Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I need a physical ticket for Yappy Hour?

No! The 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?

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.

What is a “Best Friend Ticket”?

The additional price of a Best Friend Ticket 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!

Why is there a Wait List for Yappy Hour tickets?

Our guest count is currently limited in accordance with Meadow Brook Hall’s COVID-19 policies. This means tickets are on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you’d like to attend Yappy Hour but we don’t have tickets for sale, you can join the Wait List to be contacted when more become available. We do expect more tickets to become available over the coming months.

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.

Is Yappy Hour outdoors? What happens if it rains?

Yappy Hour is an 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 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 at Yappy Hour. However, this reception is a special way for MARL to say a personal thank-you to our biggest sponsors!

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

Every complimentary ticket included in 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 reserve 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?

Every business or organization sponsor at the Best Buddy ($2,500) level or above is invited to have a booth at Yappy Hour! Sponsors at the Top Dog ($10,000) level and above receive a premier location separate from the rest of the booths. Click here to learn more about our 2021 sponsorship opportunities!

Tell me more about having a booth at Yappy Hour!

Booths will be under 10′ x 10′ tents, which can be provided by the sponsor or by 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 all booths bring 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.

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

MARL will follow all COVID-19 safety measures recommended at the time of our event. At this moment, this includes but is not limited to a limited guest capacity and modified food service. Please know these measures are subject to change, and the safety of our guests remains our top priority.

I saw that Yappy Hour may go virtual if we cannot gather because of the pandemic. What is the latest with that?

MARL has officially decided that Yappy Hour will be in-person this year! We look forward to seeing our guests on Wednesday, September 29th at Meadow Brook Hall for a safe, enjoyable, outdoor autumn evening.

I usually attend Yappy Hour but I’m just not comfortable coming this year. Can I still support MARL and the animals?

Yes! We completely understand that some guests may not be comfortable attending a live event just yet. 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 Event Coordinator, Megan Garrison, at or 248-706-6649.