Special Programs

In Adoptions, we help patrons find the perfect companion by listening with compassion to their preferences and desires, and offering guidance in choosing an appropriate pet.

The Working-Cat Program

Cats that have histories and temperaments better suited to an outdoor lifestyle can be successfully placed with caring owners as working cats. These cats may live in a barn, stable or other outdoor setting where they have a “job” and a better quality of life. Some working cats are social and well-suited to a life lived outdoors or as companions to horses, making them a great addition to a variety of rural households. Others are less social and live to hunt. Tell us the type of cat you’re looking for, and we’ll find the perfect match. All working cats receive spay/neuter surgery, a microchip ID, age-appropriate vaccinations and a rabies vaccination. Learn More.

The Personal Pet Shopper program

Your next pet can be hand-picked for you—based on your preferences—from all the available cats, dogs and small mammals at the Dumb Friends League shelters. Our Personal Pet Shoppers will work with you one-on-one to find precisely the pet you’re looking for, including:

  • Type of pet (cat, dog or small mammal)
  • Purebred or mixed breed
  • Size
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Temperament
  • History with children or other pets
  • Special-needs pets (older pets or those with manageable medical needs)

Once a match has been found, we’ll set an appointment for you to meet the potential new pet. If it isn’t a good fit, we’ll keep searching. If it is, you and your new family member are on your way to a beautiful friendship! Find your perfect match … and give a shelter pet a second chance.

Call our Personal Pet Shoppers at (303) 751-5772 to get started!

The Foster Buddy program

Some pets on our website are listed as “in a foster home” rather than in one of our shelters. These pets are ready for adoption, but are better suited to a home environment while they wait. One benefit of adopting a Foster Buddy is that the foster parent can give you firsthand information about the pet’s personality and behavior. To see them, go to the Adoption page and search the list by the location “Foster Care Resident.”

To meet a Foster Buddy, please call us to make an appointment at (303) 751-5772.