The Dumb Friends League of Denver wants to thank everyone for donating

Homeless pets benefit from
Dumb Friends League telethon success

2012 Pledges for Pets telethon

2012 Pledges for Pets telethon

Seventy-five formerly homeless pets—including Delilah, a 2-year-old Saint Bernard dog, and Bickers, a 6-year-old Lynx Point cat—are in new homes after being adopted during the 14th annual Dumb Friends League Pledges for Pets Telethon, held Jan. 29.

Hundreds of people from across the country responded to the five-hour live broadcast on FOX31 by visiting the League’s two shelters and taking home a pet or by calling in pledges to help the 102-year-old, local, nonprofit humane society.

In addition to promoting pets for adoption, the telethon showcased the League’s community services, including providing safe havens for lost pets; receiving relinquished pets; investigating animal abuse and neglect; offering humane education in area schools; and providing donor-subsidized spay/neuter clinics in under-served parts of metro Denver.

Telethon viewers called or made pledges online that reflected the organization’s value to the community. In all, more than $300,000 was raised for homeless pets—an all-time record amount.

“We sincerely thank all those who pledged their support during the telethon,” said Bob Rohde, Dumb Friends League president and CEO. Rohde also extended his thanks to the event’s generous sponsors, including Hill’s Science Diet®, HomeAgain, FOX31 and KOSI 101.1, for helping push the annual fundraiser to new levels.

Funds raised during the telethon help the private organization care for roughly 30 percent of the Denver metro area’s lost and relinquished cats and dogs. The League saved more than 19,000 pets were saved last year alone.

Animal lovers who missed the telethon can still make a pledge online at or by calling (303) 751-5772 through Feb. 13. For more information about the Dumb Friends League, or call (303) 751-5772.