2018 Holiday Giving Guide

What do you give the person who has it all? Instead of giving the same old gifts this holiday season, give a gift that will truly make a difference! Your support will help keep the homeless cats and dogs of southeast Michigan safe and warm all winter long.

This year we’re offering two perfect gift options for the people on your list who have it all!

Option 1: Purchase an exclusive MARL holiday card for $20 to honor your friends and family. These special cards feature a MARL resident or alumni on the front and space inside to write a personal note. Get yours today by visiting the shelter or contact our office at 248-335-9290 to have your card mailed directly to you!

Option 2: Sponsor a specific animal at MARL in your own name or as a gift to someone else! Your gift of $20 or more will help with medical care, socialization and enrichment for that animal and so many others in need. Just browse through our list of eligible animals, select a cat or dog that catches your eye and become a sponsor! If you sponsor an animal as a gift to someone, you have the option to download a card that you can print and give to your recipient.


MARL’s Wish List Drive brings the support of the community directly to animals in need – Just look for a Wish List display at one of our participating locations! Getting involved is simple:

  • Visit a participating location near you.
  • Find a MARL Wish List Display and select an animal.
  • Inside the envelope you willfind that animal’s wish list.
  • Gather the items and drop them off at the participating location or use the envelope to mail a donation to the shelter!
It’s just that easy! Your monetary donation will help us meet the costs of medical care, socialization and basic needs for the animal.

A gift to MARL is a thoughtful way to honor someone you care about and make a meaningful contribution to the lives of  homeless dogs and cats in southeast Michigan. MARL will mail a donation notification card to your recipient, and gifts in the amount of $20 or more will be mentioned in our bi-annual newsletter!


A cat room sponsorship is the ultimate gift for the cat lover in your life. Your sponsorship will provide basic care, food and medical expenses for the cats residing in MARL’s cage-free cat room! Cat room sponsors enjoy:

-Sponsor’s name displayed on the door of our cage-free cat room for a full year.
-Monthly email updates about the cats residing in the sponsored space.
-Recognition on MARL’s website.


Looking for an easy way to help the dogs and cats at MARL this season? Donate much-needed items from our Wish List! These supplies are used daily at our shelter. You can even purchase items from our Amazon Wish List and have them shipped directly to MARL – easy!


If you’re doing your holiday shopping online, be sure and visit www.smile.amazon.com – it’s the same Amazon you know and love! Amazon donates a percentage of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases back to MARL. Just login with your current account and follow the instructions to link MARL to your order. It’s such an easy way to make a difference!




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