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
Apryl Steele, DVM

Vice President of Development
Rick D. Gabrielson

Vice President of Marketing & Communications
Chris Orzechowski

Year Established

Service Area
Five-county metro-Denver area with Field Services covering 44 Colorado counties along with 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 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, serving more than 22,000 homeless pets and horses each year. We know that to reduce the number of pets entering our shelters we must focusing on preventive measures. Through programs offering subsidized spay/neuter services in our community and spaying and neutering pets in our shelters, we perform over 20,000 spay/neuter surgeries each year to end pet homelessness and animal suffering. 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, Colo.

Fundraising Events: 

Holiday Fundraising Campaign
November and December 2017
Our annual holiday fund drive helps us care for more than 22,000 homeless pets and horses each year and bring valuable services to the community.

Have a Heart for Homeless Pets Telethon
Winter 2018
During our 20th annual telethon, sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, thousands of animal lovers tune in to hear stories of the animals helped through their donations. Viewers get a firsthand account of how we serve pets and people in our community.

Furry Scurry®
May 5, 2018
The 25th annual 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 2017 Furry Scurry raised nearly $1 million for the homeless pets and horses in our care.

Wag `n Trail™
September 15, 2018
Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy hiking with their dogs at Glendale Farm Open Space north of Castle Rock while helping raise 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 cats and rabbits, clean kennels, assist with surgeries, facilitate countless pet adoptions and much more. Last year, they gave us 208,000 hours of service.

Giving Opportunities: 

As a local, independent, nonprofit organization, we rely on donations to meet our annual budgeted expenses of $18.8 million. Of every dollar donated to the Dumb Friends League in 2016, 80 cents went to animal care services, education and outreach and we achieved a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.

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 unwanted 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 Chairwoman

Rick Higgins

Tammeron Trujillo


Bill Baier

Don Bobo

Kathi Brock

Ed Bronfin

Kim Day

Vicki Eppard, DVM

Lori Ann Knutson

John McDermott

Amanda Phillips-DeSaverio

Scott Scheirman

Kara Schmiemann

Scott Stevens

Emily Williams