Special announcement from President and CEO Bob Rohde

Bob with dog

After 43 years at this amazing organization, I will be retiring as president and CEO of the Dumb Friends League in February 2018. My decision to retire was not an easy one, but I made it with the absolute conviction that I have ensured the continued growth and success of the League by personally hand-selecting my successor with the approval of our board of directors. I am honored to announce that upon my retirement, Apryl Steele, DVM will take over as president and CEO of the League.

I chose Apryl to lead the League after a great deal of careful thought and consideration, and after many years of observing her character and leadership ability. Apryl’s extensive knowledge of animal welfare comes from her strong desire to understand and contribute to our field and our community. During her 18 years as a practicing veterinarian in Denver, Apryl moved impressively through the ranks of a number of veterinary organizations, including roles as president of the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association and the Animal Assistance Foundation. A natural leader, Apryl is a former board member of the Dumb Friends League and PetAid Colorado, and she currently serves as president of The Colorado Humane Society & SPCA.

Above all, Apryl is extremely smart and passionate about our work and our organization, and she has a huge amount of compassion for animals. She is a great leader with the vision and ability to take the Dumb Friends League to new levels beyond what we have even imagined. You have my word that she is the best possible choice for this position and for the future of the League and the animals we all care about so deeply.

As the League prepares to enter a new era under Apryl’s leadership, we are poised to make an even greater impact through our Quebec Street Shelter renovation and expansion, and our collaborative efforts to save the lives of more pets in Colorado and beyond. Working from a solid foundation, the League will continue to be intentional, innovative and effective in order to achieve our mission of ending pet homelessness and animal suffering.

It has been my distinct honor to serve the homeless pets and horses—and the people—of our community. Thank you for all you have done and will continue to do for the animals.