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City and Foothills Animal Shelter and Petco Love present April 2 dog vaccination and registration event

Part of an effort to “Give Pets Their Best Shot,” the April 2 event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Arvada High School (7951 W. 65th Ave.).

The City of Arvada and Foothills Animal Shelter are partnering with national nonprofit
Petco Love to give pets their best shot for a healthy life by hosting a free dog vaccine event on April 2, 2022. 

To encourage pet parents to keep their dogs up to date on life saving vaccinations, Petco Love will provide free canine distemper and parvo vaccines for family pets in need. As puppy season approaches, pet exposure to contagious and deadly diseases – parvovirus and distemper – increases but is preventable with a simple vaccine.

The City of Arvada and Foothills Animal Shelter aim to vaccinate 300 dogs through this effort. The free vaccine event will take place on April 2 at Arvada High School, 7951 W. 65th Ave, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

“The City and Foothills Animal Shelter work together to support safety and wellbeing in our community for both humans and animals,” said Deputy City Manager Lorie Gillis. “The April vaccination event is an important next step in our valuable partnership.”

Vaccines distributed free of charge through the Petco Love initiative will be the canine distemper and parvo vaccines. Low-cost rabies and Bordetella vaccines will be available for $20. Jefferson County pet licensing will also be offered at the clinic for a fee of $20 along with microchip ID implants for $35.

“The wellness of our community pets is extremely important to Foothills Animal Shelter,” said Jon Rogge, Director of Veterinary Services at Foothills Animal Shelter. “Thanks to Petco Love we can offer these vaccines free of charge, keeping owned dogs healthy and in their homes, right where they belong.” 

The Give Pets Their Best Shot initiative makes crucial pet vaccines accessible to pet parents who may be experiencing financial challenges and assures that cost is not a barrier to protecting pets from preventable diseases. 

“Treatment for these deadly diseases can be prohibitively expensive for many pet parents,” said Susanne Kogut, Petco Love President. “By providing free vaccines to those in need, we can help these pets live a healthy life. Through this national effort and our other Petco Love Care initiatives, we continue our 22-year history of strategic investments and innovation to end unnecessary pet euthanasia.”

Petco Love’s
1 million free pet vaccine campaign  has helped 400,000 pets to date. Fifty percent of participating pet parents surveyed reported their pets had never been vaccinated against these diseases. Petco Love’s goal is to increase awareness and accelerate the distribution of vaccines. 

For more information about this vaccine event, visit Learn more about Petco Love’s national vaccine effort and lifesaving impact at or  


About City of Arvada
Arvada is a beautiful first-ring suburb of Denver, the Mile High City. Arvada retains its small-town feel even with its estimated population of 124,000. Established in 1870, Arvada enjoys a rich history, quiet tree-lined neighborhoods, and a robust mix of parks, trails, and open space. Arvada’s strong civic leadership balances quality of life with an understanding and support of business and economic development. The City has been recognized for customer focused excellence, societal responsibility, performance management, and visionary leadership. The public is invited to learn more about Arvada by visiting or connecting with us online.

About Foothills Animal Shelter

Foothills Animal Shelter helps make lives better for people and pets in our community. As a Socially Conscious Shelter, we believe in creating the best outcomes for all animals that enter our care. We are a true resource for the pets and people we serve providing pet adoptions, pet licensing, lost and found, low-cost vaccinations and microchipping. Our Better Together Programs work to keep pets with their families by providing resources to pet owners in their time of need. Visit to learn more.  

About Petco Love 
Petco Love is a nonprofit changing lives by making communities and pet families closer, stronger, and healthier. Since our founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, we’ve empowered animal welfare organizations by investing $300 million in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. We’ve helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and organizations nationwide. Today, our love for pets drives us to lead with innovation, creating tools animal lovers need to reunite lost pets, and lead with passion, inspiring and mobilizing communities and our more than 4,000 animal welfare partners to drive lifesaving change alongside us. Is love calling you? Visit or follow at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to be part of the lifesaving work we’re leading every day.

Media Contact
Ben Irwin, Chief Communications Manager, 720-898-7507
Joan Thielen, Foothills Animal Shelter,, 720-352-8075
Petco Love,