Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to adopt a cat?
Adoption fees vary by age. Our standard pricing is:
- Kittens and Cats
- 5 months and under $120
- 6 months to 1 year $95
- 1 year to 5 years $75
- 5 years and older $50
How much does it cost to adopt a dog?
Adoption fees vary by age. Our standard pricing is:
- Puppies and Dogs
- 5 months and under $250
- 6 months to 1 year $175
- 1 year and older $125
- 5 years and older $50
What do I need to adopt a dog or cat?
- The adopter – When adopting a pet from one of our shelters, you need to be the pet’s new owner. It is important for people to choose a pet that fits their own lifestyle and preferences, so we do not adopt out pets as gifts. If you want to initiate an adoption for someone else, consider giving them a gift card to the Sit … Stay … Shops at our shelters.
- ID – We’ll need a valid photo ID with your current address. If your ID does not have your current address, please also bring another type of proof, such a utility bill, water bill or vehicle registration.
- Family members – It’s important that the pet you’re adopting fits in with your family, so if you have kids, bring them! If you’re looking to add another dog, bring your family dog. Cats take longer to adjust to new family members, so we don’t recommend cat-dog or cat-cat visits.
What comes with an adoption?
Beyond a lifetime of love from your new pet, you’ll receive the following as part of your adoption fee:
- A pet that has been well-cared for by trained staff and volunteers at our shelter
- New Pet Adoption Packet
- Spay or neuter surgery (all pets are spayed or neutered prior to adoption)
- General health examination
- Preliminary vaccinations, including rabies. Please discuss an appropriate vaccination schedule during your free office visit to a participating veterinarian.
- Microchip identification implant
- Temporary collar and ID tag
- Temporary leash or carrier
- A complimentary wellness exam at a participating veterinary practice as part of the Return for Care program. This exam must be scheduled within 5 working days of adoption.
How to adopt a dog or cat
- First, find your perfect pet on our website or visit one of our locations.
- When you’ve found the perfect pet, stop in to meet them! Make sure to bring any family members or other dogs who will be a part of your new pet’s life.
- Make sure you’ve got everything you need when you get the pet home to make its acclimation as smooth as possible. You can always get what you need at our shop!
How to adopt a horse
- To adopt a horse, start by giving us a call at 303.751.5772 to set up a visit to the Harmony Equine Center.
- Adoption fees range from $100 to $1,000, based on the training level of the equine.
How much does it cost to adopt a horse?
- Adoption fees range from $100 to $1,000.
- Fees are based on the training level of the equine.
What is a working cat?
Cats that come to our shelters with 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.
How to adopt a working cat
If you’re looking for a working cat, mouser or barn cat, here’s where to start:
- Give us a call at 303.751.5772 to learn more about the program, or fill out our Working Cat Adoption Inquiry.
- Tell us the type of working cat you’re looking for, and we’ll find the perfect match.
How much does it cost to adopt a working cat?
Our fees are always waived on all working cats.
How to take care of a working cat
Working cats are just like an indoor cat—We require adopters to ensure that all working cats have warm shelter, adequate food and water, and that they receive regular veterinary care—just as with any cat we adopt out from our shelters.
Free cat spay/neuter
The Dumb Friends League Solutions – Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic offers fully subsidized (no-cost) spay/neuter surgeries for all Colorado cats, including owned cats, feral cats, trap-neuter-return (TNR) cats and community cats. Schedule an appointment now: https://www.ddfl.org/catclinic/
Cat mobile spay/neuter clinics
The Dumb Friends League provides free cat spay/neuter at our Meow Mobile and Lulu Mobile mobile clinics, staffed by licensed veterinarians. For all cats, spay/neuter surgery is FREE including rabies and distemper vaccines. See the schedule and locations for our mobile clinics.
We also offer:
- Feline Leukemia (FeLV) Vaccine – $25 – Meow Mobile only
- FeLV/FIV Combo Test – $25 – Meow Mobile only
- Microchip – $25 – Lulu and Meow Mobile
The Dumb Friends League offers dog spay/neuter surgeries at our mobile clinic, including age-appropriate vaccines (rabies and distemper vaccines), for $50 to patrons who qualify. See the schedule and locations for our mobile clinics.
How old does my puppy need to be to be spayed or neutered?
Puppies need to be at least 8 weeks of age and weigh 2 pounds for surgery. We do not take animals 8 years and older without recent blood work. We do spay or neuter pets that are in heat.
How old does my kitten need to be to be spayed or neutered?
Kittens need to be at least 8 weeks of age and weigh 2 pounds for surgery. We do not take animals 8 years and older without recent blood work. We do spay or neuter pets that are in heat.
Animal Cruelty and Neglect
Report animal cruelty or neglect
The Dumb Friends League provides animal neglect and mistreatment investigations in Denver and five surrounding counties, and the Colorado Humane Society covers most of the rest of Colorado. To report animal abuse or neglect throughout Colorado, fill out the Crime Stoppers form.
Volunteer at the Dumb Friends League
When you volunteer at the Dumb Friends League, you’re joining a family of volunteers and staff committed to providing love and support for the homeless pets and equines in our care. As a volunteer, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts through recognition events and awards—and best of all, you’ll be helping homeless animals receive the loving care and second chances for happiness they deserve. Apply now!
How old do I need to be to volunteer?
General volunteers must be at least 16 years old, but if you’re interested in volunteering and are under 16 we do offer a Junior Volunteer program as well!
Can I bring my work / school group for a volunteer day at DFL?
We are currently only accepting onsite group volunteer opportunities for our event sponsors. If you are interested in learning more about becoming an event sponsor, please contact Jasmin Rice, Director of Events & Volunteer Engagement, at email@example.com. If you are already a Dumb Friends League event sponsor, please reach out to Jasmin to schedule your group volunteer opportunity. Currently group opportunities are available assisting with our fundraising special events. Opportunities are continually updated as events are added. You can find information and register your group at ddfl.org/events.
Foster a dog or cat
Our foster care program lets animal lovers bring pets into their homes on a temporary basis to prepare them for adoption. We know it can sometimes be a challenging experience – in the love you invest, the commitment it takes, and, eventually, in saying goodbye to a pet that you’ve nurtured for an extended period of time. But know that what you do matters. Every pet that’s fostered has a better chance at a happier and healthier life ahead with a forever family. Apply to foster pets now!
What is the Furry Scurry?
The Furry Scurry is a two-mile walk held at Washington Park that helps raise money to help homeless pets at the Dumb Friends League.
When is the Furry Scurry?
The 26th annual Furry Scurry will be held on May 4, 2019, and begins at 9 a.m.
How much is the Furry Scurry?
Furry Scurry registration costs $50 before the event, and includes:
- Access to the Flealess market
- The 26th Anniversary Furry Scurry t-shirt
- Bib Number
Free animal education
We offer classes to children in preschool and older, adults, and to community groups. Our community programs are free and available throughout the Denver metro area and beyond, year-round. We also offer teacher lesson plans related to humane education in the Teacher Resources area of our Resource Library.
Pet education classes
We offer a variety of free community education programs for children and adults, including:
- Staying Safe Around Dogs
- Caring for Pets
- Respecting the Icky, Ugly & Not so Cuddly
- Safety Around Cats
- Click & Learn: Behavior Training for Pets
- The Sad Truth Behind Puppy Mills