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River: from frozen creek to warm fireside

RiverRiver was found in a frozen creek, unable to escape the icy water due to a badly fractured leg. With the help of three kind strangers, River was rescued and rushed to our Quebec Street Shelter. Unfortunately, his leg was too damaged to repair, so our veterinary team removed the limb and made sure River was comfortable while he healed.

On Nov. 28, River was waiting patiently for someone in the crowd of Black Friday shoppers at our shelter to notice him. Renee and Glenn W. had looked at several other dogs, but hadn’t found the perfect match—until one of our adoption counselors introduced them to River. “I took one look,” recalls Glenn, “and I knew he was going home with us.”

River now lazes by the fireplace with his new dog buddies, Cooper and Tico, and enjoys the attention lavished on him by the family’s five children. “We are loving him so much!” says Renee.

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Duke: never too old for love

DukeDuke, a 9-year-old yellow Lab, was transferred to the Dumb Friends League for medical care by one of our shelter partners in northern Colorado. He had been found wandering the streets and was severely underweight, in addition to having serious dental disease.

When he arrived at our shelter, Duke weighed just 69 pounds, and you could count every rib in his skinny body. After weeks on a special diet, as well as a dental cleaning and tooth extraction, Duke had gained weight and was ready for adoption. That’s when Cami and Steve R. spotted him on our website. They were looking for a puppy, but when they saw that an older dog needed a home, they rushed to our shelter to meet Duke. It was love at first sight, so they adopted him on the spot.

Says Cami, “When we adopted Duke, he was 20 pounds underweight. We fed him three times a day until we got him to where he needs to be. He is now 87 pounds and loving life.”

“We have been asked numerous times why would we adopt such an old dog, but really, Duke’s age doesn’t bother me,” adds Cami. “If I can give this dog love and care for the rest of his life, it’s worth it.”

You can make a difference for homeless pets at our shelters by donating today.

Duke is the adorable star of our 2014 holiday fundraising campaign! Watch for him on billboards, buses, Hulu, YouTube and Netflix.

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Wallace finds a way to get noticed

WallaceMy boyfriend and I had decided to get a dog, and spur-of-the-moment one Sunday, we decided to go to your shelter. As we walked through the rows of dogs, one dog stood out to us because of his barking. I made a comment, and we moved on. 

The adoption counselor asked us what type of pup we were looking for, and she brought up the profile of Wallace, the very dog we had seen barking. As she read through his notes, she mentioned his kind nature, intelligence and love for animals and people. We decided to have a look, and it was pretty much over once we shared a room with him.

Wallace has only been in our home for three days, but it’s as if he has always been here. He is picking up leash commands and his new schedule like they’re nothing. He is so smart and receptive, both independent and a total cuddle bug. He is an excellent running companion and is so excited to greet all of the dogs along the way at Cheesman Park.

To think that we had passed him by seems insane now, and he is turning out to be a shockingly perfect match. (And outside of the barks we heard at the shelter, we have yet to hear him bark at all since.)

We thank you for giving us our new, wonderful friend. Our lives will only grow richer now that he’s in it.

—Carolyn M.

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Dexter & his dog

Dexter & DogDexter has only been with us for two weeks, but it feels like our family has always been missing something until we got him. He was shy and nervous in the shelter, but when we got him home, he was a completely new cat. When Dexter isn’t stealing our hearts by cuddling up in our laps, he is running around and making a game out of anything he can get his paws on. He even responds with a short, cute "meow" when you say hello. I have never met such a lighthearted, curious and ambitious animal as Dexter.

Dexter had never been around a dog before, but you would never be able to tell. Dexter and Skylar (our golden retriever) snuggle every day, whether they’re taking a nap or laying down for a full night’s rest.

My fiancé and I have had animals before, but we still had something to learn from the staff at the Quebec shelter. They made sure we had all the proper paperwork, class information and even tips on how to introduce our animals. We even learned new things about our dog that we’ve had for three years!

If we ever adopt again, I am 110% positive we would only go to the Dumb Friends League. Thank you for giving us the missing piece of our family—we will never forget how amazing the experience has been.

—Lauren N.


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