Denver nonprofit hosts grand opening for renovated shelter


Last month, the Denver Dumb Friends League hosted a grand opening for its newly renovated shelter facilities, after completing a two-year, $40 million construction project.

The new shelter will be named the Leslie A. Malone Center, after the Malone Family Foundation, which offered up to $20 million in matching donations during the nonprofit’s capital campaign, according to a news release. The shelter is located at 2080 S. Quebec St.

The Dumb Friends League expanded its shelter space through this project, giving it 40% more kennel space for dogs and cats, as well as adoption and admissions areas, a garage, and a rooftop play yard. The building is now 25,000 square feet, the news release said.

“In 1974, a state-of-the-art shelter was built on this site and animal welfare was very different,” said Dumb Friends League President and CEO Dr. Apryl Steele in the release. “From extensive surgeries to behavior training, the needs of shelter animals have changed, and we are doing so much more for pets than we ever could have imagined back in 1974.”

The completed project is the second phase of five for renovations at the Denver Dumb Friends League. The veterinary spaces will also be expanded, and the foster and behavior departments will be renovated in the next phases.


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