Thursday, September 8, 2011

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Cat population at Dumb Friends League outnumbers
human population in 100 Colorado towns

Dumb Friends League waives adoption fee through Sept. 30 for adult cats

DENVER (Sept. 7, 2011) Nearly 760—that’s the number of cats that are in the care of the Dumb Friends League right now, which outnumbers more than 100 incorporated municipalities of Colorado. In effort to increase feline adoptions, the area’s largest animal welfare organization is waiving adoption fees through Sept. 30 for all cats, 1 year or older.

“Since March, we have seen more than 6,000 cats and kittens come through our doors at both of our shelters,” said Bob Rohde, president and CEO of the League. “We are here to serve animals in need and be a voice for them, but now more than ever, we need our pet-loving community to help homeless cats find permanent homes.”

The waived-fee feline adoptions will be offered at both shelters—the Quebec Street shelter in Denver and the Buddy Center in Castle Rock—and the satellite adoption center in Northfield Stapleton.  The adoption package includes spay/neuter surgery, initial vaccinations, microchip ID implant and a free office visit with a participating veterinarian. The League spends approximately $300 on each homeless pet it receives, including shelter, foster and medical care, and adoption services.

“We want to see cats in loving homes, not in a shelter,” said Theresa Geary, vice president of operations. “That is why we’re waiving adoption fees for adult cats all month long.”

Families that cannot adopt at this time may still help by becoming foster parents for needy cats or dogs. Foster volunteers provide temporary care in their homes until an animal is ready for adoption or space is available at the shelters. The League provides foster families with food and supplies, as well as veterinary care as needed.

“We need everyone’s help to prevent more unwanted pets from coming through our doors,” said Geary. “It’s essential people with unaltered pets have them spayed or neutered.”

In addition to spaying and neutering every adoptable pet at both shelters, the League also offers donor-subsidized spay/neuter surgeries for pets in underserved areas of Metro Denver. These surgeries are performed by licensed veterinarians on the League’s two mobile clinics, the Meow Mobile and the LuLu Mobile.

For more information on the Dumb Friends League, adopting or fostering a homeless cat and spay/neuter resources, visit or call (303) 751-5772.

About the Dumb Friends League
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 Dumb Friends League has two shelter locations: 2080 S. Quebec St. in Denver and the Buddy Center at 4556 Castleton Court in Castle Rock. For more information, visit or call (303) 751-5772.

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