Robert D. Rohde, President and CEO

How does one define a compassionate life? Perhaps it’s through service to those most vulnerable. In the case of Bob Rohde, president and CEO of the Dumb Friends League for nearly 44 years, it has been a life devoted to animals that cannot speak for themselves.

Bob began working at the Dumb Friends League as an animal care technician in 1973 after moving to Colorado from his home state of Iowa. Quickly rising through the ranks, Bob was named executive director of the Dumb Friends League in 1977 and subsequently became president and CEO. Since that time, his strong leadership, emphasis on strategic planning, and visionary program development have helped create one of the nation’s most innovative and highly regarded animal welfare organizations. Today, the Dumb Friends League is one of the five largest local, nonprofit humane societies in the United States in terms of programs and number of pets saved each year.

Bob has devoted his career and life to the welfare of animals and is a leading national figure in animal welfare causes. A strong believer that “working together works,” he participates locally and nationally in improving animals’ lives through collaboration. Bob serves on the board of the National Council on Pet Population Study and over the years has served in an advisory role to Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc., Banfield Pet Hospital, HomeAgain, Merck Animal Health and Merial.