The Dumb Friends League began a pilot program at our Quebec Street and Buddy Center shelters, the Solutions – Transfer Partner program, last May, and the impact is being felt in the most positive ways beyond Colorado.
The League is committed to addressing the needs of homeless pets and animals in the Denver metro area. After meeting the needs of Colorado dogs and when we have the capacity, we partner with other shelters and rescue organizations in Oklahoma and Texas to responsibly transfer dogs from these established transfer partners that have limited resources and more healthy and safe dogs than adopters, giving these animals the best chance to find a new home.
As part of the League’s overall holistic transfer approach, we recognize the need to support local programs in the source organization’s community. A portion of the adoption fee for dogs that come from these organizations is given back to help fund spay/neuter, vaccinations, transfer expenses, and educational programs in their communities.
Protecting the health of our community’s animals is important. All dogs transferred to the League receive an evaluation, vaccinations and heartworm testing. We treat infected dogs, and all receive heartworm prevention medication.
When asked what the League has learned from the program, Pet Admission/Transfer Manager Kristin Elliott shared that the need out of state surpasses our current ability to support these transfers. It is expected that once renovations at the Quebec Street Shelter are completed, the League’s ability to support these communities will be even greater.
Feedback on the program has been very positive. “The Transfer Partner program provides the adoptions team the ability to educate the adopters in our community about the challenges others are facing,” said Elliott. “Our partners are extremely thankful for the program, and it allows them to expand their reach and work with new areas needing our support. Many of the groups sending dogs to Colorado are run by volunteers, and they fundraise for transportation costs, and this program has provided much needed support to help cover these costs.”
The League is excited to be in a position to assist these source organizations when room and resources allow and to provide opportunities to more homeless dogs in need of loving homes. “I think it’s pretty amazing to realize that we are impacting and reaching communities that admire and look up to Colorado,” said Elliott. “We are providing an example of what we hope these communities will be—one town no longer has to euthanize healthy and safe dogs due to our partnership!”
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