Pet Adoption Stories

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  • Eggie pays it forward

    I am writing this letter to commend you and show my appreciation for all your hard work. Your efforts have saved the lives of numerous beautiful animals and brightened the lives of many people.

    On Oct. 12, 2015, I adopted Eggie. He was an old dog who was severely neglected and had a lot of medical problems. The Dumb Friends League addressed all his costly medical issues and gave him lots of loving-kindness to heal his broken spirit.

    Eggie is the most wonderful dog I could imagine. We spend almost all day together. He is a working dog with two jobs: Eggie sits with my patients to comfort them during dental procedures, but more importantly, he is a volunteer pet therapy dog at Lutheran Medical Center and Hospice. All the compassion shown to him by the League is being spread to ill and dying patients.

    Thank you for saving Eggie’s life and giving him so much love. He promises to keep paying it forward.

    – Dr. Brian W., Denver, Colo.

  • No more scaredy Sadie

    I adopted my Bella on June 12, 2012; she had been called Sadie, and she was in rough shape when she arrived at the Dumb Friends League. She was still recovering from being spayed and having her right eye and six teeth removed when I brought her home.

    She was scared of thunderstorms, loud noises and was very unsure about men. She didn’t know what on earth to do with a toy! She was all over me from the beginning. I watched the video taken in your visiting room with her rubbing across my face—and that’s about the only thing that hasn’t changed! There are now toys all over my apartment, thunderstorms don’t require me getting under the covers so she can get under blankets and hide, and she’s the best big-sister kitty to my little one (adopted as a kitten after I got Bella … Bella is her entire world!) that I could have ever asked for!

    She has traveled all over the country; she’s been to 11 states and thinks that she’s the queen of the world whenever we stay in a hotel room. She will wake me up in the middle of the night if I start wheezing or coughing, and she won’t leave me alone until I use my inhaler. Her favorite place (besides my lap/legs/arms/chest/back!) is my parents’ lake house because she can sit in the window and watch chipmunks and squirrels all day long.

    Thank you to the Dumb Friends League for giving her the care she needed to get healthy. Thank you to her foster home for loving her for the few days she was with you. She’s happy and healthy and loved.

    – Stefane P., Parker, Colo.

  • 100 pounds of pure love

    Editor’s note: Bruce was transferred to the Dumb Friends League from a local shelter partner so we could perform specialized orthopedic surgery on his fractured rear leg. Our veterinary team attached an external-fixation device to his leg to stabilize and heal the fracture, and also performed surgery to repair a torn ligament in his knee. Bruce spent two months recuperating in a foster home, where he received physical therapy, before being adopted by a loving family. During his three months in our care, Bruce became a staff favorite due to his patience and gentle disposition.

    We just wanted to reach out and share Bruce’s adoption story because every day we are so thankful for him and the way he has changed our lives.

    Initially we came to the Dumb Friends League to “just look” at bigger-breed dogs and were toying with the idea of having some company for our little dog who we felt needed a buddy. Little did we know we would be walking out with a 100-pound black Cane Corso who had pages of medical history.

    Long story short … this black Cane Corso named Bruce has become the best dog we could have hoped for. He is sweet, goofy, loving and fiercely loyal. The first couple months took a lot of hard work and patience due to his unknown history and extreme fear of everything, but since then, he has absolutely flourished.

    He was at the Dumb Friends League for quite some time, so we can only imagine he had some loyal supporters. We wanted to thank you for keeping him when a lot of humane societies would have euthanized him. Thank you for not giving up on him and making it possible for him to have a second chance at a life full of love, something he so clearly did not have as a young boy.

    Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

    — Corey E., Denver, Colo.