Summer Adopt-A-Thon to Feature 50 or More Adoptable Pets

We are happy to present to you the first of two large offsite tented Adopt-a-Thons this summer takes place on Saturday, June 18th  from 10a-4pm in the parking lot in front of Home Depot in Allen Park in the Fairlane Green II shopping mall.  Described locally as “On the Hill”, Home Depot is near the Oakwood boulevard entrance to the mall, just off Southfield freeway.  The Dearborn Animal Shelter plans to have 50 animals or more available for adoption that day including playful kittens, adult cats and all shapes and sizes of dogs.

 Chiquita finds a home with Bill and Sharon

Chiquita finds a home with Bill and Sharon

 

Attendees will enjoy adoption specials and be able to shop Shelter merchandise and purchase Fido Bakery treats for their canine best friends.  Adoption counselors will be on hand to help visitors find their new best friend, including a meet and greet area to get to know new dog family members in a separate section.

Elaine Greene, Executive Director, Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit, commented “This Adopt-A-Thon kicks off the summer season for us and is similar to bringing a one day “pop-up” Shelter to a highly visible location for one day.  Each year, we find that prospective adopters really appreciate the opportunity to see so many animals showcased under the tent, in an easily accessible place on a Saturday.  It’s a completely different feel they tell us, than seeing the adoptable animals while in the Shelter”.

This is the fourth year that the event is being hosted in the parking lot of Home Depot in Allen Park.  It will also be the location for this year’s second offsite tented Adopt-A-Thon on Saturday, August 13th.

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The Dearborn Animal Shelter is located at 2661 Greenfield Road, Dearborn, and is operated by the Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit, a 501C3 nonprofit organization. Main phone (313) 943-2697 and on the web www.MetroDetroitAnimals.org, you can follow the Shelter on Facebook or Twitter.  Currently, the organization is engaged in a Capital Campaign to raise funds for a much-needed new sheltering facility that includes animal education and an adoption center.  More information and donations welcome to support this new facility, www.RaisetheWoofNow.org

Mama Mia!! Second Annual Pasta Dinner to Benefit Dearborn Animal Shelter

Fundraiser serves up homemade recipe to help homeless animals

The 2nd annual Pat’s Pawsitively Pasta Dinner returns on Monday, October 12 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Park Place, 23400 Park Street, Dearborn, Mi. A community fundraiser dinner; all are invited to attend and participate in the casual affair to help animals in the care of the Dearborn Animal Shelter.

Pat D'Ambrosio with shelter pup.  Little Miss Muffet      0915--Photo Courtesy of Dearborn Animal Shelter

Pat D’Ambrosio with shelter pup. Little Miss Muffet 0915–Photo Courtesy of Dearborn Animal Shelter

Dinner organizer, Pat D’Ambrosio, is a longtime supporter of the Dearborn Animal Shelter and hopes that the fundraiser will continue annually, on Columbus Day, which falls on October 12 this year.  D’Ambrosio described his motivation for hosting the event, “There are many people who may not realize the costs involved in caring for so many animals every day.  This is one way that I can help, to bring the community together to raise funds with my “secret family recipe”.   The secret family recipe that D’Ambrosio referenced is a beloved pasta sauce that has been passed down for generations in his family, enduring more than 100 years.

 

Attendees can enjoy a taste of the D’Ambrosio traditional meat sauce served over mostaccioli with optional meatballs or choose a marinara selection.  Tickets are $30 each and include pasta, salad, bread, beer, wine, soft drinks and dessert.  Children under 5 years of age are free.  Purchase tickets in person at the Dearborn Animal Shelter or online  www.DearbornAnimals.org, navigate to the Get Involved tab and click on Events.

 

Last year 200 guests came out to support the event and raised $6,000 to help the adoptable animals in the Shelter.  This year, D’Ambrosio hopes to see 300 guests and get as close to $10,000 as possible.

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Learn more about adoption, events, volunteering or donating online. The Dearborn Animal Shelter is located at 2661 Greenfield Road, Dearborn, and is operated by the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter, a 501C3 nonprofit organization. Main phone (313) 943-2697 and on the web www.DearbornAnimals.org, you can follow the Shelter on Facebook or Twitter.

 

 

Contact:  Elaine Greene, Friends Executive Director

EGreene@DearbornAnimals.org  or 313-943-2697

Dearborn Animal Shelter hosting Summer Adopt-A-Thon Meet 50 or more adoptable animals on Saturday, June 13th.

The first of two large offsite tented Adopt-a-Thons this summer takes place on Saturday, June 13th  from 10a-4pm in the parking lot in front of Home Depot in Allen Park in the Fairlane Green II shopping mall.  Home Depot is near the Oakwood boulevard entrance to the mall, described locally as “On the Hill”, just off Southfield freeway.  The Dearborn Animal Shelter plans to have 50 animals or more available for adoption that day including playful kittens, adult cats, all shapes and sizes of dogs and possibly even puppies! 

"Lou" Photo courtesy of Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter

“Lou” Photo courtesy of Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter

 

Counselors will be on hand to help potential adopters find their new best friend, including a meet and greet area to get to know new dog family members a little better in a separate section.  Attendees will enjoy adoption specials, be able to shop Shelter merchandise and purchase Fido Bakery treats for their canine best friends.

"Piggly Wiggly" Photo Courtesy of the Friends For The Dearborn Animal Shelter

“Piggly Wiggly” Photo Courtesy of the Friends For The Dearborn Animal Shelter

Summer is a busy time for animal shelters, especially as kitten season moves into full swing, so there are many pets for families to consider.   Elaine Greene, Executive Director, Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter, commented “This Adopt-A-Thon kicks off the summer season for us and is similar to bringing a one day “pop-up” Shelter to a highly visible location for one day.  It’s a great way for us to feature many adoptable pets in a fun festive atmosphere. We’re bringing available pets to the public to help them find their new best friend”.   

 

This is the third year in a row that the event is being hosted in the parking lot of Home Depot in Allen Park.  A second offsite tented Adopt-A-Thon will take place in the parking lot of Westborn Mall on Saturday, August 22nd at the intersection of Outer Drive and Michigan Avenue.

dearborn animal shelter logo

Learn more about adoption, events, volunteering or donating online. The Dearborn Animal Shelter is located at 2661 Greenfield Road, Dearborn, and is operated by the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter, a 501C3 nonprofit organization. Main phone (313) 943-2697 and on the web www.DearbornAnimals.org, you can follow the Shelter on Facebook or Twitter.

#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  

dearborn animal shelter logo   

 

 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.

Open House Barbeque to Benefit Animals with Special Needs #BtC4A

Dearborn Councilman Robert Abraham and Family Host Event  

 Councilman Robert, Mary Kate and Mary Ann Abraham enjoying the festivities at the 2013 Open House.  Photo courtesy of Ed Serecky Photography

Councilman Robert, Mary Kate and Mary Ann Abraham enjoying the festivities at the 2013 Open House. Photo courtesy of Ed Serecky Photography

The public is invited to attend the fourth annual Abraham’s Open House and Barbeque, which will be held on Saturday, July 26th from 5 P.M. to 9 P.M. at the family’s home located at 510 Crescent Drive in Dearborn. The event will be catered by the Detroit BBQ Company and Park Place, with deejay George Kontos of Sonik Entertainment on hand spinning Motown hits. The evening is a benefit for the Dearborn Animal Shelter’s Hope’s Heroes program, a fund dedicated to assisting special needs animals in the care of the Shelter.

 

Click to visit their website!

Click to visit their website!

The Dearborn Animal Shelter helps care for thousands of rescued animals annually, as they prepare to become adoptable pet family members.  Sometimes animals with severe injuries or special needs arrive at the Shelter and require extra resources.  The Hope’s Heroes program is designed specifically to help care for these animals that require extraordinary measures to give them a second chance. In its first three years, the Abraham’s Open House has raised more than $22,000, directly benefiting shelter animals who require extra special “hope.”

 

Dublin, who was tragically killed in a house fire that ravaged their home in 2009.  Photo Courtesy of Friends of Dearborn

Dublin, who was tragically killed in a house fire that ravaged their home in 2009. Photo Courtesy of Friends of Dearborn

The Open House evening is in memory of the Abraham family’s beloved Labrador Retriever, Dublin, who was tragically killed in a house fire that ravaged their home in 2009.  “This celebration is a way for our family to honor Dublin and simultaneously help the Dearborn Animal Shelter, which benefits so many in our community,” commented Councilman Abraham. “This year we are also especially honored to include the Dearborn Firefighters, who were on the spot when we needed them and who do so much good in our city.”  The event this year is also made possible with the generous support of Donelson Law Group.

 

“The Hope’s Heroes program affords us the ability to care for special needs animals without putting stress on our daily operating funds and the rest of the adoptable animals in our care“, said Elaine Greene, Executive Director, Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter.  “The Abraham Open House is a wonderful community gathering that continues to keep funds at the ready when the need arises.”

 

Contributions of $50 per person are suggested; with all donations welcome.  If unable to attend, donations can also be made online 

 

dearborn animal shelter logo

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

You can also follow the Shelter on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Dearborn Animal Shelter hosting Summer Adopt-A-Thon! Meet up to 80 adoptable animals on Sat., June 14th! #Michigan

The first of two tented Adopt-a-Thons this summer takes place on Saturday, June 14th  from 10am-5pm in the parking lot in front of Home Depot in Allen Park in the Fairlane Green II shopping mall, locally known as “On the Hill”, near Oakwood Boulevard and Southfield Freeway.  The Dearborn Animal Shelter plans to have 80 animals available for adoption that day in all shapes and sizes, kittens, puppies, adult cats and dogs.

 

Counselors will be on hand to help potential adopters find their new best friend, including a meet and greet area to get to know dogs a little better in a separate section.  Attendees will enjoy adoption specials, can shop Shelter merchandise and Fido Bakery treats for their canine best friends.

Nico (1)

A fun new addition this year, pet psychics are stopping by the Adopt-A-Thon from 12 noon to 2pm.  They will help share insight with new adopters about ways in which the new pet family member can settle in to their home more easily. 

 

Summer is a busy time for animal shelters, especially as kitten season moves into full swing, so there are many pets for families to consider.   Elaine Greene, Executive Director, Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter, commented “This Adopt-A-Thon is a great way for us to feature many adoptable pets in a high-profile location.  We are essentially making the Shelter mobile for a day, bringing pets to the public to find their new best friend”.   

 

The second Summer Adopt-A-Thon will take place in the parking lot of Westborn Mall on Saturday, August 16th, at the intersection of Outer Drive and Michigan Avenue.

dearborn animal shelter logo

Learn more about adoption, events, volunteering or donating online. The Dearborn Animal Shelter is located at 2661 Greenfield Road, Dearborn, and is operated by the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter, a 501C3 nonprofit organization. Main phone (313) 943-2697 and on the web www.DearbornAnimals.org, you can follow the Shelter on Facebook or Twitter.