Find a furry friend at 2 pet-adoption events September 20, 2012 | Comments

Hundreds of adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be available at two events this weekend. / Michigan Humane Society

Mary Lendzion, Free Press Staff Writer




Royal Oak

Animal lovers and would-be pet owners have two big events to look forward to this weekend.

In Royal Oak, hundreds of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens adoptable from the Michigan Humane Society and more than 30 animal welfare groups will be at Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo.

The event is presented by the Michigan Humane Society and Detroit Zoological Society.

“It's the 20th year for Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo and we're really excited about it,” says Kevin Hatman of the Michigan Humane Society. “We'll have adoption counselors on-site to talk to people about which pet is the right pet for their home.”

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. Ten Mile, Royal Oak. 866-648-6263. Free parking and admission.

In Novi, you can learn about dogs, cats, horses, reptiles, fish and birds, shop for your pets and visit pets adoptable through various shelters and rescue groups at the ninth annual All American Pet Expo.

The three-day event takes place at the Suburban Collection Showplace.

11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi. 888-724-1324. $11, $9 ages 60 and older, $7 ages 5-12, free for children 4 and younger.


Boating and Outdoor Festival

A variety of boats — from paddle boats to ski boats to cruisers — will be available for viewing and for sale at the third annual Boating and Outdoor Festival.

There also will be exhibits for outdoor enthusiasts, demonstrations, live music, fine art, food and beer tents.

“The boats will be on land and on water, so people will be able to board them and see how they feel sitting on the water and what they look like inside,” says Nicki Polan of the Michigan Boating Industries Association, which is presenting the event.

Noon-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Lake St. Clair Metropark, 31300 Metropolitan Pkwy., Harrison Twp. 734-261-0123. $9 at the event, $7 online, free for children 12 and younger with an adult and for police, firefighters and active military personnel.


Stories with Ivory D. Williams

Local storyteller Ivory D. Williams will present “Those Were the Days — A Hilarious Storytelling Concert of Tales.”

“We're going to have some fun talking about the good ol' days before cell phones and all of that,” says Williams. “It's highly interactive.”

6-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Carr Center, 311 E. Grand River, Detroit. To reserve a space, call 313-822-6483. $10 donation, to benefit the Carr Center.

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