Our Story

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, headquartered in Denver, is the largest community-based animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region-providing a strong and steadfast voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.

As part of a compassionate community, we:

  • Rescue sick, injured and neglected animals
  • Investigate cases of cruelty and abuse
  • Provide shelter, veterinary care, and behavior and training programs to homeless companion animals and horses
  • Adopt homeless pets and horses to new homes
  • Reduce pet overpopulation through mobile spay and neuter projects in underserved areas
  • Offer learning opportunities for the public to keep more pets in homes
  • Educate children and adults about animals and their needs

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The Dumb Friends League has two shelters for homeless pets - our main Quebec Street shelter and administrative offices in Denver, and the Buddy Center shelter in Castle Rock. These full-facility shelters offer adoptions, pet intake, lost and found services, behavior and humane education classes for the public.

The Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center receives and cares for equines that are removed from owners by law enforcement authorities. Horses are cared for, trained and available for adoption.

The Dumb Friends League also has cat adoption partnerships with Petco and PetSmart. These off-site adoption facilities have greatly increased our cat adoptions, helping us meet our goal of finding more homes for adult cats in the metro area.

Finally, our Pet Care-avan hosts mobile adoptions at local events and business locations, bringing even more pets who need homes to the people in our community.

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