Petco Foundation Invests in Dumb Friends League’s Lifesaving work

DENVER (October 26, 2017) The Dumb Friends League announced today that it has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Petco Foundation that will be used to help upgrade the oldest and most heavily used areas of the League’s Quebec Street Shelter in Denver while expanding and enhancing other critical parts of the shelter.

Headquartered in Denver, the Dumb Friends League’s mission is to end pet homelessness and animal suffering. As the largest community-based animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region, the League provides shelter and care to approximately 22,000 homeless pets and horses each year. The organization has three facilities serving the Denver metro area—the Quebec Street Shelter in Denver, the Buddy Center in Castle Rock, Colo., and the Harmony Equine Center in Franktown, Colo.—as well as the Dumb Friends League Adoption Center at Petco located in the Petco store at 4100 E. Mexico Ave. in Denver.

The Petco Foundation investment will help expand, renovate and improve the transfer, adoption, behavior and veterinary services areas at the Quebec Street Shelter. The grant will have a direct impact on animal lives, as the renovation will significantly improve the League’s ability to meet the changing needs of animals coming into the shelter today and in the future.
The upgraded facility will help the Dumb Friends League provide the best possible care and treatment for homeless pets with complex medical conditions and behavior issues, and position the League to help animals from partner organizations with fewer resources or from communities with limited adoption opportunities or prospects.

“As the Dumb Friends League receives more and more pets requiring specialized care, we must meet the demand to provide that care by creating an enlarged and improved facility,” said Apryl Steele, CEO-designate for the Dumb Friends League. “This investment by the Petco Foundation will help us achieve a major shelter transformation that will directly impact animal outcomes and our ability to better meet the veterinary, social and mental needs of pets in our care.”

“At the Petco Foundation, we know that the greatest lifesaving impact is made when we work together toward our goal to save more animal lives. This is why it is our honor to invest in Dumb Friends League,” says Susanne Kogut, executive director of the Petco Foundation. “We love that achieving lifesaving success in their own community wasn’t enough and are heartened to see an organization like Dumb Friends League take action to help animals from other partner organizations with fewer resources. If every successful organization did this, imagine how many more lifesaving communities could be realized.”

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