Friday, January 12, 2018

2017 Is Record Year for Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit )with 1,915 Animal Adoptions

Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit
 Begins 25th Anniversary Year Celebration!

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 (pictured above).  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


  1. That is awesome! Kass is such a gorgeous ginger. H'm so happy that he found a forever home!

  2. Adoptions are always very good news. Kass has such a sweet face and I am glad she has her new home.

  3. That is so awesome. I hope it is even better this year.

  4. Congratulations to FAMD, and to all the people who adopted!

  5. That is fantastic! Nice to hear of so many happy endings :)

  6. We always, always love happy adoption news!!!

  7. Great numbers for last year. I'm guessing this year will be even better.

    Have a purrfect day, Cody. My best to your wonderful mom. ♥♥♥

  8. Wow, I've not heard of this rescue before, but I am so pleased that they've exceeded their numbers AND will have a new place soon too! Bravo!

    1. Yep they exist! I have featured them a number of times and I have visited them in person.

  9. Congratulations!!! Our cat shelter also had a record year, it's such a joy to see animals find new homes.

  10. Great news for this year Mimi looks cute but don't seem to find posing funny LOL Kass looking very regal heheh!

    Have a tanfastic weekend :-)

  11. Incredible news! So many lives touched ... companion animal and human!

  12. We hope this trend continues for this year!

  13. Woo-hoo! This is always great news.

  14. Wow, that's a lot of animals finding homes. Congrats to everyone who works, volunteers, and adopts!

  15. That is a great record and we purr they have more support so they can do more good in 2018

  16. FAMD is doing wonderful work! We send them kudos! And Kudos to you for telling us about them!
    Thank You Caren and Cody!

  17. Kudos to FAMD for their continued advocacy on behalf of pets.

  18. What a great organization doing super work!
    Have a wonderful weekend...

    Noodle and crew

  19. That's totally pawesome, as Penny just told me. Well done, Detroit!

    Penny's human dad,


  20. That is one very happy figure for Detroit, and the folks at the rescue and in Metro Detroit can justifiably be very proud. I love to hear these stories thanks for sharing.
    Toodle pips and purrs

  21. Mimi is such a cutie and I love Kass' expression! Yay for a wonderful organization!

  22. Fantastic!! They had a banner year for adoptive homes.

    Shoko, Kali and Jean

  23. Wow, that's amazing! And fantastic! Way to go, FAMD!