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Dumb Friends League plans 16th annual Pledge For Pets Telethon

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As 2014 begins, Denver Dumb Friends League (DDFL) annual telethon is scheduled for Sunday, January 26, 2014 on FOX31/KDVR from noon to 5 p.m. DDFL hopes to raise more than $300,000 during the telethon this year. Funds raised will help provide loving care and vital services for thousands of cats, dogs and other small animals, as well as abused and neglected horses at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center™.

The Dumb Friends League is a private, nonprofit organization spending $25,121 a day on companion animal services, including $7,965 daily on veterinary care in their shelters and on their two mobile clinics. An additional $2,017 a day is spent on equine services, including veterinary care, feed, rehabilitation and training for the animals at the equine center.

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

“Animal lovers will see the many ways the Dumb Friends League helps pets, horses and people in our community,” said Bob Rohde, president and CEO. “They’ll also see how their donations can make a life-changing difference for thousands of homeless animals that come into our care every year.”

Last year, 16,885 animals were adopted into new homes or returned to their owners by the Dumb Friends League. The organization also offers other critical services, including lost and found, humane education, behavior training, foster care, animal cruelty investigations and spay/neuter surgeries at reduced fees (subsidized by Dumb Friends League donors) for pets in under-served areas.

The Pledges for Pets Telethon will be hosted by FOX31 on-air talent, including Brooke Wagner, Kirk Yuhnke, Chris Parente, Ken Clark, Jennifer Broome, Chris Tomer, Shaul Turner, Chris Jose, Shanna Mendiola and Dan Daru. Denise Plante and Murphy Huston of KOSI 101 will also help emcee the telethon.

“Any dollar amount—whether it’s a one-time or monthly contribution—will have a direct impact on the pets and people that count on us each and every day,” said Rohde.

For more information about the Dumb Friends League and the 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.

Sit … Stay … Watch … and make a pledge to support homeless pets at the Dumb Friends League on Sunday, January, 26. 2014.

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