BBQ open house benefits shelter’s special needs animals in Care of Shelter

Photo courtesy Robert Abraham. Councilman Robert Abraham (from left), Mary Kate and Mary Ann Abraham with their pet Stella welcome guests to their home last year.

Photo courtesy Robert Abraham. Councilman Robert Abraham (from left), Mary Kate and Mary Ann Abraham with their pet Stella welcome guests to their home last year.

DEARBORN – The Abraham family is opening their home to the public for a fundraising evening that helps support the Dearborn Animal Shelter’s Hope’s Heroes program for special needs animals.

All are welcome to attend the fifth annual Abraham’s Open House and Barbeque from 5 to 9 p.m. July 25 at 510 Crescent Drive. The Police Department and Dearborn firefighters and are sponsors of the gathering.

Contributions of $50 per person are suggested; all donations are welcome. Donations also can be made online at www.dearbornanimals.org/event/abrahams-open-house-for-hopes-heroes.

The open house is in memory of the Abraham family’s Labrador retriever, Dublin, who was killed in a house fire that ravaged the family’s house in 2009.

“This celebration is a way for our family to honor Dublin and simultaneously help the Dearborn Animal Shelter, which benefits so many in our community,” City Councilman Robert Abraham said. “We are especially honored to have the continued support from the Dearborn firefighters, who were on the spot when we needed them personally, and to help recognize Pet Fire Safety Day, which takes place in July.”

arbecue fare will be served by Smokey Rhodes BBQ and Park Place Catering, with disc jockey George Kontos of Sonik Entertainment returning this year to play classic Motown hits.

Parking is in a residential neighborhood with arrangements available for special needs guests.

The Dearborn Animal Shelter helps care for thousands of rescued animals annually, as they prepare to become adoptable pet family members.

Sometimes animals with severe injuries or special needs arrive at the Shelter and require extra resources. The Hope’s Heroes program is designed specifically to help care for these animals that require extraordinary measures to give them a second chance.

In its first four years, the open house has raised more than $34,500, directly benefiting shelter animals that require extra special care.

“This open house is a key fundraising event for Hope’s Heroes,” said Elaine Greene, Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter executive director. “it is the only one of its kind that directly benefits this program. It is vital to our organization as it affords us the option to care for special needs animals without draining funds from our daily operating activities and the rest of the adoptable animals in our care.”

The Dearborn Animal Shelter, 2661 Greenfield Road, is operated by the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
For more information, call 313-943-2697 or go to www.DearbornAnimals.org.

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