Animal Shelter Leader ‘Fades Off Into The Sunset’ Following 45 Years


WE LOVE SINGING ABOUT UNSUNG HEROES AND TONIGHT, THAT TAKES US TO THE DENVER DUMB FRIENDS LEAGUE. IT IS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL HUMANE SOCIETIES IN THE WHOLE COUNTRY. THE MAN IN CHARGE FOR 45 YEARS RETIRED TODAY. JEFF TODD REPORTS BOB BRODY IS LEAVING BEHIND BIG SHOES TO FILL. Reporter: THE DUMB FRIENDS LEAGUE HAS BEEN A MODEL MANY SHELTERS ACROSS THE WORLD HAVE TRIED TO EMULATE. THAT IS BECAUSE OF THE LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATION FROM BOB BRODY, THINGS LIKE PUTTING ADOPTIONS INSIDE A PET SMART OR EVEN 30 YEARS AGO WHEN HE DUSTED LEGISLATION TO A DALGLISH A STANDARD OF CARE — TO ADOPT A STANDARD OF CARE FOR ALL FACILITIES. BOB BRODY STARTED WONDERING THESE THINGS — THESE HALLS IN 1973. MY JOB WAS TO WORK IN THE KENNELS WITH THE DOGS. FOUR YEARS LATER, HE BECAME THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. FOR 45 YEARS, BOB WAS THE LEADER. MORE THAN HALF 1 MILLION ADOPTIONS. THE DENVER DUMB FRIENDS LEAGUE HAS GROWN TO BECOME ONE OF THE THREE LARGEST NONPROFIT HUMANE SOCIETIES IN THE COUNTRY. HE HAS SEEN THE LEGAL MOVE TO ITS LOCATION ON QUIBEC AND NOW BEGINNING ITS FOURTH REMODEL. THE NEEDS OF THE SHELTER HAVE CHANGED. THE NEEDS OF THE PETS HAVE CHANGED. Reporter: MANY OF THE BEST ACCOMPLISHMENT OF DECADES. THE CHANGE HAS HAPPENED. 90% OF THE ANIMALS WALK OUT THE DOOR. IT IS BECAUSE OF THE COMMUNITY AND THE TEAM. Reporter: HE HAS REVOLUTIONIZED THE INDUSTRY. ACCOLADES FROM AROUND THE WORLD DECORATED HIS OFFICE BUT HE SAYS IT IS NOT HIM. YOU ARE LEADING AN ORGANIZATION THAT YOU DEEPLY CARE ABOUT. THE TEAM MEMBERS, THE STAFF AND THE LOVING FAMILIES. IT IS A 12-YEAR-OLD DOG OR CAT. SEEING THAT PET LEAVE AND GO WITH SOMEONE THAT WILL LOVE IT, THAT HAS BLOWN ME AWAY. THE NEW CEO WAS PICKED THREE YEARS AGO.

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