Helping Colorado’s Pets
One Paw at a Time

Thanks to Colorado’s concerned and generous citizens, the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund has provided more than $2.7 million in grants to care for homeless pets and subsidize 60,000 spay and neuter surgeries of owned pets in under served areas.

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The Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund (CPOF) is a specific charitable fund established in 2001 by the Colorado State Legislature. CPOF exists to work with animal care and control organizations (including pet rescues), veterinarians and local communities to curb pet overpopulation in Colorado; to provide medical care to make shelter pets more adoptable; and to educate the public about the importance of controlling pet overpopulation.

Purchase or Donate

There are 2 ways to help us!

Purchase an Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet License Plate

Since 2011 Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet License Plate sales have generated more than $1.5 million to spay/neuter and provide medical treatment and microchip identification for shelter animals. Across Colorado, there are over 15,000 Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet License Plates on the road.
How to Purchase

Donate on your Colorado
Tax Form

More than $2.7 million has been donated since 2001 by Colorado taxpayers to subsidize the spay/neuter surgeries of 60,000 cats and dogs owned by residents in underserved areas.
How to Donate


Animal Assistance Foundation was selected to provide grant administration on behalf of the state of Colorado and the Pet Overpopulation Fund. Members of the board are appointed by the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and include representatives from the Colorado Association of Animal Control Officers, Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado Federation of Animal Welfare Agencies, Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, Colorado's Western Slope, Animal Assistance Foundation, an animal rescue organization and a member at large.
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