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THANK YOU to everyone who came out on Sunday, August 13 to celebrate with us! 10 years of life saving!

You helped us raise $9,000 for the homeless pets in our care and five cats and kittens and 19 dogs found their forever homes. 

If you want to share your photos and videos with us from Paws in the Park, you can upload them here: https://vitalimagingphotography.smugmug.com/upload/gqcvkP/PFL

Paws for Life Rescue is turning 10! 

We invite you to celebrate with us … more than 3,000 pets rescued since 2007. On Sunday, August 13, 2017, from noon to 4 p.m., we will host a dog walk, family picnic and alumni reunion in Dodge Park, Sterling Heights, Michigan. 

Kids (12 and under) and dogs are free. $12 per person over age 12. 


Paws for Life alumni, which are people who have adopted a cat or dog from us any time since our founding in 2007, who attend Paws in the Park will receive extra gifts, recognition and a free raffle ticket.

The Paws in the Park event includes:

  • goodie bag and wristband, including a coupon for a free gourmet apple from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
  • raffles and silent auction (items valued at more than $25,000)
  • 40+ vendors
  • picnic lunch, sponsored by Metro North Federal Credit Union
  • Sweets Shack of baked goods and desserts
  • dog games, sponsored by K9 Turbo Training 
  • kids tent
  • adoptable cats and kittens
  • adoptable dogs and puppies
  • entertainment
  • dog walk

Games and Activities for Dogs: 

  • bobbing for milkbones
  • paw art
  • “kiss your owner” contest
  • cooling stations
  • ball pit
  • dog walk
  • photo booth

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Games and Activities for Kids: 

  • coloring and playdough stations
  • games: bean bag toss, parachute game, one-legged partner races
  • arts and crafts: bracelet making, DIY dog and cat toys, paper bag animals 
  • junior veterinarians: stuffed animals vet clinic
  • face painting
  • water balloon toss … and more!
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Gifts and Activities for Alumni:

  • special recognition as a past adopter
  • special gifts (pick-up at Registration booth)
  • PFL alumni bandanna 
  • free raffle ticket
  • free family photo

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Check out the “Paws in the Park” photo album from past events!

What to bring:

  • pairs of new or gently worn shoes that you no longer want. Find the Sublime Green Ram pick-up truck in the parking lot and place the donated pairs of shoes there. It’s a fundraiser for our homeless pets!

  • returnable cans and bottles. Find the Blue Streak Ram pick-up truck in the parking lot and place the donated cans and bottles there. It’s a fundraiser for our homeless pets!

  • dogs who will enjoy being around other dogs, kids and people
    • dogs should be up-to-date on vaccinations
    • dogs must wear collar and ID tag
    • dogs must be on leash at all times. No retractable leashes, please.
  • the whole family – there’s something here for everyone
  • spare change – certain vendors have challenged one another to see who can fill their penny jars the highest
  • shopping prowess – dozens of vendors with a variety of products and services
Get your tickets now!

We look forward to seeing you August 13th – Rain or Shine!


  • Poppyseed – painted furniture and antiques
  • Wee Beastie Creations – artwork, ornaments and wood-burning
  • Motor City Massage Co. – chair massage for humans
  • Canine Wearables – dog clothing and costumes
    (100% of proceeds will be donated to PFL)
  • Mabel & Bug - handmade dog accessories
  • Christmas in August
    (100% of proceeds will be donated to PFL)
  • Animal Activity Center
  • K9 Turbo Training
  • Happy Cat Toys LLC
  • 31 Gifts
  • Lucy Lou Doggie Boutique
  • Paparazzi Accessories
  • Essential Oils
  • Linda’s Jewelry Biz
  • SeneGence 
  • Fabulous in a Snap
  • LuLa Roe
  • Save 1 CPR – Ferndale
  • Nicole Eley – on-the-fly drawings
  • Tastefully Simple
  • Vantel Pearls
  • Michigan’s Political Action Committee for Animals
  • Karas Creations – jewelry and metal works
  • The Great Lakes Natural Soap Company
  • Funtastic Faces
  • Stitchin Witch Embroidery
  • Leatherman Leads
  • Doggie Dealz
  • Pure Haven Essentials
  • Crafty Sue Anne
  • Vital Imaging Photography … and many more!
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Thank You to Our Wonderful Sponsors:

“First Class Feline” Station Sponsors: $500 level
“Participant” Sponsors: $100 level
In-kind Donors:
  • Walt Disney World
  • Detroit Pistons
  • Haig’s of Rochester Fine Jewelry
  • Detroit Zoo
  • Nino Salvaggio
  • The Clean Plate
  • PupLife
  • Animal Activity Center
  • Blue Dog Bakery
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Bare Republic
  • Zulu Nyala
  • Enchanted Photography
  • A&B Liquor
  • Earth Rated
  • Target
  • I and Love and You
  • Joe’s Crab Shack
  • MJR Digital Cinema
  • Oriental Trading Company
  • The Great Lakes Natural Soap Company
  • Dog Tag Art
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
  • The Human Bean
  • Purple Prairie Botanicals 
  • Funtastic Faces
  • Picaboo.com
  • Shake Shack
  • Emagine Theatres
  • Zoobooks
  • The Honest Kitchen
  • Scout
  • Vital Imaging Photography