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Hundreds of animals available for no-fee adoptions at Dumb Friends League

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DUMB FRIENDS LEAGUE - Saturday is International Homeless Animals Day and the Dumb Friends League(www.ddfl.org) is serious about finding homes for the 1.200 homeless pets in its care.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the league will waive adoption fees foe all cats and dogs 1 year and older. Fees for cats and dogs under 1 year of age will be 50 percent off.

International Homeless Animals Day is dedicated to bringing awareness to those pets that have no place left to turn and inspiring compassion in the community to give them the second chances they deserve.

"One day we hope that, with the support of the community, there won’t be any need for shelters, and that all animals are safely in homes. Until that day comes, we will continue to welcome the thousands of homeless pets and equines that enter our facilities each year," said spokesperson Megan Rees

PET EXPO - The Denver Pet Expo will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Denver Merchandise Mart, offering a wide range of activities. The event is free and parking is $5. Pets are welcome as long as they are on a fixed lead or in a carrier with proof of age-appropriate vaccinations.

Among the activities will be exhibits, agility demonstrations, prize giveaways, dozens of rescue groups and a mega-adoption event, discounted vaccinations, free nail trims, live entertainment and book signings.

DENKAI ANIMAL SANCTUARY - The Denkai Pony Motorcycle Run will be held Saturday, Aug.23. Registration will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 at the BurnOut Grill in Milliken.

From the BurnOut Grill, participants will take a run through twists and turns in the foothills of the Rockies. The fee is $20 for the rider and $10 for a passenger. Autos are also welcome.

Riders will gather at The Hideout in Fort Collins for a live band, raffle drawings, 50/50 and silent auction. Information: (970) 302-0690 or go to(www.denkaisanctuary.org/Home.htm)l.

CAT CARE SOCIETY - Shelter volunteer Mary Blake will present a seminar Saturday at 2 p.m. about Reiki, a Japanese technique to reduce stress, encourage relaxation, and facilitate healing. Blake will show how reiki can be applied to cats. Her presentation will be in the lower level conference room at the Lakewood shelter.

To RSVP, call the front desk at 303.239.9680. The price is $5 (free for platinum members).

PETAID COLORADO - The band lineup has been finalized for Woof Fest, a musical event at Denver's Civic Center benefitting the nonprofit that offers subsidized animal care for low-income owners. To see the full list go to(www.petaidcolorado.org/page/Bands).

The festival will be Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Food trucks and beer drinks will be available. There will be activities for pets. General admission is free and VIP tickets will be $100.

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