AUBURN HILLS (WWJ) – The Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center is competing in a 100K challenge, sponsored by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and TV personality Rachel Ray.

They’re offering half-price pet adoptions at the weekend’s “Fathers Day Bow Wow” — the first event scheduled to help the center reach its goal to double its adoption rates.

“We adopted a little over a thousand last year for June, July and August,” the center’s Chief of Operations, Joanie Toole told WWJ Newsradio 950.”So, this year we wanna adopt out 2,014. We thought that was a good model: 2,014 and 2014.”

Toole said the event this Saturday will be a great day of family fun.

“Bring your dog dressed as Dad — there’ll be a contest,” Toole said. “We’re gonna have raffles, there’s bounce houses; and, if you’re in the market for a pet, you know, please think of us, because we do have a lot of wonderful animals available for adoption.”

There will also be face painting, food trucks, and even psychic readings for both pets and humans.

The center has cut its adoption rates in half for the event, and some attendees may even take home a new furry friend for free.

“We have a wheel that we spin, and if that come out to be a better deal for you, then that’s the deal we go with,” Toole said, “and we even have some free spots on there.”

Toole said they’re competing against other centers, and the center with the most improved adoption rates wins.

The Fathers Day Bow Wow takes place Saturday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1700 Brown Road in Auburn Hills.

Individuals and families may adopt a dog older than four months for $68.25 (normally $136.50) or $57 (normally $114) for a puppy younger than four months. Kittens and cats are available for an adoption fee of $28.75 (normally $57.50). The fees include vaccinations and spay or neuter.

There are five additional pet adoption events coming up to help the center reach its adoption goal. All take place 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Rescue Me Saturday on June 28; Certified Pre-Owned Cat Adoption on July 12; and the Dog Days of Summer and Cool Cat Nights on Aug. 9.

For more information, visit this link or call the center at 248-391-4100. You can follow the center’s progress toward its goal on Facebook at



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