3 6 Board of Directors, 2016-2017 Executive Staff Chairwoman Tamara Bray Robert Hyatt President & CEO Robert D. Rohde Vice Chairwoman Jana Bartlit Lori Ann Knutson Treasurer Rick Higgins Secretary Tammeron Trujillo Directors Bill Baier Don Bobo 7
River Gerda Kai Elsa dumb friends league • view adoptable pets at ddfl.org 2 Frozen pets find warmth of love After a gloriously long fall, winter came to Colorado with a vengeance. Among those hit hard by the frigid weather were four pets whose lives were in peril—and who pulled through with the help of our highly skilled veterinary team, devoted volunteers, generous donors and compas- sionate patrons. ELSA: THE CAT SEEN ‘ROUND THE WORLD Elsa was found outside on an arctic November day, unrespon- sive and near death from hypo- thermia. When she arrived at our shelter, her temperature didn’t even register on the thermom- eter. Our veterinary staff immedi- ately placed her in a special bed of heating pads and warming bottles, and administered warm IV fluids to raise her temperature. Within an hour, Elsa started to stabilize. This little survivor’s story spread like wildfire, first to local media, and then to national and international news outlets in Japan, New Zealand, England and more. By the time Elsa was out of danger and ready to continue her recovery in a foster home, she was a bona fide celeb- rity. Jim Slater, our 2014 Volunteer of the Year and Elsa’s foster parent, says, “I took Elsa home Friday afternoon, and I woke up Saturday and said to myself, ‘I’ve got the most famous kitten in the world in my bathroom this morning.’” Elsa’s tale has the happiest of endings: After four weeks in her foster home, Elsa became a permanent member of Jim’s family. “Of all my many fosters, Elsa is the one I most wanted to keep,” says Jim. “It’s great Elsa will be able to stay in the Dumb Friends League family, and she promises to keep in touch with all her fans.” RIVER: THE ROTTIE RESCUED FROM A CREEK River was found in a frozen creek, unable to escape the icy water due to a badly fractured leg. With the help of three kind strangers, River was rescued and rushed to our Quebec Street Shelter. His leg was damaged beyond repair, so our veterinarians removed it and made sure River was comfortable while he healed. On Nov. 28, River was waiting as the crowd of Black Friday shoppers descended on our shelter. Renee and Glenn W. looked at several dogs, but didn’t find the perfect match—until one of our adoption counselors introduced them to River. “I took one look,” recalls Glenn, “and I knew he was going home with us.” River now lazes by the fireplace with his new dog buddies and pals around with the family’s five children. “We are loving him so much!” says Renee. KAI & GERDA: THE FROSTBITTEN KITTENS Orphaned in the cold at just 5 days old, kittens Kai and Gerda were suffering from severe frostbite when they arrived at our Buddy Center. Miraculously, our veterinarians kept them alive, although the frostbite took both of Kai’s front paws, as well as part of Gerda’s tail, ear and several toes. After ongoing veterinary care and two months in a foster home being bottle fed and nursed back to health, both kittens found their forever homes.