Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Meet Charlie and Newman

I got a chance to meet Charlie and Newman this week.  They are two wonderful dogs that hang out at the new Zoom Room in Denver.  

The Zoom Room is owned and operated by Kathy Thorpe.  Kathy has had Charlie about six years and  Newman joined their family this past fall.  Both Charlie and Newman are learning to be shop dogs and spend their day at the Zoom Room helping Kathy with her daily routine. Read More...

Thursday, January 26, 2012

GSROR Leo's Story

I wanted to let everyone know that Leo crossed the bridge today, he took a turn for the worse and there was nothing we could do except help him go on to greener pastures.  He was only with us for 20 days but he left an impact on my heart and in the life of rescue.  Thank you all for your support and your help 

Thank You
Katie -  German Shepherd Rescue of the Rockies

German Shepherd Rescue of the Rockies 

Leo needs your help

Leo is a 5 yr old German Shepherd Dog (GSD) boy that back in November of 2011 collapsed on a ladies front yard in Arkansas. He was skin & bones, weak and very sick. Missy took him to the vet where they found hook worms and tape worm in him which caused the bloating in his abdomen. After a blood test they also found that he tested positive for heart worm. They started treatment for the intestinal worms but would not treat the heart worms until he was stronger. He was transported to German Shepherd Rescue of the Rockies (GSROR) on January 7th and was is really bad shape. He stumbled when he walked and was disoriented and confused. Leo didn’t show any interest in eating for 3 days after arriving, turning away from every kind of food presented to him, even baby food. He was taken to the rescue vet where they told me that even though he was extremely thin and weak they had to start treatment on the heart worm or he was a good candidate for a heart attack before the end of the week. His blood panel came back normal except for the white cell count which was almost triple of normal. He was put on 3 kinds of medications after x-rays and blood work on top of that painful injection.
Leo started to go downhill 2 days after seeing the vet and was taken in for 2 more visits before landing in ER on Sunday 1/15. The ER vet said his lungs were filled with fluid, as well as his abdomen because his heart was not functioning properly – he was in distress. His chances of survival were less than 50% and we should consider putting him down. Leo waited 2 months to come into rescue to get the help he was needing – I just couldn’t put him down. So he spent the night at the hospital and when I picked him up in the morning there was a reduction of the fluids and he was showing signs of improvement. But his journey wasn’t over. I took Leo to a cardiologist and after many more tests we discovered that his heart was now back to normal, but the fluid in his lungs was now the top priority, he was still on the verge of dying if we couldn’t reduce this. Also the heart worms were beginning to die off and that was another concern as to if they were going to cause clotting in his present condition. Leo’s blood levels were now all out of whack and they couldn’t treat anything until they got him stable and his lung infection under control. The bloating in his tummy was already being absorbed by his body but there are still many things causing this baby problems.
Leo has shown us that he wants to live and he is depending on us to help him have that opportunity. Just in the 8 days that he has been in rescue, his vet bills have been almost $2,100 and he will need his medication refiled soon. Just 2 of the medications he requires cost over $300. In three weeks Leo will need to go back for x-rays, blood work, an echo cardiogram, and another heart worm treatment. We are a small rescue and rely solely on donations and adoption fees to cover our vet expenses. We are not financially able at this time to cover this kind of expense and we are reaching out to all of you for donations to help us keep helping Leo. He is a fighter and he needs your help to win this battle.
If you can help Leo, please click on the Chip In Donate button above. or mail your check to GSROR P.O. Box 1481, Westminster, CO 80036. Any amount will go directly to Leo’s account and would be greatly appreciated.

DDFL Telethon


Media Contact:
Chris Gallegos

Show your support for homeless pets during the Dumb Friends League Pledges for Pets Telethon, Jan. 29

DENVER (Dec. 12, 2011) Sit … Stay … Watch … and make a pledge to support homeless pets at the Dumb Friends League on Sunday, Jan. 29. Tune in to the 14th annual Pledges for Pets Telethon, sponsored by Hill's Science Diet, on FOX31/KDVR from noon to 5 p.m.

During the five-hour live broadcast, viewers will hear heartwarming stories as well as meet dozens of adoptable pets, including cats, dogs, rabbits and other small pets.

“Pet lovers will see the many ways the Dumb Friends League helps pets and people in our community,” said Bob Rohde, president and CEO. “They’ll also see how their donation can make a difference for thousands of homeless pets in our care.”

The Dumb Friends League hopes to raise $300,000 during this year’s telethon. The pledges raised will help provide care for thousands of needy cats, dogs and other small animals. The private, nonprofit organization spends approximately $300 for each homeless pet, including shelter, food and medical care.

“We need the community’s support now more than ever,” said Rohde. “Any dollar amount—whether it’s $10, $25 or $100—will have a direct impact on the pets and people we help each day.”

Last year, more than 19,000 animals were adopted to new homes or returned to their owners by the Dumb Friends League. In addition to adopting homeless pets, the region’s largest animal welfare organization offers other services, including lost and found, humane education, behavior training, foster care, animal cruelty investigations and donor-subsidized spay/neuter surgeries for pets in underserved areas.

The Pledges for Pets Telethon will be hosted by FOX31 on-air talent, including Melody Mendez, Mike Headrick, Shaul Turner and Ken Clark. Denise Plante and Murphy Huston of KOSI 101 will also help emcee the telethon.

For more information about the Dumb Friends League and telethon, visit ddfl.org/telethon or call (303) 751-5772. Pet lovers who are unable to watch the telethon can still make pledges online or by calling (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 101 years. The Dumb Friends League has two shelter locations: its main shelter at 2080 S. Quebec St. in Denver and the Buddy Center at 4556 Castleton Court in Castle Rock. For more information about the Dumb Friends League, visit ddfl.org or call (303) 751-5772.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Fresh Alternative to the Dog Park Zooms into Denver

 Grand Opening of Canine Social Club Hosts Fundraiser for Dumb Friends League

DenverCO –  January 13, 2012 – It’s the most barked about event of the year – on January 21, the Zoom Room® will celebrate the social aspect of dog ownership throughout Denver with the grand opening of its new training center. Zoom Room Denver, a sporty indoor dog gym that offers agility training and innovative group classes, opens Saturday, January 21 at 1165 South Broadway.

Denver dogs – and their owners – will enjoy an entire day of engaging activities, including a free caricaturist providing pup portraits, free dog agility classes in the morning and a Doggy Disco® party from 4 PM to 7 PM. The party will serve as a fundraiser for the Dumb Friends League, which is near and dear to the hearts of all animal lovers throughoutColorado. The Zoom Room will donate $10 for every advance RSVP, plus 10% of the day's sales to the largest animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region. The day's events are free, but require advance registration here.

Denver is the perfect city for Zoom Room,” said Kathy Thorpe, owner of Zoom Room Denver. “People here love to be active, they love their dogs, and they love to be active with their dogs. Being able to help the Dumb Friends League through the grand opening event adds a level of joy and fulfillment for me personally, but I think also for the community that wants to help these animals find their own forever homes.”

Founded in 1910, the Dumb Friends League is a national leader in providing humane care to lost and abandoned animals, rescuing sick, injured and abused animals, adopting pets to new homes, helping pets stay in homes, and educating pet owners and the public about the needs of companion animals.

“The Dumb Friends League is a big proponent of humane education, for both pets and owners,” said Chris Gallegos, Public Relations Manager for the Dumb Friends League. “Businesses like Zoom Room provide that service, helping create stronger, life-long bonds between pet and owner.”

At the Zoom Room Denver, owners will learn how to teach their dog everything from agility, obedience and therapy dog training, to puppy preschool, scent tracking, shy dog training for rescue dogs and other activities, giving not only the dog a workout, but the owners as well. In addition to group and private classes, the Zoom Room serves as a dedicated event center for dog birthday parties, charitable fundraisers and other canine events. Denver dog owners will also enjoy the carefully-curated selection of solution-oriented pet retail products, including training gear, all-natural treats, eco-friendly toys and puzzles, and hand-crafted leather leashes.

The original Zoom Room opened in Culver CityCalif. in 2007 and was founded by Los AngelesCalif. dog training expert Jaime Van Wye. As a sporty, eco-friendly and fresh approach to dog training, the Zoom Room is the fastest-growing pet franchise in the U.S. and a thriving leader in the $48 billion pet industry.

For more information about the Grand Opening of Zoom Room Denver, please visit www.ZoomRoomDenver.com.

About Zoom Room®
The Zoom Room is a dog training center and canine social club specializing in dog agility. Founded in 2007 by expert dog trainer Jaime Van Wye, the Zoom Room offers dozens of classes teaching dog owners how to train their dogs, in addition to hosting events such as dog birthday parties, breed meet-up groups and fundraising events. For more information, visit www.ZoomRoomOnline.com.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Grand Opening Zoom Room Denver

Dog friendly event in Denver on January 21st from 4-7pm! ** PLEASE RSVP DIRECTLY TO ZOOM ROOM DENVER!! To RSVP, go to: http://www.zoomroomonline.com/denver-dog-tr...
EVENT INFO (Directly from Zoom Groom Denver): Zoom Room Denver is opening on Saturday, January 21st! Bring your dog, your friends, and their dogs, and join us for our Grand Opening celebration!
Please use the SIGN UP button (CLICK HERE) to RSVP for the event, as we will donate $10 to the Dumb Friends League on behalf of each person/dog who registers in advance. Tell all your friends so we can really make a big difference in the lives of Colorado dogs.
Our Grand Opening is completely free, but of course we would love to encourage you to bring your checkbook to make additional donations to this amazing organization. Please also feel free to bring your gently used towels and blankets, as we'll provide a collection bin for the shelters.
At the Grand Opening, we'll provide drinks, snacks, music, and a lot of fun for humans and dogs alike.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Cost: Free! Donations for Dumb Friends League gladly accepted.
P.S. Would you like to try out a free dog agility class? You can come by earlier in the day and take a FREE class! Click on the DROP-IN tab above to reserve your spot - space is limited!
** PLEASE NOTE: We are simply sharing/cross-posting this event and to RSVP, please go to:http://www.zoomroomonline.com/denver-dog-tr... and click, "Sign up now" after clicking, "RSVP for the grand opening party!"

Anesthesia-free teeth cleaning

Cindy has been offering anesthesia-free teeth cleaning for over 8 years in and around Denver. All teeth cleaning is offered through veterinary offices or with veterinary supervision.  Cindy also offers massage and acupressure and loves the chance to educate you on natural pet foods and products.  We want you to keep your pet as healthy as possible.  We believe keeping your pet's teeth clean is a big part of their overall health and wellbeing.

Waived cat fees extended through February

Media Contact:
Chris Gallegos

Waived cat fees extended through February

DENVER (Jan. 2, 2012) The League is extending its waived adoption fee for cats 1 year and older through Feb. 29. The special is taking place at both shelter locations—the Quebec Street shelter in Denver and the Buddy Center in Castle Rock—as well as the adoption center in Northfield-Stapleton and on its mobile adoption unit, the Pet Care-avan.

Last year, we have seen a high number of cats come through our doors. For the past few months, the Dumb Friends League has asked for the public’s help in finding new homes for these cats, and the League’s call has been heard by supporters around the Denver metro area. Unfortunately, we still have an unusually high number of cats in our care that need loving homes because of this continued need.

“The community has responded to our waived adoption fees on cats, but the challenge continues,” said Bob Rohde, president and CEO of the Dumb Friends League.

Every cat adoption includes a spay/neuter surgery, initial vaccinations, a microchip ID implant, a free office visit with a participating veterinarian and a bag of Hill’s Science Diet pet food. The League spends approximately $300 for each homeless cat that comes through its doors, including shelter, foster and medical care, and behavior training in many cases.

“By choosing to adopt, you get a great deal financially while giving a homeless pet another chance at happiness,” said Rohde. “Plus, adopters welcome more love and companionship into their own lives.”

Interested adopters can view all pets in need of homes online at ddfl.org/adopt, as well as visit the shelters, which are open seven days a week. For more information on the adoption special, visit ddfl.org 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 more than 101 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.

Monday, January 9, 2012

New Years Party with the Mile High Ferret Club – Ferret Dreams Raffle

When: January 22, 2012
Time: 2 P.M to 4 P.M.
Place: JVA Consulting – Rear Entrance – 2465 Sheridan Blvd. Denver, Colorado
Across from Sloans Lake – Next to Sonic Drive- In
This Event is for all Ferret Owners & Lovers from all over Colorado!  Bring you ferrets to play in one of the largest playpens in the State.  Meet other Ferret Owners who are as crazy about ferrets as you are! 
Ferret Dreams will be having a raffle to benefit the Ferret Dreams Medical Fund.  In 2011, we spent $25,631.17 to take care of all the sick and injured ferrets that came our way.  This fund is also used for those who adopt a ferret with a pre-existing medical condition.  It gives the ferret a better chance of adoption.  The new owners can give this special ferret a home and our Medical Fund will take care of the medical costs related to that particular illness or disease.  It’s a Win-Win situation for the ferrets.
We will have many great Raffle Items for you and your ferret to win.  There will also be a Special Raffle for you.  Will it be another 32″ FlatScreen HDTV?  WIll it be a Canon Digital Camera?  Will it be a LapTop Computer?  Come join us and find out what this Special Raffle Item will be.
Tickets for Regular Raffle: $1 each or 15 for $10
Tickets for Special Raffle:  $3 each or 4 for $10.
We hope to see you and your ferrets there to help ring in another Year of Fun, Friends, Fundraising and of course, Ferrets!