During this time of unprecedented uncertainty, there are two important things I want you to know. First, our teams are caring for the vulnerable animals who need us most at all four Dumb Friends League facilities. Second, your support is necessary now more than ever.
Here is what we are facing currently:
- Many shelters along the Front Range are moving to providing only essential services and are limiting or closing adoptions. We encourage you to frequently check website info for updates.
- More than 50 animals were admitted to the League yesterday as we continue to accept every animal who needs us.
- Some of our staff members are not able to work because they are high-risk individuals, they are caretakers for high-risk folks, or they are sick.
- We closed or altered high-risk activities, including our mobile spay and neuter events, the Solutions – Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic and community vaccination clinics. Staff from these activities are jumping in to help in our shelters.
- Pets are essential to our society’s mental health and wellbeing at all times, and especially so when social distancing can cause isolation and loneliness. Our adoptions team is committed to creating these vital relationships, and we are adopting pets from both our shelters. Adoptions are by appointment only until further notice to limit crowding in our lobbies.
- Solutions – Veterinary Hospital is open to those who cannot afford veterinary care for their pets, with prioritization of urgent needs.
- Harmony Equine Center is operating normally with 168 acres to allow for social distancing.
We do not know what changes each day will bring, but we are committed to doing everything possible to ensure the animals in our community are safe. If a shelter in place order occurs for the Denver metropolitan area, we will have a team who lives in the shelter to care for our animals.
Unfortunately, this is a perfect storm. We rely on our donors to fund this important work, and our donors are experiencing uncertainty in their lives. Supporting animals has understandably not been a priority for many during this crisis, and donations for the animals have decreased substantially. Due to the executive order by Mayor Hancock, we will not be able to hold our largest fundraiser—the Furry Scurry—in person as planned. While we plan to make the Furry Scurry the most incredible virtual walk ever, we fully expect that fundraising will be significantly diminished.
If you are able, please help support the animals we serve. We need you now more than ever, and the work we do is only possible because of you.
Speaking for those who cannot,
Dr. Apryl Steele
President and CEO
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