New facility aims to increase adoptions and decrease stress for shelter cats
On Monday, Feb. 9, the Dumb Friends League will break ground on the construction of a new Cat Pavilion at its Quebec Street Shelter. The 1,300-square-foot addition will increase the League’s capacity to house and care for homeless cats, and will be designed to allow potential adopters to freely interact with adoptable cats.
Last year alone, the Dumb Friends League received nearly 10,000 cats and kittens. In addition, adult cats take more than twice as long to get adopted as adult dogs—an average of 22 days. The new Cat Pavilion will help the Dumb Friends League address these challenges by allowing as many as 60 cats to explore, climb, hide, play, laze in the sun and enjoy the company of prospective adopters in a cheerful, open environment.
“The new pavilion will allow us to comfortably and humanely house more cats throughout the year, especially during our busiest months,” said Duane Adams, vice president of operations for the Dumb Friends League.
The structure will adjoin the Quebec Street Shelter’s current adoption center, located at 2080 S. Quebec St. in Denver. The facility will feature three spacious colony rooms for cats in addition to its centerpiece: a large “play room” with a retractable door that opens to let the cats enjoy fresh air and sunshine from behind the safety of a screen. The cats will also have plenty of windows, elevated platforms, play structures and quiet spots—features ideal for reducing the cats’ stress in the shelter while they wait for a permanent home.
The new Cat Pavilion will also encourage interaction between adopters and adoptable cats—an important feature considering that personality is the number-one quality people say they look for in a new feline companion. In this environment, cats will be able to show off their friendly, playful and affectionate traits—increasing cat adoptions while decreasing their stress and length of stay at the shelter.
“By providing an environment where potential adopters can play with cats or just sit and pet them, we believe many more cats will find forever homes,” said Adams
All Dumb Friends League services will remain open throughout construction. Visitors will be directed to enter the facility through the west entrance marked “Adoption Center.” For more information about donor and naming opportunities for the new Cat Pavilion, or to learn more about the Dumb Friends League, visit ddfl.org or call (303) 751-5772.
All feline adoptions include a spay/neuter surgery, initial vaccinations, a microchip ID implant and a free office visit with a participating veterinarian.
Interested adopters can view all pets in need of homes online at ddfl.org as well as visit one of our adoption locations to meet their new furry friend. For more information, visit ddfl.org or call (303) 751-5772.
About the Dumb Friends League
Founded in 1910, the Dumb Friends League is the largest community-based animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region, helping pets and people in the Denver metro area and beyond. In 2012, the League expanded the scope of its services to include providing shelter, care and hope for abused and neglected equines in Colorado. The Dumb Friends League has shelters at 2080 S. Quebec St. in Denver and the Buddy Center at 4556 Castleton Court in Castle Rock, as well as the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center™ near Franktown. For more information, visit ddfl.org or call (303) 751-5772.