Raising funds, resources, and awareness for life-saving animal organizations in our community


To engage the community, building a grass roots coalition of volunteers and participants to support animal welfare groups who are on the front lines to care and advocate for the many animals in need among us.


We envision a world that recognizes the dignity of every animal to be respected, cared for and loved; in turn, enabling them to fulfill their divine purpose to enhance the human experience through companionship and service.

Proceeds help Animals in Need!

A voice for those who cannot speak, MIAWF is a group of dedicated volunteers who throw fun, premier events to benefit local animal welfare groups who provide care, shelter, love and respect to animals in need in our community.

Over $1,286,222 raised so far!
Michigan Animal Welfare Foundation Tax ID#: 81-2139193

Fundraising is achieved through 2 events per year: Fur Ball (April) and Bowl-4-Animal Rescue (August).

Resources include in-kind donations through collection drives, and coalition building via shared animal welfare knowledge, services, and skills.

We support and empower community organizations that educate about, advocate for, and celebrate animal welfare, including those that focus on essential human-animal services (e.g., pet therapy)

Our Founders

Professional Bowlers Aleta Sill and Michelle Mullen. Aleta Sill, First Lady $1,000,000 Bowler, Michigan Sports Hall of Famer and Detroit Dream Team Legendary Athlete; and Michelle Mullen, 4-time PWBA Champion, USBC Gold Coach, and author of Bowling Fundamentals

Our Story

Aleta and Michelle have a lifelong passion for helping animals in need and the desire to provide a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. To effect meaningful change, they began fundraising in 2006 with the first Bowl-4-Animal
Rescue. Over the years, community friends came out in full force to “raise a paw” for their vital work. As a result, in 2016 they created the 501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization, now called Michigan Animal Welfare Foundation.

Our 2024 Benificiaries include:

The mission of Blue Star Service Dogs is to provide our military veterans diagnosed with PTSD and TBI another method of healing through service dogs and training. Through our programs, we seek to help heal visible and invisible wounds, provide families with new beginnings, and raise awareness about the potential of shelter and rescue dogs everywhere.

Cat Tail Acres

Cat Tail Acres is a sanctuary for feral and unwanted cats. We are not a traditional shelter and don’t accept socialized adult cats or kittens who are more adoptable. We believe all of God’s living creatures deserve a right to a good life.

Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control

Friends of Detroit Animal Care and Control is committed to saving animals’ lives, ensuring equal access to companion animals for those of all socio-economic levels, and raising the level of care for animals living in the city of Detroit.

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