Event to feature adoptable animals, donations to our canine active forces


This election season, it may not seem like there’s much that we all agree on, but there is one thing that brings us all together – our shared respect and admiration for our armed forces. This Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) will honor that tradition by hosting “Pets, Packs and Patriots” a celebration of our two-legged and four-legged veterans, at Petco in Sterling Heights.


“We are forever grateful to the brave men and women who risk their lives to defend our nation,” said Marie Skladd, MHS Director of Community Outreach. “This event is a way for us to say thank you and honor a debt to them that we can never truly repay.”


“Snoopy, a 6-year-old Boston Terrier mix, is ready to honor our armed forces this Veterans Day.”

The event, held at the MHS off-site adoption center at Petco Sterling Heights, will showcase pets who are available for adoption through the “Pets for Patriots” program, which connects animals who face adoption challenges with members of our armed forces who are looking for their new best friend. The program provides heavily discounted adoption fees and veterinary care for the life of the pet.


Local Cub Scouts will be serving refreshments, and attendees will be able to contribute or purchase items for care packages that will be donated to Desert K9s, an organization that provides supplies and protective gear to military canines deployed overseas. Examples of needed items include collapsible food and water bowls, large Kong-style toys, dry dog biscuits and more.


“Without these four-legged soldiers, thousands more of our brave men and women would lose their lives,” said Sandie Smith, Desert K-9s Coordinator.


Petco is located at 13701 Lakeside Circle in Sterling Heights. For more information about this event, please visit www.michiganhumane.org or call 1-866-MHUMANE (648-6263), Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Michigan Humane Society is a private, nonprofit organization which cares for more than 100,000 animals each year, while working to end 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. “Pets for Patriots” is really touching – such a sweet and wonderful idea!

  2. What a wonderful cause. We all could do more to honor and help these brave men & women.

  3. We have a veterans day WWI on november 11 too (armistice1918). but unfortunately there are only bipeds allowed. That’s so mean… For my Birthday-Parade in september I want to ban all bipeds too…

    • Easy I never knew that! (about your armistice!) I think your idea of banning bipeds on your birthday is a GOOD ONE! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  4. Pawsome event Dakota – we do admire American patriotism

  5. Snoopy is too cute! 🙂
    What fabulous adoption and fund-raising events you guys have over there. We can certainly learn a lot from you.

    • thank you long life! I think Michigan Humane is to be commended for all of the good that the do! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  6. Great post Dakota! We celebrates Remembrance Day here on November 11 and we always tries to post about our animal veterans.

    • yep Nellie it is November 11 here too! So happy that you celebrate! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  7. What a great way to show respect for such an important day.

  8. Hi Y’all!

    Wow, what a great event! That is so wonderful. Hope more shelters pick up the idea.

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  9. What special pups
    Benny & Lily

  10. Hey Dakota,

    That’s really cool – People and Paws working together for everyone’s benefit!! 🙂

    Wags to all

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • yep Snoopy, they have a Pets for Patriots program too! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

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