SOURCE: Dearborn Animal Shelter

Dearborn Animal Shelter

December 07, 2010 11:20 ET

Dearborn Animal Shelter Announces Michigan Animal Welfare and Educational Program

A Collaborative Partnership Between Two Dearborn-Based Non-Profits

DEARBORN, MI--(Marketwire - December 7, 2010) -  The Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter (FFDAS) and Advanced Technology Academy (ATA) announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in which the organizations will collaborate to create a Michigan Animal Welfare and Educational Program, a creative partnership for expanding learning opportunities in animal care and animal-related business. It will be part of the newly formed Southeast Michigan Next Generation Learning Community. The partnership will create a sustainable learning and teaching environment in which the FFDAS expertise in animal care and sheltering will combine with the ATA Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies curriculum in order to enrich and apply the principles of math, science, technology and entrepreneurship. 

The organizations will pool their educational efforts moving forward to develop a learning curriculum that supports and advances animal-related education for under-served students and continuous care improvements for at-risk animals. This endeavor will utilize the strengths and talents of FFDAS and ATA to broaden the pipeline for professional animal caregivers and entrepreneurs in the community.

Mary Ann Wright, FFDAS Chairman of the Board states, "This is an important step in our 17-year history of continually improving the care of the animals who come into the shelter. It will provide an outstanding educational program and learning environment for these students while expanding the education, adoption and welfare programs we currently offer."

The MOU is a multi-year agreement with opportunity for periodic renewal as the program develops. The leadership for both of these 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations share common principles in operation, as well as proximity, which helped make this agreement even more desirable.

"This is an excellent opportunity for our two organizations to work together to build the Next Generation Learning Community for Southeast Michigan. The partnership will allow ATA students to learn through volunteering at the Animal Shelter and provide the Animal Shelter with the education infrastructure to expand its adult education programs," says Barry Hawthorne, Executive Director, Advanced Technology Academy.

The Advanced Technology Academy is a Michigan public charter school academy located at 4801 Oakman Boulevard in Dearborn, Michigan, offering a rigorous Pre K-12 educational program. ATA is an NCA-accredited Academy and has met Michigan's standard of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). ATA also offers educational adult-learning opportunities. Contact ATA at (313) 625-4700 or visit the academy online at

The Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter has operated the Shelter for 17 years, located at 2661 Greenfield Road, Dearborn 48120. You can reach the Shelter by calling (313) 943-2697 or visit them online: or

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Elaine Greene
    Executive Director
    Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter
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    Steve Quinlan
    Director of Institutional Advancement
    Advanced Technology Academy
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