PAWLICY POST – That’s a wrap!

The 2022 legislative session came to a close on Wednesday, May 12, with bills being debated until the final hours. We are pleased to share that the Dumb Friends League’s priority bills passed earlier in the session and are currently awaiting Gov. Polis’ signature. This year, the Dumb Friends League led the effort to pass…

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PAWLICY POST: Greyhound bill racing through legislature

The Dumb Friends League is working with animal welfare agencies across the state to help pass Senate Bill 22-167, a bill that clarifies which state agency inspects and regulates greyhound breeding facilities. The Pet Animal Care Facilities Act (PACFA) licenses and regulates dog breeders to protect the health and well-being of pets across the state…

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PAWLICY POST: Colorado Springs City Council takes on puppy-mill pipeline

Colorado Springs City Council had the opportunity last week to become one of more than 400 cities (including 10 in Colorado) to ban the sale of puppies and kittens from commercial breeders in pet stores. The proposed ordinance would have required local pet stores to source dogs and cats from shelters and rescues instead of commercial breeders, which, according to the measure’s proponents, would help eliminate the puppy mill-to-pet…

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Pawlicy Post: Most “pandemic puppies” remain in their homes

One of the most heartwarming developments that came out of the Covid crisis was stories of animal shelters with empty kennels and happy adopters. This trend even landed the rescue dog as the Time Magazine Pet of the Year. However, this information doesn’t paint the whole picture for most shelters and rescues across the nation,…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Puppy Mill Bill Introduced in Legislature

A celebration on Monday kicked off the official campaign to pass a puppy mill ban in Colorado. Rep. Monica Duran and Sen. Mike Foote, in collaboration with First Gentleman Marlon Reis and the Humane Society of the United States are running House Bill 20-1084

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Pawlicy Post

Animal advocates received an extra gift this holiday season when President Trump signed a federal spending package for the 2020 fiscal year that included several investments in animal welfare.

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