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Our History

Adopt-A-Pet is a non-profit corporation founded in 1978 by Judy Neuwirth and Sue Lucas to place homeless animals. They held an open house every Sunday at the Schaefer Realty in Fenton to facilitate their goal.  At that time, the Humane Society put animals to death on a certain day, even if the animal arrived the day before (they no longer practice this). Sue and Judy were given permission to take some of these animals to Fenton to find homes for them.  Later, they became a foster-home-based organization.


Soon, Adopt-A-Pet grew when they were gifted a home in downtown Fenton.  It fit the needs at the time until years later as the organization grew.


Today Adopt-A-Pet’s center is located at 13575 N Fenton Road in Fenton.  This center is designed for the health and mental well-being of the animals.  You have to see it to believe it. There is a Board of Directors, volunteers, and foster homes for the care of our animals in addition to the center.  (If you’re interested in fostering a pet, let us know!)


Adopt-A-Pet has rescued over 7,000 animals since 2018 and has prevented thousands of unwanted animals from being born through spay and neuter programs. We’ve provided numerous families with boundless joy and a “new best friend”.  We have a TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) program that’s one of the best in the state as well as a Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP). This SNAP program is a low-cost spay/neuter program designed to help families who want to do the best thing for their animals and can’t afford it.


Last year Adopt-A-Pet found homes for over 1,200 cats and dogs. We also presented to area schools and kids groups on proper animal care and the importance of spaying and neutering pets.


We hope that someday our existence will no longer be necessary; that there will be no unwanted animals, and that the animals will no longer need our advocacy.

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