September 25, 2021
10am-1pm | The FAMD Facebook



Join us on Saturday, September 25, 2021 on the FAMD Facebook Page for the 16th Annual Mutt Strut!

Due to the heavy rains Ford Field Park has flooded and we have made the difficult decision to make our 16th Annual Mutt Strut presented by Dearborn Family Pet Care a virtual event. We hope you will join us virtually at a safe and dry location of your choice.

While we understand that it is not the same as gathering with other pet lovers for a day out with your dog(s), we hope you will still participate and most importantly fundraise to help the animals at FAMD. We aim to make this a fun event that you can participate in from your home, and to raise the much-needed funds to support the animals and the mission of FAMD. While we truly hoped we could hold this event in person, Mother Nature had other plans.

This event raises much needed funds to support the over 2,400 animals we care for each year. With lingering impacts due to COVID-19 your participation in Mutt Strut is more critical than ever.

We will share more info about the event, different ways you can participate, feature our wonderful sponsors and vendors, hear from staff and much more on our Facebook page!

You can still sign up to participate, either by creating a team or participating as an individual. The registration fee is $35 and includes a 2021 Mutt Strut t-shirt. Once you have registered and created & personalized your fundraising page, we encourage you to share it with friends, family and co-workers to begin collecting donations. There will be prizes for the top fundraising team and individuals!

Proceeds from the event support FAMD and our animals – helping us get every dog and cat at the shelter all the medical care, food, and love they deserve while they wait for their forever homes.


Our 2021 Mutt Strut Ambassadors are Taryn Asher and Jason Carr!



Our 2021 Grand Marshal is Kopi, formerly known as Pumpkin Spice!
Kopi, formally Pumpkin Spice, was brought to FAMD as a lost dog in October of 2019. She was adopted and returned three times, as she was too active and had some mouthy behaviors when she got excited. She was a very active girl who had quite a bit of “puppy” energy and needed some time to settle down in a new place. Kopi was then taken in by a service dog group called Dogology University and was being trained to be a service dog for a veteran. She did wonderful in the program and learned a ton of commands, however she wasn’t the best fit for the veteran she was paired with. Almost 6 months later, Kopi’s forever family found her. Susanne, her new mom, came down to the shelter and met Kopi, it was a match right away! Susanne took Kopi home with her that day to foster her, and decided that night that she was not coming back to the shelter. It has now been over 8 months in her new home and she is doing phenomenal. Kopi goes on daily walks in downtown Detroit, sun bathes on the patio, and plays with her tennis balls at the dog park. She recently went on vacation to South Carolina and met Susanne’s family, however she preferred to stay near her momma.
Susanne says “I know what it means when a dog’s description reads ‘high energy.’ My only concern was when I was told she doesn’t really like when people pet her. I appreciated the transparency and I knew what I was getting into! When I brought Kopi home she jumped on the table and the counter, and chewed sleeves and scarves along with toys. Moving is stressful for dogs, too. Kopi needed patience and a little structure, but now I have a sweet, affectionate dog, who sits behind me while I work, lies on the couch when I watch TV, and is always up for a good walk or a wild run around the park. Chapstick and shoes will never be safe in this house, but that is a risk I am willing to take!”
We are ecstatic to welcome Susanne and Kopi to Mutt Strut as the Grand Marshal!


You can participate as an Individual Walker or as part of a Pack (a team of two or more people). If you have a few friends, coworkers or family members who want to join you on walk day by raising funds themselves, this is a great way to get everyone involved.


Our Sponsors

Animal Services and Administration

2661 Greenfield, Dearborn, MI 48120
313-943-2697 ext. 6002
Fax: 313-943-2262  OR  Fax@MetroDetroitAnimals.org

Mon-Fri: 9am-11am and Noon – 4pm
Saturday: 9am-11am and Noon – 3pm
Sunday: Closed

The MaryAnn Wright Animal Adoption and Education Center

16121 Reckinger Road, Dearborn, MI 48126
Phone:  313-943-2697 ext. 6001
Fax: Fax@MetroDetroitAnimals.org

Monday: Closed
Tues, Thurs: Noon – 4pm
Wed, Fri: Noon – 4pm
Saturday: Noon – 4pm
Sunday: Closed


The Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization (Tax ID No. 38-3171570).
Your generous donations are 100% appreciated and 100% tax deductible.