New Shelter

Phase Two of New FAMD Shelter Requires Additional $3.5 Million

Phase One was opened on September 18, 2018

The Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit (FAMD) will welcome dogs, cats and people for the first phase of its new Animal Adoption & Education Center (AAEC) on September 18, 2018.

The new Center is 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 more than 30 years old, overcrowded and no longer suitable for the animals or the people who care for them.

The AAEC is being completed in two phases:
  • Phase One: 10,000 square feet, to include larger, double-compartment housing for the adoptable pets, cage-less community space for cats, and acquaintance rooms where adopters can interact with adoptable dogs and cats
  • Phase Two: 6,000 square feet, to include animal intake/evaluation space, educational space, medical facilities and administrative space

The first phase cost $5.1 million and is fully funded and operational. The second phase requires an additional $3.5 million in capital funding. Now that Phase One is completed, all adoption services take place at the new AAEC. All other services, including lost and found and animal intake and programming, will continue at the 2661 Greenfield location until Phase Two is completed.

Neumann/Smith, one of Michigan’s most prominent architectural firms, is responsible for the design, with partner Ghafari Associates leading engineering and TAKTIX Solutions coordinating project management. Phoenix Contractors of Ypsilanti is handling the construction.

“We’ve waited almost a decade to celebrate September’s opening,” said Elaine Greene, executive director, FAMD. “Our animals, staff, volunteers and community deserve a place that is inviting and provides a healthier environment. We’re grateful to the many donors that made this first phase happen.”

“I am reaching out to all the animal lovers in the metro Detroit region,” said FAMD Board Chair MaryAnn Wright. “We are not done. If an animal has ever made a difference in your life, please consider a donation to the second phase of this campaign. Our animals and volunteers deserve to live and work in a clean and safe environment.”

To donate to the new Dearborn Shelter capital campaign, click here or contact Sarah Rood in our Development office at 313-943-2697 ext. 1019 or Sarah Rood [email protected].

If you are interested in donating to the new MaryAnn Wright Animal Adoption & Education initiative, or for more information about assisting with the public phase of our campaign, contact our Development office at 313-943-2697 ext. 1019 or Sarah Rood [email protected].


Donor Spotlight

“We appreciate what the Friends accomplish, and the efficient way in which they do it, with careful use of resources and infinite respect for the animals. We are committed to helping them get the new Animal Adoption & Education Center built. It will set a new standard for quality animal care.” 

—Kay & Doug Neff