regulating vicious/dangerous dogs, rabies control, bite quarantines and courtesy dead-animal removal.  

    Animal control Adobe PDF Icon falls within the patrol division of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. This partnership began in January 1998 as a result of a county reorganization.

    Whom We Serve

    Jefferson County Animal Control has jurisdiction on animal control issues in unincorporated Jefferson County. If you live in a city, please contact your city's animal control agency.

    County Ordinances

    Take a look at the Jefferson County Animal Control Regulations to see the policy and ordinances.


    Copies of reports are available. The fee is $5 for up to five pages. Additional pages cost 50 cents a piece.

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  • Information on Animal Control

    • Animal Bites
      Law requires that animal bites that break the skin be reported to Animal Control.
    • Animal Collectors
      A collector is a person who (with willful intent) believes that he or she is "saving" animals from the streets and starvation by bringing them into his or her home.
    • Animal Cruelty and Neglect
      Owner failure to provide adequate food, water, shelter, opportunity for exercise or veterinary care to any animal constitutes a violation of state statute.
    • Barking
      Bothersome barking is a common problem, but there are solutions and recommendations both for dog owners and irritated neighbors.
    • Cats
      Cats are considered free-roaming animals and the leash law does not apply to them.
    • Coyotes
      Colorado is known for its abundant wildlife, and animals inevitably find their way into our communities.
    • Dog License
      The Jefferson County Animal Control and licensing regulation requires annual licensing of all dogs four months of age and older.
    • Dogs in Heat
      Female dogs in heat/season must be confined during such time in a house, building or secure enclosure so the dog does not create a neighborhood nuisance.
    • Emergency Vets
      There are several vets in Jefferson County that offer 24-hour or extended hour service in case of an emergency with your pet.
    • Foothills Animal Shelter
      Foothills Animal Shelter works to reunite lost pets with their owners and to adopt stray animals into new, loving, permanent homes.
    • Leash Law
      All dogs must be on a leash or confined on the owner's premises at all times.
    • Lost and Found Animals
      Jefferson County Animal Control contracts with Foothills Animal Shelter to house all animals found.
    • Part of the Family
      Get some tips on making your pet part of the family.
    • Pet Overpopulation
      Each year, more than 40,000 stray, abandoned and unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized in Colorado. You can help prevent this ...
    • Poop Fairy
      Dog owners are expected to pick up their dogs' poop in our neighborhoods and local parks. Many do so diligently; others don't.
    • Rabies
      Jefferson County is the home of may wildlife species known to transmit this incurable disease to pets and people.
    • Seasonal Pet Care
      Get information on how to properly care for your pet during the cold of winter and the heat of summer.
    • Sick and Injured Animals
      Please contact the animal control office in your jurisdiction about sick or injured strays.
    • Wildlife
      Jefferson County Animal Control officers are not authorized to handle nuisance wildlife; however, there are many resources available to manage the problem.