‘Please, save us! We’re on sale!’: Denver animals need to be adopted at the city shelter, like, now

The Denver Animal Shelter needs to open up room for new guests fast amid a surge in homeless pets.

White Chocolate is a three-legged dog who loves to do tricks, waiting to be adopted at the Denver Animal Shelter.

White Chocolate is a three-legged dog who loves to do tricks, waiting to be adopted at the Denver Animal Shelter.

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Meet White Chocolate, a three-legged Siberian husky and Queensland heeler or these American pitbull-terrier mix dogs: Max, a two-year-old with impeccable manners and a raging desire to cuddle, and Bailey, a playful middle-ager who wants to nuzzle into your neck.

Alongside too many other homeless animals, this trio is waiting to be taken into new homes. And now! All three can be adopted for a mere $10 at the Denver Animal Shelter.

The facility needs to free space for newcomers amid a surge in unhoused pets. As of this writing, there are 33 dogs, 27 cats, 31 “others” — which include turtles, hamsters, rats and much-maligned roosters abandoned by egg-crazed — and dare I say sexist? — backyard chicken farmers who decided to take agriculture into their own hands without thinking of the boys and their often doomed fate. There is also one nine-month-old working cat that’s ready to clear out any rodent infestations with her claws and teeth!

A turtle up for adoption at the Denver Animal Shelter. July 10, 2020.

A turtle up for adoption at the Denver Animal Shelter. July 10, 2020.

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This is at least the second time in a year the shelter has been clogged. In November, small animals mobbed the facility.

The city is so desperate to offload animals that it is offering steep discounts — starting at $50. The fee includes spay or neuter surgery, vaccinations, a microchip, and a one-year Denver pet license.

The shelter’s hours are Monday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1241 W. Bayaud Ave. Show up at least 30 minutes before closing to complete an adoption. Animals can also be reserved for a non-refundable $20 in-person.

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