Working with our compassionate community, we will end pet homelessness and animal suffering.
When our organization was founded in 1910, it was named after a London, England, animal welfare group called "Our Dumb Friends League." In those days, the term "dumb" was widely used to refer to animals because they lacked the power of human speech.
Today, the Dumb Friends League is the largest community-based animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region-providing a strong and steadfast voice for those that cannot speak for themselves, and supporting the members of our community through staff and volunteers who are guided by:
• Compassion for all animals that come through our doors-whether they are lost, relinquished or suffering, we will give them the treatment and care they need.
• Compassion for every person that enters our facilities-whether they are here to adopt, here to find their lost pet, or here because they are unable to care for their pet and trust us to treat it with love and kindness.
• Compassion for people and animals in our community-providing spay/neuter services at reduced fees, investigating instances of animal neglect and mistreatment, offering behavior counseling to pet owners and delivering humane education to teach respect for animals.
By holding strong to our commitment to doing the right thing-the compassionate thing-for every animal in our care, we will move ever closer to our mission of ending pet homelessness and animal suffering.
But we cannot do any of this alone. We rely on individuals to bring us animals they can no longer care for, entrusting us with their pets. We rely on neighbors to report abuse and neglect. We rely on the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society in our partnership to encourage lifelong veterinary care for pets. We rely on transfer and placement partners to ensure as many animals as possible find homes. We rely on the Metro Denver Animal Welfare Alliance and the Colorado Federation of Animal Welfare Agencies to stand beside us as we tackle animal welfare issues throughout our region. We rely on all members of our community to consider adoption when choosing a pet. And we rely on the generosity of our board, donors, adopters and volunteers as they help support an organization that provides continuity, strength and, above all, compassion for our community.
Over the years, many of the programs initiated at the Dumb Friends League have been emulated by shelters across the country to improve the welfare of animals. Here in Colorado, we have been able to significantly reduce the number of homeless pets, find homes for more pets, and support an overall better quality of life for animals in the community. Throughout our history, the benevolent metro Denver community and beyond has helped sustain the organization so we can fulfill our mission. We are eternally grateful for the community's trust in the Dumb Friends League and its support of the animals we serve.
Every day at the Dumb Friends League we are fortunate help pets find their new beginnings. Each animal arriving at the shelter with a different history, each waiting to meet a new family. While sometimes we are just a part of a particular animal's story, there are occasions where we get to play a supporting role, like with our friend Robbie the dog. We invite you to join us on this journey with Robbie. A tale that at points is hard to read but important to tell. A story that has no ending but rather a new beginning.
It all started the day before Thanksgiving. Robbie was rushed to a local veterinary hospital after kind individuals found him alone with injuries covering his body. Initially, it was thought these wounds were from being hit by a car, but It didn't take long to recognize that the injuries that ran from his head to tail were severe burns.
Robbie was quickly transferred to the Dumb Friends League Leslie A. Malone Center where our veterinary team carefully examined his wounds, determined the best treatment to help the suffering pup and gently cleaned his wounds to help alleviate his pain. With the severity of Robbie's condition, it was unclear if he would survive his ordeal, but the League's team was prepared to give the affectionate pup every chance possible at a better life.
Veterinary Services Team Lead, Judy, said, "They were probably the most severe burns I've ever seen." Since burns typically take a few days to declare themselves, the severity of Robbie's injuries was unknown. "It was touch and go at the beginning," said Judy. "He was very thin, and we just didn't know how his body was going to be able to bounce back from that kind of injury."
In addition to treating Robbie at the shelter, Judy welcomed him into her home as his foster parent where she helped provide him with the careful veterinary care he needed in a safe space to feel at home as he continued to heal. And, despite all his pain, it didn't take long for Robbie's playful and affectionate personality to blossom.
After two months of treatment, Robbie's condition began to improve, and it was time for him to start the next stage of his journey - finding a new family.
Dana had been looking for a new dog to join her family and found herself checking the League's adoption page. One day, Dana noticed Robbie and, according to her, he looked "perfect for us."
The family came to the shelter to meet Robbie, and it was love at first sight. Dana said, "Immediately, I just loved him, and he loved me." As a social worker, Dana was also drawn to Robbie because of all he had been through, and despite everything, she said, "He was still the most loving, sweet dog."
And, that's how it started-a new beginning for a dog with an unknown past. Robbie has already made an incredible impact on everyone who has met him. His perseverance and general happy demeanor are a reminder of brighter days ahead.
You can support the care of pets like Robbie by making a donation to the Dumb Friends League.