How should I identify my pet?

Douglas County Resolution states:

R-998-100 Section 1.01

Every owner within the County shall obtain and maintain a current rabies certificate and tag issued by a licensed veterinarian for each dog that he or she owns after the dog is four months old.  Each dog must possess a current certificate and tag by the time the dog is five months old, or within one month of being brought into the County if the dog is over five months old.  Every dog required to have a tag shall wear its tag at all times.  The tag shall be the County license and no other license is required.  This Section 1.01 shall apply to dogs that are residents of a licensed kennel or veterinary facility.

This requires all owners to obtain a rabies vaccination for any dog over the age of four months. The rabies tag must them be affixed to the animal at all time.  This is the only identification required by law, but DCAS recommends that your dog wear a legible tag with the owner’s name, address, and telephone numbers. It is also a good idea to microchip your pet to provide a means of lifetime identification.

If your animal is wearing proper identification and the animal is not a repeat offender, Animal Control Officers make every attempt to return dogs to their owners before they have to take them to The Buddy Center. If the animal is transported to The Buddy Center located at 4556 Castleton Court in Castle Rock, CO 80104 you will have to come down and pick the animal up.  You will also have to pay any fines and fees associated with your animal being impounded.  It is far less traumatic for the animal and less expensive to properly identify your animal so that in the event that the animal is found running at large he will have a ticket home.

Why should I microchip my pet?

A microchip will give your pet lifetime identification. The registration database holds their characteristics, and will be used quickly when the pet is found elsewhere (even in a foreign country). This will act as your pets ticket home, can quickly resolve a dispute with regards to ownership, and can save their life in an emergency, as the owner can be easily and quickly contacted

Contact Information:

To report an animal control issue


Emergency - 911


Justice Center
4000 Justice Way
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Phone: 303.660.7529

Hours of Operation

Douglas County Animal Services is available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 day per year.

Most business will be conducted during normal business hours, but emergency services are available at all times.


8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Holiday schedules will vary.

Douglas County Sheriff

Justice Center

4000 Justice Way
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Phone: 303.660.7505

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Highlands Ranch Substation

9250 Zotos Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Phone: 303.784.7800

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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