Denver Dumb Friends League collaborates with the veterinary community, animal welfare organizations (i.e., the Metro Denver Shelter Alliance), local and national businesses (i.e., Hill's Science Diet), and other local and national organizations, sheriffs, legislators, and government officials. All of these partnerships and collaborations help them achieve their current and future organizational goals as well as help on a larger scale to better serve pets and people in our community and around the nation. Bob will discuss the state of animal welfare in Colorado and the importance of collaboration.
Bob Rohde started as an animal care technician at the Dumb Friends League in 1973. Four years later, he became president of the organization, heading up a team of 17 employees. Under Bob’s leadership, the Dumb Friends League is now one of the five largest local humane societies in the United States in terms of budget and number of pets saved is more than 19,000 a year.
Today, the Dumb Friends League has two shelters for companion animals; an offsite adoption center at Northfield-Stapleton; a mobile adoption unit; and two mobile spay/neuter clinics. With 189 employees and 1,200 volunteers, the League provides lost-and-found services, pet adoptions, medical and foster care, humane education, animal behavior training and counseling, cruelty investigations, donor-subsidized spay/neuter surgeries in underserved areas, and other services for pets and people in Denver and surrounding areas. Together, its programs promote a better understanding of animal behavior, compassionate pet care and the human-animal bond.
In 2012, the Dumb Friends League expanded its services to help abused and neglected horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. The League’s Harmony Equine Center, located near Franktown, Colo., receives, cares for and finds new homes for equines that are removed from owners by law enforcement authorities.
A strong believer that “working together works,” Bob participates locally and nationally in improving animals’ lives through collaborations.