DENVER (CBS4) – For the first time since before the pandemic, all three Dumb Friends League locations are fully open and staff are encouraging community members to come by and adopt if they can. Appointments are still available at the Leslie A. Malone Center in Denver, Buddy Center in Castle Rock and San Luis Valley Animal Center in Alamosa, but are no longer necessary. There is no mask requirement for vaccinated people.

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“You can just come to the shelter now,” said Joan Thielen, PR manager for the Dumb Friends League. “You don’t need an appointment to go through the kennels.”

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On Wednesday, Megan Kahl and Brianna Rosendaul came to the Denver Adoption Center for the second time this week. The two recently moved to the area looking for the right animal for emotional support. Doing this in person is much better than online, they said.

“Just interact with them a little and see them show up or try to talk to them,” said Kahl.

This ability to bond personally with the animals comes from the fact that more dogs than usual are put up for adoption. There are currently more than 60 dogs available between the three locations.

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“We get an average of 58 animals into our shelter every day, so we see more and more animals all the time, and we just haven’t seen that many adoptions,” said Thielen.

It is a far cry from that time last year when interest in foster care and adoption was skyrocketing. The reason for the change this year is unclear.

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“It could be a combination of things,” she said. “We’re just fully reopened so it’s very important for us to get this news out and people are back to work too.”

After much discussion, Megan and Brianna turned their hearts to 2 year old Camilla. In the next few days they want to do the paperwork and take her home.

“We have everything ready for them, so we’re excited,” said Kahl.

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The Dumb Friends League hopes more people will follow suit.

“In the Dumb Friends League we care a lot about pets, but nothing like a home,” said Thielen.

Thielen said the shelters hadn’t seen an increase in the number of people returning the pets that were adopted last year.

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For more information on adoptable pets, visit ddfl.org/adoption. All animal adoptions include neutering and neutering surgery, age-appropriate vaccinations, including rabies, and a microchip ID.