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Animal Management Unit

Arvada Animal Management is a unit of the Arvada Police Department that enforces all city ordinances related to animals.  State-certified through the Colorado Association of Animal Control Officers and the Department of Agriculture, Arvada Animal Management Officers are highly trained and experienced professionals.  Additionally, three of Arvada's Officers are commissioned through the Board of Animal Protection.

The Animal Management unit works diligently to ensure pets are either returned to their owner or adopted. It is a source of great pride that for the past several years, the return-to-owner and/or adoption rate has been more than 90%.

Services Provided

Arvada Animal Management Officers handle:

Contact Animal Management

For animal-related complaints and pro-active pet ownership information, please contact the Arvada Police Department's Animal Management Unit at (720) 898-6850. 

For urgent matters, please contact the Arvada Police Department's non-emergency Dispatch line at (720) 898-6900.

All animal bites should be reported to Arvada Police Department's Animal Management Unit at (720) 898-6850. 


Animal Management is staffed seven days a week, usually beyond normal business hours. 

Rules and Regulation

Owning an animal is a privilege and also a big responsibility.

The purpose of animal control laws are to protect public health, safety and animals from cruel treatment, neglect and injury. To review City Code, refer to Animals chapter 14 in Municode