Together, we can reduce pet homelessness and animal suffering.
The Dumb Friends League Humane Equation
The Dumb Friends League employs a broad spectrum of strategies to reduce homeless pets in our community and to ensure that as many homeless pets as possible are reunited with their owners or placed in new homes. Growing community involvement in, and support for, our efforts has enabled the League to expand our programs and services while maintaining our commitment to ending pet homelessness and animal suffering.
During our 100-plus years of history in the Denver metro area, the community has helped us reduce the number of homeless pets entering our shelters and increase the number of pets adopted. In the past nine years, our live release rate has climbed from 71% in 2007, to 80% in 2011, to 90% in fiscal year 2017 with a 100% live release rate for healthy cats and dogs.
To stay true to our mission, we must do the right thing for every animal we receive. Every single one—even if that means making carefully considered and difficult decisions to prevent suffering or ensure the safety of our community. We will continue to strive to find a home for every healthy and treatable animal we receive, while ensuring that we’re doing the right thing for all animals we receive.
Underlying everything we do is the compassion and talents of our board, leadership, staff and volunteers, who depend upon the invaluable relationships we have with our donors, community partners and business supporters.
For more information on the progress we’re making on behalf of animals, please see the Dumb Friends League 2016 Annual Report.
You are an integral part of the equation
It takes the whole community to create lasting change. To keep the momentum going, here’s what you can do:
- Adopt homeless pets
- Ensure your pets are spayed/neutered
- Understand and commit to your pets through behavior education programs
- Teach your children about compassion towards animals
- Donate to helping homeless pets and horses
- Volunteer at the sheltering facilities and at community events
- Foster homeless pets in need in your home
- Advocate for animal welfare causes
- Report animal neglect and abuse