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Using the power of puppies to advocate for vaccines

It’s true. We’re vaccine pushers. As an organization, the Dumb Friends League cares for more than 21,000 homeless pets and horses each year and guess what? THEY ALL GET AGE-APPROPRIATE VACCINATIONS. If we do this for 21,000 animals, you can do it for your pet crew at home.

Why vaccinate you might ask? There are countless health benefits like keeping your pets safe from potential illness and helping to keep the animals and the community healthy. A benefit for pet and person alike.

But, don’t take our word for it. Let’s talk about an adorable little friend of ours who was directly impacted by vaccinations, or lack thereof.


Bandit arrived at the Dumb Friends League just 8-weeks-old and very sick. He tested positive for canine parvovirus, an illness that causes vomiting, diarrhea and anorexia. Parvo can be fatal if not treated, is highly contagious and typically affects unvaccinated puppies.

At his young age League, veterinarians were concerned about his immune system’s ability to fight off the viral infection. Thanks to the diligent care from our veterinary services team, Bandit recovered and was welcomed into a new, loving home.

The common immunization given to dogs includes a vaccine that protects them from parvo. Had Bandit received this vaccine, he may not have contracted the illness.

Bandit is just one (adorable) example of why it is important to vaccinate your cats and dogs.

Dumb Friends League offers vaccine clinics

Need help vaccinating your cats and dogs? We’ve got you covered! The Dumb Friends League offers various vaccine clinics. See below for details about these clinics or visit to learn more.

The Dumb Friends League Solutions – Pet Resource Center offers rabies and distemper vaccinations and a limited veterinary exam for $20 for both cats and dogs on Saturdays only. Microchips are also available for $25.

8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Solutions – Veterinary Hospital
191 Yuma St., Denver, CO 80223

This is a first come first serve event for 100 people. We encourage you to be in line by 8 a.m.

Support for the Pet Wellness Clinic is provided by The Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Preventative Care Fund.

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