Dumb Friends League


Quebec Street Shelter
2080 S. Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80231

Buddy Center™
4556 Castleton Court
Castle Rock, CO 80109

Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center™
5540 E. Hwy. 86
Franktown, CO 80116 




President & CEO
Robert D. Rohde

Chief Operating Officer
Apryl Steele, DVM

Vice President of Development & Communications
Rick D. Gabrielson

Year Established

Service Area
Five-county metro-Denver area with Field Services covering 43 Colorado counties by our affiliated Colorado Humane Society & SPCA.

Mission Statement
Working with our compassionate community, we will end pet homelessness and animal suffering.

• The Dumb Friends League influences attitudes, actions and behaviors regarding companion animal and equine welfare through a proactive, ongoing, targeted communication, education and engagement strategy.
• The Dumb Friends League builds a network of organizations and resources throughout the state to provide access to companion animal welfare programs and services delivered to a consistent, high standard of quality.
• The Dumb Friends League comprehensively addresses abuse and neglect in companion animals and equines, and becomes a model for sheltering, training and rehoming equines.
• The Dumb Friends League enhances the human-animal bond by providing comprehensive services and support that increase retention of pets and by developing innovative solutions for the management of cats.


The Dumb Friends League is the largest community-based animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region. We provide programs and services for pets, horses and people at our two shelters and at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center near Franktown, CO.

As part of a compassionate community, we:
• Rescue sick, injured and neglected animals
• Assists law enforcement in investigating cases of neglect and mistreatment
• 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

Fundraising Events: 

Holiday Fundraising Campaign
November and December 2016
Our annual holiday fund drive helps us care for more than 20,000 homeless pets and horses each year and bring valuable services to the community.

Have a Heart for Homeless Pets Telethon
February 9, 2017
Our 19th annual telethon, sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition®. Thousands of animal lovers tune in to hear stories of the pets helped through their donations. Viewers get a first-hand account of how we serve pets and people in our community.

Furry Scurry®
May 6, 2017
The Furry Scurry dog walk, held in Denver’s Washington Park, is a two-mile fundraising walk that draws 12,000 people and 5,000 dogs each year. More than 150 vendors and sponsors offer pet-related products, and walkers enjoy food, demonstrations and contests. Thanks to wide community support, the 2016 Furry Scurry raised nearly $1 million for the homeless pets and horses in our care.

Lulu’s Barkin’ BBQ
August 2017
Hosts Jana and Fred Bartlit invite more than 500 guests to their Castle Pines home for a Texas-style barbecue and headline entertainment. Past years’ entertainers of this sold-out event have included Diana Ross, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Kacey Musgraves, Sheryl Crow, Joe Cocker, Chris Isaak, Lionel Richie and Cyndi Lauper. All proceeds from this event benefit the homeless pets and horses at the Dumb Friends League.

Wag `n Trail™
September 16, 2017
Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy hiking with their dogs at Glendale Farm Open Space north of Castle Rock while helping raise to funds for the Dumb Friends League Buddy Center. Participants collect donations to earn fundraising incentives and gain entrance to the scenic 1.6-mile trail. Refreshments, vendors and dog-centric demonstrations round out this popular fall fundraiser.

Volunteer Opportunities: 

Volunteers from all walks of life give their time to make a difference in the lives of homeless pets and horses. Whether working directly with the animals, providing in-home foster care or helping at special events, our volunteers are crucial to our success and add depth and talent to our organization.
Our 1,400-plus volunteers walk dogs, cuddle the cats and rabbits, clean kennels, assist with surgeries, facilitate countless pet adoptions and much more. Last year, they gave us 212,038 hours of service.

Giving Opportunities: 

As a local, independent, nonprofit organization, we rely on donations to meet our annual budgeted expenses of $17.5 million. Of every dollar donated to the Dumb Friends League in 2016, 80 cents went to animal care services, education and outreach.

Ways to give:
Planned giving allows animal lovers to include the Dumb Friends League in their estate plans—and enjoy the deep satisfaction of knowing they’ll be helping homeless pets and horses beyond their lifetime.
Gifts of marketable securities are welcome and may have the advantage of greater tax savings.
One-time gifts may be made through our website, by telephone, by mail or by visiting our facilities.
Recurring gifts may be made online or by EFT. These preferred options maximize efficiency by eliminating paper and reducing staff resources.
Gifts may be matched through workplace-giving programs, thus doubling their impact.
Memorial and tribute gifts can be made to recognize birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, graduations and other special occasions, or simply to say “thank you” to a friend, family member or beloved pet. Gifts can also be made in memory of a person or pet.
Any used car, truck, boat or motorcycle can be turned into a tax-deductible donation with a simple phone call.

Board of Directors: 

Tamara Bray

Jana Bartlit
Vice Chairman

Rick Higgins

Tammeron Trujillo

Bill Baier

Don Bobo

Kathi Brock

Ed Bronfin

Kim Day

Patti Dennis

Alison Hankins

Rick Higgins

April Jones

Lori Ann Knutson

Megan Lees

Victoria Lopez-Negrete

John McDermott

Craig Mills

Amanda Phillips-DeSaverio

Scott Scheirman

Kara Schmiemann

Scott Stevens

Lois Toll

Ashley Wald