Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org Mon, 22 May 2017 18:23:59 +0000 en hourly 1 Two Cats Find Their Forever Homes https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/2017/05/two-cats-find-forever-homes/ Fri, 19 May 2017 17:28:53 +0000 https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/?p=419561 The post Two Cats Find Their Forever Homes appeared first on Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.

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Sometimes you just get Lucky.

That’s what happened to one kind family at a local Kroger store, when they found a water soaked box just outside. In the box was a badly injured mama cat and her kittens.

The woman who found Lucky brought her straight to the shelter to treat her wounds and broken leg. Unfortunately, the injury to the leg was so severe, it needed to be amputated. The kind woman who found her decided to give her a home. She began the process to adopt her then and there, and waited patiently for Lucky’s recovery. This week, Lucky went home with her new family, which includes a dog and a dad who have also had amputations. They’ll show her the ropes, along with plenty of love.

Lucky’s kittens are currently in foster care and will be ready for adoption soon! Their names are Belinda Sue, Brian, Gabby, James, Mickey and Molly.

Another happy tale took longer to realize. Tamara came to us as part of the Trap Release program in May 2015. After she was spayed, the staff saw that she was a sweet and social cat, so she was put up for adoption. She was adopted, but unfortunately her adopter passed away in February 2017. Tamara was returned to us and was being fostered at Morrison Animal Hospital, who have been fostering cats for us for years. Tamara tested positively for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) at that time. Morrison kept her in their front lobby for 3 months where many people were interested in her, but were concerned by her diagnosis.

Last week, our Assistant Shelter Manager, Danielle reached out to a young couple who had adopted another FIV positive cat but had to return him because he didn’t get along with their dog (don’t worry, he found a happy dog-free home too). The couple went to meet Tamara and fell in love, and took her home last Thursday.

FIV is not a death sentence, and many cats live long and relatively symptom-free lives. Tamara, now Pixie, enjoys story time with her new family. For this sweet kitty, it doesn’t get much better than that.

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Walk with Dogs to Raise Money https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/2017/05/walk-dogs-raise-money/ Fri, 05 May 2017 01:08:15 +0000 https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/?p=418198 The post Walk with Dogs to Raise Money appeared first on Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.

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It’s time for Mutt Strut! Last year, we had over 200 Strutters and raised more than $75,000 for our shelter animals. This year, we’re going even bigger.

Our 12th Annual Mutt Strut, taking place on May 13, has a new event this year. For the first time, we’ve added a 5K race, with runners fully encouraged to bring their dogs along for the run. Every participant gets a special t-shirt and all runners will receive medals.

Mutt Strut is one of the highlights of our year here at FAMD. Not only is it an absolute blast to see so many of our former rescues with their families, it’s also a major fundraiser for us. So far this year we’ve already registered more than 260 walkers and runners and raised over $34,000.

With just a little over a week to go, we’re busy at the shelter stocking gift bags for runners and piling up t-shirts. We have a great event this year, with 30 vendors, along with a giant raffle, an agility course, Pit Crew Kissing Booth, lure course and so many more activities.

There’s still time for you to join the fun! You can register here. You can also start a fundraising team and compete against other teams to see who can raise the most money for our animals. The top teams will win some great prizes!

Thank you to presenting sponsor Dearborn Family Pet Care, and our other partners including Pet Supplies Plus, Yelp, Dearborn Parks and Recreation and others. See you next Saturday!

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A Kindle of Kittens! https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/2017/05/a-kindle-of-kittens/ Fri, 05 May 2017 01:06:32 +0000 https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/?p=418193 The post A Kindle of Kittens! appeared first on Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.

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Did you know that a group of cats is called a “clowder,” and that a litter of kittens is also a “kindle”? We have kindles of kittens looking for foster homes here at FAMD.

Spring means kitten season. We’re up to our ears in adorable, fuzzy, energetic kittens and moms, and we could use your help.

Over the course of the season, we’re expecting somewhere around 450 kittens to pass through our doors on their way to their new homes. But before they’re ready to us, all of these kittens will need to do some growing up. That’s where you come in. Kittens need early socialization so they’re comfortable around people, so it’s best that they start growing in a family home rather than in the shelter.

Every year, our cat foster volunteers give their time and open their homes to our kittens in need. Without our fosters, we wouldn’t be able to find so many homes for all these darling kittens.

To learn how you can be a kitten foster, read here.

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Until Every Pet Finds a Home https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/2017/04/every-pet-finds-home/ Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:19:51 +0000 https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/?p=416442 The post Until Every Pet Finds a Home appeared first on Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.

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On Saturday, April 29, we’re teaming up with the Bissell Pet Foundation to empty the shelters.

Across the state, more than 60 shelters will participate in the effort to adopt out every single dog and cat without a home. Here’s how it works: Bissell Pet Foundation will cover the adoption fees for pets adopted on April 29. Adopters will also receive an AdoptBox to take home, full of treats and goodies to get pets settled in.

If you’re looking to adopt from us on Empty the Shelter Day, we’re happy to help! Our adoption process and screening will be the same as it’s always been, since the welfare of our pets is our top priority. Depending on where you live, you’ll want to make sure you still pay the city licensing fee, since that’s not covered by the Empty the Shelters project. In Dearborn, the license fee for dogs is $8.

On Empty the Shelters day, we hope to find homes for every dog and cat we have. Last year, participating Michigan animal shelters successfully place over 2,800 pets.

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Don’t Let Your Pet Be Lost Forever! https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/2017/04/dont-let-pet-lost-forever/ Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:17:01 +0000 https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/?p=416439 The post Don’t Let Your Pet Be Lost Forever! appeared first on Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.

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When Annie moved across the country to her new home in Michigan, she was a bit confused. Everything was new and different and her toys and bed were all boxed up. So, when her owner left her in the new place, she panicked. Annie knocked over a box or two and managed to shimmy out a barely-open window and through a gap in the fence. Then, she took off in search of a familiar place. This story plays out every day all over the country. But, thanks to Annie’s owner’s clear sighted planning, Annie made it home in the end.

Annie was equipped with a microchip, and that turned out to be a great idea. The American Humane Society estimates that over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen every year. Of those lost animals, dogs with chips were returned 52% of the time; dogs without chips fared worse, with only 22% finding their way back home. The numbers for cats are even more dramatic: since so many observers assume a roaming cat is a stray cat, only 2% of un-chipped cats are returned home. With a registered microchip, that number jumps to 29%.

 

At FAMD, every dog and cat that we send to a new home gets fitted with an AKC microchip registered to the shelter. The chips are smaller than a grain of rice, and require no batteries or power. They’re permanent, and the animals don’t even feel them. We also offer low-cost vouchers to area veterinary clinics. Once you’ve chipped your pet, you’ll want to keep your records updated, too.

Sunday, April 23 is National Lost Dog Day. Don’t let your pet become one of the statistics. You can learn more here about lost pet recovery, or visit us here to learn about our microchip vouchers.

As for Annie? After a long and scary couple of days, she made it back to her new home safe, thanks to her microchip.

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She’s been volunteering for us for 7 years, and she just turned 12! https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/2017/04/shes-volunteering-us-7-years-just-turned-12/ Thu, 06 Apr 2017 23:08:44 +0000 https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/?p=413873 The post She’s been volunteering for us for 7 years, and she just turned 12! appeared first on Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.

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After seven years of volunteering, Zoe Acker officially became a Youth Volunteer on April 4. It was her 12th birthday. When she was just five years old, Zoe opened her first lemonade stand. She donated all the money she collected to our shelter and our pets. Since then, Zoe has been an active advocate and fundraiser for us but she was too young to volunteer at the shelter in an official capacity.

When Zoe turned 12, we knew it had to be a special day. Zoe’s mom, Beth Vessels, picked her up from school but wouldn’t tell her where they were headed. When they arrived at the shelter, our staff were on hand with a warm welcome and a feast of cupcakes for one of its most dedicated friends. Zoe signed her first Youth Volunteer Handbook and became officially what she’s been in our hearts all along: a dedicated long-time volunteer.

FAMD is one of very few animal shelters that accepts volunteers under 18. It’s tough work at times and we have some truly passionate and talented youth volunteers. Welcome Zoe!

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Happy Tails: A Fighter By Any Name https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/2017/04/happy-tails-fighter-name/ Thu, 06 Apr 2017 22:58:41 +0000 https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/?p=413865 The post Happy Tails: A Fighter By Any Name appeared first on Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.

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You may recall Vito who won our hearts on the morning TV shows a couple of weeks ago for National Puppy Day. We’re happy to say that Vito was quickly snatched up by the mom of an FAMD staffer. Vito, like so many of our animals, needed some TLC to get him healthy. He was severely bloated and had a nasty case of worms, but with treatment he bounced right back.

Vito wasn’t the only fighter we treated this month before he went to his forever home: Leonidas was a brave little Pomeranian mix who came to us after a run-in with a car on Ford Road.

It’s a pretty common story here at the shelter. Many animals come to us in rough shape. Sometimes they’re injured. Often they have untreated illnesses or conditions. Although adoption fees cover part of the immunization costs of adopted animals, they can’t come close to covering the costs of treating severe injuries and illnesses. Leonidas had a terrible wound on his neck which necessitated immediate surgery and nearly two weeks of round the clock post-op care. At first, Leonidas wasn’t exactly a model patient (we’d get snippy too if people were constantly poking us with needles), but he showed that he’s a scrapper. Once he’d recovered from the surgery, he turned out to be a loving and very playful little fellow. His adopter tells us he’s settling in beautifully. They’ve changed his name to Rocky, and we’re so glad that this little fighter had a second chance.

Leonidas/Rocky is a great example of why our Hope’s Heroes fund is crucial. Without donations, we’d never be able to cover the medical expenses of dogs and cats that need extra care. To learn more about the Hope’s Heroes fund and our upcoming Abraham’s Open House, click the link below. You can help save a pet today!

Vito
Leonidas/Rocky

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You’re Invited! https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/2017/03/youre-invited/ Fri, 10 Mar 2017 05:01:13 +0000 https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/?p=405135 The post You’re Invited! appeared first on Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.

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Every spring, we take in hundreds of kittens and many of which are too young to be adopted immediately. Many require around-the-clock care or a quiet environment to continue to grow until we can find them a forever home. Many volunteers selflessly open their homes to sometimes multiple litters of kittens at a time.  We give them supplies so our resources can get stretched thin. Though this winter has been very mild, we’re anticipating a very large number of kittens to make their way into our care. We’re taking steps to make sure that we have the supplies, volunteer force, and resources in place to be able to save and nourish as many kittens as walk through our door. 

 

As part of this preparation, we’ve invited you to our Virtual Kitten Shower. During the month of March, we will be promoting our Amazon Kitten Shower Registry where you can purchase much needed supplies from the comfort of your home. These supplies range from basic food to kitten formula needed for babies just a couple weeks old. 

 

If you have a little time to give this spring and would like to open your home to foster a litter of kittens, join our volunteer team! Our foster care program is always in need of individuals who can be at the ready to help us when our shelter begins to fill up. If kittens aren’t your thing, we’ve got plenty of dogs in need of a temporary home. 

 

We hope you will join us by donating some supplies or joining our dedicated foster team. Both are a rewarding experience knowing that you are helping to change so many lives. 

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So many happy endings! https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/2017/03/many-happy-endings/ Fri, 10 Mar 2017 05:00:36 +0000 https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/?p=405132 The post So many happy endings! appeared first on Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.

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Your dedication and support has allowed us to give so many animals a new leash on life already this year. Where do we even begin?

About a month ago, we shared with you five dogs that left our organization and joined the London Humane Society in Ontario, Canada. We’re happy to report that Lou Reed, Annabelle, Ladybug, and Nikki have found their forever homes. Mr. Miagi remains in their care looking for his future family while melting the hearts of their team.

In February, Mikey came to us scared and weary of what would become of his experience with us. We soon realized that something wasn’t right with this pup’s back left leg. Our medical team sprang into action consulting our local veterinary partners to get to the bottom of Mikey’s discomfort. The veterinarian suspected a previous dislocation or severe hip dysplasia and recommended amputation. This isn’t an ideal situation for Mikey but we were confident that he would be able to live the life he dreamed of with just three legs instead of four. So we sent him in for surgery and not much after he found his forever home.

It is not just dogs that you help us save, it’s cats too! Our partnerships with local pet stores continue to strengthen and last year helped us adopt a record number of our feline friends. As our resources expand we’re able to provide even more animals with a home. For instance, Kung Fu is currently available for adoption from our offsite location at Pet Supplies Plus in Dearborn at the corner of Oxford and Telegraph. He tested positive for FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) but can go on to live a normal life. According to the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, FIV is a slow-acting organism, and neither a human nor a dog can be infected through contact with an infected cat. We’ve found so many deserving kitties with FIV their forever home and we look forward to helping Kung Fu find his. To learn more about FIV, we recommend you visit the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine website.

All of these partnerships, milestones, and life-saving treatments wouldn’t be possible without your support. So from all of us both four and two legged, thank you!

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Will you be a Caring Friend? https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/2017/02/will-caring-friend/ Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:22:29 +0000 https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/?p=396579 The post Will you be a Caring Friend? appeared first on Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.

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Every day, animals arrive at the shelter. They come in all breeds, sizes, and colors. But one thing they all have in common is they’re looking for a few caring friends to love them. You can be one of them my joining our Caring Friends monthly giving program.

 

Your Impact

By becoming a monthly giver, you help provide a sustainable source of funding to ensure all animals receive the care they need. Join today, and you’ll join a community of Caring Friends who are having a huge impact in the lives of animals. Here’s how your gift can make a difference:

  • A gift of $7 each month (only $.23 a day!) provides life-saving heart worm preventative for one medium sized dog.
  • A gift of $15 each month (only $.50 a day!) provides a microchip for an animal.
  • A gift of $20 each month (only $.67 a day!) buys a 50 lb bag of dog food to feed a shelter animal.
  • A gift of $40 each month (only $1.34 a day…less than a cup of coffee!) will cover the cost to spay a female cat, and continues our efforts to decrease pet overpopulation.

Other Benefits

In addition to providing ongoing life-saving care to an animal in need, there are many other benefits to being a monthly donor!

  • It’s a greener and cheaper option! By giving monthly online, you’ll save money on stamps and envelopes. The shelter will save money too by only sending one thank you letter at the end of the year. We’ll also take you off the list for other mailings throughout the year.
  • You’ll get the inside scoop on shelter news and upcoming events and…
  • Coming soon- Discounts on certain FAMD events and merchandise.

Getting Started

To start your monthly gift, visit our website  and be sure to select the monthly gift option. You’ll receive a welcome email and other communications sharing the impact of your gift throughout the year.

Already giving monthly? Adding just $5 to your donation will add up to $60 each year, and will help even more animals in need. Email aspencer@MetroDetroitAnimals.org to update your monthly giving amount today!

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