DENVER (CBS4) – With more than 1,200 animals in its two shelters, the Dumb Friends League is waiving adoption fees for cats, dogs and other small mammals, regardless of how old they are.

Saturday is International Homeless Animals Day, which is dedicated to bringing awareness to pets who need a second chance.

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“It’s an opportunity to give furry friends a new home at a time of year when shelter occupancy is high,” said Kristin Elliott with the league.

Jack McCaslin had already been thinking about getting a dog when he saw the news that adult dogs would be free.

“I got online, saw Belle and had to come and see her and tell her I was going to take her home. I think it is a really good thing to adopt a rescue pet,” McCaslin said. “They all need homes, and they’ll love you for it.”

A dog at the Dumb Friends League (credit: CBS)

A dog at the Dumb Friends League (credit: CBS)

Julia Mauldin took her family to the Quebec Shelter Friday morning to get a new pet after the family dog died last year.

“The incentive was that he was free,” she said. “That helped a lot, but we just wanted a friendly dog to fit in with the family.”

Mauldin’s kids have big plans for the newest member of the family, Buddy, including plenty of walks and lots of playtime.

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But Friday morning the league announced all the animals would be free until it closed Sunday at 5 p.m. at both its Quebec Shelter at 2080 S. Quebec and the Buddy Shelter in Castle Rock at 4556 Castleton Court.

Those interested in adopting must visit the pets in person to adopt them from the Dumb Friends League.

CBS4 Pet of the Week

During morning and noon newscasts on selected weekdays, CBS4 features the Pet of the Week segments with animals looking for homes. Contact one of the following organizations if you are interested in adopting a pet you saw on TV:

Dumb Friends League


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