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IF YOU could use a little smile, read on


His life has changed forever .......................

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Oliver was only hours old on that snowy night when a good Samaritan brought the abandoned kitten to the Dumb Friends League. Eyes tightly shut, ears plastered to his head, you can’t imagine anything more helpless than this little scrap of ginger fur.

Our bottle baby foster volunteers are amazing, but orphan kittens as young as Oliver struggle to survive. What Oliver really needed was a mama kitty.

Then we thought of Valentina. She was in foster care and had just given birth to her own babies. Would she “adopt” Oliver? Or push him away? All we could do was try.

Valentina’s foster mom introduced the two … and held her breath. Oliver’s whole future could depend on what Valentina did next.<

Nothing could have been simpler in Valentina’s mind. He was hers at first sniff. Minutes later, Oliver was nestled among his new siblings and filling his very empty little tummy.

You and Valentina have something in common. 

You didn’t cause the suffering experienced by so many pets in our community. You could easily say, “That’s not my problem,” just as Valentina could have thought, “That’s not my kitten.” Instead, just like Valentina, you take each homeless pet right to your heart.

Today, thanks to supporters like you, Oliver and Valentina are thriving together in their loving home. 

Your gift today will help the next abandoned kitten or unwanted puppy find the love and warmth they deserve in their adopted home. Please give what you can today to bring hope and homes to pets in need. 


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I was not sure which section

I was not sure which section to post this in but decided to go with this one.

NOT about golf, but right now I think we can all use a nice happy story to cheer us up and put a smile on your face. The Denver Dumb Friends Leaque is one of the top animal sherlers in the WORLD. They do NOT turn away ANY animals in need and they do NOT put any animals, sick or not to sleep. If an animal can be saved, they will do what has to be done to save it and then find it a new home. 

So if you have a few dollars to spare, please think about donatating to this great organizaion and save a life or two. 

IF you do, I think you might just be putting a SMILE on your own face when you do. 

Thank You,   Don. 


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Shelter pets

We got our cat, Inka, from a local rescue group. Two ladies pretty much run it and they have volunteers for fostering pets before they are available for adoption. They get female dogs who were at puppy mills, older dogs who were given up for adoption for various reasons, and of course puppies and kittens. If you shop on Amazon, there is a way to designate a charity to receive a small donation every time you make a purchase, if they have signed up for the program. For my personal account I donate to the group that we got our cat from, and for the account I use for work, I donate to the ASPCA. Lots of good people out there trying to get pets into good homes. 

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Thanks Don.  Will look into

Thanks Don.  Will look into it!

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Now the SAD side of things

This is a sad story about what some people do to dogs for money. I wish we could Euthanize breeder in this case and not the poorly treadted dogs. Maybe we could pass a law. Mistreat an animal and we can put that person in a small metal cage with no food or water in the hot sun until they can't take it any more. Seems fair to me.

The Denver Dumb Friends Leaque took in 47 dogs in this case, and got NOTHING in the way of funds for this from anyone. They did it because they CARE, And this is why my wife and I support the DDFL They help these poor animals when no one else will. 



September 21, 2020

For 103 dogs, including five litters of puppies, suffering in unimaginable conditions, the determination of eight organizations that came together in June and rescued them was the difference between life and death.

A grim scene awaited teams from the Dumb Friends League, the Costilla County Sheriff’s office, Adams County Animal Services, Ark Valley Humane, Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Organization, Park County Animal Control, and Summit County Animal Control and Shelter when they arrived at the house outside of Mesita, Colorado.

For seven intense hours on-site, teams rescued starving dogs, injured and sick dogs, aggressive dogs, dogs with no socialization and dogs in filthy metal cages that were too small for their size out in the hot summer heat, as well as found two deceased dogs.

Animal welfare organizations across the state helped care for the dogs, including 47 brought to the League. Let’s learn more about these dogs once they arrived at the League.

First stop, Transfers
When the dogs arrived at the League, several intake and evaluation staff were on hand to complete the initial process, including collaring, microchip scanning, deworming, vaccinating and a rinse (bath). (Vaccinations and rinses are necessary to protect the League’s existing animal population from possible contagion.)

Initial behavior was noted for the dogs, and their general health was assessed. Animals with urgent medical needs were seen by a veterinarian immediately. “During the intake of these dogs,” said Becky Healy, transfer coordinator, “they showed signs of severe stress and aggression at times. Safety equipment, such as catchpoles, was used to handle the dogs, to help alleviate their anxiety and keep our staff at a safe distance. Since this was such a stressful day for the dogs (and the people), we let them settle for 72 hours before assessing their behavior needs.”

The evaluation team assessed each dog, noting behavior and sociability while completing a general health check. In instances where the evaluation team could not handle the dog or the dog was too fearful, they were placed on behavior review for the Behavior team to start working with them, and dogs that cleared their evaluation and behavior reviews went up for adoption.

On to the Behavior team
“Situations like this are among the most heartbreaking for me,” said Avery Spear, behavior supervisor. “These dogs tend to have significant socialization deficits, resulting from a lack of exposure and experience during critical stages of their development. These deficits are often irreversible and, even in best-case scenarios, and they will likely result in permanent personality traits that can be very challenging.”

The majority of the adult dogs struggled to walk on a leash, were fearful, barked uncontrollably and quivered in their kennels. They were in rough shape due to the circumstances they lived.
The Behavior team got to work to determine whether they felt that each dog’s behavior could be safely managed and whether or not they could experience a relatively good quality of life in a home environment. “If the answer to both of those things is yes,” said Spear, “we’ll try to place them, which is a challenging due to their ongoing needs.”

The League’s Behavior program is not designed to affect permanent changes in these situations. Sometimes only minimal progress is made during sessions, but the team needs a reason to believe the dogs can be put in safe environments and engage in appropriate behavior to have a good quality of life to determine if they are candidates for adoption.

Finding new homes
Dogs from these types of cases can have a host of behavior challenges that require a patient owner. And, the behaviors can be daunting. Dogs can be fearful in new situations, especially when meeting people, aren’t housetrained, and many don’t know how to walk on a leash.

Our Adoptions team was (and is always) transparent with potential owners about where the dogs came from, what we know about their histories and our recommendations to set them up for success. Make no mistake, though. These dogs required patient owners who were willing to devote time and practice positive reinforcement training techniques with the goal of the dog experiencing a reduction in their stress and becoming a part of the family. (As part of the adoption process, owners received educational material to help manage expectations and offer suggestions and tips.)

By the numbers
We know animals are so much more than numbers. Of course, numbers represent a part of the whole and give us a tangible way to see this case, but each one represents how the League addressed the medical and behavioral needs of all of the animals in our care.

The Mesita case saw 47 dogs arrive at the League. A break-down includes:

Puppies between the ages of 7 to 15 weeks: 22
Dead on arrival: 3
Adopted: 14
Transferred*: 5

Adults older than 1-year old: 25
Euthanized**: 14
Adopted: 6
Transferred*: 5

* = Some of our more difficult dogs were transferred to New Hope Cattle Dog Rescue for placement. This group specializes in the breed and has worked with these sorts of cases in the past.

**= The League is a Socially Conscious Animal Shelter, and we believe it is not acceptable to house a known dangerous animal who cannot be safely placed in the community. These dogs had significant and irreparable socialization deficits with an abundance of concern over the safety and the dog’s ability to experience a good quality of life.
The Mesita case is heartbreaking, and the reality is that because of an unscrupulous breeder, 103 dogs needlessly suffered. However, on that June day, all of these dogs were given the opportunity for better lives. And, while not every dog could be rehabilitated, the eight organizations that came together removed them from despicable conditions, stopped the cycle of inbreeding (through spay/neuter procedures) and saved a generation of puppies.


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