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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A home for Nina in the Cowboy State

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 made an impact beyond the state’s borders … all the way to Wyoming.

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Starting the Year with Love

Cats Thomas and Mira found themselves at the Dumb Friends League for the second time in less than a year in late December 2019. Having spent their entire lives together, they were once again in search of a home with room for them both.

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Supporting the League from afar

In 2016, Amanda and Lee Ibrahim packed up their family for a new lifestyle and warmer weather in Hawaii. While the couple left behind Colorado and their friends, which was not an easy decision, their support of the Dumb Friends League continues to endure with more than 3,000 miles between the Centennial State and the…

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When a dog is like a big kitten

The South Platte River in Deckers, Colorado is world-renowned for fishing, and it’s also where a kind person came across Sophia (formerly Juno), a 9-year-old brindle Labrador retriever. While we know where Sophia was found, the specifics about how she was brought to the Dumb Friends League are not known, but that’s not necessary for…

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A working cat for all reasons

When Norman the donkey’s best friend, a horse named Brookie, passed away, Mary knew she needed to find a companion for him. Not sure if she wanted the expense and time required for another equine, Mary’s veterinarian suggested a barn cat may be just the company that Norman needed.

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If you’re happy and you know it, say meow

How do you find the perfect cat when you come to the Dumb Friends League? Well, in the case of Ashley and Ryan, when you know you want a talkative feline friend, you meow at every cat in the shelter and see who answers you back. And, when that cat is Dingo, you want to…

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When a dog becomes someone’s unicorn … Duke

In his short 10 months of life, Duke went through quite a bit. The sweet brindle greyhound, Anatolian shepherd mix was initially adopted from a shelter when he was about 7-months old, and the circumstances around how he got there are unknown. After living in his home for three months, Duke’s human relinquished him to…

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Second chance for a horse in need

Frightened, starving and near death, Harlem was just one of 57 horses that arrived at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center on February 21, 2019, after suffering from extreme neglect. These horses, discovered without food or water in feet of heavy snow, were near starvation when they were rescued by Colorado Humane Society, a…

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Abandoned puppy saved by compassionate campers

At 5-months old, Indy found herself alone, injured and scared alongside a rural four-wheel-drive road near Lake George in the Pike National Forest. While it was unknown how the young dog found herself in this predicament, it was clear that it was only a matter of time before she would succumb to the elements if…

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Who’s a good dog? Astro!

Do you have an active lifestyle? How about the patience to care for a puppy with lots of energy … because, well, puppy? What about having a loving home in an area with no breed restrictions? If so, the Dumb Friends League has the pup for you!

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Helping dogs across Colorado

This is the tale of a dog named Brice. A story that has a couple twists and a few turns, all with the goal of helping a kind Labrador retriever mix find his way home. Before we dive into this handsome pup’s story, we should first tell you a little about the situation that started…

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Luna shows her light

Mesmerizing. Bright. Captivating. Beautiful. These are all words that describe the moon, as well as one very sweet 8-month-old Border Collie named Luna.

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Mercedes a luxury horse

On paper, Mercedes might appear like most other 5-year-old quarter horse mares. What isn’t immediately apparent is that this quarter horse is homeless and is looking for a second chance at a new life.

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Rescued cat meets his match

Cat’s out of the bag…or, the ceiling in this case. At first glance, Remy’s story doesn’t stand out from other cats at the Dumb Friends League. He arrived at the shelter as a stray, thanks to a good Samaritan, and (spoiler alert) was soon adopted into a loving home after no one claimed him –…

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Sadie, Sadie, sweetest lady

Valentine’s Day means different things to different people. But, for Dumb Friends League staff member Jennifer and her pup, Sadie, the day will always have a special place in their hearts. On February 14, 2007, Jennifer became what’s affectionally known as a “foster flunkie” when she adopted Sadie.

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Jackson puts the “T” in Terrier

After Jackson and his four-legged brother’s human mom passed away, his dad’s health started to deteriorate, and while he clearly loved his pups, it was becoming increasingly difficult to care for them.

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A place to call his own

Nate, a 7-year-old Domestic Shorthaired brown tabby, has a whole lot going on behind those gorgeous green eyes, but this sweet cat wants what we all do … love, a family and a place to call home.

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When “foster failing” is actually a success!

In the winter 2018 issue of Pet Tales, we requested your stories about being a foster fail–stories about how you fostered or cared for a dog, cat or even a rabbit, thinking it would be on a temporary basis to prepare them for adoption, but, instead, they captured your heart forever. Enjoy this story about…

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Sweet as a Raspberry

It didn’t take long after Raspberry arrived at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center for the 10-year-old donkey to earn the reputation of being friendly.

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Working Cats Work

Thinking about adopting a working cat (aka a barn cat or a mouser) but not sure if you’ll get the results you’re looking for? Well, we’re here to assure you that working cats well … they work.

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Christopher Robin

This adorably tiny dog was in the market for a new adventure partner, a new confidant, a new best friend – his new Winnie-the-Pooh.

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Hemingway the Bookstore Cat

Meet Greg. A cat waiting for his happily ever after, a cat who looked far and wide to finally meet his prince (and princess) charming. And, although his story doesn’t involve any trolls, goblins or dragons it’s an important and powerful story nonetheless.

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Smitten with a kitten

Tiny Gemma was relinquished to the League after she was found alone and trapped outside. League staff determined that the domestic shorthaired brown tabby was approximately 2 months old, and while she was fearful and hissed on approach, she warmed up quickly and began purring with her tail up and curled when she was pet.

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Better Together

Anyone who has adopted a pet knows that they fill our lives with joy, happiness and love and that they can provide emotional support when we need it most. When Joanna visited the Buddy Center in Castle Rock, she was looking for the perfect companion to help her navigate a rough time in her life….

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Senior pets: Another opportunity for love

If 50 is the new 40 for humans, then 15 is the new 5 for pets. Senior dogs, typically those who are 8 years or older, are in need of homes just as much as younger ones, and thanks to adopters like Lindsey and her husband who see beyond age, pets like Bosley are spending…

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Adopt a Senior Pet Month

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and here at the Dumb Friends League we have a number of older feline and canine companions anxiously waiting to meet their new families.

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Melting hearts

Sometimes, there are homeless pets that come to the Dumb Friends League who simply capture our hearts. Oh sure, every animal is unique and has its own “ness”—you know, those special qualities that set them apart from everyone else—but some days, you’re fortunate to come across a remarkable creature. Enter Melty.

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Peatree’s Journey

Let’s start from the ending. The best, most wonderful part of the story where the once homeless pet is resting comfortably in their new home. Forgetting everything that came before.

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Shade

Shade arrived at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center in February of this year. The chilly day brought big changes for Shade. It was the beginning of a life this handsome gelding hadn’t yet known, one filled with warmth, food, care and best of all – love.

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Marvelous Marvin

Often, someone visits one of the Dumb Friends League shelters, comes across a pet and wonders, “Why would anyone let this animal go.” Of course there are many different reasons why homeless pets arrive at the League, but it’s easy to take a “their loss is our gain” attitude.

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Just like any other dog

In honor of National Deaf Pet Awareness week, the Dumb Friends League is celebrating some special pets that found their second chance at a new life when they arrived at our shelter.

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The care of magical creatures

Rubeus Hagrid gained the love of Harry Potter fans throughout the world with his loyal, friendly and softhearted demeanor. Whether a literary character cohort or an avid reader absorbed in the tales, the half-human, half-giant captured everyone’s hearts, and when a cat with these qualities arrived at the Dumb Friends League, it was easy to…

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Roo the great traveling adventure pup

The story you’re about to read is one of adventure, love and new beginnings. This is the tale of a dog who is short in stature, but big in heart. Who has visited more places than many and if she could talk would certainly speak her mind.

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Not All Lab, But All Love

One random day, Lee decided to call the Dumb Friends League to find out if there were any older dogs up for adoption. When Lee heard about Chloe, she immediately came to the Quebec Street Shelter and explained how that random day turned into a fateful day.

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Paws for confidence

Anxiety and autism can cause children to feel as if their lives are out of control. Things we take for granted like going to school, the park or to birthday parties can be challenging with loud noises, crowds and so many unknowns. It can be lonely.

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There’s something about Fred

It was impossible not to fall in love with Fred, he’s confident, affectionate and hilarious. As a national certified counselor with Animal Assisted Therapy Programs of Colorado, Alyssa was already well aware of the positive impact animals can have on our lives, and headed to the Dumb Friends League to meet the infamous Fred when…

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Small in stature, large in love

Cindy Hoeft had never owned a donkey. A volunteer at the Harmony Equine Center, Cindy met Gerald, a miniature, after he was neglected and transferred to the facility with a group of horses. “The first time I met him he just melted my heart,” she says.

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The perfect excuse – Chewie

Chewie arrived at the Dumb Friends League in August of 2015 as part of a rescue out of Ordway, Colorado of more than 140 dogs. Chewie weighed less than 2 pounds when she arrived. After receiving care and nutritious food from Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Chewie gained enough weight and was able to go up for…

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A Max made in heaven

For nearly 18 years, Glenda’s rescued puppy captured her heart. Even after her beloved dog’s death, it took years for Glenda to heal enough to think about loving another one. Five weeks ago, Melvin (now known as Maximillan or Max for short) imprinted his little paw prints on Glenda’s heart. When Glenda began her search…

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Tigger bounces into a new family

Sometimes, the third time is the charm. Tigger was relinquished to the Dumb Friends League twice. He was fearful and tense instead of accepting pets. After our behavior program, Tigger was relaxed, friendly, allowed pets all over his body and even got up to greet visitors. Tigger was ready to find a new family.

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Toby scores a forever family

Sometimes, the fourth time is the charm. At least that was the case with Toby finding his forever home. The energetic American bulldog had three homes before stealing Kristen B. and her family’s hearts.

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Cocoa the cat, ready for his purr-ever home

Chocolate comes in many different varieties, from excessively sweet to very bitter. And our friend Cocoa is no exception to this rule. While his personality is far from bitter, it’s also not overly sweet – he falls in the area people tend to love the most, the very middle, a perfect combination of affection and…

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Crazy for Kiho

We enrolled Kiho in our Cats & Clickers behavior program to keep her mentally and physically stimulated and help her relax.

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A happy, healthy herd o’ cats

When Susan W.’s oft-sickly cat passed away last summer, she knew a new cat was in the cards because, as she says, “You have to have somebody with intelligent eyes around to discuss the world with, especially now.”

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Paco the Unforgettable Feline

Last fall, Paco made the long journey from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico to start a new life here in Colorado. Now this affectionate orange tabby is living his best life with adopters Chris and Brooke.

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Hoppy Hedwig

Last fall, an adorable 1-year-old Holland Lop bunny named Hedwig was found near Highway 470 and brought to the Buddy Center. He needed help – and Dumb Friends League veterinarians jumped into action.

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Lucy & Penny Lane: getting better all the time

I adopted my beagle, Lucy, in April 2017. I had been wanting to get another dog but didn’t spend much time looking at shelters or rescue groups. On April 4, shortly after waking up, I just happened to look at the Dumb Friends League website, and when I saw the picture of Lucy, I jumped…

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Oh, rats!

For patron Dr. Theresa Lee, these words don’t express dismay, but rather, glee. The New Mexico veterinarian enthusiastically adopted three rats from our Quebec Street Shelter.

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Lovely Ellie’s Long Road to Trust

Ellen arrived in Colorado from an overburdened shelter in North Texas on August 30. She had been struggling to find the right home. With hip dysplasia, arthritis and allergies, she’d need a patient, loving owner.

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Humongous Hank now a happy herder

Chili came to our Quebec Street Shelter after his owner passed away and her family could not care for him. Morbidly obese at 115 pounds, Chili was a friendly, mellow fellow. He just needed an adopter who would help him shed a great deal of excess weight.

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Missing leg doesn’t pester Chester

Adopting a 2-year-old dog with a recently amputated leg wasn’t too out of line for us since we just spent three months helping our 7-year-old dog, Juicy, recuperate from ACL surgery. We figured that experience would be helpful. It’s only been three weeks, and Chester (named by my husband after the “Gunsmoke” character that had…

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Special woman loves special-needs cats

Madison A. adopted an 8-year-old cat with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) from our shelter earlier this year. She named him Leo and sent us an update saying, “I wouldn’t trade him for the world. Although Leo has FIV, that hasn’t affected him or his personality.

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13 years of happiness

When Urania walked into our shelter 13 years ago looking for a new companion, she knew immediately that she had found the dog for her. At the time, the 2-year-old lab mix weighed less than 40 pounds. He’d had a hard life, and he was Urania’s very first dog. So, after she took him home,…

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Dogs with Jobs

Dogs with jobs, canines with careers. Whatever you choose to call them, some Dumb Friends League alums have landed a wide range of gigs. With patience and training, these dogs were able to turn what was once considered troublesome behavior into a valuable job skill.

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Shy Puppy Shandy Blossoms into Lily

Recently, a large, spayed 1-year-old pit bull came to our shelter and we dubbed her Shandy. Relinquished by her owner because her city does not allow pit bulls, the sweet girl quickly became a staff favorite.

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“Angel” Pays Pet Adoption Fees

They say that angels walk among us every day. On one recent Saturday, an anonymous angel walked through the doors of the Dumb Friends League Quebec Street Shelter and gave ten shelter pets the gift of a new home.

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Minerva gains wisdom, finds love

Minerva, a beautiful-but-anxious tabby, came to us because her owner traveled extensively and couldn’t address her house-soiling issues. Our behavior team patiently worked with Minerva on clicker training to increase her confidence, and after seven weeks in our care, Minerva’s newfound knowledge paid off.

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Personality-plus Pepe

Pepe, a 3-year-old sorrel gelding, came to the Harmony Equine Center as part of the WaterShed Animal Fund training program. Our goal was to help Pepe, who had apparently never been ridden, learn the skills to become a great family or trail-riding horse—and then help him find a great home.

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Little Boss Gets Back on His Feet

Some lucky dogs are surrounded by caring souls who won’t give up on them, no matter how dire their condition appears. Take Boss, a tiny Yorkie terrier found one evening on the side of the road by a passerby and brought to our shelter.

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MANY Happy Tails with Mark & Amy!

Mark and Amy Hefestay have been responsible for many happy “tails”—31 in their home and countless others while volunteering. Since 1998, they have welcomed 12 dogs, 17 Guinea pigs (some as fosters) and 2 rabbits into their home.

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