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.
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 […]
Upon filling a DDR merchandise order to a military base, we received an email with the following heartwarming photos and message. “I’m writing today to give you my thanks for all you do for the dogs of Detroit. Attached you will find 3 photos of a military working dog named Adar. He is currently with […]
Here at DDR, we hit the ground running this morning just one day after Christmas. We received numerous calls over the holiday weekend for assistance and although we’d love to respond to each of them, we are only one group. One of the calls was from concerned resident in Detroit. She & her brother noticed an […]