Clear Creek County Animal Shelter

Clear Creek County Animal Shelter

Clear Creek County Animal Shelter

Charlie’s Place is a modern, county owned and managed animal shelter serving the residents of Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties in Colorado. ​ The shelter provides nourishment and a safe environment for abandoned, homeless, stray, and impounded dogs and cats.    We offer dog and cat adoptions, microchipping, spay/neuter coupons, humane trap loans, and monthly low-cost vaccination clinics.

How to Find Us:  We are located at 500 W. Dumont Rd, Dumont, CO (40 minutes west of Denver, just off of I70, exit 235 (see map and directions).

How Charlie’s Place Came to Be

County resident Helen L. Buck was a life-long animal lover. Helen married Ray Buck Jr. in 1950. Over their years together, Helen and Ray were guardians to 11 German Shepherd Dogs. Together she and Ray cared for dogs, cats, horses and an array of wildlife. After Ray’s death, Helen adopted Charlie, an ex-show dog, as a 5-year-old. Charlie and Helen shared an incredible bond. Helen owned the Blue Ridge Mill Site, one of the only flat pieces of land in the area. In 2003, when Helen heard that the county was looking to build a new animal shelter, she generously donated the land in an effort to give back to the animals that had given her immense joy in life. The land was donated in memory of Charlie, her much loved and loyal friend. Helen’s vision for Charlie’s Place is “to be a safe haven for any and all animals…a no kill-facility to any animals in need of sanctuary.”

Charlie’s Place opened its doors in July, 2007. Since then, hundreds of homeless animals have been adopted and the shelter has stayed true to Helen’s vision.

Animal Visitation:  Call 303-679-2477 to have an adoption application sent to you and to make an appointment.

Adoption Process:  For information on our adoption process, click here.

Dog Licenses:  Required on an annual basis for Clear Creek County residents.  $15, if altered; $30 if intact; bring proof dog is current on rabies vaccination)  Cash/checks accepted.

For News and Events:  Follow us on Facebook.  Our page is updated frequently.

Low-Cost Vaccination Clinics:  Held the first Sunday of every month from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.  Vaccinations include Distemper/Parvo combo and Bordetella (kennel cough) for dogs, FVRCP (upper respiratory) for cats, and Rabies for dogs and cats. First come, first served, no appointment needed.  Starting 5/3/20, all vaccinations will be given outside.  Masks required.  Please bring prior vaccination records with you.  Vaccinations cost $20 each (cash/checks accepted).

Spay/Neuter Vouchers for Clear Creek and Gilpin County residents are available at the shelter through Friends of Charlie’s Place.   Vouchers cover $60 off or cover the total cost of a routine spay or neuter in the case of low-income residents.  To apply for a voucher, go to the Friends of Charlie’s Place website.
How to Reach Us:
Phone:  303-679-2477
Fax:  303-567-4859
Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 397, Dumont, CO 80436
Email: or (off hours)

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