Friday, May 11, 2012

Michigan Pet Adoption Event: ‘MEET YOUR BEST FRIEND AT THE DETROIT ZOO’ MAY 19 and 20

Michigan Humane Society’s Spring Off-Site Adoption Event is
 the Largest in the Country

In 1993, the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) and the Detroit Zoological Society partnered to create a unique adoption event called “Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo.” Now, 20 years later, nearly 20,000 animals have been adopted during Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo, which is today the largest off-site adoption event in the country. MHS and the Detroit Zoo will continue that tradition on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Michigan. Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo is presented by Purina ONE.

“The hard work of so many wonderful animal welfare groups and key partners like the Detroit Zoo, Purina and PetSmart Charities, as well as the continued support of the community, is what makes this lifesaving effort possible and has made Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo the largest offsite adoption event in the country,” said Michael Robbins, vice president of Marketing and Communications at the Michigan Humane Society. “This year’s event is going to be even bigger and better, with more groups participating than ever before. If you’re looking for a furry best friend, Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo is the place to be!”

There is no charge for admission or parking for the event, which will be held under large tents in the front parking lot. 

The Detroit Zoo is at 8450 W. 10 Mile Road in Royal Oak.

Adoption fees and policies are set by each participating group and not by event sponsors. Animals will be adopted only to qualified homes. Adopters must present a driver’s license or state ID card. All dogs and cats will have received a medical check-up and age-appropriate vaccinations.  For health and safety reasons, please leave current companion animals at home. 

For more information, please call

 1-866-MHUMANE (648-6263)

The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) is a private, nonprofit organization which cares for more than 100,000 animals each year, while working 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.


  1. What a wonderful event...and with such great success! I wasn't in Detroit long enough to have heard about it. I'm so impressed!

    And that photo of the little black cat and the expression on the girls face is ADORABLE!

    xo Katie & Glogirly

  2. What a great event for a good cause! You live in a fantastic place!

  3. @Katie/Glogirly I love that photo too. Cody was in a cage like that when I adopted him and it brings back wonderful memories!

    @Priscilla....yes the event is fantastic! "I live in a great place"...sometimes lol

  4. I sure hope they have tons of success!

  5. That sure sounds like a wonderful event and we sure hope lots of cats and dogs find homes. Thanks for the info.

  6. We hope many, many cats and dogs find new furever homes and it encourages similar events worldwide.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  7. Caring for 100,000 animals over just one year is a lot of work. I hope they adopt lots of them out to really wonderful families who will love them FOREVER! purrs

  8. What a wonderful event and we hope many kitties and doggies will find their forever homes!

  9. What a wonderful place to hold an adoption event.....hopefully lots of very happy cats and pups will find a forever home there. WONDERFUL!!!!! We just love that photo with the girl and the kitty!

    Pam and Sam

  10. Mowzers, what a successful partnership - and how wonderful for those 20,000 animals! And counting!

  11. Wowwie Zowwie!
    Adoptions at the zoo! That is such a fabulous idea!

  12. Such a cute little kitty! Love that photo. Here's to continued success for more adoptions!

  13. What a cool idea! I remember when you wrote about this last year ... I wish we had such an event around here!