• 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

  • Seasonal Pet Care


    Colorado's climate is no stranger to extremes in temperature. Pets in Colorado must contend with the dry, sunny heat of summer as well as the windy and snowy bite of winter. Below are some tips to keep your pet safe and comfortable no matter what Mother Nature may bring, or you may share our Seasonal Pet Care Brochure Adobe PDF Icon . 

    Summer's Heat

    In Your Vehicle

    Leaving your pet in the car can be very dangerous. On a hot day the temperature in your car could reach 160 degrees within 10 minutes.
    That's hot enough to cause heat stroke.

    • Within moments, your pet could sustain permanent brain damage and even die.
    • Leaving the window cracked won't cool the car enough to protect your pet.
    • Although you may like taking your pet with you, when the weather is warm they are better off left at home. If you must leave your pet even for a few moments, leave a source of water.


    Never travel with a dog in the bed of a moving pickup truck. The dog could slide, bounce or jump out and be seriously injured or killed.

    In the Yard

    Dogs must be provided with adequate water, shade and shelter during the heat of summer.


    Exercise your dog in the early morning or evening when it's coolest. Avoid lawns treated with pesticides and fertilizers, which can make dogs sick if ingested.

    Report Cruelty and Neglect

    If you see evidence of cruelty or neglect, such as an animal left in a hot vehicle, or given inadequate shelter, water or food, please contact the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Section immediately at 303-271-5070.

    Winter's Cold

    In the Yard

    Remove snow piled high next to your fence. This can provide a boost for your dog to jump over the fence and become lost.

    When your pet is outdoors, make sure there is plenty of fresh drinking water available.

    • Ice and snow does not provide enough liquid for an animal.
    • Regularly check your pet's water to make sure it's not frozen.
    • Water heaters or heated water bowls can be purchased at pet supply or feed stores.


    Dog House

    A dry, elevated dog house should be provided for dogs when they are outdoors.

    • The house should be small enough to be warmed by the dog's body heat, but large enough for the dog to stand up and turn around.
    • Insulation, including a door flap, dry bedding such as blankets or straw, and facing the house away from the wind will protect your pet from the cold.



    Antifreeze tastes sweet to pets but can be fatal if consumed. Should your pet ingest antifreeze, contact your veterinarian immediately.

    • Even small amounts of antifreeze, when ingested, can seriously injure a dog or cat.
    • Check your car for seepage or leaks.
    • When adding antifreeze to your car, use a funnel and clean up any spills.


    In Your Vehicle

    Never leave your dog alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, holding in the cold. Your dog could literally freeze to death.


    In their search to keep warm outdoors, cats sometimes take refuge next to warm car engines or tires. To alert an animal, slap the hood of your car before starting it.

    How Cold is Too Cold?

    When the temperature dips below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, it is best to keep your dogs indoors, even if a dog house is provided. Short-haired dogs, puppies and cats should be kept indoors at 40 degrees or below.

    Report Cruelty and Neglect

    If you see evidence of cruelty or neglect, please contact the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Section immediately at 303-271-5070.