Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I need a physical ticket for Yappy Hour?

No! When you reserve a ticket, we’ll ask for each ticket holder’s name and add them 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!

Are drinks included with my ticket?

Yes! In 2023, every ticket will include two drink tickets which can be picked up at check-in. Beyond that, more drinks will be available at a cash bar that accepts both cash and cards.

What is a “Best Friend Ticket”?

This is the same as a regular ticket, however the additional price is an extra donation to the shelter. This is a great option for people who want to attend Yappy Hour and show some extra love to our cats and dogs!

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

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

Is Yappy Hour outdoors? What happens if it rains?

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

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, however, this reception is a special way for MARL to say a personal thank-you to our biggest supporters!

My sponsorship includes an invitation to the VIP Reception. Are my guests invited too?

All complimentary tickets included in your sponsorship are invited to the VIP Reception. If you have additional guests you would like to invite, please contact Magee 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 5:00 PM in the Pegasus Garden at Meadow Brook Hall. The Pegasus Garden is immediately adjacent to the Rock Garden where Yappy Hour is held. Guests will be directed to the VIP Reception when they arrive.

What kind of bar is at the VIP Reception?

The VIP Reception will feature an Open Bar for guests to enjoy from 5-6pm.

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 family of three purchasing a Party Animal sponsorship (which comes with two complimentary tickets) would still need to reserve a third ticket for everyone to attend the event.

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

Businesses or organizations who sponsor at the Best Buddy ($3,000) level or above are invited to have a booth at Yappy Hour. Sponsors at the Best in Show ($15,000) level or above receive a premier location! Click Here to learn more about our 2023 sponsorship opportunities.

Tell me more about having a booth at Yappy Hour!

Booths receive a 10′ x 10′ space, typically covered by a tent which can be provided by the sponsor or MARL. We can provide chairs, an 8′ table, and/or a tablecloth upon request. Sponsors are welcome to sell products or services, but we do ask that all booths bring something pet-friendly to give to guests for free. Booths will not have access to power or WiFi due to this being an outdoor event.

What safety precautions will be in place for COVID-19?

MARL will closely monitor all COVID-19 safety measures recommended at the time of our event to ensure a safe and comfortable environment. At this time, we are expecting to be able to have a normal, outdoor Yappy Hour.

I usually attend Yappy Hour, but I’m still not comfortable attending in-person yet. Can I still support MARL and the animals?

Yes! We completely understand that some guests may not be comfortable attending a live event. You can still support MARL by making a donation, joining Team Cat, or purchasing a luminary to be displayed at Yappy Hour.

Have a question that wasn’t answered?

Contact our Executive Director, Magee Humes, at or 248-778-5351