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Ready to adopt a pet? Meet your new best friend at the zoo and take them home with you

Dog in front of tower - by Ed Serecky

As long as humans have been domesticating animals one thing has always been true. People love dogs and cats. It is almost an immutable law of nature.  Of all the beasts on earth, people opens their homes to these two above all else.  So, if you are looking to welcome a dog or cat into your home, stop by “Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo,” and adopt one that needs a home. At the same time you can look down on all the lesser animals that inhabit the Detroit Zoo.

a_detroit_zoo_water_towerThis will be the 21st year the Detroit Zoo has participated in this event, which will have adoptable pets from more than 20 local animal shelters.  It is one of the nation’s largest onsite pet adoption events.

On Friday May 17 between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and on Saturday May 18 from 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. there will be hundreds of animals waiting to be adopted … dogs and cats as well as their younger counterparts, puppies and kittens. The adoption is immediately available to a loving home.

“Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo” will take place beneath the well-known and incredibly visible Detroit Zoo water tower in the front parking lot.  The event is under a tent, so there is no reason to let weather dissuade you.  There is no cost to attend the event or for parking. However, those going on to the zoo will have to pay the usual fees.

Puppies, those rambunctious balls of cuteness and energy, will obviously be in high demand.  To help with this possible problem on Saturday morning “Puppy Passes” will be given out to 25 guests there for adoption.  Holders of these passes will be allowed into the tent at 9:45 a.m.

Fees for adoption are set by each group participating.  Anyone who wants to bring home a new friend, however, must also have a valid driver’s license or state ID.

Dog in front of tower - by Ed Serecky

Dog in front of tower – by Ed Serecky

Have no fear about certain health problems. All animals have been given age appropriate shots and received a proper medical check-up before the event.

There will also be a “getting acquainted” area so you can get a feel for the animal you are thinking about bringing home. This allows you to make sure it is a good fit.  Please leave your current companion animals at home for health and safety reasons.

Last year 431 animals were placed in new homes during the spring “Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo” event.  Since the event began in 1993, more than 18,000 dogs, cats and rabbits have been placed with new owners in the fall and spring events.

If you’re at the zoo on Friday, May 17, at 1:30 pm check out the Vanishing Species semipostal stamp cancellation ceremony. It takes place right outside the Detroit Zoo’s admission gates. The zoo has teamed up with the United States Post Office, Wildlife Without Borders, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, and the Detroit Tigers to celebrate Observance of Endangered Species Day during this ceremony.

Tiger StampYou’ll be able to purchase the collector’s stamp, which features an Amur Tiger.  The stamps cost 55 cents each, a full 9 cents more than first class postage.  All money raised by the sale of this special stamp will go to benefit the Wildlife Without Borders Multinational Species Conservation Funds for tigers, great apes, rhinos, elephants and marine turtles.

The Save Vanishing Species stamp marks the fourth semipostal stamp issued by the USPS and the first issued to raise funds for wildlife conservation. The stamp was introduced on September 20, 2011, and is available in post offices across the United States and online. To date, more than 20 million stamps have been sold, raising more than $2.1 million for the international conservation of wildlife.

The USPS has also created special envelopes called cachets to go with the stamps.  The cachets will feature the Detroit Zoo’s marine turtle, Amur tigers, western lowland gorillas, white rhinoceroses and retired Asian elephants.  They will sell for $5.00 each or you can get the whole set of 5 for $20.  The envelopes will be available during “Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo.”

“Meet your Best Friend at the Zoo” is presented by Purina One and supported by Petsmart Charities.

For more information on the Detroit Zoo, call (248) 541-5717 or visit

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