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Empty the Shelters Day Returns on Sat., May 5th!

Michigan’s shelters are participating in the annual Empty the Shelters Day.  This is a day when shelters across Michigan offer pet adoptions for free, or for the cost of the pet license only.

The 2018 event takes place on Saturday, May 5th, during participating shelters’ regular business hours.

Not all of the rescue organizations in Michigan are participating, but most county and city shelters are. Most shelters will have both dogs and cats available. The full list of participating shelters can be found here.

Please note: many shelters require pre-approval for this event. It’s important to contact your local shelter(s) and fill out any paperwork by the posted due date. This will go a long way toward making sure you can get the pet you want.