Pet guardianship: a safe, caring home for your pet

The Pet Guardianship program allows you to designate the Dumb Friends League as temporary guardian for any pets that may outlive you. The service is available to cats, dogs, certain birds, small mammals and horses, whether or not they were adopted from our shelters.

Pets are picked up by trusted staff members, brought to our shelters as VIPs and cared for as dear friends. While we search for the perfect new family, the pet stays in a volunteer foster home, where they are nurtured by trained, loving foster parents. They’ll also have access to medical care and vaccines, as needed and appropriate, from our veterinary staff to ensure their health.  Horses and other equine will enjoy life at our Harmony Equine Center until adopted.

How to enroll

The first step is to make a provision for a gift to the Dumb Friends League in your estate plans. Then, let us know using the estate planning notification form so we can add you as a member of the Dr. Mary E. Bates Founders Society. All Founders Society members are eligible to enroll in the Pet Guardianship program.

You’ll receive a pet profile booklet for each animal you wish to enroll, a pet guardianship notification form and a wallet ID card to alert others to the plans you have made for your pets. You can submit additional pet profiles to enroll animals you adopt in the future.

Interested in learning more about the Pet Guardianship program? Read our handout or contact Rory Fry at 720.241.7163 or