Sweetie Pie

The Colorado Humane Society (CHS) works to prevent and investigate animal neglect and mistreatment and promote animal welfare throughout Colorado, and, together, with the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center, the two organizations make an impact far and wide.

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Dumb Friends League statement in support of House Bill 21-1160.

The Dumb Friends League is proud to support House Bill 21-1160, Socially Conscious Sheltering.  This bill accomplishes two important goals. The first is to make it the practice in Colorado that placement is found for every healthy and safe animal that enters a shelter or rescue. The second ensures that no animal, while in the…

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Compassion Always, the story of Peyton

Peyton is an extraordinary and kind individual who, at just 14 years old, has made a significant impact in Colorado and changed the lives of many people and pets, including the animals at the Dumb Friends League San Luis Valley Animal Center in Alamosa.

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Helping animals in Alamosa

Greater accessibility to care and services animals receive in Alamosa is weeks away! The Dumb Friends League San Luis Valley Animal Center’s grand opening is scheduled for March 25, and when the doors open, the facility is expected to care for 2,500 pets per year, including approximately 800 cats, and positively impact the lives of…

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Beating the odds: Robbie’s tale of survival

Every day at the Dumb Friends League we are fortunate help pets find their new beginnings. Each animal arriving at the shelter with a different history, each waiting to meet a new family. While sometimes we are just a part of a particular animal’s story, there are occasions where we get to play a supporting…

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So much to sniff, so little time

Hi friends. It’s me. Patch. Some of you may remember me. I was kind of a big deal around the Dumb Friends League. Was it because I showed hidden potential or because I made four appearances at the shelter in less than a year? The world may never know, but I have my suspicions. There’s…

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Tooth or consequences: National Pet Dental Health Month

We know. There’s a month for everything. But, we’d be remiss if we didn’t highlight National Pet Dental Health Month because your pet’s teeth are an essential part of their overall health and wellbeing. Their pearly whites, just like their people, need regular attention, and there’s no better time to brush up on your furry…

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Too many belly rubs and smooches? Not for Bulma!

As a breed, huskies are very social, fun and entertaining, and to round out their personality; they’re also incredibly intelligent and mischievous. Maybe think of Yin and Yang. It’s impossible to make a blanket statement about a husky’s behavior (or any dog, really) because each one is unique. Still, they are independent and can be…

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Sixth Annual DEN Puppy Bowl

Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner, but at the Dumb Friends League we are preparing for an event of ep-PUP proportions. You’re invited to join the League and Denver International Airport for the sixth annual Puppy Bowl!

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Furry Scurry fundraising tips and tricks

When it comes to asking friends, family, co-workers or just about anyone for donations, it can be daunting. We get it. Maybe you’re uncomfortable because money is involved, or perhaps it’s a case of simply not knowing how to make the request. Now, there’s the added challenge of fundraising during a pandemic, which brings its…

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Here’s the drill: construction update at the League

It’s almost difficult to remember when there wasn’t construction work happening at the Dumb Friends League. You have to go back to April 2017 when the Building a Better Way Home project broke ground, and our major renovation and construction project to upgrade the oldest and most heavily used parts of the Dumb Friends League…

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Prepare a COVID-19 plan for your pets

While there is no evidence that your pets can get the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, from an infected person, it is still important to consider your pet in your COVID-19 preparation plans. Whether sheltering at home, or in the unfortunate case that you are admitted into the hospital, ensuring you have reliable care for your pets…

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Don’t get the cold weather blues

In a time when days turn into weeks, and weeks blur into months, it’s easy to have to pause and have to think about the season. After all, Denver saw snow mere hours after Labor Day! While there’s not much better than enjoying days outside with our pets no matter the conditions, when the weather…

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No longer skin and bones; just Bonz

Burt Maklin, a 2-year-old mastiff, arrived at the Dumb Friends League Leslie A. Malone Center after being found wandering at a local metro Denver elementary school. While nothing was known about Burt’s history other than where he was found, it was apparent he was extremely underweight and dehydrated.

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Another win for pit bulls!

2021 has been a good year for pit bulls in the metro area. On Jan. 1, Denver’s new pit bull permitting process went into place, replacing a 30-year-old breed ban and allowing pit bulls back into the City. Then, on Jan. 11, Aurora City Council held a final vote to also repeal their breed ban!…

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Why Adopt a Pit Bull?

Much like hanging toilet paper over or under or wondering if cilantro is the most offensive herb, few things stir up opinions faster than the subject of pit bulls. Strong opinions. Let’s see if we can clear up a few misconceptions about pit bulls and shift some thinking about these loveable block-headed pups. Did you…

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Pit Bull Adoptions at the League

Declaring 2020 as an interesting year is probably the understatement of the century. But, despite all that has happened, we have witnessed several bright moments at the Dumb Friends League. Perhaps the one the shines the most is the passing of Denver’s ballot measure 2J in the November election.  As you’re likely aware, the passing of this…

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Tips for a purr-fectly safe howl-iday for your pets

We know. The holidays look a bit different this year. Usually, they’re a time to eat, drink and be merry with the ones you love. But, for many of us, the celebrations may involve a Zoom call, be smaller or even be socially distanced. But, no matter how you spend the days when pets are…

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Carrots, peppermint snacks and love

Falcon was seized by law enforcement for neglect and came to the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center with several other horses. The Tennessee Walking Horse arrived underweight, and he also had no handling and was not halter broke. Falcon was also very unsure and nervous around people. But, the jumpy horse had potential, and…

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To gift or not to gift: Pets as presents

The holiday season is already here, and many of us are scrambling to find the perfect gifts. Who doesn’t want to see a smile larger than life or hear gasps of surprise when a present is opened, right? As we paws to celebrate the holiday season, let’s get wrapped up in happy . . ….

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Spread holiday cheer without giving money

Hi friends. It’s me. Stan. What’s better than finding a bone after you forgot where you buried it? Helping my animal friends at the Dumb Friends League, of course! We have suggestions for getting into the spirit of the season that don’t involve writing a check and make supporting the League as easy as finding…

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Daisy

To say Daisy left an impression on staff at the Dumb Friends League is an understatement. In fact, it seems that this affectionate 2-year-old pit bull had that impact on everyone she met.

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A dog named Burt Macklin

What’s in a name? Well, if you’re a dog named Burt Maklin, you know there’s a story involved. You may be familiar with Burt Macklin’s character in Parks and Recreation; the silly and most frequent alter ego of Andy Dwyer. Still, our Burt was named after a very similar-looking friend’s mastiff—and, well “Macklin” just happened…

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The Catahoula of my heart: A behavior dog’s story

If you would have asked Katrina a few years ago if she thought she would have adopted a dog with behavior issues, she may not have known that answer. But on the mild afternoon of Thursday, August 13, 2020, Katrina was driving to the Dumb Friends League Buddy Center in Castle Rock with one thought…

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Barks and Biscuits: Made with love

There’s not much better than snacking on a fresh, homemade chocolate chip cookie or two, is there? We know there are many (many) cookie enthusiasts out there, just like the Dumb Friends League Humane Education team knows our pups would appreciate a treat from your oven over a snack from a box. You know you…

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Sully

Sully, like most border collies, typically has a happy, bouncy and affectionate personality—that was until the 10-year-old dog started drooling and chattering his teeth. Concerned for his health, Sully’s person brought him to the Dumb Friends League Solutions – Veterinary Hospital.

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Horses at work: Meet Smash

Smash arrived at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center in August 2018. The El Paso County Sheriff seized the Quarter horse due to owner neglect, and it didn’t take long for Smash to catch the attention of Brent Winston, who, at the time, was the head trainer at the Harmony Equine Center. (Winston is…

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Catch Up with the Dumb Friends League Pawcast!

We launched a Pawcast earlier this year that gives you an inside look at all things Dumb Friends League and animal welfare. Whether you want to know more about how animals are cared for at the League, how to become a volunteer, or why puppies can be so destructive, this podcast, ahem Pawcast, is for…

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Sight isn’t necessary for love

Sweet Penny was relinquished to the Dumb Friends League when her human became ill and was unable to care for the puppy. Staff learned Penny was house trained and loved to go on walks, and at the shelter, the gorgeous Cavalier Spaniel mix was known to crawl into laps and make herself at home. Who…

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Veterans Day at the Dumb Friends League

Each year the Dumb Friends League waives adoption fees in honor of Veterans Day for current and former military, uniting some of our bravest citizens with their new best friend. This holiday has become a favorite day for staff and volunteers at the League – and this year was no exception.

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First shelter dog in White House

At Dumb Friends League, we love to see dogs succeed, so it is not surprise that we were thrilled about the nation’s first rescue dog moving into the White House! We knew this news would be very popular with some of our current residents, so we interviewed them to hear their thoughts on First Shelter…

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Denver loves dogs!

On November 3, Denver voters overwhelmingly voted to overturn the pit bull ban and replace it with a pit bull licensing system. Amendment 2J passed with 65 percent of the vote, verifying what the Dumb Friend’s League has known for a long time – Denver loves dogs, regardless of breed!

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Horses as pets? Of course!

Pets aren’t like family; they are family. When the time comes to add a new member to your home, you think about your lifestyle and what you want in a relationship. Maybe you want a pet to join you for walks, play games, listen to your problems while snuggling, relax when you give pets, get…

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Black cat hocus pocus

If you step on a crack, you’re not going to break your mother’s back. You won’t be doomed for seven years if you break a mirror. If a black cat crosses your path, chances are it’s just trying to get to a comfy spot, and you’re not destined for something nefarious to happen. Speaking of…

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Helping children and adults one stride at a time

Sweet Velvet arrived at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center as a transfer from Kentucky. The 17-year-old Morgan/Walker Cross didn’t travel far to her new home at neighboring Promise Ranch Therapeutic Riding where she spends her days with other equines and one very quiet horse, named Maple Stirrup, who doesn’t eat or need to…

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Have a safe – and spooky – Howl-o-ween

Halloween can be a dream for children (and, let’s face it, some adults) with costumes, candy and the excitement that surrounds the experience. But for pets, the holiday can be a nightmare. The not-so-scary news is that there are ways to minimize stress and anxiety and keep your pets safe.

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Why adopt a pit bull

On the November 3 ballot, Denver residents can end the city’s ban on pit bulls and instead enact a special breed restricted license for these dogs. Ballot measure 2J has seen its fair share of twists and turns to get in front of Denverites, and the League is excited to support the measure.

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Benefits of owning a pet (or more)

If you’re already the grown-up to a pet, you know the ways they enrich your life—but you might not be aware of all the health benefits that come with this incredible experience. From reducing stress and making new friends to exercising more, owning a pet could be just what the doctor ordered.

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Too cute to spook!

Is your feline ready to be a cat o’ lantern? How about your pup becoming the cutest Halloweenie? If you and your pet have been ready for Halloween since, well, last Halloween, the Dumb Friends League has a contest for you. We all know the spirit of Halloween isn’t just for humans, and now is…

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Veteran adopts future service dog

On Veterans Day in 2019, Francis came to the Dumb Friends League with the hope of finding a new companion. Francis is a veteran of the Army and National Guard, where he served a total of 12 years. He was looking for a dog who would not just meet his needs as a best friend,…

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C is for Cookie

What’s in a name? Well, when you already have one pup named Monster, and you’re hoping to adopt another who happens to be named Cookie, it’s like the stars … err … kennel gods aligned! “We couldn’t not have the Cookie to our Monster,” said Erika!

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Rabies: what you need to know

September 28 is World Rabies Day and is designated to raise awareness about the disease and the importance of prevention. We know. Rabies isn’t a warm and fuzzy topic, but pet owners need to be in the know, and we’re here to help.

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The hidden dangers of buying pets online

In a time when you can buy just about anything online – from a traditional clam bake from Maine to a shipping container pool for your back yard – you have to wonder . . . just because you can do something, should you? We’re so accustomed to buying things online that it’s become second…

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The story of a resilient dog named Millie

Millie’s arrival at the Dumb Friends League happened in a time of uncertainty. A time when shelter operations were drastically different, and the State was in lock-down due to COVID-19. In addition to these challenges, it was a mystery what caused the young dog’s injuries. We knew little about the 5-month-old standard poodle and worked…

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Vote Yes on 2J

End Denver’s Ban on Pit Bulls and Replace with Provisional Permitting Breed specific bans do not work: they do not make Denver safer, nor do they encourage responsible dog ownership. 30 years ago, Denver implemented a ban on all dogs that looked like pit bulls. This ban has cost the City of Denver $5.8 million…

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A legacy 110 years in the making

If we hop in Mr. Peabody’s Wayback machine to Sept. 8, 1910, we’d learn that William Howard Taft was the President of the United States, Mary and John were the most popular baby names, and the Denver Dumb Friends League was incorporated under the laws of Colorado. That’s right. Nearly 110 years ago, Mrs. Jean…

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Best dog-friendly hikes in Colorado

The Dumb Friends League’s first ever virtual hiking challenge, Peaks for Pets, is underway! Get outside with friends, family and four-legged companions to enjoy the great outdoors. Hike throughout the month of September while earning incentives for the elevation you gain, and feel good knowing that your registration fee goes toward helping homeless pets. While…

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Denver ranks as 13th most dog-friendly city in America

It is no surprise to most of us that Denver is a great city for dog ownership.  With plenty of hiking trails, dog parks and pup-friendly patios, it is no wonder that there are more dogs than children in the Mile High City. National studies agree. On August 25, Smart Asset released its annual review…

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Hike for homeless pets in the newest Dumb Friends League event

Elevate the lives homeless pets and horses in the Dumb Friends League’s inaugural Peaks for Pets hiking challenge. Participants will explore the mountains in this brand new, virtual event while helping homeless pets – it doesn’t get much more beautiful than that! The challenge is simple. Rack up vertical feet during the month of September…

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Against all odds: The story of a kitten named Oliver

This is the incredible story of a kitten named Oliver. A tale of love, acceptance and a little bit of luck. With the odds against him, fate had a different plan for Oliver, and nothing was going to stop this tiny kitten from finding warmth and safety on a chilly winter night. It was February…

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Colorado Congressman introduces Animal Cruelty Investigations Bill

Colorado Congressman Joe Neguse introduced a bill this month that would increase the regulation of animal cruelty cases across the country. The Animal Cruelty Enforcement (ACE) Act will establish a division in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that would investigate, enforce and prosecute felony animal cruelty crimes.  The bill will create a dedicated team…

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It’s good to be the King

By the time King arrived at the Dumb Friends League Leslie A. Malone Center, the almost 2-year-old pit bull and Chinese Sharpei mix already lived with two families. While not everything about King’s short life was known, like how he received the older looking wounds/scars on his face and tail, League staff learned a bit…

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The best is yet to come for Trigger

Do you remember Trigger, the sweet 12-year-old dappled palomino? Trigger’s story drew outrage not just in Colorado but across the country when video surfaced of the sweet horse being dragged the length of a football field behind a moving pickup truck, his hooves losing their grip on the snow- and ice-covered road. People were outraged…

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Clear the Shelters – Community Heroes

It takes a village. Or, just a bunch of really incredible staff and volunteers at the Dumb Friends League to provide love and care to the more than 21,000 homeless pets and horses we serve each year. August is Clear the Shelters month, and in addition to a goal of finding loving homes for 31…

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Life wouldn’t be the same without Max

“There is something to appreciate when there is no time limit on how long an animal stays while waiting for their forever home,” said Lisa. “We really wanted to support an organization that provided such a dedicated commitment to doing everything they can to ensure the best outcome for placements of their animals. Far too often,…

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Pits at the polls!

Denver residents have a new ballot measure that they will be voting on come election day. On Monday, August 17, Denver City Council voted unanimously to send a replacement of the pit bull ban to Denver voters on November 3. The latest version would repeal the current ban and replace it with a “pit bull…

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Peaks for Pets: get higher

Who couldn’t use a change of scenery right about now? You could continue to enjoy the view from your window or you could change your altitude and participate in the Dumb Friends League Peaks for Pets! Go solo or team up with friends and family – in a socially distanced way, of course – when…

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Clear the Shelters – Heroes work here

The 2020 Clear the Shelters campaign is underway! While the event looks a bit different this year (what doesn’t?), the Dumb Friends League is excited to team up with Hill’s Pet Nutrition, NBC and Telemundo owned stations in this nationwide campaign to raise awareness and increases pet adoptions so that animals find their forever homes….

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Cooper jumps into his new family’s hearts

Hold after hold expired on sweet Moses, a 2-year-old Australian cattle dog while he was at the Dumb Friends League Leslie A. Malone Center. Some people were reluctant to adopt using the virtual adoptions process, and others were not interested after learning that Moses had a few behavior issues. More often than not, though, things…

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Working to care for horses during COVID-19

Over the past few months, COVID-19 affected so much of our daily lives. Everything from how we shop to how we meet friends (or not as the case may be) to how students go to school changed. One thing that has remained relatively normal has been operations at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center….

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A life defined by dogs

Some people define the stages of their lives by music; others use news events, and still, others can look in their closets for fashion choices to mark specific phases. Mary Ann Bonnell, a long-time Dumb Friends League supporter, defines her life chapters by the dogs that were by her side.

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Keep your pup safe while hitting the trails

We live in Colorado for a reason – the outdoors! And, just as much as we enjoy hitting the trails, so do our dogs. The smells, the sights and the places to explore are enough to get your intrepid companion’s tail wagging faster than you can lace up your hiking boots!

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Reuniting lost pets and owners

It can happen in an instant and become a pet owner’s worst nightmare—your dog jumps over the backyard fence, or your cat sneaks out the front door. In a flash, a million thoughts run through your head about what to do next to find your furry companion and bring him home. Now, the Dumb Friends…

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Construction in the time of COVID-19

Since March 24, when Denver’s Stay at Home order went into effect, businesses closed or modified their workflow, and schools turned to online learning. But, let’s face it, there’s no such thing as contactless or virtual construction. While the Dumb Friends League’s Building a Better Way Home project never stopped, that doesn’t mean it was…

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Hot Weather Safety Tips

Summer days mean more time for outdoor activities with your favorite four-legged companion. Read below for some tips and tricks to help keep your pets safe and comfortable while enjoying time outside!

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Help your pets stay safe this Fourth of July

Before we know it, Independence Day will be here. While many of us find the holiday’s sights and sounds exciting, fireworks and other elements of our celebrations may frighten cats and dogs, causing them to panic and escape the confines of a yard or even the house.

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Virtual at-home challenges kicks off!

Our Humane Education team put together a six-week challenge filled with various contests benefitting pets, local neighborhoods and the League—all while empowering our youth to stay passionate about animal welfare. And, it’s free!

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Feeding pets in need: Colorado Pet Pantry

The Dumb Friends League is a community-based organization, and we understand that it takes a village to end pet homelessness and animal suffering. We’re lucky to be surrounded by compassionate people who are willing to step up to the challenge alongside us.

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The power of collaboration

Sometimes, it takes a village when it comes to helping an overwhelmed animal owner. Recently, the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center was a part of a group effort to remove horses in need safely and give them opportunities for second chances.

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Compassion always

Compassion always. Those words are more than just the Dumb Friends League’s tagline. Maintaining one’s integrity while enhancing others’ dignity is the culture we strive to achieve.

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Heroes Work Here

Most people who work in animal welfare would not describe themselves as heroes, you’ll hear them use much more humble language when describing what they do, like “I’m fortunate to have to the opportunity to help animals.” But the truth is, they are heroes.

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From scared to social. The happy adoption of a dog named Penny

Arriving at the shelter can be confusing, overwhelming and frightening for pets. At the Dumb Friends League, we do everything we can to ensure these animals know they’re in a safe and nurturing place until they find their new families. Here is one such story of compassion about a dog named Penny, who arrived at…

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Mother’s Day e-cards

It’s time to celebrate all of the fixers of problems, wipers of noses, champions of causes, givers of hugs, helpers to those in need, kissers of owies in your life with our Mother’s Day e-cards!

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