Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit hosts pet adoption event

- It was a scene of smiles, laughter, and a lot of fur Saturday at Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit's adoption event.

The rain couldn't stop FAMD from setting up tents in the Home Depot parking lot along Fairlane Drive in Allen Park.

More than 50 dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens were available for adoption.

We have some adult dogs that have been here," said Elaine Greene, executive director of FAMD. "Puppies that we had -- we had some nice little Lab puppies so of course they got snatched up right away. We have kittens from eight weeks to six months, and some adult cats -- various ages. They're all wonderful. They're all ready to find someone to love."

Greene said those who adopted through the organization received reduced fees.

"We subsidize all of the work that we put into the animals through events like our black tie event, so we can offer reduced adoption fees," she said.

In the last 22 years, the organization has found homes for more than 47,000 animals.

August 20 is international Homeless Animal Day -- a day dedicated to raising awareness and educating people on the stats of homeless animals across the nation.

Events like FAMD's are a way to make it easier for people to adopt.

"Some people have a difficult time going into an animal and so we're coming to the people -- we're bringing the animals to the people," Greene said.

Reem Hashim came to the event and quickly found her new friend.

"It's a good cause," she said. "There are too many pets at the shelter -- they all need to find homes. I don't think enough people go to the shelter to find a kitty."

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