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I am Harold . . . hear me roar

Harold the catHarold and I are doing very well. He spent the first week in hiding; he would come out briefly for food and some cuddle time. The second week, he came out a little more every day, but would only stay in the kitty room I put together for him, even though I had a baby gate up so he could come and go.

At the end of week two, I took him in to have his mouth checked out at the Dumb Friends League because he’d had several teeth removed. He hated the car ride, but was great while the vet examined him.

I got back home, and within a few hours he was wandering around the house and exploring, completely unfettered by my dogs and curiously playful with my other cats. He slept with me that night. He is curled up on my lap as I write this now.

It was like taking him to see the vet and bringing him back home made him realize this was his home, he was safe and I’d always bring him back. He is happy, playful and affectionate, and I just love his squishy face! I know he will have a long, happy life with me!

-- JulieAnn B.

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Pepe, the winery dog

Pepe, the winery dogPepe, a Belgian sheepdog, was turned in to the Dumb Friends League in 2003 with limited information, only that he liked car rides and had lots of energy. I saw him posted on the League website on a Friday, and I drove from the Western Slope on Saturday morning to be at the shelter first thing Saturday morning when it opened. The League screened him and said that he was intelligent and not well trained, but wanted to learn.

The adoption fee was the best money I’ve ever spent! Pepe has spent the last 12 years as a constant companion, traveling to 37 states and going to work with me. In the past few years, he became a winery dog, as we started a new Denver urban winery. As such, we decided to feature him on one of our wine labels for Ryker’s Cellars called Doggles (the animal riding on the back is Monkey, the stuffed animal I bought Pepe the day I picked him up from the League).

Now, people request to meet Pepe when they come to the winery for tastings. He loves every bit of the attention—and we love sharing him, and his story, with others!

— Jawn R.

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Microchip helps reunite owner with cat missing for over a year

PudgeErrienne was certain she would never see her cat, Pudge, again. After he got loose from the house and failed to come home one day, Errienne searched everywhere for her family’s beloved gray tabby. Days turned into weeks, and still no sign of Pudge. Errienne continued to search for him daily—posting flyers and talking to neighbors.

Then, in the fall of 2013, Errienne and her family had to move to Kansas. As they packed up their home and their life, it seemed as though Pudge’s fate to be lost forever was sealed. Until one day—a year and a half and 620 miles later—they got an email saying that Pudge was at the Dumb Friends League.

Thanks to his microchip identification implant, the Dumb Friends League was able to link Pudge to Errienne, who quickly made arrangements to return to Denver to pick up her long-lost cat. “There he was, still the same big, doe-eyed, adorable kitty looking up at me with his pathetic little meow. I picked him up and just hugged him and hugged him,” she said.

Now back home in Kansas, Errienne says Pudge is doing great and credits his microchip for their reunion. “I thought for sure I would never see him again, and if he hadn't been microchipped, I never would have.”

One in three pets will go missing during its lifetime, and without proper identification, 90 percent never return home. The Dumb Friends League encourages all pet owners to ensure their cats and dogs are wearing proper identification—a collar and tag, and microchip identification implant—at all times, so that should they ever go missing, you will increase your chances of being reunited.

Consult with your veterinarian about having your pet microchipped. It is a simple procedure that only takes a few seconds—and could save your pet’s life. For more information about microchipping, visit our partner, HomeAgain, or contact your veterinarian.


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Scarlett + Oliver = LOVE

Scarlett & OliverWe have three Cavalier King Charles spaniels, and we had always assumed we could never adopt a cat because they always barked at animals on TV and had never been socialized with cats, only dogs.

After much thought, we decided to go for it. I had seen a trainer on TV introduce a dog and a cat, and when we went to pick up the cat—who we named Scarlett O’Hara—we took our oldest male, Gatsby, with us so the alpha male would be the first introduction. The staff and volunteers at the League gave us great advice, and after about two weeks, all the animals could roam a room with supervision. Amazingly, they fell in love as a family quicker than we imagined.

My lesson for others is that your babies have more room in their hearts for another than you may think. Patience, education on the situation, and love are all you need.
— Stacey S.

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