At the Dumb Friends League, we understand that the decision to surrender an animal can be challenging and painful. To help ease the process, our team provides compassionate assistance and resources, like the ones listed below.
Thank you for trusting us to help you provide what your pet needs.

We strongly recommend an appointment for all dog surrenders.

Dog surrenders without an appointment will be accommodated as space allows.

Pets previously adopted from the League are accepted at any time without an appointment

Pet surrender

Our goal is to find a loving home for every healthy and safe animal. We achieve this by gathering information about the pets who come into our shelters during the surrender process, so please be prepared to share everything you know about the animal. We are proud to have placed more than 18,000 animals last year.

If you decide to surrender your pet, please bring the following:
  • PET RECORDS – Bring a copy of your pet’s vaccination and veterinary records with you when you surrender.
  • BEHAVIOR INFORMATION – Be prepared to discuss your pet’s daily habits, needs, 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.

Schedule an appointment

We accept surrendered pets at the Buddy Center in Castle Rock, the Leslie A. Malone Center in Denver and the San Luis Valley Animal Center.

You can schedule an appointment to surrender your pet at our Leslie A. Malone Center in Denver and our Buddy Center in Castle Rock.

Leslie A. Malone Center

2080 S. Quebec St.
Denver, CO 80231

Buddy Center

4556 Castleton Ct.
Castle Rock, CO 80109

San Luis Valley Animal Center

701 Airport Road
Alamosa, CO 81101

Online appointments not available.
Please call 719-212-6500 to make an appointment.

Socially conscious sheltering

The League is a Socially Conscious Shelter committed to creating the best possible outcomes for all animals. We provide safe shelter, nourishment, and loving care to vulnerable companion animals across our community.

As a Socially Conscious Shelter, the League assesses the health and behavior of every animal in our care and makes appropriate treatment and placement decisions based on those assessments. We humanely euthanize animals who are suffering, whose health compromises their quality of life, or who may likely pose safety risks to people or other animals in the community.

We encourage you to explore all other available resources or rehoming options before deciding to surrender your pet. We are unable to provide ongoing updates on the status of individual animals in our care, nor can we guarantee the return of an animal to you if your situation changes.