Our Financials

The Dumb Friends League, headquartered in Denver, is a 501(c)(3) Four-Star Charity Navigator-rated organization and a Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accredited Charity with a Gold Star rating. This is a promise and assurance of the highest level of financial stewardship of gifts.

Where our money comes from

Adoptions, pet supplies, program fees and investments supplement our income, but we rely primarily on the support of our Colorado community through donations to sustain the mission of the Dumb Friends League. Donor support makes it possible for us to provide critical services and programs, and to offer the adoption of homeless pets to patrons at a cost substantially less than what it takes to care for our animals.

Fiscal Year 2018 income: $16,453,528*

2018 income 86% contributions 14% income from pet and equine services

Where your money goes

Seventy-nine cents of every dollar goes to animal care, education and outreach in the metro Denver area. Through donations, we provide loving care for the pets that come to our shelters. We offer a safe haven for pets that are lost from home. We rehabilitate pets with medical or behavioral issues to help them become adoption-ready. We provide spay/neuter services at reduced fees, subsidized by Dumb Friends League donors, to reduce pet overpopulation and save lives. We investigate situations involving animal cruelty and neglect, and provide many other services that help save the lives and help people who have no place else to turn. Learn more about what we offer by reviewing our services and education programs, and by visiting our facilities, and explore our giving clubs to see the benefits of giving to our organization.

Fiscal Year 2018 expenses: $18,068,398*

2018 expenses: 79% program services and 21% supporting services

Total Program Expenses were $14,274,292.
Total Management and General Expenses were $1,331,650.
Total Fundraising and Development Expenses were $2,462,460.
Total revenue from the Building a Better Way Home Capital Campaign: $32,129,002.

For more information about our organization, please see the Dumb Friends League 2018 Annual Report, 2018 Form 990 and our 2018 audited financial statement.

Dumb Friends League Conflict of Interest Policy

* These numbers are unaudited, and do not include realized or unrealized investment gains and losses.