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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals


The Dumb Friends League is committed to the
welfare of animals:

· We shall provide shelter and care for animals

·  We shall provide programs and services that
enhance the bond between animals and people

· We shall be advocates for animals…speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves

As the leading animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region, the Dumb Friends League has been helping pets and people in the Denver metro area and beyond for 100 years.

The League is committed to the welfare of animals, speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves. They welcome tens of thousands animals each year at two shelter locations: the Quebec Street shelter in Denver and the Buddy Center in Castle Rock.

In addition to providing care and shelter for homeless pets, the League provides other services, including pet adoptions, lost and found, humane education, foster care, behavior training, animal cruelty investigations and donor-subsidized spay/neuter surgeries for pets in underserved areas.

Programs: The Dumb Friends League provides shelter and care for tens of thousands of homeless pets each year at two shelter locations. In fiscal year 2010, the League saved 18,070 pets with a 99% placement rate for healthy pets. Of that number, the League adopted 14,845 cats, dogs and other small mammals; reunited 2,505 lost pets with owners; and transferred 720 pets out for alternative placement.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 3

this charity is the go to place to adopt animals in Denver. They have wonderful events for the community that raise awareness, enthusiasm and funds. They save many, many lives and have top notch volunteers. However the CEO is drastically overpaid compared to other similar charities. Also as a former volunteer at the San Francisco SPCA, I witnessed far greater effort ensuring animals were healthy before they were exposed to other animals up for adoption. this was done via a quarantine system. Not only does this reduce healthcare costs for the facility, but for the new pet owner as well. I have adopted one sick cat (that made my other cat sick who then needed costly care). I have many friends who adopted from Denver Dumb Friends league. Some of these turned out to be sick as well. Bringing a pet home can already be a stressful time, but it should also be joyous. instead, healthcare challenges that could have been prevented greatly compromise the initial home integration stage.
This charity should reduce to CEOs pay in half and put that toward preventative health care. I hope to see them improve on these aspects. As soon as they do I'll be right back as a donor. they do save lives, but I do think that the community needs to put more pressure for more reasonable CEO pay.

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4 William10


Rating: 4


Review from CharityNavigator



Rating: 5

We've adopted cats and dogs from this organization since the early 1990s. DDFL has been doing it's work since the early 1900s in Denver. They accept ALL animals and do their very best to find homes for as many animals as possible. They aren't a no-kill shelter, but they retrain, foster and do everything humanly possible so animals are adoptable and adopted. They have a Behavioral Help Line, people who investigate cruelty complaints and more.They're good people! I can't say enough good things about them!

Review from Guidestar