Dearborn — Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit is celebrating a record-breaking number of dog and cat adoptions at the shelter in 2017.
The Dearborn shelter had 1,915 adoptions last year — 194 more than 2016's record high, according to the shelter.
The last adoption of 2017 was a dog named Mimi, who was brought into the shelter on Christmas Eve as a stray dog. After a bath and some trimming to remove the burrs from her fur, her personality began to show through and found her forever home with Mary from Ann Arbor, according to a statement from the shelter.
The first adoption of the New Year was Kass, a lost cat. She went home with Caeley Nau from Taylor.
“2017 saw the need in our community increase to record levels,” Elaine Greene, the shelter's executive director, said in the statement. “I give a lot of credit to staff and volunteers for the hard work and creativity they approach our work with every day. We’ve got another big year ahead with the construction and opening of our new shelter later in 2018.”
The shelter also had a busy year celebrating the groundbreaking of their new home at the former Amtrak station in Dearborn on Michigan near the Henry Ford Centennial Library . The land was donated by the city of Dearborn and The Animal Adoption and Education Center will replace the current shelter at 2661 Greenfield Road, which is almost 40 years old.
"The AAEC will be a new, state-of-the-art animal shelter that provides homeless animals a refuge in an environmentally-friendly facility...(The current shelter is) overcrowded and no longer suitable for the animals or the people who care for them," according to the press release.