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Denver, CO (December 1, 2005) – How can you make a difference for thousands of homeless pets in our community? Tune in and pledge your support for the Dumb Friends League 8th annual Pledges for Pets Telethon, presented by Hill’s Science Diet®, on Sunday, January 29, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on KTVD-TV/UPN20.

In addition to pledging in your support, sit back and take a virtual tour of the League’s Quebec Street shelter, get some helpful hints on choosing a pet that’s right for your family, and learn about dog and cat behavior, nutrition and much more. Dozens of adoptable dogs, cats and other small pets in need of new, loving homes will also be featured throughout the four-hour, live event.

“We’re a private, non-profit organization that relies completely on the support of the community,” says Dumb Friends League President, Robert Rohde. “By pledging your support during the Pledges for Pets Telethon, you can help us care for more than 28,000 homeless animals and provide programs and services that help thousands of pets and people, such as dog training classes, humane education and animal cruelty investigations.”

The Pledges for Pets Telethon will be hosted by several local television celebrities including: Cheryl Preheim and Chris Vanderveen of 9News, Ernie Bjorkman of WB2 News, Katie Trexler and Mitch Jelnicker of 7News, Shaul Turner of FOX31 News, Tom Mustin of News4 and Luis Canela of Univision Colorado. In addition, several local radio personalities will also be hosts including: Murphy Huston and Jo Meyers of KOSI 101.1 FM, Archer and Mark Samansky of The Mountain 99.5 FM, Sky Walker of KEZW 1430 AM, and Slacker and Bo of Alice 105.9 FM.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you’re not able to tune in and watch the telethon, you can still pledge your support by calling (303) 696-4941, ext. 7227, or make an online donation at In addition, you can help the animals by participating in the Pledges for Pets Online Auction now through January 29 by visiting Place your bid on more than 100 items including jewelry, fine art, vacation packages, restaurant gift certificates and much more.

About the Dumb Friends League

As the leading animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region, the Dumb Friends League has been helping pets and people in the Denver metro area and beyond for 95 years. The Dumb Friends League has two shelter locations: its main shelter at 2080 S. Quebec St. in Denver and the Buddy Center at 4556 Castleton Court in Castle Rock. For more information about the Dumb Friends League, visit



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