COVID-19 Process Update

Currently all youth volunteer programs are cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. We are slowly reintroducing programs and will re-open registration and new programs dates as we are able to. Please continue to check this page for updates and email youthevents@ddfl.org with any questions.

Youth Camps

We offer seasonal camps for kids and teens in support of our goal to teach children and young adults the importance of treating animals in a humane way—a lesson that will benefit them and the animals in our community for a lifetime. Camps are available at the Leslie A. Malone Center and the Buddy Center, as well as at our Harmony Equine Center in Franktown and Solutions — Veterinary Hospital.

Participants must be signed in and out of programs by a parent or guardian 18 years of age or older.

How to Register

Register online by clicking on the date(s) you prefer. For questions regarding registration, email?programs@ddfl.org.

Equine Exploration Camp

Description:

Students entering third, fourth and fifth grades will spend one day at the Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center learning about all?things?horses – from hay to z! Through interactive hands-on activities, campers will gain knowledge about horse anatomy, body language, markings and more. Students will meet an ambassador horse and learn how they can help homeless equines in Colorado.

Please register each child separately.

Cost: $80

Location: Harmony Equine Center, 5540 E. Hwy. 86, Franktown, CO 80116

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Half-Day Critter Camp at Solutions – Veterinary Hospital

Description:

Children in third, fourth and?fifth grades can come?explore the amazing world of animals at the Dumb Friends League Solutions?– ?Veterinary?Hospital. This fun and informative camp includes various animal welfare lessons, a tour of our veterinary?hospital and a unique experience at this location. Kids will learn about animals by playing games,?participating?in lessons, making pet toys and meeting?ambassapets.

Please register each child separately.

Cost: $140

Location: 191 Yuma St., Denver, CO 8022

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One-Day Critter Camp – Buddy Center

Description:

Children in third, fourth and?fifth grades can come?explore the amazing world of animals. Our goal is to teach children about compassion and respect for the world around them. By giving kids a rewarding experience working with animals and learning about animal welfare, we will provide them with lessons to help them make responsible decisions regarding the animals and people in their lives.

Please register each child separately.

Cost: $60

Location: Buddy Center, 4556 Castleton Court, Castle Rock, CO 80109

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One-Day Critter Camp – Leslie A. Malone Center

Description:

Children in third, fourth and?fifth grades can come?explore the amazing world of animals. Our goal is to teach children about compassion and respect for the world around them. By giving kids a rewarding experience working with animals and learning about animal welfare, we will provide them with lessons to help them make responsible decisions regarding the animals and people in their lives.

Please register each child separately.

Cost: $60

Location: Leslie A. Malone Center, 2080 S. Quebec St., Denver, CO 80231

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Summer Career Camp – Leslie A. Malone Center

Description:

Kids entering sixth, seventh and eighth grades can come to either our shelters to explore careers in animal welfare. By giving kids a rewarding experience working with animals and learning about animal welfare, we will provide them with lessons to help them make responsible decisions regarding the animals and people in their lives.

Cost: $280

Location: Leslie A. Malone Center, 2080 S. Quebec St., Denver, CO 80231

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Youth Volunteering

We offer volunteer opportunities for kids and teens in support of our goal to teach children and young adults the importance of treating animals in a humane way—a lesson that will benefit them and the animals in our community for a lifetime.

Youth volunteer programs are designed for children only. Parents are welcome to stay at the shelter while these programs are in session or they can leave for the duration of the program. We do ask to sign your child in and out of the program.

How to Register

Register online by clicking on the date(s) you prefer. For questions regarding registration, email?youthevents@ddfl.org.

Participants must be signed in and out of programs by a parent or guardian 18 years of age or older.

A Paint and Pets Workshop

Description:

Calling all artists and pet lovers! Join us for 90 minutes of creative service learning as we highlight the animals in our care and help them get adopted. This program is designed for children?ages?8- through 11-years old and includes an educational lesson, tour and painting project. All materials are provided, and artwork will be kept by the Dumb Friends League and given to each?animals’?adoptive family. A photo of the child with the pet painting will be sent home with the child. Please?note:?this is not a “learn to paint” program.

Please register each child separately. Sorry, we are not able to offer refunds.

Cost: $30

Location: Leslie A. Malone Center, 2080 S. Quebec St., Denver, CO 80231

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Junior Volunteer Club – Leslie A. Malone Center

Description:

Are you interested in volunteering for the Dumb Friends League? This five-month club introduces children ages 12 through15 to the benefits of volunteering in an animal shelter. Students learn about important animal welfare topics and how to be advocates for those who cannot speak for themselves. They also work alongside adult volunteers each month, cleaning animal enclosures and socializing and working with cats, dogs and small mammals.

Please register each child separately. Sorry, we are not able to offer refunds.

Cost: $150

Location: Leslie A. Malone Center, 2080 S. Quebec St., Denver, CO 80231

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Junior Volunteer Day – Buddy Center

Description:

Do you want to help homeless pets? Are you trying to complete a community service goal or learn more about how to get involved? This two-hour event provides children ages 12 through 15 with a hands-on experience helping the animals in our care. Students will learn how to be advocates for those who cannot speak for themselves, complete a service project and work with staff and volunteers cleaning enclosures and socializing the animals at our shelter.

Please register each child separately. Sorry, we are not able to offer refunds.

Cost: $30

Location: Buddy Center, 4556 Castleton Court, Castle Rock, CO 80109

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Junior Volunteer Day – Leslie A. Malone Center

Description:

Do you want to help homeless pets? Are you trying to complete a community service goal or learn more about how to get involved? This two-hour event provides children ages 12 through 15 with a hands-on experience helping the animals in our care. Students will learn how to be advocates for those who cannot speak for themselves, complete a service project and work with staff and volunteers cleaning enclosures and socializing the animals at our shelter.

Please register each child separately. Sorry, we are not able to offer refunds.

Cost: $30

Location: Leslie A. Malone Center, 2080 S. Quebec St., Denver, CO 80231

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Pawsitive Service Day – Buddy Center

Description:

Do you want to help homeless pets? This two-hour event provides children ages 8 through 11 with a fun and educational experience at our shelter. Each session will allow your child to complete a service project, socialize with animals and learn how they can be advocates for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Please register each child separately. Sorry, we are not able to offer refunds.

Cost: $30

Location: Buddy Center, 4556 Castleton Court, Castle Rock, CO 80109

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Pawsitive Service Day – Leslie A. Malone Center

Description:

Do you want to help homeless pets? This two-hour event provides children ages 8 through 11 with a fun and educational experience at our shelter. Each session will allow your child to complete a service project, socialize with animals and learn how they can be advocates for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Please register each child separately. Sorry, we are not able to offer refunds.

Cost: $30

Location: Leslie A. Malone Center, 2080 S. Quebec St., Denver, CO 80231

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Tales for Tails (Read to Pets At the Shelter!) – Buddy Center

Description:

The benefits of reading to animals are endless, for you and for the animals! This one-hour program provides students?first through twelfth?grades?an educational, interactive experience reading to animals at our shelter. Each program includes educational lessons, a tour?and time to practice their reading skills.

*Student must bring their own book.

Please register each child separately. Sorry, we are not able to offer refunds.

Cost: $15

Location: Buddy Center, 4556 Castleton Ct, Castle Rock, CO 80109

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Tales for Tails (Read to Pets At the Shelter!) – Leslie A. Malone Center

Description:

The benefits of reading to animals are endless, for you and for the animals! This one-hour program provides students first through twelfth grades an educational, interactive experience reading to animals at our shelter. Each program includes educational lessons, a tour and time to practice their reading skills.

*Student must bring their own book.

Please register each child separately. Sorry, we are not able to offer refunds.

Cost: $15

Location: Leslie A. Malone Center, 2080 S. Quebec St., Denver, CO 80231

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Youth Events

We offer events for kids and teens in support of our goal to teach children and young adults the importance of treating animals in a humane way—a lesson that will benefit them and the animals in our community for a lifetime. Events are available at our Leslie A. Malone Center.

How to Register

To schedule events, email?programs@ddfl.org, include your name, organization, program desired and contact phone number. After you have registered, you will receive a confirmation of your event.

Dumb Friends League Scout Day at the Shelter

Description:

Now you can earn a unique and special Dumb Friends League badge! Troops and packs can join us for a two-hour event to tour the shelter, learn about the problem of too many pets and not enough homes, meet an?ambassapet?and complete a fun service project to benefit the homeless pets waiting for adoption.

Cost: $15 per child

Location: Location varies. Please call to schedule.

To schedule this event, please email programs@ddfl.org. Adult representative must be present at all times. Sorry, we cannot accommodate non-scout siblings.

Home School Day at the Shelter

Description:

Students can join us for a two-hour event to learn about animals in this program, which is?designed especially for?the?home school?community. Meet an?ambassapet, take a tour of the shelter and complete a fun service project to benefit the homeless pets waiting for adoption. These programs are designed by Colorado-credentialed teachers to meet Colorado State curriculum standards and can be tailored to home?schoolers?of any age.

Cost: $10 per child

Location: Location varies. Please call to schedule.

To schedule this event, please email programs@ddfl.org. Parents are required to stay with child throughout the event. Sorry, we cannot accommodate children with severe dog allergies.

Scout Day at the Shelter

Description:

Are your scouts howling for their Pet Care badge? Earn it at the Dumb Friends League! Troops and packs can join us for a two-hour event and discover what it takes to care for our furry friends. Take a tour of the shelter and complete a fun service project to benefit the homeless pets waiting for adoption.

Cost: $10 per child

Location: Location varies. Please call to schedule.

To schedule this event, please email programs@ddfl.org. Badges not included. Adult representative must be present at all times. Sorry, we cannot accommodate non-scout siblings.

Community Education

We offer classes to children in preschool and older, adults and to community groups. Our community programs are free and available throughout the Denver metro area and beyond, year-round. We also offer teacher lesson plans related to humane education in the Teacher Resources area of our Resource Library.

How to Register

To register and schedule a program, email?programs@ddfl.org. Include your name, organization, program desired and contact phone number.

Animal Abuse and the Violence Connection

Description:

Participants learn about the cycle of abuse and the strong link between animal abuse and other violent crimes. Together, the class explores Colorado laws pertaining to animals and how animal cruelty investigators help protect them. By the end of this class, participants will understand several strategies to help prevent animal abuse and violence and to foster respect and compassion in their communities and schools.

Grades: 9-12, Adults

Session Length: 45 minutes

Bully Prevention

Description:

Bullying is a pervasive issue that not only affects children and adults, but our furry friends as well. This lesson will help students understand the definition of empathy, what bullying is, who it harms in our community and how to prevent it.

Grades: 1 – 8

Session Length: 60 minutes

Careers in Animal Welfare

Description:

Many animal-loving students think that their only career choice is to become a veterinarian, but there are many other possibilities. Students learn about the various jobs available at animal shelters and beyond, including educators, investigators, kennel technicians and groomers, to name just a few. This class teaches students about some animal-related jobs and the qualifications necessary for each of them.

Grades: 6-12

Session Length: 45 minutes

Caring for Pets

Description:

Pets are an important part of our families for many reasons. Students play an interactive game while discussing the needs of a family pet and learn the details of pet care so they can enjoy happy, healthy pets throughout their lives.

Grades: K-8

Session Length: 45 minutes

Cat Behavior

Description:

Why do cats rub against furniture? Are they predators or prey? This lesson explores the behavior of our lovable feline friends and discusses some of the challenges they face in our society. Participants will also learn why owning a cat is good for your health!

Grades: 6-12, Adults

Session Length: 45 minutes

Click & Learn: Behavior Training for Pets

Description:

The Dumb Friends League strongly believes in positive reinforcement clicker training. In this program, you will learn what clicker training is and how to use to teach your pet cool new tricks or address behavior issues.

Grades: 3-12, Adults

Session Length: 45 minutes

Dumb Friends League 101

Description:

Is your school or community group interested in learning about the Dumb Friends League,?recognized as one of the top animal shelters in the nation? This class will help students understand how the League fits into the animal welfare movement, in addition to how students can help the homeless pets and horses in our care. Why does our name include the word “Dumb”? Why do animals end up in shelters, and how do we help them find new homes? We’ll cover it all!

Grades: K-12

Session Length: 30 minutes

Mini-series: Animal Adventures

Description:

Looking for a more comprehensive program? Our Animal Adventures multi-session program provides in-depth opportunities for students to learn about animals and involves a variety of topics plus an optional shelter tour during the final week. Not sure which lessons to pick? Ask for recommendations from our humane education coordinators about the best choices for your group.

Grades: K-12

Session Length: 45 minutes

Our Wild Neighbors

Description:

Here in Colorado, we don’t have to go far to find wild animals. Many of our neighborhoods are home to wild creatures. Students will play an interactive game while learning fun facts about local wildlife and what they can do to help wild animals living in nearby habitats.

Grades: 3-8

Session Length: 45 minutes

Pet Care Jeopardy

Description:

Test your proper pet care knowledge about cats, dogs, small mammals and various other pets with Pet Care Jeopardy. Even if you get the answer wrong, you’ve learned a cool new fact!

Grades: 5-8

Session Length: 45 minutes

Pet Learning Theory

Description:

How does a pet learn? Ever?wonder?why your dog gets excited when you pick up your car keys? In this class, participants discover why our pets behave in certain ways. Topics include classical and operant conditioning, reinforcement and training techniques.?

Grades: 9-12

Session Length: 45 minutes

Pets vs. Wild Animals: What’s the Difference?

Description:

Here in Colorado, you can see wildlife just about anywhere you go! Participants in this class learn how to safely enjoy watching wildlife and what they can do to help wild animals living in nearby habitats. By the end of this course, students will have an understanding of the difference between wild and domesticated animals.

Grades: 1-4

Session Length: 45 minutes

Pets vs. Wild Animals: What’s the Difference?

Description:

Here in Colorado, you can see wildlife just about anywhere you go! Participants in this class learn how to safely enjoy watching wildlife and what they can do to help wild animals living in nearby habitats. By the end of this course, students will have an understanding of the difference between wild and domesticated animals.

Grades: 5-12

Session Length: 45-60 minutes

Puppy Mills

Description:

How much is that doggy in the window? Today, there are several outlets you can turn to when you’re looking for a pet, but some options are better than others. In this class, participants discover the truth behind puppy mills and the price these dogs pay to meet the public’s demand for puppies. 

Grades: 9-12, Adults

Session Length: 45 minutes

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Description:

This course is designed specifically for preschool-age children and teaches students how to meet a pet by practicing some basic steps. Students discover how respecting an animal’s feelings will keep everyone safe.

Grades: Preschool

Session Length: 30 minutes

Respecting the Icky, Ugly & Not so Cuddly

Description:

Do only furry, cuddly animals deserve our respect? What about the slimy, scaly and not-so-cuddly creatures? Students learn how our society, their family, past experiences and the media influence our perception of animals. By the end of this course, students will understand that some of these seemingly scary animals are cool after all.

Grades: K-5

Session Length: 45 minutes

Safety Around Cats

Description:

Petting or playing with a cat may be fun, but is it always safe? This course teaches students how to meet a cat by practicing some basic steps. Students will learn what a cat’s body posture may be communicating and how respecting an animal’s feelings will keep everyone safe.

Grades: K-5

Session Length: 45 minutes

Shelter tour

Description:

Guided walking tours are available at our Leslie A. Malone Center in Denver and at the Buddy Center in Castle Rock. Tours may also include a lesson in our education center. Please note that there is no contact with animals.??Please email humaneeducation@ddfl.org for information, including tour capacity.

Grades: K-12

Session Length: 45 minutes

Staying Safe Around Dogs

Description:

Petting a dog may be fun, but is it always safe? This course teaches students how to meet a dog by practicing some basic steps. Students will learn what an animal’s body posture may be communicating about how he or she is feeling, and how respecting an animal’s feelings will keep everyone safe.

Grades: K-8

Session Length: 45 minutes

Tales for Tails (Read to Pets At Your School!)

Description:

The benefits of reading to animals are endless! Let us come to you with one of our?ambassapets?and let students read during one of our sessions. After discussing some important safety tips for meeting a new dog we will dive into the books! Students will have an opportunity to practice their reading skills in a judgment-free zone while the dog roams the room.

Please note: these programs are scheduled on a case-by-case basis, details of which will be discussed at time of booking.

Grades: 1-12

Session Length: 45 minutes

Too Many Pets, Not Enough Homes: Overpopulation

Description:

This class challenges participants to discuss pet overpopulation and why it is a problem. Participants learn about spaying and neutering and why this simple surgery is a healthy, responsible choice for our pets. 

Grades: 2-12, Adults

Session Length: 45 minutes

Too Many Pets, Not Enough Homes: Overpopulation

Description:

This class challenges students to discuss pet overpopulation and why it is a problem. Games are used to demonstrate how easily pet populations can get out of control—imagine taking care of two pets, then eight pets and then 32! Students learn about spaying and neutering and why this simple surgery is a healthy, responsible choice for our pets.

Grades: 2-12

Session Length: 45 minutes

Understanding Pets: Why They Do What They Do

Description:

Have you ever wondered why your pet engages in what seems like strange behavior from time to time? This program dives into our companion animals’ body language and basic behaviors that they have carried over from their ancient ancestors.

Grades: 9-12, Adults

Session Length: 45 minutes