#Michigan Youngster Helping Dearborn Animal Shelter To Get A New Shelter Built:YOU Can Help Too!

Ten-Year-Old Commits to Helping Build New Dearborn Animal Shelter  

Zoe Acker is youngest table captain for

Raise the Woof Community Breakfast on June 10  

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 The Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter are hosting a Community Breakfast on Wednesday, June 10, at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.  Dubbed “Raise the Woof” Community Breakfast, it is an open invitation to the public to take a behind-the-scenes look at the Friends’ proposed new Animal Adoption & Education Center and become involved in this essential community-wide project.


One of the organization’s youngest supporters is ten-year-old Zoe Acker, who been raising funds for the homeless animals at the Dearborn shelter since she was five years old. Her fund-raising methods? Lemonade stands, routing her birthday gifts, and even “selling” some of her father Mike’s time as an electrician. “They help a lot of dogs and I want to do the same,” says Zoe. “Every dollar can help a dog feel better!” According to her mother Beth Vessels, “I know it’s a Mom thing to say, but I am truly so proud of her, she inspires all of us with her determination.”   

Zoe Acker, Dad, Mike & pup Rigby

Zoe Acker, Dad, Mike & pup Rigby


Zoe recently raised more than $2,000 for the Friends’ annual Mutt Strut & Pet Expo, coming in second place for the overall individual pledge-getter. Funds raised at the Mutt Strut help with ongoing shelter operations. Now Zoe is turning her time and talents to raise donations for the capital campaign to Build a Home with Heart. “The animals and humans deserve a new Shelter,” says Zoe.


In her newest endeavor to help, Zoe is the youngest table captain registered for the Raise the Woof breakfast, a role that includes hosting a table at the event and inviting prospective donors to attend.  She plans to invite her school principal, her dentist, and her pediatrician to join her and take an active role in her philanthropy.


The Dearborn Animal Shelter is seeking other community members to become table captains as well, even if this is their first venture into fundraising. “The fact that a ten-year-old is willing to be a table captain is amazing,” shares Kelle Sisung, Friends development director. “Most adults are somewhat hesitant. Zoe is fearless and shows all of us that we can do it too!”

The Raise the Woof fundraising breakfast is a one-hour event that tells the story of the journey to build a new Animal Adoption & Education Center. Guests will hear testimonials from some of the adopters, volunteers, and families who have been involved with the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter since their inception in 1993. They will also learn how this community project will positively benefit both two and four-legged friends throughout Southeast Michigan.

Some of the features of the new facility will include:

  • A healthy, soothing, low-stress home for animals in our care
  • Significantly improve the experience for adopters, volunteers, and all community visitors
  • Employ sustainable ecological design (“Green Building”) and innovative housing, equipment, and practices
  • Provide the opportunity for robust community involvement, education, and enrichment
  • Be conveniently located to fully integrate with other public services (Dearborn Administrative Campus on Michigan Avenue; Amtrak site)
  • Create a best-in-class work environment for staff, volunteers, and visiting veterinarians
  • Growing from 4,000 square feet to 16,000 square feet


There is no cost to attend the event.  Table captains and attendees are encouraged to register by June 5 to ensure your seat online at www.DearbornAnimals.org or by calling the Shelter 313-943-2697.  


The Dearborn Animal Shelter is located at 2661 Greenfield Road, Dearborn, and is operated by the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Phone (313) 943-2697 and online www.DearbornAnimals.org  Follow the Shelter on Facebook and Twitter.


  1. Monika says:

    Outstanding! Way to go, Ms. Zoe. Love stories about young people who make such super contributions to their communities at a young age.
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  2. Love this concept, the title, the community involvement. Zoe did an outstanding job. Wonderful post.

  3. Jan K says:

    Wow, Zoe is amazing! I love to see young children being so unselfish and doing good already…it bodes well for the future, doesn’t it?
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  4. Dip and Elliot says:

    What a wonderful little girl, that is so great!
    Dip and Elliot x

  5. sara, oreo and chewy says:

    Go Zoe! What a big heart she has!

  6. Aw how great is that?!
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  7. That’s great! This world need much more girls like Zoe. YAY for a wonderful girl who has a heart for those who eed our help :o)
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  8. What an amazing girl! I love to hear stories like this. I’m sure with Zoe’s help they will soon have enough funds for a new shelter.
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  9. Love to read these types of stories about the younger generation – good for her!
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  10. Clowie says:

    That’s a lovely story! I hope she continues to get lots of support.
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  11. Bailey says:

    What a great kid. I hope she continues to find success in her efforts.
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  12. Elaine says:

    A little girl with a huge heart! Thanks for sharing Zoe’s story. 🙂
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  13. KimT says:

    Since she was 5 years old??? Wow, what a star. Now there’s a young lady I’d LOVE to meet!

    The new shelter sounds like such a heavenly place, and just what its temporary residents need and deserve. Awesome!
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  14. It is so inspirational to see young people helping pets Her parents should be really proud!
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  15. Kudos to Zoe!!
    She is doing a wonderfur thing fur furry ones:))
    Thanks, Zoe fur all you do!!

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