#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.

Dearborn, #Michigan Is Hitting the Streets to Help Homeless Animals

Exchange Club of Dearborn is Hitting the Streets to Help Homeless Animals  

Support the collection drive on Saturday, May 10th along Michigan Avenue in Dearborn    

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 Keep an eye out for Exchange Club volunteers on Saturday May 10th as they hit the streets for a collection drive at key intersections along Michigan Avenue, in support of the Dearborn Animal Shelter’s 9th Annual Mutt Strut & Pet Expo.  Donations will benefit adoptable animals in the care of the shelter.

 

“Our members and volunteers are excited about lending a hand again this spring. Many people driving down Michigan Avenue that day might not otherwise know about Mutt Strut, and this could be a great way for them to help too.”  Adorned with bright vests, the canister collection team is going to be stationed at each intersection along Michigan Avenue extending from Outer drive to Oakwood Boulevard.  Plus, there’s one satellite location at Dearborn Farm Market at Monroe and Outer drive.

 

Mutt Strut ribbon cutting ceremony about to begin

Mutt Strut ribbon cutting ceremony about to begin

Mutt Strut & Pet Expo is a pledge-driven dog walk and community wide animal celebration day.  It is the largest gathering of pet fans in the area. Festivities take place at Ford Field Park in Dearborn from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with the walk commencing at 11 a.m.  Register for the walk online at www.DearbornAnimals.org 

 

Additional Mutt Strut highlights include a midway of vendors with services and products for pets and humans.  There is a Paws-itive Energy Zone with pet and human psychic readings, Doggie Fun Zone with activities for your dog, an adopted-pet Celebration Tent to honor adoption alumni and former Detroit Tiger great, Milt Wilcox’s Ultimate Air Dogs in a dock diving competition.  Entertainment and free family fun events take place all day long.  The Food trucks will be on hand serving a great variety of street cuisine.

 

A young walker with her doggie companion after the Strut.

A young walker with her doggie companion after the Strut.

Exchange Club of Dearborn is the local chapter of the National Exchange Club, a 100-year-old service organization.  Members participate in fundraising activities and outreach to support local youth and other non-profit organizations to improve lives for those in Dearborn and surrounding communities. Call 734-355-8114 to learn more about the Exchange Club.

 

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.

The Tuesday’s Tails blog hop hosted by Dogs N Pawz andTalking Dogs. This is the blog hop that features shelter pets.  Find a pet at your local animal shelter or rescue and join the hop!


Tuesday’s Tails blog hop participants can post any day of the week and link up with a fresh blog hop linky every Tuesday.  Though targeted at adoptable pets, they  also welcome blog posts regarding pet adoption, rescue organizations and adoption events. Fetch the new Tuesday’s Tails Facebook page and give them a like! Please help spread the word about these beautiful animals via social media and help find them forever homes!  

 

 

“iFoster” to Help Find Homes for Animals

Dearborn Animal Shelter Introduces “iFoster” to Help Find Homes for Animals

Innovative virtual campaign encourages individuals to assist on their own timeline

The Dearborn Animal Shelter in Michigan,  continues to see a constant flow of homeless animals through its doors this year.  Traditional methods of finding homes for the adoptable animals are not keeping pace with the rate in which the Shelter needs to find adoptive homes for the pets in waiting.

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To help increase the adoption success, a new program was recently launched to encourage supporters to help 24/7.  Elaine Greene, Executive Director, Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter commented “Many of the people looking for pets or supporting the Shelter are already frequent users of social media and the internet, so we thought this could be an easy step for them to help. Our team developed what we call iFoster, a virtual way for someone to help us promote an adoptable animal, using their own social media or email messages”.

 

The program is quite simple.  A supporter contacts the Shelter via email and indicates they are interested in becoming an iFoster.  A team member reaches out to them and sends a short email with a link to the photo and description of an adoptable pet.  Then, the supporter shares about that pet in their own social media, Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest, email, anywhere they share virtual messages.

 

Greene continued, “This is a great way for someone to get involved that doesn’t have time during the day to volunteer at the Shelter or the ability to adopt or foster an animal in their home.  All we are asking is for them to use their keyboard to share about the adoptable pet”.  Once the pet is adopted, a team member contacts the supporter to share the good news and inquire if they want to take another animal to iFoster.  Supporters can do so as often or as little as they choose.

 

If you are interested in becoming an iFoster, email iFoster@DearbornAnimals.org.   To 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. You can also visit iFoster online

 

Dearborn Animal Shelter to host Adopt-A-Thon at Westborn Mall. #Michigan

Many adoptable animals in the Dearborn Animal Shelter await the day they find a home to call their own.  This summer is no exception, especially as rescued cats and kittens continue to flow into the Shelter at an unprecedented rate.

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To help encourage prospective pet owners to consider adopting, Westborn Mall offered to be the host venue for a special one day Adopt-A-Thon, taking place this Saturday, August 17th from 10am-5pm.   Located at the intersection of Outer Drive and Michigan Avenue, Westborn Mall is very accessible with lots of traffic during the busy Back to School shopping window.    

 

Elaine Greene, Executive  Director, Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter said, “Back to School is known as a busy shopping time and it’s a great time to consider bringing home a new pet family member.  Summer vacations are beginning to wind down and your home gets back into a routine, a good time for a furry companion. We hope to find matches this Saturday for homeless animals and families looking for a new loved one.”  

 

The Adopt-A-Thon will be under a large tent in the parking lot in front of Westborn Mall.

Along with the adoptable animals, the Shelter will have adoption counselors on hand, a meet and greet area and reduced adoption fees Saturday only.  There will be specials in the Mall from participating retailers and a radio station appearance from 2pm-4pm by WDVD 96.3.FM’s on-air talent Dana from “Blaine & Allyson in the Morning”.

 

The photo attached is an adopter, holding their new chihuahua pet family member, with her daughter and on-air talent, Allyson Martinek (right) from WDVD 96.3 radio station.

The photo attached is an adopter, holding their new chihuahua pet family member, with her daughter and on-air talent, Allyson Martinek (right) from WDVD 96.3 radio station.

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.

ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100K Challenge-#Michigan:Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter: ADOPT-A-THON

Hi my furiends! It’s Dakota and since I am a Michigan doggie and a connoisseur of  all things Rachael Ray, it is my pleasure to help out some shelter pals of mine here in Michigan!

Perk your ears up, open your eyes and put your paws together for:

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FAMILY FUN, TENTED ADOPT-A-THON

Please stop by this Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., for the second of three Adopt-A-Thons as part of the

ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100K Challenge.

The huge tent will be in the parking lot in front of Home Depot in Allen Park , 3163 Fairlane Dr, “On the Hill” in the Fairlane Green II shopping center, near Oakwood Blvd and Southfield Frwy.

– See up to 150 kittens/cats, puppies/dogs available for adoption

– Event day Adoption specials
– Meet and greet area
– Adoption counselors to help you find your new best friend
– Dearborn Animal Shelter merchandise
– Birdhouses for children to handcraft, courtesy of Home Depot (while supplies last)
-11 a.m.-1 p.m. meet 96.3 WDVD on-air talent Allyson from”Blaine & Allyson in the Morning”
– 2 p.m.-4 p.m. meet on-air talent Chris Edmonds from Today’s 105.1 FM, Detroit’s Hits and Yesterday’s favorites
– Tent cooling courtesy of our friends at Home Depot

This is the largest offsite adoption event they have ever hosted and their goal is to place as many as 100 pets into new forever homes!!