All three locations for the Dumb Friends League are finally back open to in person visits and adoptions.
- Another step in Colorado's comeback-- all three locations of the Dumb Friends League are back open.
- And it comes at a time when more animals than usual are up for adoption, especially dogs. CBS 4's Conor McCue checking in from the Denver Dumb Friends League. Conor, let's hope a lot of people drop by and check them out.
CONOR MCCUE: Yeah, Jim. Until now, the last time you could show up unannounced and walk around without a mask was before the pandemic. But right now, if you are vaccinated, walking through the halls here is going to feel just like normal. And with so many dogs, dozens of them up for adoption right now, they need a lot more people to start coming and visiting.
At the Denver Dumb Friends League, you can find just about any furry friend you want. And now, you can even see them in person. For the first time since before the pandemic all locations are fully open.
JOAN THIELEN: We are still offering adoptions by appointment, but you can now just come on down to the shelter. You don't need an appointment to come walk around the kennels.
CONOR MCCUE: For Megan Kale and Breonna Rosendahl, this is the second visit in two days.
- It's OK, mama.
CONOR MCCUE: They've been searching for the right emotional support animal.
- Just getting to interact with them a little bit and seeing them come up, or trying to talk to them--
CONOR MCCUE: That ability to connect comes as more dogs than usual are up for adoption at all three locations.
JOAN THIELEN: We get an average of 58 pets into our shelter every single day. So we're constantly seeing more animals come in, and we just haven't been seeing as many adoptions.
CONOR MCCUE: It's a far cry from this time last year, when interest was sky high.
JOAN THIELEN: It could be a combination of things. We just fully opened again, so getting that messaging out is really important for us. And then also people are going back to work.
CONOR MCCUE: After much discussion, Megan and Breonna have their heart set on two-year-old Camilla.
- We have everything ready for her. So yeah. We're excited.
CONOR MCCUE: The hope is for more people to follow their lead.
JOAN THIELEN: We take great care of the pets at the Dumb Friends League, but there's nothing like a home.
CONOR MCCUE: Now, the folks here at the Dumb Friends League say, so far, they aren't seeing any increases in people returning their pets from last year. And if you are interested in adopting, you can still look at all of those pets online, or, again, you can come to any of the three locations. For now, live in Denver, Conor McCue covering Colorado first.