The 107-year history of the Dumb Friends League


This month, the Dumb Friends League turns 107 years old—and we wanted to share some of our amazing history with you! Check out these fantastic historic photos and news articles highlighting some stops along the way from our humble beginnings to our efforts today to care for approximately 22,000 homeless pets each year.

Original Shelter
The Dumb Friends League operated out of this facility at its founding in 1910.

Santa Fe Shelter Groundbreaking
In 1948, we broke ground on our first custom-built facility on Santa Fe Drive.

In 1951, the Dumb Friends League was publishing newsletters to “help those who cannot speak for themselves.

History Clip New Born Pets
This article from 1953 highlights day-old kittens in teacups for that year’s Annual Fund Drive.

The Santa Fe shelter featured this amazing, neon-lit sign with the tagline “A Pet Needs You.”

In 1962, the Rocky Mountain News reported on our fund drive, featuring Smokey, Shelter Chairman Mrs. Goodheart, and board member Mrs. Arneill.

Quebec Shelter 1974
In the early 1970s, we finally moved to our current home at 2080 S. Quebec St., and over the years we have renovated and expanded this shelter to better serve homeless pets and our community (including our current renovation project).