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

Children’s Book: Chihuahuas Like Cheese by Janice Kingsbury, Illustrated by:Rachael Mahaffey

Back in April I had the pleasure of reviewing the adorable book: Lexi Goes On Vacation to the Outer Banks by Janice  Kingsbury, and today it is once again a pleasure to be featuring (and giving away!) another book by Janice.  Today, I proudly present to you:

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Click to purchase

What I LOVE about Janice’s  books:

1) They ALWAYS convey multiple lessons

2) They promote Pet Adoption!

3) Her books show us just how special rescue dogs are!

Janice Kingsbury is a life-long Sheltie lover, (and while Shelties are not the “stars” of this book as they were in Lexi’s book, there are some adorable illustrations of them, and other GORGEOUS illustrations, all done by the talented Rachael Mahaffey.)

Bogie is a REAL Dog!!

Bogie lives with his family part-time in Mt.Laurel, NJ and part time in Duck, NC. He was rescued from a high-kill shelter in South Carolina by Burlington County Animal Alliance. The other dogs in the family, Beau, Lexi, Beemer, Jack and Hanna are also rescue dogs.  (Chihuahuas Like Cheese is dedicated to the memory of Beau, who was rescued from a puppy mill and who became the “most loyal friend Janice had ever known.”).

About The Author:

Janice is a former teacher and school psychologist with a passion for providing enjoyable fiction for kids

She received her undergraduate degree in education from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton. She received graduate degrees from Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, in Counseling, School Psychology, and administration/supervision. 

Janice also rescues and fosters dogs. Janice has lived in New Jersey most of her life, but has vacationed in the Outer Banks for the past 10 years. She and her husband fell in love the friendly seashore town of Duck. They loved the wildlife and the leash-free beaches.


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Many people vacationing on the beaches of the Outer Banks unknowingly encouraged Janice to write her first book. Their friendliness, questions, and interest in her rescue dogs often prompted her to tell stories, much like the one in her first book. Often her walks on the beach spans into hours as people approach the family to chat and play with the dogs. The friendly environment reminds Janice of younger years when families knew each other and played together.

Looking for a great bedtime, school story-time or ANYTIME read that will encourage discussion? This is YOUR book!  Chihuahuas Like Cheese would also be a great “beach-read” on a lazy afternoon! Grab the kids, cuddle on a blanket, grab a piece of cheese, (of course!), and fall in love with brave little Bogie!!

 The kids will learn valuable lessons such as:

Size doesn’t make you a big cheese

There is ALWAYS more cheese

There is always SOMEONE who WANTS your cheese

Give some cheese back to others

Do what you do best and the rest will work out


Dakota and I give Chihuahuas Like Cheese 4-PAWS UP!!


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  • Paperback: 54 pages
  • Publisher: outerbooks Publishing LLC; 1 edition (April 23, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 069237891X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692378915


Janice has generously offered to give FOUR OF OUR READERS (who reside in the U.S., my apologies to our International readers),  a copy  of Chihuahuas Like Cheese.  (A $12.99 value).

Entering is easy! Just please leave a comment that CLEARLY STATES THAT YOU ARE ENTERING TO WIN A COPY OF THE BOOK.

The give-away is open NOW and will end at 5pm on Thursday, August 13th. The lucky winners will be announced on or around Friday, August 14th.

Best Friends Animal Society Helps Declare Inde-Pet-Dence This 4th! Offers Fireworks Safety Tips for For Your Four-Legged Family Members (Guest Blog)


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Food. Fireworks. Fun. That’s the scenario for millions of people who celebrate US Independence Day on July 4th, one of the year’s liveliest holidays.

Unfortunately, for pets that get frightened during the festivities, it can be anything but a celebration. Driven by a fearful reaction to fireworks and other loud sights and sounds, dogs and cats that flee from their homes often end up in municipal animal shelters.

“Nationwide, July 4th weekend is the busiest shelter intake time of the year. So, while many of us are celebrating a holiday, the shelters will be flooded with pets, many of which will never find their way home,” said Gregory Castle, chief executive officer of Best Friends Animal Society. “In order to avoid this heartbreaking scenario, we encourage owners to make the holiday as safe as possible for their pets.”

Best Friends Animal Society offers the following tips to help keep your pets safe over the holiday weekend:

  • Bring all pets indoors whenever neighborhood fireworks displays are likely. Secure dogs in a room and play music or turn on the television to drown out the frightening sounds.
  • Keep pets away from lit fireworks at all times, including your own backyard, as some will chase after the bright moving objects and are at risk to be burned or blinded in the process.
  • Ensure that pets are wearing current identification tags.
  • For the ultimate identification protection, all pets should be microchipped so that they can scanned at an animal shelter or veterinary office.
  • If your pet does go missing over the holiday, check with local animal shelters immediately. Go to the shelter in person to identify your pet, rather than calling or emailing the shelter, as staff may not be able to respond in a timely enough fashion to ensure your pet’s safety.

To maximize lifesaving efforts in July, Best Friends Animal Society is hosting a national “Celebrate Freedom” adoption campaign at its facilities in LA and Salt Lake City, as well as through its more than 1,100 No More Homeless Pets Network Partners across the country. For the month of July, adoption fees will start at just $25. (For more information about  participating organizations near you, visit Best Friends Here .


Photo Courtesy of Best Friends

Photo Courtesy of Best Friends

 “There is no better time than now if you’re in the market to adopt a dog or cat. You’ll be saving two lives with every adoption, the one you take home and the one that now has space at the shelter,” Castle said.

Best Friends is also offering special hours and fees on July 4th weekend at its adoption centers, where all pets originate from municipal shelters:

  • Best Friends Pet Adoption & Spay/Neuter Center in Mission Hills, CA, which transfers dogs and cats from Los Angeles Animal Services to its no-kill facility, is hosting a special 24/7 #Freedom100 adoption marathon. From noon on Friday, July 3 through Monday, July 6 at 8 p.m., the center will offer $10 fees for the first 100 adopters.
  • The Best Friends’ NKLA Pet Adoption Center in Los Angeles, CA will offer $10 adoptions for all cats and $25 on select dogs during its daily business hours of noon to 8 p.m. on July 3, 4 and 5.
  • The Best Friends Sugar House Adoption Center in Salt Lake City, UT will be open during on July 4thfrom 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to accommodate holiday adopters, with $25 adoptions on pets six months or older to the first 100 adopters.

Each pet at the Best Friends centers is spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated and ready to go home immediately

“Adoption isn’t just the most humane option when adding a four-legged member to your family, it’s convenient and cost-effective, too,” Castle said. “Our hope is that Americans  across the country will band together to declare this 4th as Inde-Pet-Dence Day for shelter pets in their community.”



About Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization dedicated exclusively to ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. A leader in the no-kill movement, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as lifesaving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to about 4 million. By continuing to build effective initiatives that reduce the number of animals entering shelters and increase the number who find homes, Best Friends and its nationwide network of members and partners are working to Save Them All®.


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Looking for a new friend? Dearborn Animal Shelter Hosting Summer Adopt-A-Thon at Westborn Mall

Meet up to 70 adoptable animals on Saturday, August 16th

The second of two tented Adopt-a-Thons this summer takes place on Saturday, August 16th from 10a.m.-4p.m. in the Westborn Mall parking lot, 23239 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Outer Drive. The Dearborn Animal Shelter plans to have 70 animals available for adoption in all shapes and sizes, kittens, cats, puppies and dogs, small and large. 

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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 reduced adoption fees, can shop Shelter merchandise and select from fresh Fido Bakery treats for their canine best friends.  


Photo Courtesy of the Dearborn Animal Shelter

Photo Courtesy of the Dearborn Animal Shelter

Summer is a busy time for animal shelters, and there are many pets for families to consider.   Elaine Greene, Executive Director, Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter, commented “Adopt-A-Thons help improve the potential for our animals to get adopted. This is the third year that Westborn Mall has hosted one for us and it is great place to feature many adoptable pets in a high-profile location.”      


This year, Lori Bennett, 96.3 WDVD midday on-air talent will be on hand from 11a.m.-1p.m. to greet attendees and welcome fans with a little music and fun.


"Taffy" Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Animal Shelter

“Taffy” Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Animal Shelter

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, you can follow the Shelter on Facebook or Twitter.

AARP and Michigan Humane Society Partnering To Help Find More Loving Homes For Homeless Animals

FROM DAKOTA’S DEN: I cannot begin to tell you how EXCITED I am to share this with you today! When I first heard about this amazing program, I told my friends at Michigan Humane that I just HAD to share! We all know about how pets benefit EVERYONE,  but the impact they make on Seniors in particular is incredible.

AARP members to receive discounted adoption fees at all MHS locations



The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) and AARP are launching a new partnership to provide more people and pets with the endless benefits of companionship, while helping animals in need of loving homes! Adopters who present their AARP membership card at the time of adoption will receive significant discounts on the adoption fee of qualifying animals: $100 for dogs and $10 for cats.


“We are excited to begin this program with a great organization like AARP,” said CJ Bentley, Senior Director of Operation for MHS. “This partnership will enable us to bring together people and pets who will benefit greatly from the joy of companionship while helping more homeless animals.”


Qualifying animals include:


•             Dogs and Cats two years or older

•             Dogs 40+ pounds, regardless of age

•             Dogs and cats who need a little extra TLC


The discount for AARP members applies at all MHS locations and events. Members may utilize the discount for family members. However, the member must be present at time of the adoption.


To view animals currently awaiting adoption and for a list of MHS locations, visit




The Michigan Humane Society is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in the state. MHS works to end companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values.



Book Review: “JJ the American Street Dog And How He Came To Live In Our House” By Diane Rose-Solomon a Mom’s Choice Award Winner! Enter to win a copy!


Completely charmed, and with a smile on my face, I read JJ the American Street Dog And How He Came To Live In Our House by Diane Rose-Solomon. I have reviewed many books, rarely a children’s book that teaches the importance of pet adoption, and the few I read prior to JJ The American Street Dog that DID reference pet adoption and were geared towards children, paled in comparison. THIS BOOK HAS IT ALL!

Click on the book cover to purchase this marvelous book!

Click on the book cover to purchase this marvelous book!

Written with children ages five to nine in mind, JJ The American Street Dog is the perfect vehicle to teach children not only about the importance of pet adoption, but that adopting a dog (or any other pet) is  a huge responsibility and commitment that should be viewed in terms of “forever.”

Author, Diane Rose-Solomon delivers the above message in terms that children can easily understand, but more importantly, she tells the story of JJ and how he was adopted, in a fun and heart-warming manner.

 JJ the American Street Dog and How He Came to Live in Our House, is the first book in a series, (I cannot wait to read the ensuing books!) for children ages five to nine.  The little ones will easily identify with six-year-old Maya who “has wanted a dog for as long as she can remember.” When her uncle finds a homeless puppy, (JJ), Maya begs to keep him. But her mom isn’t sure.

Does Maya get to keep JJ? I’ll never tell! You have to purchase the book to find out!

Along with being a charming story, this gem teaches kids and adults about animal homelessness, basic animal care, the importance of spaying and neutering your pet (worded appropriately for children), pet adoption and the unconditional love people get from their family pet.

The illustrations by Rachel Cellinese are bright, colorful, and energetic, they  help to make this already fabulous book, even more fabulous!

(Page 4). Photo courtesy of

(Page 4). Photo courtesy of


With a hard cover and only 31 pages long,  don’t let the fact that this is a quick read, (ideal for parents who read bedtime stories to their children, teachers who are looking for something both fun AND educational, children’s library reading groups and more!) fool you! This is a children’s book that not only educates the little ones about the importance of pet adoption/ownership,  it does so with charm, heart and much love!

Another bonus point? A percentage of book sale profits benefit animal rescue organizations.


About the Author

Diane Rose- Solomon, a Certified Humane Education Specialist, rescued the real JJ 17 years ago. This is her first book, and the first in the “JJ The American Street Dog” series. Ms. Rose- Solomon lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two children and two rescued dogs, Gonzo and Ninja.

About the Illustrator

Rachel Cellinese is a graphic designer and illustrator living in Los Angeles. She also uses her artistic talents to help organizations such as 826LA and Big Class New Orleans. This is her first full-length children’s book. One day she hopes to adopt a dog of her own!


SOP3 Publishing: Available online at and Amazon

ENTER TO WIN!!! The author, Diane Rose-Solomon has generously offered ONE of my readers who is 18 years of age or older, and WHO RESIDES IN THE U.S. the chance to win a copy of JJ the American Street Dog And How He Came To Live In Our House  (A $16.99 value)





In full disclosure:I was not compensated for this review/give-away. I was sent a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.