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"LIFE WITH PETS" - Inspired by letters written by adopters, the Dumb Friends League’s new “Life with Pets” campaign launches this week and aims to increase adoptions at its shelters by highlighting the emotional benefits of pet ownership.

To coincide with the campaign, which runs through July, the League will be offering adoption pricing specials throughout the summer—a time of year when the League sees an increase in the number of pets that come to its shelters.

These specials will take place at all adoption locations—the Quebec Street shelter in Denver and the Buddy Center in Castle Rock, as well as select Petco and PetSmart locations where Dumb Friends League cats are available for adoption.

In addition to traditional media to promote the campaign, the League will launch a social media component via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, asking adopters to share how pets have impacted their life.

“By having adopters share the value pets bring to their life, we’re hoping more people will be inspired to adopt,” said Bob Rohde, CEO of the organization. Information: (www.DDFL.org) or call (303) 751-5772.

PAWS & CO.REUNION - Paws & Co. Adoptions, a foster-based animal rescue that places homeless animals in foster homes and works to find adoptive homes, is holding a reunion June 1 for adopters, alumni dogs, fosters and volunteers. It will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at City of Cuernavaca Park in Denver. More information: http://pawscoadoptions.org/events/

Also, Wednesday, May 21 is the last day to dine at the Colorado Boulevard location of Applebee's and have a portion of your bill donated to Paws & Co. Print the flyer from the organization's website.

PAINTED CATS MOVING - Currently on display at the Lakewood Arts Council Gallery through May 28, the Tails of the Painted Cats Summer Tour heads next to the Main Street Fine Art Gallery in Evergreen with an opening reception for the public on Friday, May 30, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Gallery is located at 28186 Highway 73 in the center of the Evergreen business district. The painted cats are the centerpiece of a fundraiser for the Cat Care Society (www.catcaresociety.org) in Lakewood.

UNLEASHED BY PETCO - The Westminster Petco store will be part of the chain's National “Happy Tails” Pet Adoption Event on May 31 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The store will team with six local rescue groups with adoptable pets: Adam's County Animal Shelter, Colorado Aussie Rescue, RUFF Rescue Of Colorado, A Puppy's Voice, All Aboard Animal Rescue and Animal Rescue of the Rockies.

There will also be free samples of dog and cat food, giveaways from local vendors, free animal care advice, and family-friendly activities. Additionally, guests are encouraged to donate dog and/or cat food at the event, which will be given to a local shelter.

The store is at 10355 Federal Boulevard.

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