06/04/2011 11:13 am ET Updated Jul 31, 2011

Adopt A New Family Member At Denver's Best Non-Profit Shelters

So you’re looking for a new best friend. Forget those high-priced pet stores; visit these five local non-profit shelters in the Denver-metro who can get you a new best bud in time for summer.

MaxFund: This small organization focuses on second chances, taking in abandoned and injured animals with no known owner, supplying medical services when needed. Located downtown, it’s a no-kill shelter where both felines and canines are accepted and adopted out. However, don’t expect to drop in and walk out with a furry sidekick: Maxfund requires potential pet-owners to fill out an in-depth application to ensure animals make it into a well-matched home.
1025 Galapago St.; 303-595-4917

Foothills Animal Shelter: An open-admission shelter (it turns no animal away), Foothills sees nearly 10,000 animals come through its doors each year. It primarily houses dogs and cats, but occasionally you’ll find smaller animals such as guinea pigs as well.
580 McIntyre St., Golden; 303-278-7575

Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue: If you’re a feline fan, RMFR is a shoo-in. Housing nearly 180 cats and kittens in a cage-free environment, you can get to know the residents in both indoor and outdoor cat-safe areas. RMFR is also a no-kill shelter.
2390 S. Delaware St.; 303-744-6076

Denver Dumb Friends League: Another open-admission shelter, DDFL’s mission is “speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.” The largest shelter in the region, over 80 animals come in each day. You’ll find dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small pets here.
2080 South Quebec St.; 303-751-5772

Ferret Dreams Rescue & Adoption: If you like your pets on the smaller, slinkier side, check out this ferret rescue. Whether you’re looking for blaze or sable, young or old, Ferret Dreams has plenty of options. Call beforehand for an appointment.
2102 S. Clarkson St.; 303-733-0086