EIN 84-0405254

Dumb Friends League

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The Dumb Friends League, based in Denver, Colorado, is the largest independent, nonprofit community-based animal shelter/humane society in the Rocky Mountain region.
Also known as...
Denver Dumb Friends League
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Program areas at Dumb Friends League

Companion animal sheltering services: the Dumb Friends League is the leading animal welfare organization in Colorado with unmatched expertise who provides compassionate care through the most comprehensive, direct services for any pet in Colorado who is vulnerable to homelessness, suffering and abuse because every pet in our community deserves to be nurtured, safe and cherished.see schedule ocompanion animal sheltering services (cont. )during fiscal year 2019, the Dumb Friends League: received, sheltered, cared for and saved 18,651 pets, giving us a placement rate of 100 percent for healthy and safe cats and dogs. Welcomed 21,080 pets at our two open-admission shelters, the leslie a. malone center in Denver and the buddy center in castle rock, including 4,015 accepted from other shelters. Found homes for 14,350 pets, including 454 cats through our working cat program. Accepted and found homes for 2,474 pets from other shelters and rescue groups. Reunited 1,827 lost pets with their owners. Saw 2,807 pets receive foster care in the homes of 426 volunteers. Helped 6,117 pets in our in-shelter behavior programs. Provided 453 free behavior helpline consultations. Provided over 80 different behavior handouts to pet owners and shelters throughout the country.equine sheltering services:the Dumb Friends League harmony equine center is a private rehabilitation and adoption facility for abused and neglected horses, ponies, donkeys and mules that have been removed from their owners by law enforcement authorities. Harmony also serves as a central hub where horses from humane societies and rescue groups in the midwest and the southwestern united states can receive training and rehoming. In march 2018, harmony began opening its doors to privately owned Colorado horses in need of rehoming. Since harmony opened in 2012, more than 1,500 horses have been helped.when formerly abused and neglected horses and other equines arrive at the harmony equine center, they're given immediate medical care to relieve their suffering. Once they have been permanently surrendered to the center, they are evaluated for rehabilitation and adoption. During fiscal year 2019, the Dumb Friends League harmony equine center: received 364 equines, including 247 that were brought to the center by law enforcement. Found homes for 200 equines. Transferred out 35 equines to placement partners. Placed 100 percent of our healthy and safe equines.
Community and educational services: humane education and community engagement play an essential role in ending pet homelessness and animal suffering. Events and programs are offered at our shelters and throughout the Denver metro communities on various animal welfare topics.see schedule ocommunity and educational services (cont. )during fiscal year 2019, the Dumb Friends League: brought messages of compassion and respect toward all living creatures to 16,008 children and adults through 813 humane education programs, including critter camps and an equine exploration camp. Expanded our community engagement with our catwalk event, which was attended by 500 people this year, which allowed us to spread the word about the wonders of cats. Increased awareness of the harmony equine center and strengthened adoptions by hosting a horse expo with more than 1,000 guests. Grew our volunteers to 1,379 people who donated 217,398 hours of service, which is equivalent to 104 employees, or $5.3 million.
Shelter veterinary services: the League provides all necessary medical care to the animals in our shelters. Before being ready for adoption, our skilled team examines, evaluates, vaccinates, spays/neuters unaltered cats and dogs, microchips and performs other needed surgeries. Also, the League offers free treatment to animals for up to two weeks post-adoption and we partner with veterinarians in the Denver area through a connect to care program which ensures pets receive the vital ongoing veterinary care they need to be happy and healthy.see schedule oshelter veterinary services (cont. )during fiscal year 2019, the Dumb Friends League veterinary team: performed 11,550 surgeries, including 8,198 spay/neuter surgeries, 1,942 dental surgeries, 1,410 orthopedic, soft tissue and wound-repair surgeries. Provided treatment for a wide variety of medical conditions, such as upper respiratory infections, heartworm disease, and parvovirus.

Grants made by Dumb Friends League

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Petaid ColoradoGeneral Operating Support$247,023
Petaid ColoradoCommunity Education$100,000
Peaceful Animal Adoption ShelterSponsorship$43,600
...and 1 more grant made

Who funds Dumb Friends League

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Robert B Sturm FoundationGeneral Fund$1,000,000
Community First FoundationGeneral Purpose$428,447
Arnall Family FoundationEquine Rescue and Adoption$300,000
...and 112 more grants received totalling $4,056,681

Personnel at Dumb Friends League

Apryl SteelePresident and Chief Executive Officer$226,106
Katie ParkerVice President of Sheltering / Vice President of Operations
Bud JeffressVice President of Finance and Administration
Laurie PetersonVice President of Development , Marketing , Communications and Education
Rebecca HolmesVice President of People and Strategic Initiatives / Vice President , People and Strategic Intiatives
...and 14 more key personnel

Financials for Dumb Friends League

RevenuesFYE 06/2020
Total grants, contributions, etc.$17,237,643
Program services$3,303,160
Investment income and dividends$948,090
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$32,591
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$-184,390
Net income from fundraising events$193,792
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$97,537
Miscellaneous revenues$44,331
Total revenues$21,672,754

Form 990s for Dumb Friends League

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-062020-12-18990View PDF
2019-062020-01-03990View PDF
2018-062018-12-22990View PDF
2017-062017-12-01990View PDF
2016-062017-02-08990View PDF
...and 6 more Form 990s
Data update history
August 3, 2022
Received grants
Identified 30 new grant, including a grant for $271,000 from The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty To Animals
July 7, 2022
Updated personnel
Identified 13 new personnel
September 24, 2021
Received grants
Identified 39 new grant, including a grant for $428,447 from Community First Foundation
August 23, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
May 24, 2021
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
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General information
2080 S Quebec St
Denver, CO 80231
Metro area
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO
Denver County, CO
Website URL
(303) 751-5772
Facebook page
Twitter profile
IRS details
Fiscal year end
Taxreturn type
Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
D20: Animal Protection and Welfare
NAICS code, primary
813312: Environment, Conservation, and Wildlife Organizations
Parent/child status
Central organization
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