Tuesday night, the Dumb Friends League hosted a grand opening and dedication of the Leslie A. Malone Center – formerly the Quebec Street Shelter. The innovative shelter is the result of a two-year, $40 million construction and renovation project in which Leslie and John Malone and the Malone Family Foundation generously matched up to $20 million in donations.
The newly constructed 25,000 square foot portion of the shelter expands kennel space for cats and dogs by nearly 40% and includes a new dog adoptions area, a new pet admissions area, a rooftop play yard and a garage dedicated to transferring pets.
“In 1974, a state-of-the-art shelter was built on this site and animal welfare was very different,” said Dumb Friends League President and CEO Dr. Apryl Steele. “From extensive surgeries to behavior training, the needs of shelter animals have changed, and we are doing so much more for pets than we ever could have imagined back in 1974. We are so excited that we can meet those needs thanks to our generous donors and compassionate community.”
Governor Jared Polis attended and spoke at the grand opening and dedication, along with other prominent supporters including Fred Bartlit, Lanny Martin, Henry Roath, Bob Rohde, Chairwoman of the Dumb Friends League Board Amanda Phillips-DeSaverio and League President and CEO Dr. Apryl Steele.
A public grand opening will be held on Saturday, August 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Leslie A. Malone Center. Patrons can get a first-hand look at the shelter through self-guided tours, enjoy refreshments and receive freebies for their pets. To celebrate this occasion, the League will be offering 50% off adoption fees for all pets, including puppies and kittens, Friday August 9 through Sunday, August 11. The reduced-price adoption special is good at both the Malone Center in Denver and Buddy Center in Castle Rock.
The grand opening of the Leslie A. Malone Center marks the end of phase two of the five phase construction project and is the most visible change to the public. In phases three through five, the veterinary services space will be doubled in size and renovations will be made to the foster and behavior departments.
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