Would you have guessed that the state government has programs that support pet owners and look to the best interest of pets? I was surprised. The Colorado Department of Agriculture has a list of pet food recalls, a guide to understanding pet food labels, and information on how to report animal neglect and cruelty which includes a dangerous dog registry. You might also be interested in the Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA) Program, a licensing and inspection program dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of those animals in pet care facilities throughout Colorado.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has educational information on rabies with tips on what to do if you or your pet are exposed. They have guidelines on how to prepare for a natural disaster/emergency if you have pets.

The Division of Wildlife provides guidelines on keeping exotic animals as pets, with a list of animals you can own in Colorado.

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