GFA Pet Expo offers half off adoption fees

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published October 9, 2018

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MADISON HEIGHTS — It’s a fall tradition at this point: the Guardians for Animals Pet Expo, where rescue organizations come together to find families for animals in need. 

And this year, all adoption fees are half off. 

“Our goal is to find as many loving homes as possible,” said Alexandria Whitney, GFA founder. “With the wide variety of organizations here, it’ll be easy to fall in love with your new best friend.” 

Now in its 13th year, the event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, inside Madison Place, 876 Horace Brown Drive in Madison Heights, off 13 Mile Road, west of John R Road and east of Interstate 75. Drive south on Montepelier Drive to the end. 

Admission and parking are free. 

In addition to half-off adoption fees on animals from GFA’s 12 rescue affiliates, there will be $10 microchipping for dogs and cats — including one free chip for each family of first responders and active or veteran military members. 

There will also be contests including best pet costume, best trick and the mummy wrap; vendors selling pet-related products; a pet photographer; a massage therapist; interactive events including magicians and balloon artists; and a demonstration by the Troy Police K-9 Unit, as well as silent auctions, 50-50 drawings and red raffle drawings. 

Since forming in 2004, the rescue affiliates funded by GFA have saved more than 30,000 animals. The expo will also be an opportunity for people to learn how to better take care of their pets, and how to get involved in fostering or volunteering. 

“This event becomes increasingly more important as shelters hold free adoption events,” Whitney said. “Why not hold free adoption events at this expo? People need to understand that the rescues take animals from shelters that oftentimes the shelter does not want. These are often animals in need of heartworm treatment and surgery, who were maimed or who are simply too old to adopt out. Rescues can’t afford to just give animals away, so when paying an adoption fee, you are merely helping them to recover a portion of their expenses.”

And the expo, she said, will be an opportunity to support the rescues in an affordable way.

Best Buddy Pet Rescue is one of the organizations supported by GFA. 

“Guardians for Animals has been there for us since we first started our rescue, which was nine years ago. Alex has helped us when we needed food and supplies, and also with some dogs and cats who have needed more than the usual vetting, such as heartworm treatment and surgery,” said Brenda Estes, of Best Buddy Pet Rescue. 

“Alex has also let us participate in fundraising events and adoption events,” she continued. “We mention a need, and she is right there trying to help. I don’t know how we would have gotten off to a good start and continued to save all the animals we have in the last nine years without her.”

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