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Regarding the Animals

How many animals do you handle a year? How many cats/dogs?

2013: 2,830 animals. 1,724 cats and 1,106 dogs (with 210 other species).

How much do you charge to adopt an animal?

View our current adoption fees.

What does your adoption price include?

In general, behavior testing, basic medical exam, vaccinations, sterilization, and microchip identification and ID tags.  The value of an adoption package for cats is approximately $300; for dogs, $400.

Can you tell me about your adoption process?

Every prospective adopter must complete an application (available at the shelter or online), which is fully screened. Click here to go to our adoption portion of the website.

What kinds of dogs / cats do you have available for adoption?

All kinds, including purebred dogs and cats. You can visit the shelter, check out our adoptable animals for photos and descriptions of all our adoptable animals, or attend one of our many off-site adoptions. Call the shelter or check the calendar for dates, locations, and times.

Why should my pet be spayed or neutered?

  • Spaying /neutering your pet is good for your pet, you, and the community.
  • Spaying and neutering helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives.
  • Spaying and neutering can eliminate or reduce the incidence of a number of health problems that can be very difficult or expensive to treat.
  • Spaying eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer, particularly when your pet is spayed before her first estrous cycle.
  • Neutering eliminates testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease.
  • Spaying and neutering makes pets better, more affectionate companions.

Are you a no-kill shelter?

Our goal is to save 100% of the adoptable animals in the shelter. Although we strive to place every adoptable animal, we cannot guarantee this. We are pleased to report that since 2000 we have not had to euthanize an animal because of cage space. Animals whose temperament is judged to be a safety risk or whose health condition is too serious are humanely and lovingly euthanized.  Continuously increasing successful adoptions and foster care homes will assist with our ability in achieving our goal.

Do you board animals?

No, but you can check online or the yellow pages for a listing of available boarding facilities and pet sitters in the area. You also can call the shelter for this information.

Regarding the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter

How many employees do the Friends have?

We employ 13 full -time and 13 part- time employees. Our executive director is a licensed veterinary technician with more than 40 years of experience in the animal-sheltering field.

How many volunteers do the Friends have?

We currently have 342 active volunteers.

Do you need more volunteers? What do volunteers do? How do I become a volunteer?

We are always looking for new volunteers to join our team.  Our most immediate need is for volunteers to help us in the shelter: caring for the animals, helping potential adopters meet their new best friends, and assisting with our daily operations, especially dishes and laundry duty.  Any hour you can spend in the shelter makes for a more successful operation and makes a world of difference in the lives of the animals.

There are many, many volunteer opportunities outside of the shelter, including help with our off-site adoption and fundraising events, working with our technology crew for our publications, and other general administrative duties.  We ask all new volunteers to attend a volunteer orientation.  Sign up today.  For those volunteers wishing to work in the shelter, we require that you attend a one-time mentoring session with a seasoned volunteer after orientation to get you started.

What percentage of the Friends expenses go to programs?

The Friends are good stewards of your donation dollars;  80% of our expenses directly support animal programs.

What percentage of the revenue does the City of Dearborn provide?

The subsidy paid to the Friends for the operation of the shelter is negotiated every year as a part of the contract renewal. Currently, this subsidy accounts for about 8% of our revenue.

What are the current problems at the existing shelter facility?

There are numerous compelling reasons to construct a new facility. The more major concerns are that the current facility is:

  • 36 years old (built  in 1978) and in need of major and most probably increasingly expensive repairs
  • Insufficient to provide a positive experience for visiting members of the community (unappealing location, crowded conditions, high noise and odor levels, no get-acquainted or counseling areas)
  • Very difficult for the staff and volunteers to work in (constrained and difficult work areas and limited storage space)
  • Inadequate to provide a healthy environment for the animals (poor air exchange, poor sewage disposal, porous housing materials).

Please refer to this expanded FFDAS Fast Facts 2014

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