Founder’s Society

Dr. Mary E. Bates was one of the early leaders of the Dumb Friends League. Upon her death in 1954, she left an estate gift that provided for homeless animals well beyond her lifetime. The Dr. Mary E. Bates Founders Society was established to recognize individuals who have followed in her footsteps and decided to leave a legacy gift to the Dumb Friends League.

Benefits of membership in the Founders Society include:

  • Enrollment of your companion animals in our Pet Guardianship Program, which helps ensure that your pets are looked after for the rest of their lives.
  • Invitation to our Founders Society luncheon, an annual gathering hosted by our Dumb Friends League leadership team.
  • A subscription to our Closer View newsletter, keeping you informed of the latest developments at the Dumb Friends League and some heart-warming stories about the pets you’ve helped.
  • Acknowledgement of your name and contributions in our shelter, newsletter, and annual report.

We hope you’ll become a Founders Society member by naming the Dumb Friends League as a beneficiary in your will, living trust, life insurance policy, pension plan, or charitable trust. For more information please contact Rory Fry at 720-241-7163 or

Download our Estate Planning Notification form