Cat Care Program

MARL’s Cat Room and Cage-Free Cat Room are maintained primarily by volunteers!  We need help cleaning each of these rooms in the morning before our shelter opens to the public. General duties include cleaning, doing dishes, scooping litter boxes, and providing the cats with food, clean water and clean bedding. In addition to cleaning, we are also in need of volunteers to help socialize our cats and kittens throughout the day.


Dog Walking

Dog Walking at MARL gives you the opportunity to form relationships with our dogs while providing them with enrichment and socialization, increasing their adoptability.  This program is available to volunteers who complete a basic training. Dog walkers must be 18 years old.


Offsite Cat Adoption Centers

PetSmart in Northville & Pet Supplies Plus in Rochester Hills house a number of adoptable MARL cats in their adoption center. PetSmart & Pet Supplies Plus volunteers work as a team to ensure that our cats have a clean place to live and plenty of socialization!


Offsite Adoption Events

We often get requests to host adoption events at various locations. Volunteers help assist MARL staff in caring for the animals during the event and helping to spread the word about our wonderful organization. If you would like to help our animals find forever homes, this is a great opportunity for you!




Bones' Story

Bones was surrendered to MARL on February 15th, 2017. He had an untreated wound on his neck and a large mass on his back foot. Our staff and volunteers fell in love with Bones the minute he walked through... Read More

Yappy Hour 2017

Follow the yellow brick road to the historic rock garden at Meadow Brook Hall for a celebration inspired by the classic tale of the Wizard of Oz. This year's event will remind you that there's no place like home... Read More