Frequently Asked Questions

Are there volunteer opportunities at the Dumb Friends League

Yes! There are volunteer opportunities throughout our shelters and in various capacities. Plus, 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. Learn more about how you can help.

Can I bring my work/school group for a volunteer day at the Dumb Friends League?

We are only able to accommodate group volunteer opportunities for our corporate and event sponsors. If you’re interested in becoming a corporate or event sponsor, you can reach out to our corporate partnerships team at

Can I host a fundraising event for the Dumb Friends League?

Yes! Learn more about hosting an event and supporting the League in fun, creative ways!

Does the Dumb Friends League offer school and community education classes?

Our Humane Education team offers 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. Learn more about our classes today!

Do you offer spay/neuter surgeries for pets?

We offer spay/neuter services for both owned and feral/community cats at 4817 National Western Dr., Denver CO 80216. We do not provide these services to dogs at this time. To schedule an appointment, please visit our

Patient Portal or Portal del paciente. More information can be found here.

How can I become a foster volunteer?

If you have a place in your heart and home for animals—but you’re not able to adopt—consider fostering. Our Homes with Hearts foster care program lets animal lovers bring pets from our shelters into their homes on a temporary basis to prepare them for adoption. Learn more about our Foster program.

How do I adopt a dog, cat, or a small mammal?

You can learn about our adoption process before you visit, too, so you know what to expect and bring.

How do I adopt a horse?

To adopt a horse, visit our website to see available horses and other equines or call 303.751.5772 to set up an appointment to visit to the Harmony Equine Center.

You can learn about our adoption process before you visit, too, so you know what to expect and bring.

How do I adopt a working cat?

If you’re interested in adopting a working cat, call 303.751.5772 to learn more about the program, or fill out our Working Cat Adoption Inquiry form. You can also learn more, including how to care for a working cat, on our website.

How do I report an instance of animal cruelty or neglect?

To file a report of suspected abuse, neglect or mistreatment, you can:

  • Call 800.249.5121 Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Submit an online form.

Please note: If you see an emergency, call your local animal control agency or 911.

How much does it cost to adopt a horse?

Adoption fees range from $250–$2000 and are based on the training level of the equine.

How much does it cost to adopt a pet?

Our fees vary by animal and location:

Cats and Kittens: *

  • 5 months and under $200
    $120 (SLV)
  • 6 months to 1 year $150
    $95 (SLV)
  • 1 year to 5 years $110
    $75 (SLV)
  • 5 years and older $50
    $50 (SLV)

Dogs and Puppies: *

  • 5 months and under $350
    $250 (SLV)
  • 6 months to 1 year $250
    $175 (SLV)
  • 1 year to 5 years $200
    $125 (SLV)
  • 5 years and older $100
    $50 (SLV)

Other Pets:

  • Ferrets: $75
  • Rabbits $45
  • Guinea pigs $30
  • Small pets start at $5

Visit our adoption process page to learn more, including any adoption specials. 

How much does it cost to adopt a working cat?

Our fees are always waived on all working cats.

How old does a puppy or a kitten need to be to be spayed or neutered?

Puppies and kittens must be at least 8-weeks old and weigh 2 pounds for surgery. We do not spay or neuter animals more than 8-years old without recent blood work. We will spay or neuter pets that are in heat.

How old do I need to be to volunteer?

General volunteers must be at least 16-years old, but kids 12 through 15 can participate in our Junior Volunteer Club.

What do I need to bring with me to adopt a pet?

When you adopt a pet, please bring:

  • A valid photo ID with your current address. If your ID does not have your current address, please bring another type of proof, such a utility bill, water bill or vehicle registration.
  • Family members needed to finalize the adoption. If a dog-dog visit is necessary due to an animal’s history, your adoption counselor will advise you.

What is a working cat?

A working cat (sometimes called a mouser or a barn cat) is one with a history and temperament better suited to an outdoor lifestyle. These cats may live in a barn, stable or other outdoor setting where they have a “job” and a better quality of life.

What is included in an adoption?

All adoptions include:

  • Spay or neuter surgeries
  • Age-appropriate vaccinations
  • A microchip ID
  • A free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian.
  • A temporary collar and ID tag
  • A temporary leash or a carrier

What types of classes does the Dumb Friends League offer?

Currently, classes are available for:

  • Bully prevention
  • Dumb Friends League 101
  • Staying safe around dogs
  • Caring for pets
  • Careers in animal welfare

And so many more! Check out our complete list of classes today.

Where can I see upcoming Dumb Friends League events?

Check out our events calendar for the latest happenings.