Frequently Asked Questions

Mutt Strut is our annual pledge driven walk, and is one of FAMD’s largest and most important fundraising events. It is a celebratory event for you, your dog, your family and your friends! This year, the walk will be happening virtually on the FAMD Facebook page on Saturday, September 25, 2021. With previous fundraising limitations due to COVID-19, this event is even more important than ever to ensure care for the over 2,400 animals we take in each year. 

By participating in the event, you’ll be saving the lives of animals throughout southeast Michigan and beyond. Your support will help FAMD provide a wide range of programs and services to meet the needs of the communities we serve; including adoption, low-cost spay and neuter, pet training, animal surrender, and transport.

Team Captains help recruit and organize a team of walkers. With our step-by-step guide to leading your team, being a Team Captain is fun, easy and incredibly impactful.

You and your team can register by visiting here.

Registration for walkers is $35 and includes an official Mutt Strut shirt. Once you are registered, we encourage you to set up a personal fundraising page or a team fundraising page to help support the animals in our care, and share with your friends and family why you want to make a difference in the lives of the animals who come through FAMD.

Each person who registers will receive an event t-shirt. Preferred sizes for the 2021 Mutt Strut shirt are guaranteed to those who register before 9/3/2021.

T-shirts for those who have registered will be available for pick up on Friday, September 24, 2021 from 10am – 6pm at the MaryAnn Wright Animal Adoption and Education Center located at 16121 Reckinger Road, behind the Dearborn Police Station. Additional pick-up times will be announced next week. 

If you do not live locally or are not able to pick up your shirt, please contact FAMD to make other arrangements. 

The festivities for our virtual walk will begin on the FAMD Facebook page at 10am. The virtual walk will kick off at 10:30am.

The walk route can be as long or as short as you make it! The goal of Mutt Strut is to raise money for FAMD, and enjoy a fun day with your dog. While our typical walk route from Ford Field Park down Garrison is 2.2 miles, this is a virtual event in your own location, so you can do whatever distance is best for you and your pup. 

Even if you can’t join us for our virtual activities on September 25, you can still participate!

Mutt Strut is a several month-long fundraising event that ends with our event celebrations on September 25. All funds collected before and during the event help save the lives of animals in need. You don’t need to participate in the festivities on September 25 to make an impact on the animals  – although we’d love to have you! You can create a fundraising page and share it with your family and friends and encourage them to donate to this great cause. 

Checks should be made out to Friends For Animals of Metro Detroit or FAMD and can mailed or dropped off at FAMD along with a completed contribution form:

Attn: Mutt Strut 2021
2661 Greenfield
Dearborn, MI  48120

All donations are tax deductible and FAMD’s tax ID number is 38-3171570. If you register for the event online, we will input all check donations into your personal fundraising page once they have been processed. 

Contact us and we’d be happy to help!

Animal Services and Administration

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

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

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.