It’s the 20th year of the “Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo” adoption event, and the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) and Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) are partnering to commemorate this anniversary by hosting the biggest and best event yet! The fall Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 22 and 23 at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, in the front parking lot underneath the landmark water tower. Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo is presented by Purina ONE

 and sponsored by Meijer 

and PetSmart Charities

Hundreds of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens from MHS and more than 20 additional animal welfare groups will be available for adoption, with other groups offering next-day or later adoptions. Also, a number of additional breed-specific rescue groups will be on-hand providing information to potential adopters about the breeds they represent. For a full listing, visit www.michiganhumane.org/zoo.

Puppies are often in high demand and can lead to tent overcrowding, which is why special MHS “puppy passes” will be given each morning to the first 25 adoption event guests who are looking specifically to adopt a puppy. Those with a puppy pass will be allowed to enter the adoption tents at 9:45 a.m. A get acquainted area will be offered to give guests an opportunity to spend time with an animal.

The Detroit Zoo is at 8450 W. 10 Mile Road in Royal Oak. There is no charge for admission or parking for the event. Media partners for the event include 98.7 AMP Radio; 97.1 The Ticket; 99.5 WYCD; 104.3 WOMC; Talk Radio 1270; and WWJ Newsradio 950.


Adoption fees and policies are set by each participating group and not by event hosts or sponsors. Animals will be adopted only to qualified homes. Adopters must present a valid 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, visit the MHS website at www.michiganhumane.org or call 1-866-MHUMANE (648-6263), from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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


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  1. That sounds like a super initiative! We hope it goes really, really well and that lots of dogs and cats find their furrever homes!
    Wally & Sammy

    • we think it is too Wally & Sammy and we hope so as well! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  2. I hope there are some real love matches made and very happy pets.

    • Zena…”love matches” I LIKE that!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  3. We wish all a new forever home quickly. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

    • Molly we wish the same! You have a fabulous Friday as well! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  4. What a fabulous idea. Never seen it done here in South Africa. Maybe I should look into starting something like this for the rescue organisations.

    • Wouldn’t that be just great? I think you should! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  5. Sounds like a wonderful event!

  6. Great idea! I haven’t ever heard of this kind of event happening in Oklahoma City either! More zoos around the country should host events like this!!!!!

    • Dogs N pawz I couldn’t agree more! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  7. We hope the event goes well and many many furkids find their new families!

    Have fun at the zoo!

    • Thanks Priscilla but we can’t go! BOL! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  8. An adoption event at a zoo? Can you adopt Lions and Tigers and Bears too?

    I never understood why so many peoples want to adopt puppies anyway. The little buggers can destroy much more than dogs like me and Dakota, in faster amount of time, and it makes us look like slackers. Hope lots of grown up dogs find homes!

    • lol Toby, nope no Lions or Tigers can be adopted but people can visit them when they are there! We are with you…I am CERTAIN that a lot of older doggies will be adopted too!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  9. That looks like a great idea, how fun!!

    • yep Mom has to go to one one day, she has never been to a zoo adoption event! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  10. We wish a lot of pets find a new furever home.I like that the pets will be only adopted to qualified homes.And I like how careful they handle this matter.

    • Easy we sure hope so too!!!!!!! We also like how they handle it! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  11. We hopes lots of doggies gets new homes from this event! Me also is purraying that older doggies gets homes! All our before dogs was older. Wes never had a puppy until Bob, Sam and Cinnamon

    • Nellie we sure hope so too!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  12. You are awesome, the things you do. ~Hugs~

    • McGuffy I wish we were! Thank you but it is the rescues who are awesome! Not us! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

      • No, we need more like you guys, too.
        (Yes, the rescues are awesome!) ~Hugs~

      • ((((hugs)))) back at ya!

      • 😉

      • just read a tweet of theirs saying they so far had over 300 adoptions!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  13. That sounds like such a great thing. We sure hope lots and lots of doggie and animals find their great homes.. We are all for that. Thanks for posting this.

    • thank you Marg! We know that you do so much for the furbabies too!! You are welcome! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  14. I think this is just wonderful and I sure hope lots of pets in need find their forever homes! Have a great weekend! 🙂

    • thanks Bassetmomma! We hope so too! You have a great weekend as well! Goooooooooooooo LIONS!

  15. Such a great idea, We hope lots of animals find the loving homes they deserve 🙂 xxxooxxx

    • we hope so too! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and Mom

  16. Great program… it is nice when people give back. TY, Caren and Dakota.

    • We agree Carol!!! You are most welcome, thanks for visiting! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  17. How great! 🙂

  18. Hey Dakota,

    This looks like an awesome event!! I’ve got my paws crossed that lots of animals will find their forever home 🙂

    Wags to all,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • Hi Snoopy! We are hoping that it was a HUGE success! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  19. Sounds like a terrific event for all those needing homes in Michigan. I hope a lot of people come and give forever homes to lots of dogs and cats 🙂

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