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Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation Invests $500,000 in Dumb Friends League’s Lifesaving Work

The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation awarded a generous $500,000 grant benefitting the Dumb Friends League’s Building a Better Way Home capital campaign project to expand and renovate the oldest and most heavily used areas of the Leslie A. Malone Center in Denver.

The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation award specifically supports the enhancement and expansion of the League’s animal behavior areas, including housing that reduces fear and anxiety, an isolated wing for dogs learning to trust again and a separate area designed to create a calm space for cats receiving behavior support. These enhanced areas will allow the League to more efficiently provide behavior training and care, which is critical to adopting safe animals into loving homes.

“We receive fearful cats and dogs that need a calm, quiet space where our behavior team can help them gain confidence and learn to trust,” said Dumb Friends League President and CEO Dr. Apryl Steele. “With this improved area, we will be able to provide enhanced care to these special needs animals which will help us build safer communities and provide new chances for homeless pets for decades to come.”

The Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation partners with animal welfare organizations to ensure they have the necessary resources they need to advance their work. The foundation’s support of behavior department enhancements will help the League provide the highest quality care to homeless pets, have a meaningful impact on animals and people in need and ensure Vera and Joseph Dresner’s legacy of compassion will continue.

“Dumb Friends League’s longstanding commitment to exceptional care, alongside its vision to increase and enhance its behavioral services stood out to the foundation’s board,” said Lori Dresner, president of the Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation. “The state-of-the-art, improved facility will ensure that the League profoundly advances animal welfare into the future.”

The Dumb Friends League’s renovated behavior space is expected to be complete by late 2020. Learn more about the project and the League’s work by visiting

To learn more about the Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation, visit

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