Four Downriver-based animal rescue groups are coming together next month in Wyandotte to share the same message.
Love Me Because…
I am older
I am overweight
No one taught me better
I have medical issues
I have attitude
I am special
I need you
The third annual is being held from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 4 at It's geared specifically toward animals that are harder to adopt because of their unique traits or behaviors.
"We all have our quirks, and so do animals," event organizer Sara Dean said in a written statement. "Unfortunately for the four-pawed, when they are different they are often unwanted as well. Their own individual distinctions and identities sometimes cause them to live in cages far longer than their smaller, younger, counterparts.
"Kittens, calicos, the very sweet natured, the well behaved, all get adopted first, leaving behind the overweight, the older animals, the plain janes and tabby toms; the ones with health problems, the animals with behavior problems, who really only have behavior issues because no one took the time to teach them better manners in the first place."
Sixteen animals were placed into new homes which also raised $1,600.
The event is a collaboration between P.A.W.S. of Michigan and Basil’s Buddies.
In addition to adoptable animals, there also will be a bake sale, raffles and a silent auction, which will feature Detroit Red Wings tickets and other prizes. Animal ID tags also can be purchased on site.
For more information, contact Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org or 269-599-9352.
Check out what past "Love Me Because ..." participants had to say about the special day:
“Willa, who is now called Anna Mae, is doing wonderful! Things could not have gone better with our “Love Me Because...” kitty! She moved right in and made herself at home in our hearts and our home. I cannot thank you and everyone involved with the Wyandotte Animal Shelter enough for all the hard work and dedication you show to all the animals that come through your door. I wish you well with the next “Love Me Because...” event! I think it is a wonderful showcase for all the “unloveables.” Unconditional love is a wonderful thing and I get to experience it on a daily basis thanks to you.”
“The success of the “Love Me Because...” event exceeded all of our expectations. It accomplished exactly what we tried to do–get difficult to adopt animals into forever homes. I so appreciate everyone's hard work that went into planning and executing this event. I hope someday we won't need to have this type of event, but until then I'm looking forward to the next one!”
-Rose Darin, Wyandotte Animal Pound volunteer and P.A.W.S. of Michigan member
“Shelter to Home was honored to be invited to this event for special needs animals. Most of my own fosters fall into this category so it was my pleasure to serve on the event committee and help with the planning. Our groups work very well together and our combined efforts to make a difference for animals in the Downriver area really paid off at the "Love Me Because…" event.”
-Phyllis Smith, Shelter to Home volunteer
“Hood's was most honored to host the “Love Me Because...” Adoption Event. We had unbelievable support from many of our vendors, customers, and friends. The success of the event could not have been possible without the coming together of many volunteers, employees, and committee members! The fact that 16 "harder-to-adopt" pets were placed in fur-ever homes and over $1,600 was raised for PAWS exceeded our expectations and the Hood's Gang is still completely overwhelmed! We hope to be asked to host the event again next year!”
-Patti Christie, Hood's Do-It Best employee and P.A.W.S. of Michigan volunteer