Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a physical ticket for Yappy Hour?

No! The online ticket reservation form will ask for your name, which will be added to our guest list. Our wonderful team of staff and volunteers will find your name once you arrive and welcome you in to the event!

Does my dog need a ticket to come to Yappy Hour with me?

Nope! All furry friends are invited, free of charge! We just ask that any dogs attending stay on a leash during the event and are up to date on age-appropriate vaccines.

What is a “Best Friend Ticket”?

The additional price of a Best Friend Ticket will be donated to the shelter. This is a great option for people who want to reserve Yappy Hour tickets and show some extra love to our cats and dogs!

Do I have to purchase all eight tickets if I want to reserve a table?

Yes. Each table seats eight guests, and are only available for reservation by the whole table.

What if I don’t plan on having eight people at my table, but I want to add someone later?

No problem! Just send an email to Megan at with your name and the names of your additional guests. We will add them to our guest list so they can be welcomed into Yappy Hour as soon as they arrive!

Is Yappy Hour outdoors? What happens if it rains?

Yappy Hour is a completely outdoor event, with the exception of restrooms inside Meadow Brook Hall. In the event of rain, Yappy Hour will take place under Meadow Brook Hall’s outdoor tent. Tickets are non-refundable for the reason of poor weather.

What accommodations will there be for dogs?

MARL will have bowls of water placed around the event for our four-legged guests. We will also have volunteers stationed at the restrooms to hold your dog for you while you use the restroom.

Can I attend the VIP Reception preceding Yappy Hour?

This intimate reception is by invitation only. All sponsors at the Loyal Friend ($5,000) level and above are invited to the VIP Reception. We appreciate the support of every sponsor and guest at Yappy Hour, however this reception is a special way for MARL leadership to say a personal thank-you to our biggest sponsors!

I’m a sponsor who qualifies to be invited to the VIP Reception – Are my guests invited too?

Every complimentary ticket that comes with your sponsorship is invited to the VIP Reception. If you have additional guests you would like to invite, please contact Megan at and we will do our best to accommodate them!

When and where is the VIP Reception?

The VIP Pre-Glow Reception will begin at 5:30 PM in the Pegasus Garden at Meadow Brook Hall. The Pegasus Garden is immediately adjacent to the Rock Garden where Yappy Hour will be taking place. There will be signs directing you to the VIP Reception when you arrive.

My sponsorship includes complimentary tickets. Are these for guests in addition to myself?

No. Every guest, including those who are sponsors, needs a ticket to enter Yappy Hour. For example, a couple purchasing a Party Animal sponsorship that comes with one complimentary ticket would still need to buy a second ticket for both to attend the event.

I’m a business interested in having a booth at Yappy Hour. How can I make that happen?

The only guaranteed way to have a booth at Yappy Hour is to sponsor the event at the Best Buddy ($2,500) level or above. Sponsors at the Top Dog ($10,000) level and above are given a premier location separate from the rest of the booths. Click here to view our complete list of 2020 sponsorship opportunities!

Tell me more about having a booth at Yappy Hour!

All booths will be under 10′ x 10′ tents, which can be provided by the sponsor or MARL. The space under that tent is all yours! MARL can provide one 8′ banquet table and/or a tablecloth upon request. Sponsors are welcome to sell products or services at their booths, but we do ask that every booth has something pet-friendly to give away to guests for free. Booths will not have access to power or WiFi due to this being an outdoor event.

Have a question that wasn’t answered? Please contact our Event Coordinator, Megan, at or (248) 330-6809.



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