There are more than 50,000 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.
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 […]
Shot point blank in the face by a citizen claiming he was “bothering him”, DDR was called to his rescue by the Highland Park Police. We rushed him immediately to the after hours clinic where doctors tried to remove the bullet. Digging deep enough to get the bullet out would have caused more potential problems […]
DDR was called to action for the rescue of a very badly injured dog and another dog who refused to leave his side. We had no idea what we would find, and after we saw how significant his injuries were, we were amazed that he had even survived. Caught in the middle of feuding neighbors, […]
A letter from Lisa: When I started working at Camp Bow Wow I had no idea what to expect, except that I would get to work with dogs. On one of the days that I was training I was able to meet all of the dogs, one of the dogs really caught my attention and […]
On March 12, 2012 DDR was contacted by the Detroit Police Department in hopes that we would rescue a ‘pregnant pit bull’ that was acquired during a drug raid. Upon arriving to the home, we were surprised when DPD officers had found a second dog, this time chained in the garage in poor shape, living in […]