Foothills Animal Shelter


Founded in 1976 by an intergovernmental agreement the Jefferson Animal Shelter served as the impound facility for unincorporated Jefferson County and the cities of Arvada, Lakewood and Wheat Ridge.

After years of success, the Jefferson Animal Shelter reevaluated its mission and goals in 1994 to accommodate growing demands on the facility and changes in the external environment. As part of the reevaluation, the shelter changed its name to Table Mountain Animal Center (TMAC). With the new name came expanded services, more efficient operations and greater public outreach, including the addition of the City of Golden as a member agency.

Decreased funding for services and the rapid growth of the communities it served led the Center to establish a charitable arm to help raise philanthropic support for the Center's programs. In 1994, the Table Mountain Animal Center Foundation was founded and granted its 501(c)(3) status.

Today, the Center is one of the leading adoption facilities and educational resources for animal care in the state of Colorado, serving the communities of Morrison, Mt. View, Edgewater, and Westminster, as well as Arvada, Lakewood, and Wheat Ridge.

How to Adopt a Pet

The staff and volunteers at Table Mountain Animal Center (TMAC) diligently work to place adoptable animals in loving, permanent homes. TMAC is one of the largest animal shelters in metro Denver, taking in nearly 10,000 animals each year.

To view animals currently available for adoption, visit

Animals from Foothills Animals Shelter can be found at the main location at 4105 Youngfield Service Road in Golden.  TMAC works in partnership with other location for animal adoptions::

PetSmart Luv-A-Pet Centers:

  • 1st and Wadsworth
  • 32nd and Youngfield
  • 52nd and Wadsworth

PETCO locations:

  • Alameda and Wadsworth
  • 6th and W. Colfax

All cat and dog adoptions include spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchipping, and health exam.  Rabies vaccinations are not included.

For more information call 303-278-7575 or

Are You Ready to Adopt?

Below are some things you may want to consider before adopting:

  • Dogs and cats often live longer than 15 years.
  • Are you familiar with animal control regulations in your area?
  • Remember all dogs in Jefferson County require current licenses. For more info, contact  Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
  • Do you or does anyone in your family have allergies?
  • Are you familiar with the inoculations and veterinary care your new pet will require?
  • Are you planning to move in the near future?
  • Which member of your household will be primarily responsible for caring for your new pet?
  • How many hours per day will your new pet be left alone?

It may take you and your new pet some time to adjust. If you have questions or concerns after adopting, please contact Table Mountain Animal Center at 303-278-7575.

Changes for the Future

Table Mountain Animal Center is moving AND changing its name!

New name will be Foothills Animal Shelter. 

Anticipated move date is mid-to-late-summer 2010.

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