ROYAL OAK (WWJ) – The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) and 20 additional animal welfare groups will host the annual fall “Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo” animal adoption event on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24 and 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak.

Hundreds of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be available for immediate adoption to loving homes at the nation’s largest off-site companion animal adoption event.

Presented by Pedigree, the weekend event will be held outdoors under tents in the Detroit Zoo’s front parking lot beneath the landmark water tower. There is no charge for admission or parking for adoption event guests; however, regular admission and parking fees apply for those visiting the Zoo.

Because puppies are often in high demand, “puppy passes” will be given each morning to the first 25 adoption-event guests who are looking specifically to adopt a puppy. Those with puppy passes will be allowed to enter the adoption tents at 9:45 a.m., with the remaining guests allowed to enter at 10 a.m.

Adoption fees and policies are set by each participating animal welfare group. Adopters must present a valid driver’s license or state ID card. All animals will have received a medical check-up and age-appropriate vaccinations.

A “get-acquainted” area will be available to provide guests an opportunity to spend time with an animal before adopting. For health and safety reasons, all current companion animals should be left at home.

Last year, the fall Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo event found homes for nearly 300 animals. Since the event’s inception in 1993, more than 17,000 dogs, cats and rabbits have been placed into new homes at the spring and fall events.

The Detroit Zoo is located at 8450 W. 10 Mile Road in Royal Oak.

For more information, visit, or call 1-866-MHUMANE.


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