Thursday, May 10, 2018

Pet Adoption: 25,000th Pet to Find a Home During "Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo"

The Michigan Humane Society will mark a major milestone on May 18-19 during Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo, presented by Purina. That is when one local family will browse among more than 30 organizations to adopt the event’s 25,000th pet.

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Shelters as far away as Battle Creek are bringing more than 600 cats, dogs, and rabbits to Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo. Visitors can meet these “best friends” for free in the Detroit Zoo’s parking lot from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday  and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

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“This event is truly unique because of its incredible size and impact,” said Matthew Pepper, president and CEO of MHS. “It is a celebration of how much our pets mean to us and a great opportunity to add a new member to your family through adoption. This event is an amazing example of the power of collaboration and compassion.”

Suburban Subaru of Troy will show its support for local animals at 1 p.m. on May 18 when it awards the proceeds of its Share the Love campaign. This seven-week promotion netted nearly $70,000 for the Michigan Humane Society and Detroit Zoo to split. Suburban Subaru raised this money last fall when it pledged $250 for every new-car purchase.

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The Michigan Humane Society first collaborated with the Detroit Zoo in 1993 to host Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo. That spring participants approved 90 adoptions. This time MHS hopes to beat last year’s spring total of 556 adoptions. However, the shelters need less than half that goal to reach 25,000.

Visit to discover how you can Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo, or call 866-MHUMANE. Adoptions fees and policies vary among participating organizations. Personal pets are not permitted at the event and strollers are not permitted near adoptable animals.

About the Michigan Humane Society

The Michigan Humane Society, founded in 1877, is the oldest and largest nonprofit animal welfare organization in the state. Each year, MHS achieves 100 percent placement of more than 10,000 healthy and treatable animals through compassionate care, community engagement, and advocacy for humane treatment. The MHS operates three shelter and veterinary centers in Detroit, Rochester Hills, and Westland; five adoption partnerships with Premier Pet Supply, Petco, and PetSmart; and both a Cruelty Investigation Department and a Statewide Animal Response Team. Learn more at


  1. How wonderful that is,especially for all the pets getting homes!!
    Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

  2. OH, a little Loulou found a home!!!! YAY. You do such good work, Caren.

    1. yes a little LouLou!! Love it! Thank you but it isn't me, I'm just the messenger, they are the ones doing good work but thank you! xoxo

  3. If finding forever homes works here then I say yes.

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

  4. That's a nice event.
    Each and every cat deserve a forever home.
    (I hope that the Human Society is against declawing ...)
    Bonne soirée

  5. best fishes N we hope there's a LOT of happy gotcha days; wonder what type of pet the 25,000th will be !!! ☺☺♥♥

  6. Oh how super wonderful and 25,000 is amazing. Here's to many, many more!

  7. What a super event. Mom attended one like this last year.

    Emma and Buster

  8. That is a lot of saved pets :)

  9. Wow, wow, wow! What an awesome milestone they will be hitting that weekend!

  10. Awesome event! Congratulations to everyone who helps and volunteers their time to help so many pets find loving homes!

  11. How wonderful. Yea for Subaru!

  12. What a wonderful event! 25,000th adoption makes our hearts happy! We wish for many more too!

  13. WOW. That's a huge number of lives saved. I love that they put this all together!

  14. Someone is going to score...but in my opinion all will score when they take a furbaby to a forever home!