Denver area veterinarians partner with local shelters to provide adopted shelter pets health care after adoption

18 Feb Denver area veterinarians partner with local shelters to provide adopted shelter pets health care after adoption

For many shelter pets, going home with their forever family is the first step in a bright new future. Now, Denver area veterinarians are teaming up with shelters to ensure these adopted shelter pets continue to receive lifelong care the moment they walk out the door.

The partnership between Denver area veterinarians and Denver area shelters is facilitated by Connect for Care, a new program run by the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and designed to unify veterinarians, shelters, and pet owners all around the same common goal: Ensuring adopted shelter pets receive the lifelong health care they deserve.

“We believe it is our responsibility to help adopted shelter pets connect with a veterinarian so they have a bright, healthy future the moment they step out of the shelter and into the community,” said Ashley Larson, CVMA program manager for Connect for Care. “We’re grateful to have a wonderfully strong collaboration between the veterinary and animal welfare communities in the Denver area that is making this program possible.”

Through the program, participating CVMA veterinarians offer complimentary post-adoption exams for newly adopted shelter pets. If needed, the veterinarian will also provide for up to $250 worth of care for designated medical needs for up to 14 calendar days post-adoption.

30,000+ pets were adopted out of metro Denver area shelters in 2018; Connect for Care works to ensure those pets go on to lead happy, healthy lives in their forever homes.

“The Connect for Care program has been wonderful,” said Lindsay Mamula-Crippen, DVM, MBA, CVPM of Veterinary Center of Parker, Inc. “We have met some amazing clients that truly care about their newly adopted fur babies; we have been able to help those babies take the first steps to a healthy life. We love helping out the community and being able to offer this service.”

Participating veterinarians must be CVMA members and must opt in to participate in the program. Currently 49 clinics stretching from Longmont to Castle Rock are donating their time and services to shelter pets.

Participating shelters must be PACFA licensed and must be a member of the Metro Denver Animal Welfare Alliance (MDAWA). Current shelters include:

  • Adams County Animal Shelter
  • Angels With Paws
  • Aurora Animal Shelter
  • Denver Animal Shelter
  • Dumb Friends League (Quebec Street and Buddy Center)
  • The Feline Fix
  • Foothills Animal Shelter
  • Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue

The communication between the participating shelters, veterinarians and the adopters of new pets is supported by Catalyst Connection, a digital platform developed by CATalyst Council to enhance community relationships and access to veterinary care for adopted cats and dogs.

“Connect for Care has already made a monumental impact in the lives of adopted shelter pets in Colorado,” Larson said. “We’re excited to see how many more lives we will be able to touch in 2019.”

For more information about Connect for Care, please visit, or contact Ashley Larson, Manager of Chapter Relations at