(WXYZ) - The Dearborn Animal Shelter is experiencing a boost in its population.
"We'd normally like to have around 225 in our care, but now we're at 401," says Sandy Boulton, with Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter.
Boulton says it's peak kitten season and during the warmer weather, more animals end up getting out of the house through open doors or gates and the shelter receives many stray animals.
In hopes of finding homes for the animals, the shelter is holding an Adopt-a-Thon on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the parking lot in front of Goodwill, near the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Military Street in Dearborn.
Local businesses, including Goodwill, are supporting the Adopt-a-Thon. The Dearborn Animal Shelter plans to have 75 animals available for adoption that day, counselors on hand to help you find your new best friend, logo merchandise and adoption specials.
Two other tented Adopt-a-Thons are planned for Saturday, July 13 "On the Hill" at the Fairlane Green shops in Allen Park and Saturday, August 17 in the parking lot of Westborn Mall in Dearborn.
Other fundraisers and events throughout the three month window will help the Dearborn Animal Shelter meet its goal as well.
All animals come sterilized and microchipped.
The Dearborn Animal Shelter is also competing in a national adoption challenge through the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
The Dearborn Animal Shelter is the only Metro Detroit organization in the competition. To vie for the $100,000, the Shelter must place at least 300 more animals between the months of June-August as compared with the same time period last year.
There are other grants in addition to the $100,000 for which the Dearborn Animal Shelter could also secure, including a Community Engagement award of $25,000.
"This is an industrious goal for our Shelter to place more than 300 animals compared with the same three months last year, but we can do it with help from the Community," says Elaine Greene, Executive Director, Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter.
It means we have to find homes for 779 animals.
Boulton says even if you can't adopt consider fostering.
"It's a wonderful gift if you would consider opening your home and give them a second chance."