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The Detroit Zoo and Michigan Humane Society, in collaboration with more than 30 local animal welfare organizations, will host the semi-annual event “Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo.” Hundreds of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be available for immediate adoption to loving homes at one of the nation’s largest off-site companion animal adoption events.
P.O.E.T. Animal Rescue will be one of the featured animal welfare nonprofits. The organization takes in not only dogs and cats but also birds, rabbits and raccoons on an as needed basis in Michigan and Ohio. April DeBoer, one half of the Michigan couple (along with Jayne Rowse) who helped bring legal same-sex marriage to the entire country, is a volunteer with the organization and will be on hand at the event to help adopt out animals.
Presented by Purina One, Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo will be held outdoors under tents in the zoo’s front parking lot beneath the landmark water tower. There is no charge for admission or parking for the adoption event; however, regular admission and parking fees apply for those visiting the zoo. The event will include special appearances by Detroit Zoo mascots, the Zooper Heroes.
Last year, the spring Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo event found homes for more than 400 animals. Since the event’s inception in 1993, more than 21,000 dogs, cats and rabbits have been placed into new homes at the spring and fall events.
Attendees are urged to take note of the following policies:
* Adoption fees and policies vary by participating groups.
* For health and safety reasons, please leave current companion animals at home.
* Strollers are not allowed in the tents. Upon entering the event, guests will be asked to park any strollers before entering the tents.
The fall edition of Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo will be held from 1-7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 19. The Detroit Zoo is located at 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak.