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Mission of the Detroit Dog Rescue:

In 2014 Detroit Dog Rescue opened the first and only NO-KILL shelter in the city of Detroit. Since achieving that goal, we are now helping the city of Detroit become the NO-KILL city we know it can be. We are helping to achieve this through: advocating for alternatives to euthanasia, proper pet care education, low cost spay and neutering programs, as well as, assisting low income families with pet food and medical resources.

There is an overwhelming amount of stray dogs running loose in the streets of Detroit, and only 23 animal care workers to rescue them.  Over 90% of dogs picked up in Detroit are euthanized.  There are simply not enough resources, funding, rescue workers, foster homes or people who are willing to adopt. Detroit Dog Rescue was born in February 2011 after the City of Detroit refused to allow access to a network television series that would have documented the lives of dogs trying to survive in an urban environment. There is a stray dog epidemic in the city, just as there is in many cities across the United States that have had to deal with economic decline, dwindling populations and abandoned buildings. If other animal lovers around the world could see what we see on the streets of Detroit every day, we know that they would help us make a difference in this city, one dog at a time.

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  • Kara

    Meet Kara! Kara is a loving and energetic Shar pei mix who was released to Detroit Dog Rescue from the custody of Detroit Animal Control in October. Kara has come such a long way since coming to DDR. Kara would do best with an active owner or family, she’d benefit from long walks or a […]

  • Myrtle

    Myrtle will be ready for adoption in early April. This middle aged chihuahua does well with most dogs and older children. Myrtle has not been tested with cats. Myrtle has also received a full dental work up!

  • Deaf Dog Finds Home
    Deaf Dog Finds Home

    In the spring of 2015, we received a call about a litter of fifteen week old puppies running on a piece of property in Detroit. The owner, who was a suspected backyard breeder and self proclaimed drug dealer, explained that he had no means to care for the puppies and didn’t want them anymore. Detroit […]

  • Baby

    Baby is an eight year old Shepherd mix that came to Detroit Dog Rescue from a very abusive home. Despite how she was treated in her past home, Baby still loves all humans and is very affectionate. Baby will need to be the only dog in her new forever home, but don’t let that deter […]

  • Lodge

    Lodge has a very sad story. Lodge was found beaten and abused with a large heavy padlock and chain around his neck. Once we got him to our veterinarian, Lodge also tested positive for Heartworm. Between the lacerations on his body and his Heartworm, Lodge has spent weeks in medical boarding and is finally ready […]

  • Achilles

    Meet Achilles. Sadly, at the age of four Achilles’ family had to surrender him due to unforeseen circumstances. Achilles is a four year old Pit Bull with a great temperament. He loves to play and will need to go to a home with a fenced in yard, but make not mistake this guys is a […]

  • Caddie

    Caddie is our resident “Pocket Pit” this pint size diva has the look of a Pit Bull mix, but is the size of a Boston Terrier (only about 25lbs), what could be cuter? Caddie is the true meaning of a diva in every possible way, she loves humans, loves to be spoiled with treats and […]

  • FOX 2 – 25 Dogs Removed from 2 Homes in Detroit
    FOX 2 – 25 Dogs Removed from 2 Homes in Detroit

    DETROIT (WJBK) – Dozens of dogs were stuffed in kennels and locked in rooms at two homes on Ewers on Detroit’s southwest side. Rescue organizations took 25 dogs, most of them pit bulls, out of the houses Wednesday night.”You could smell the urine and the feces,” said Hush with Detroit Dog Rescue. […] View the […]

  • FOX 2 – Dog Fighting in Detroit
    FOX 2 – Dog Fighting in Detroit

    […] There is an estimate of thousands and thousands of dogs on the streets. Detroit has a real problem. But one man is doing his part to give these dogs a chance. Hush is a local rapper and head of the Detroit Dog Rescue. His mission is to capture the thousands of stray dogs in […]

  • FOX 2 – 3 Dogs Shot, 2 Killed, in Detroit Neighborhood
    FOX 2 – 3 Dogs Shot, 2 Killed, in Detroit Neighborhood

    […] teenagers with guns shot the dogs for no reason. […] The family didn’t know where else to turn, so we called Detroit Dog Rescue and they came to the rescue, checking out Mellow’s injuries. […] View the full story at MyFoxDETROIT.com

  • CNN – ‘Top Dog’ Rapper Works to Save Dogs
    CNN – ‘Top Dog’ Rapper Works to Save Dogs

    Daniel “Hush” Carlisle and Monica Martino talk to CNN’s Randi Kaye about the organization. View the full story at CNN.com

  • Ace’s Story
    Ace’s Story

    On Friday, November 4, DDR received a number of emails and Facebook posts pleading with us to help a dog that had wandered into an Ace Hardware store on E. McNichols in Detroit looking for warmth. There was a heartbreaking photo of a dog cowering in the lobby, skinny and emaciated. It must have hurt […]

  • Doggone Good Deed for Animal Rescue Group
    Doggone Good Deed for Animal Rescue Group

    A group of Daily Tribune and Macomb Daily employees was dogged in its effort to help out some canine neighbors. Inspired by a video that depicted the plight of some 50,000 stray dogs roaming the streets and neighborhoods of Detroit, the employees banded together. Nearly a month later, the workers are about to turn over […]

  • Detroit Says No to Stray-Dog Documentary on Discovery Channel
    Detroit Says No to Stray-Dog Documentary on Discovery Channel

    DETROIT (AP) — Mayor Dave Bing’s office has denied a Discovery Channel request to chronicle the lives of stray dogs in Detroit by filming them and attaching small cameras to the animals. Film office chief Sommer Woods tells The Detroit Free Press for a story Thursday that the city’s job is to capture strays which […]

  • DDR Low Cost Vacination Clinic 6-8-2013
    DDR Low Cost Vacination Clinic 6-8-2013

    Detroit Dog Rescue would like to thank everyone who came out to take advantage of the Low Cost Vaccination Clinic 6-8-2013. DDR’s amazing volunteers, the staff at Detroit K9 Pet Supplies & the WCCCD Veterinary Technology & Paws & Claws staff did an amazing job coordinating & seeing this event through to a successful turn […]

  • Mellow

    Our fighter against ALL odds! DDR was called to the rescue of poor Mellow who was shot 4 times and left for dead. He is the sole survivor of a shooting rampage on 3 dogs. Sadly his two siblings didn’t survive. A bullet was removed from his throat and fragments remain in his sinus cavity […]