Denver Dumb Friends League to resume dog adoptions on May 21, one month after pneumonia outbreak

DDFL: No severe respiratory illness since April 24

DENVER - The Denver Dumb Friends League will resume dog adoptions on Tuesday, May 21, at its Quebec Street shelter after voluntarily suspending dog adoptions and intake for a month following a pneumonia outbreak that killed five dogs.

After the outbreak in mid-April, the shelter has had no new cases of severe respiratory illness in dogs since April 24, Dumb Friends League president and CEO Bob Rohde said in an email to supporters on Tuesday.

"While a small number of mild respiratory cases remain, the majority of dogs have no respiratory symptoms," Rohde wrote. "We believe our current canine population does not represent a significant increased risk of developing or transmitting respiratory illness at this time."

Spokesman Chris Gallegos said league employees devoted the month to doing deep-cleaning in the shelter to ensure eradication of the respiratory illness.

"We definitely take the health of our animals very seriously, so when something like this happens we like act sooner rather than later," Gallegos said.

The shelter is gradually restarting some services.   

The shelter will also begin accepting owner-surrendered dogs on Tuesday, May 21. But they do not plan to accept lost dogs until June 4, Gallegos said.

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