If you can no longer care for your pet, we are here to help. We offer compassion to people who must surrender their pets and provide safe shelter to animals that come through our doors.

If your pet is experiencing a challenging behavior, we may be able to help you resolve the issue and keep your beloved pet. Check out our Behavior Resources Library and, if you need further assistance, consider contacting our Behavior Help Line before surrendering your pet.

Schedule a Behavior Help Line appointment:

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The Dumb Friends League accepts dog surrenders by appointment—please schedule a time below.

If you have an emergency and cannot continue caring for your pet or your pet has a medical concern, no appointment is necessary. Walk-in surrenders will be accepted as our capacity allows.
Pets previously adopted from the League are accepted at any time, with or without appointments.

If you decide to surrender your pet, please bring the following:

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  • PET RECORDS– Bring a copy of your pet’s vaccination and veterinary records to your appointment.
  • BEHAVIOR INFORMATION– Be prepared to discuss your pet’s daily habits and behaviors.
  • SAFE TRANSPORTATION– Be sure that dogs are on leashes and cats or other small animals are in carriers.
  • SURRENDER FEE– $25*
  • *No pet will be turned away due to an owner’s inability to pay. As an independent, not-for-profit organization, we ask for a $25 pet surrender fee. This fee helps us care for nearly 17,000 animals each year.

Where to go and scheduling

We offer pet surrender services at these locations:

Note: We recommend that you make an appointment for pet surrender services. Appointments are not available same-day. We accept pet surrenders without appointments, but wait times may be longer. Those with appointments will be prioritized and others will be accommodated according or urgency and then on a first-come first-served basis.

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Buddy Center

4556 Castleton Ct.
Castle Rock, CO 80109

Schedule pet surrender appointment

General Questions: 303.751.5772

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San Luis Valley Center

701 Airport Road
Alamosa, CO 81101


General Questions: 719.212.6500

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Our goal is to find a loving home for every healthy and treatable pet in our care. We achieve this by gathering information about the pets that come into our shelters during the pet surrender process, so please be prepared to share everything you know about the pet. Although we can’t guarantee placement for any pet, we do not euthanize for time or space, and we are proud to have placed more than 17,000 pets last year.

If you find a wild animal, please refrain from touching and/or moving the animal before reading our Wildlife Resources page for helpful information. 

The Dumb Friends League is an open admission shelter that focuses on providing care for companion animals in our community. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a steady increase of red-eared sliders relinquished to the League. Red-eared sliders are an invasive species and do not qualify for rehabilitation or release programs. They are not companion animals and do not have placement options. Due to the potential impact from an ecological standpoint, accepting these turtles into our shelter is not ideal, and euthanasia is the only outcome we can provide for the red-eared sliders. 

Learn more about the ecological impact of non-native turtles.

http://www.columbia.edu/itc/cerc/danoff-burg/invasion_bio/inv_spp_summ/Red-eared%20Slider%20Turtle.html

https://cnhp.colostate.edu/projects/non-native-animals/

Before bringing your red-eared slider to the League, please consider an alternative, such as rehoming, which can be done through community platforms like Nextdoor or Facebook. 

Equine Surrender Admissions Form

Equine Surrender Admissions Form