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Compassion, Pledges Help Homeless Pets During Dumb Friends League Telethon

Hundreds of compassionate viewers pledged their support on Sunday, Jan. 25, during the 17th annual Pledges for Pets Telethon. The event raised more than $276,000 (and counting) to help homeless pets and horses at the Dumb Friends League. Fundraising continues through Feb. 9.

In addition, 76 once-homeless pets—including Shiloh, a 7-year-old Pomeranian, and Nala, a 4-month-old kitten—found loving homes as a result of the telethon and the many animal lovers who tuned in to watch the five-hour live broadcast on FOX31.

The Dumb Friends League telethon featured pets and horses available for adoption, interviews with shelter staff and a behind-the-scenes look inside the largest animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region to see how they are working to end pet homelessness and suffering throughout Colorado.

“Our sincerest thanks goes to all those who contributed to the success of the telethon,” said Bob Rohde, president and CEO. “Your support allows us to continue providing vital services to the pets and people in our community.” Rohde also extended his thanks on behalf of the League to generous telethon sponsors, including Hill’s® Science Diet®, HomeAgain, FOX31 and KOSI 101.1.

Funds raised during the telethon help the Dumb Friends League care for as many as 20,000 homeless pets and horses each year.

Animal lovers who missed the telethon can still make a donation online at, by calling (303) 751-5772 or by texting the word PET to 41444 through Feb. 9.

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