Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Show your support for homeless pets during the Dumb Friends League Pledges for Pets Telethon, Jan. 30

Sit…Stay…Watch…and make a pledge to support homeless pets at the Dumb Friends League on Sunday, Jan. 30. Tune into the13th annual Pledges for Pets Telethon, sponsored by Hill's Science Diet, on FOX31/KDVR from noon to 5 p.m.

During the five-hour live broadcast, viewers will hear heartwarming stories as well as meet dozens of adoptable pets, including cats, dogs, rabbits and other small pets.

“Pet lovers will see the many ways the Dumb Friends League helps pets and people in our community,” said Bob Rohde, president and CEO. “They’ll also see how their donation can make a difference for thousands of homeless pets in our care.”

The Dumb Friends League hopes to raise $300,000 during this year’s telethon. The pledges raised will help provide care for thousands of needy cats, dogs and other small animals. The private, non-profit organization spends approximately $300 for each homeless pet, including shelter, food and medical care.

"We need the community’s support now more than ever," said Rohde. "Any dollar amount—whether it’s $10, $25 or $100—will have a direct impact on the pets and people we help each day.”

Last year more than 18,000 animals were adopted to new homes or returned to their owners by the Dumb Friends League. In addition to adopting homeless pets, the animal welfare organization offers other services, including lost and found, humane education, behavior training, foster care, animal cruelty investigations and donor-subsidized spay/neuter surgeries for pets in underserved areas.

The Pledges for Pets telethon will be hosted by FOX31 on-air talent, including Melody Mendez, Mike Headrick, Shaul Turner and Ken Clark. Denise Plante and Murphy Huston of KOSI 101 will also help emcee the telethon.

For more information about the Dumb Friends League and telethon, visit or call (303) 751-5772. Pet lovers who are unable to watch the telethon can still make pledges online or by calling (303) 751-5772.

About the Dumb Friends League
As the leading animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region, the Dumb Friends League has been helping pets and people in the Denver metro area and beyond for 100 years. The Dumb Friends League has two shelter locations: its main shelter at 2080 S. Quebec St. in Denver and the Buddy Center at 4556 Castleton Court in Castle Rock. For more information about the Dumb Friends League, visit or call (303) 751-5772.

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