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Denver will pay you $75 to talk about your pet

David Heitz

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By David Heitz / NewsBreak Denver

(Denver, Colo.)

If you can’t stop talking about your dog – or cat – Denver officials want to talk to you. In fact, they’ll even pay you for your time.

You can earn $75 by participating in a focus group about pet parenting in the mile high city. The City and County of Denver will host small group conversations on Zoom in the coming weeks.

Those who want to participate in a focus group can fill out an online questionnaire. The short form asks a few demographic questions. It also asks applicants to choose a time for the focus group. The roundtables will be held from 6 to 7:15 pm. Aug. 15 to 18 and Aug. 22.

Pet-friendly Denver loves its canines

Denver has received several accolades for being a dog-friendly city. The city offers an online directory of businesses for humans, such as hotels, that are pet friendly.

Denver requires pets to be licensed in the city. “Licensing helps Animal Services identify family pets, should an animal become lost,” the city explains on its website. “The fees from licensing are used to care for animals and investigate complaints about stray animals, among other services. Other goals of animal licensing are to promote responsible pet ownership and to reduce the tragedies associated with lost pets and pet overpopulation.”

Discounted services available

Denver offers several discounted services for pet owners including:

· Pet rehoming. What to do if you can no longer care for your pet and need to find it a new home.

· Microchips. The city offers microchipping during reduced-cost vaccination clinics 9-11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Denver Animal Shelter, 1241 W. Bayaud. Arrive early. The clinic is first-come, first-served and often has all slots filled at 9 a.m.

· Spay and neuter. Denver offers a resource sheet for finding pet services at reduced costs. The sheet even offers places to go when you don’t have money for pet food.

· Pet end of life. Denver offers end-of-life services for animals who are suffering.

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