Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit Begins 25th Anniversary Year Celebration

2017 Is Record Year for FAMD with 1,915 Animal Adoptions

During a busy year when Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit (FAMD) broke ground for its new shelter, the organization also saw a record number of dog and cat adoptions: 1,915.  This is 194 more than last year’s record high of 1,721.


The last adoption of 2017 was a dog named Mimi.  She was brought into the shelter on Christmas Eve as a stray dog. After a bath and some trimming to remove the burrs from her fur, her personality began to show through. Mimi found her forever home with Mary from Ann Arbor the day she became available.

To start the New Year, the first adoption of 2018 was Kass, a sweet lost cat.  She went home with Caeley Nau from Taylor.


“2017 saw the need in our community increase to record levels,” said Elaine Greene, executive director, FAMD.  “I give a lot of credit to staff and volunteers for the hard work and creativity they approach our work with every day.  We’ve got another big year ahead with the construction and opening of our new shelter later in 2018.”

The Animal Adoption & Education Center (AAEC) will be located at the former Amtrak station in Dearborn at 16121 Reckinger Road, just off Michigan Avenue near the Henry Ford Centennial Library.  The land was donated to FAMD by the City of Dearborn.

The AAEC will be a new, state-of-the-art animal shelter that provides homeless animals a refuge in an environmentally-friendly facility. It will replace the current shelter at 2661 Greenfield Road, which is almost 40 years old, overcrowded and no longer suitable for the animals or the people who care for them.

To donate to the new Dearborn Shelter capital campaign, visit

About FAMD

After 25 years of nurturing more than 50,000 animals, the Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit has embarked on the public phase of their “Our Animals Need A Home” capital campaign to construct a new Animal Adoption & Education Center at the site of the former Dearborn Amtrak station on Michigan Avenue. For more information about FAMD, visit


  1. Sandee says:

    What a great year they had and all those people that adopted their new family members. Excellent.

    Have a woof woof day, Dakota. My best to your wonderful mom. ♥♥♥
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  2. kismet says:

    We support Foothills Animal Rescue in Scottsdale-a wonderful no-kill shelter.
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  3. Dat are pawsome!
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  4. Wonderful news!
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  5. Emma says:

    How nice they are building a new shelter. We lost a shelter a while back, but it was never even replaced. The ones we have are pretty nice.
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  6. Always wonderful news!!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley
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  7. Congratulations on all of the adoptions! What a cutie patootie Mimi is!
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  8. Always great to hear of a record year for adoptions.
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  9. What pawsome news!!!
    Jakey, Rosy & Arty
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  10. That’s awesome! What great and important work they do, and how exciting that they’re building a new shelter.

  11. Everyone here at the Ranch salute these pet advocates and ‘apawld’ their efforts to find fur-ever homes for dogs and cats. Bravo!

  12. What a happy post this is!

  13. YIpee! Adopted furry ones make us so happy! Esp Dalton barks with glee to know that others are finding homes just like he did not that long ago!

    Hope they can break more records in 218. Congrats to them on their new facility to be.
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  14. Awesome news, congrats for all of the adoption. Great job indeed.

  15. So nice to see the good things happening!

  16. Dat are so pawesome we hope they all find forever homes!!

    Matt & Matilda
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  17. Rachel says:

    Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit sounds like a wonderful organization! That is a very impressive adoption number!

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