A message from our CEO

Dearest supporters and friends of the Dumb Friends League,

It is our sincerest hope that you are caring for yourselves—physically, mentally and emotionally. May your pets be a source of comfort during these turbulent times.

Our team is showing up, standing up to each day’s challenges and ensuring the animals in our community are not forgotten. Their dedication, even understanding the risks to their own health, is truly inspiring. While we must make operational changes, we will continue to care for those who cannot speak for themselves.

We all need good news right now, so here you go. We are equally as inspired by the support our community is showing us. Donations to support this critical work have been heartwarming, many with special notes about how much the pets in their lives are making isolation tolerable. Many are concerned about the increased economic hardships that many pet owners are experiencing; there is a common desire to help people keep their pets in their homes while ensuring the pet is safe and nurtured.

The Dumb Friends League is committed to being here for these most vulnerable animals. Denver’s “Stay at Home” order that goes into effect at 5 p.m. tonight will affect some of the League’s operations. However, we are considered an essential business, and that allows us to continue to serve our community.

Our Solutions – Veterinary Hospital remains open for urgent veterinary needs in economically challenged households. Our veterinarians and support team are taking walk-ins (actually, sit-in-your-car and your pet is brought into the hospital) every weekday morning, and they are performing urgent life-saving surgeries every afternoon. All client communication is over the phone—we need our staff to stay healthy.

Both the Buddy Center and the Leslie A. Malone Center shelters remain operational. We are accepting every animal that needs us, which is especially important as many shelters are unable to maintain normal operations. We are also reuniting desperate people with lost pets. We are providing critical end-of-life services to suffering animals. And we are doing all of this while protecting our teams from Covid-19 exposure.

To protect our community and to comply with the intent of the stay at home order, we will be suspending all adoptions at the Buddy Center and the Leslie A. Malone Center until the order is lifted. While many are understandably concerned about what happens when animals come into the shelter but cannot be adopted, we are thrilled to share that we have had more than 1,000 people sign up to provide a foster home to a League pet. Using thoughtful interactions with the public, we are placing animals that don’t have to be in the shelter in these homes. We will continue to do so for as long as necessary. If you want to sign up as a possible foster volunteer, please visit ddfl.org/foster. We hope that their foster parents will adopt many of these animals!

Nurturing and protecting animals is what we can do during this pandemic crisis. You can count on us to be here for the animals and for the people who care about them.

Speaking for those who cannot,

Dr. Apryl Steele
President and CEO

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