• Animal Evacuations


    The Sheriff's Office Animal Control Unit is responsible for coordinating animal evacuations and animal sheltering during an emergency. 

    Jefferson County Animal Response Team 

    The Animal Control Unit partners with groups of qualified community volunteers, known as the Jefferson Animal Control Rescue Team (J-CART) to accomplish the evacuation and sheltering of animals impacted by an emergency or disaster. J-CART works in conjunction with law enforcement, fire, emergency management and the Jefferson County Incident Management Team to safely and efficiently evacuate and shelter animals. Our J-CART partners include the following organizations:

    Foothills Animal Shelter

    Jefferson County Horse Council

    Jefferson County Fairgrounds (map Adobe Reader is required for viewing this document).

    Jefferson County Mounted Search and Rescue

    Jefferson County Horse Evacuation Assistance Team

    Front Range Animal Evacuation Team

    JeffCo Pet Emergency Team

    Animal Evacuation Volunteers

    Evacuating Animals

    Download the plan for pets Adobe Reader is required for viewing this document and plan for livestock Adobe Reader is required for viewing this document brochures. Good planning includes having agreements with friends and family outside of your area where you can temporarily take your pets and livestock. 

    When you evacuate, take your pets and livestock with you. If you need assistance with pets and livestock, contact Jefferson County Animal Control at 303-271-5070 or via the Sheriff's Office non-emergency number of 303-277-0211.

    If your neighborhood receives a pre-evacuation notice, consider leaving as soon as possible since animals, especially livestock, take a considerable amount of time to load up and transport. 

    If you are taking your animals to either the Jefferson County Fairgrounds or the Foothills Animal Shelter for temporary sheltering, please see the JeffCo Fairgrounds Animal Evacuation Instructions and map Adobe Reader is required for viewing this document that provides information on location and traffic patterns. Temporary emergency sheltering services are provided at no cost to animal owners. Due to limited space, sheltering services are only available for those households within a pre-evacuation or evacuation area.

    If you have questions or need additional information on Jefferson County's Animal Emergency Evacuation Plan, please call 303-271-5070.

    Animal Evacuations Instructions and Map Image