Animal Services

Dog on a leash sitting in grass near owners legs

Centennial contracts with the Humane Society of the Pike’s Peak Region (HSPPR) to provide animal control services for the City. Animal Services protects and preserves the public health and safety of domestic animals.

Centennial Animal Services responds to:

  • Dangerous animal bites
  • At large and contained animals
  • Barking dogs
  • Animal neglect and cruelty Injured animals
  • Other domestic animal issues
  • Lost and Found Pets - All lost and found pets are listed on the 24 Pet Connect website.

Centennial Animal Services enforces animal regulations in the City.

Learn more here.

Centennial offers three options to make purchase or renewal of pet licenses convenient for you. We accept Visa, Mastercard or Discover.

Apply for an Animal License

Help keep our community safe for by reporting violations.

Common violations:

  • Dangerous or potentially dangerous animals
  • Leash law
  • Noisy dogs
  • Animal cruelty
  • Dog licensing

File a Complaint Online

Animal Services strives to reunite lost pets with their owners.

Lost Pet?

If you have lost your pet, call Animal Services and complete a lost pet report. Other recommendations for locating your lost pet include:

  • Visit area kennels and shelters every two days.
  • Place ads in area newspapers.
  • Check around your neighborhood.
  • Ask residents if they have seen your pet.
  • Contact local veterinary hospitals.

Found a Pet?

If you have found a pet, contact Animal Services to complete a found report or to have the animal picked up.

View lost and found pets on the 24 Pet Connect website.

Wildlife that live in our community include foxes, prairie dogs, squirrels, raccoons, coyotes, deer, owls and cougars. Coyotes are one of the most controversial wildlife species in the City. Coyotes play an important role in urban environments. They help keep rodent populations down and scavenge on the flesh of dead animals to keep ecosystems clean.

Coyotes in populated areas, such as Centennial, are less fearful of people and are known to attack pets and approach people. If you have a coyote emergency call 911.

Report your coyote encounter or incident.

Coyote Management Plan

Coyote Management Plan(PDF, 410KB) - The plan has information about how to live with coyotes. This plan was updated in 2016.

Guidelines for living with Coyotes

If you live near or adjacent to a park, trail, golf course, or natural area:

  • Teach our children about urban wildlife. Encourage them to never approach wild animals and to never feed wildlife.
  • Supervise your pet outside, especially at dawn and dusk. If you must leave your dog outside, secure them in an enclosed kennel attached to the house. Keep your dog on a short (6-foot) leash when out for a walk and never allow them to interact or play with wildlife.
  • Remove things that attract wildlife from your yard such as pet food, water sources, fruit from trees, and fallen debris from bird feeders.

If a coyote approaches you:

  • Do not run or turn your back.
  • Be as big as possible; use arm gestures to exaggerate your size.
  • In a loud, forceful voice, command the coyote to go away.
  • If the coyote does not leave the area, back away slowly while still facing the coyote.
  • Pick up any small pets or children that are with you.
  • Carry hazing tools and other deterrents including small rocks, a loud whistle or an air-horn.

For more information, contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife, 303-291-7227.

Do you need to update your pet's record? Has your pet passed away? Are you no longer the owner or keeper of the pet listed on the notice you received?

Complete the form below to let us know. We will use this information to update our records.

Complete No Longer Own Pet Form

Brushing up on winter safety tips can ensure your pets stay happy, healthy and safe.

  • Keep pets inside during the winter. If you are unable to keep your pet inside, create a warm, wind-proof shelter with dry and clean bedding.
  • Always take into consideration of the age and breed of your dog as some breeds may need extra attention. Puppies and senior pets do not regulate their body temperature as well as healthy adult animals.
  • Limit the duration of time your pet is outdoors to reduce the chance of frostbite or hypothermia. Also, a water-resistant coat, sweater or "boots" can help protect them from the cold.
  • Chemicals like antifreeze are lethal for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle and always keep chemicals stored safely away from your pets.

Help your furry friends stay healthy and safe by following these guidelines:

License your pet

Licensing makes it easier for Animal Services to return your pet if it gets lost.

Provide permanent ID

Microchipping your pet increases the chance of finding and returning your pet to you if it gets lost. Contact Centennial Animal Services or your local veterinarian for more information.

Spay or neuter

Spaying and neutering can improve the length and quality of life for your pet. As an incentive, spayed or neutered pets will receive a pet license cost break from the City.

Train your pet

Training builds confidence and strengthens the human-animal bond. Training your pet will make your life easier, and also fulfill your pet’s desire to learn and please you.

Socialize your pet

Expose your pet to different people and settings regularly. Take them to the park, to the pet store, on a walk through town. Praise them for accepting petting from friendly strangers. Reward them for staying calm around other pets.

Exercise your pet

Pets need regular exercise to ensure continuing good health. Take your pet for walks, run around in the yard, play, throw a ball around - anything to get your pet up and moving. This will benefit their health and could prevent behavior problems.

Provide vet care

Set a schedule for regular check-ups with your veterinarian. Ask the vet questions about your pet’s diet, behavior, activity level or other concerns. Contact the veterinarian at once if your pet seems ill or in pain. Keep your pet current on their vaccinations. Be sure to keep a copy of your pet’s vaccination records on hand.

Responsible pet ownership means knowing and taking care of the needs of your pet.

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