AUBURN HILLS (WWJ) –  In an attempt to find homes for hundreds of homeless dogs, puppies, cats and kittens, the 11th annual “Pet-A-Palooza” will take place on Saturday, June 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 24th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Palace of Auburn Hills. This is one of the largest animal adoption events in the nation.

Hundreds of adoptable pets from many animal rescue groups across the state will beat this event. Homeless animals from mixed breed to purebreds will be available.

Typical adoption fees range $50 to $200. Each adoption group will have their own adoption policies and fees.

“This event is a celebration of pets and the unconditional love and companionship they bring to their owners,” Joe Sowerby, founder of “Pet-A-Palooza” and local animal rights advocate, said in a release.

“Pet adoption is a very rewarding endeavor and saves the lives of thousands of homeless animals every year in Michigan and this year the need continues to be extremely high,” he continued.

Confirmed adoption groups include:

  • Best Buddy Pet Rescue
  • Canine Companions Rescue Center
  • Grand River Rover Rescue
  • Greater Hillsdale Humane Society
  • Humane Society of Livingston County
  • K9 Stray Rescue League
  • Last Chance Rescue
  • Michigan Greyhound Connection
  • Michigan Pug Rescue
  • Mid-Michigan Cat Rescue
  • Midwest Small Breed Rescue
  • Out On A Limb Cat Rescue
  • P.A.W.S of Michigan
  • Puppy Mill Awareness

Adopters are encouraged to bring all family members, including pets, to meet the potential new member of the family.

Sowerby has been an advocate for homeless animals since 1993 and has helped over 30,000 animals find loving homes through his adoption events.

For more information about “Pet-A-Palooza,” visit


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