Frequently Asked Questions

Mutt Strut is our annual pledge driven walk, and is one of FAMD’s largest 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 Saturday, September 12, 2020. With fundraising limitations due to COVID-19, this virtual 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 $25 if you register before August 15, which includes an official 2020 Mutt Strut t-shirt. After August 15, the registration fee will increase to $35. Once you are registered, we encourage you to set up a personal or 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.

All individual walkers who register before August 15 and pay the $25 registration fee will receive an event t-shirt. Those who register after August 15 and pay the $35 registration fee will also receive an event t-shirt, though it may not be available for pick-up on event day due to time/shipping constraints.

T-shirts for registered participants will be available to pick up at a drive-through shirt pick-up located at our Animal Adoption and Education Center (16121 Reckinger Road, Dearborn, MI 48126) on the following dates:

Tuesday-Thursday 9/8-9/10 9am-4pm
Friday 9/11, 9am-7pm

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

The FAMD Facebook will feature a live, virtual event kick-off at 9am, with the virtual walk officially beginning at 9:30 AM. If you can’t join us at those times, no need to worry! It will be available to watch later, and you can spend time enjoying a stroll with (or without) your dog anytime.

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, you can do whatever distance is best for you and your pup. 

Even if you can’t participate in the virtual activities on September 12, you can still participate!

Mutt Strut is a several month-long fundraising event that ends with our event celebrations on September 12. Your participation occurs from now up to event day. All funds collected before and during the event help save the lives of animals in need. You don’t need to participate in the virtual celebrations on September 12 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 2020
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
Fax: 313-943-2262  OR

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

The MaryAnn Wright Animal Adoption and Education Center

16121 Reckinger Road, Dearborn, MI 48126
Phone:  313-943-2697

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.