Presented by Purina One and supported by PetSmart Charities, Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo will be held outdoors under tents in the Zoo's front parking lot beneath the landmark water tower. There is no charge for admission or parking for the adoption event; regular admission and parking fees apply for those visiting the Zoo.
Because puppies are often in high demand, "puppy passes" will be given on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning to the first 25 adoption event guests who are looking specifically to adopt a puppy. Those with puppy passes will be allowed to enter the adoption tents at 12:45 p.m. on Friday and at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday.
Adoption fees and policies are set by each participating group. Adopters must present a valid driver's license or state ID card. All animals will have received a medical checkup and age-appropriate vaccinations. A "get-acquainted" area will be available to provide guests an opportunity to spend time with an animal before adopting. For health and safety reasons, all current companion animals should be left at home.
Last year, the spring Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo event found homes for 537 animals. Since the event's inception in 1993, more than 19,000 dogs, cats and rabbits have been placed into new homes at the spring and fall events. This spring's event is expected to reach a milestone 20,000 adoptions.
Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo is also supported by Banfield Pet Hospital, Genisys Credit Union, Henry Ford Health System, PetSmart Retail and Walgreens.