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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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  • Jelly Bean
    Jelly Bean

    Breed: Golden Retriever/ Beagle/ Lab Gender: Female/ Spayed Age: Senior Size: Medium Activity Level: Low Good with Children: Yes Good with Cats: Yes Good with other Dogs: Yes Adoption Fee $200 Comments: Jelly Bean is a super sweet senior who loves everyone. She gets sad in the shelter and would do so much better in […]

  • Pumpkin
    Pumpkin

    Breed: Pit Bull Mix Gender: Female Age: 2 years old Size: Large Activity Level: Medium Good with Children: Yes Good with Cats: A little too curious Good with other Dogs: Some Adoption Fee $250 Comments: Pumpkins is a great dog who loves to learn and please her family!

  • Shine
    Shine

    Breed: Shepherd/ Pit Bull Mix Gender: Female Age: 2 years old Size: Medium Activity Level: Medium. Shine enjoys walks! Good with Children: Yes Good with Cats: Unknown Good with other Dogs: Yes Adoption Fee $250 Comments: Shine was the witness to a homicide who was believed to be be her original owner. When Detroit Police […]

  • Roscoe
    Roscoe

    Breed: St. Bernard/ American Bulldog Mix Gender: Male Age: 2 years old Size: Large Activity Level: High Good with Children: Roscoe needs a stern foster or adopter to help him control his energy level. He’s so excited to be rescued. Good with Cats: Not at this time. Good with other Dogs: Selective, but happy! Adoption […]

  • Sunny
    Sunny

    IMMEDIATE FOSTER HOME NEEDED Breed: Pomeranian/Chow Mix Gender: Male/Neutered Age: Young Size: Small/Medium Activity Level: Medium Good with Children: I prefer mature friends Good with Cats: Unknown Good with other Dogs: Can be dog selective. I was found tied to a fence and wasn’t treated so nicely as a puppy. Then I was attacked by […]

  • Goober
    Goober

    Breed: Boxer Gender: Male Age: 5 years Size: Large Activity Level: Medium Good with Children: Yes Good with Cats: Unknown Good with other Dogs: Most Adoption Fee $250 Comments: We are actively seeking a foster home for Goober while we resolve some of his medical issues.

  • Max
    Max

    Breed: Bouvier des Flandres Gender: Male/ Neutered Age: Young Size: LARGE Activity Level: High Good with Children: Bouviers are herding dogs who are very active and may playfully nip while herding small children. We recommend only mature children 12 and older. Good with Cats: I like to herd small animals. Good with other Dogs: Can […]

  • Amber
    Amber

    Amber is finally out of medical boarding, finished with her Heartworm treatment and is almost ready for adoption. Her official profile will be up soon, but if you’re interested in this gorgeous young Pit Bull mix with amber eyes, please fill out an adoption application.

  • Mrs. Pearlie
    Mrs. Pearlie

    Pearl is a seven year old Rottweiler/Shepherd mix that is recovering from Heartworm. We would like to find a quiet place for her to go through treatment. Do you have room in your heart and home for Pearl? Please fill out a foster or adoption application at DetroitDogRescue.com

  • Jane
    Jane

    Jane is a six year old Golden Retriever/ Shepherd mix who came to Detroit Dog Rescue during the Polar Vortex of 2014. She was literally freezing to death. Today, she’s come so far and is finally in foster care with volunteer Beth and her teenage son. While in foster care, Jane is learning about manners […]

  • Apricot
    Apricot

    Apricot is a beautiful Vizsla/Pit mix that is doing fantastic in doggy group play. This one year old loves to play with friends, does well playing with balls and toys and loves everyone she meets. Apricot is about 60lbs of pure love. To set up a meet and greet with Apricot please fill out an […]

  • Ladybug
    Ladybug

    Breed: Bulldog/Pit Mix Gender: Female Age: 3 years Size: Medium Activity Level: Medium Good with Children:  Good with Cats: A little too curious. Good with other Dogs: Talk to one of our adoption associates. Adoption Fee $250 Comments:

  • Griggs
    Griggs

    Breed: Pit Bull Mix Gender: Male/ Neutered Age: 5 years old Size: Medium/Large Activity Level: Medium/High Good with Children: Likes friends 14 and over, because of high energy Good with Cats: No Good with other Dogs: Prefers to be the only pet. Adoption Fee $200 Comments: Griggs needs a chance! He was found in an […]

  • Lizzie
    Lizzie

    Breed: Pit Bull/Beagle Gender: Female Age: 3 years Size: Small/ Medium 35lbs Activity Level: Medium/High Good with Children: Yes Good with Cats:No Good with other Dogs: Prefers to be the only pet Adoption Fee $250 Comments: Lizzie is a Heartworm survivor thanks to Detroit Dog Rescue. This little girl LOVES everyone including children! She is […]

  • Mildred
    Mildred

    Breed: German Shepherd Mix Gender: Female Age: 5 Years Size: Medium 40lbs Activity Level: Medium Good with Children: Children over 5 years old. Good with Cats: May be a little curious. Good with Dogs: Yes Adoption Fee $250 Comments: Mildred can’t wait to meet you!

  • Gizmo
    Gizmo

    Breed: Terrier Mix Gender: Male/Neutered Age: Young Size: Small Activity Level: Low Good with Children: I prefer mature friends Good with Cats: Yes Good with other Dogs: Yes Adoption Fee $250 To find out more about me, set up a meet and greet by filling out an application at DetroitDogRescue.com My friends will bring me […]

  • Kara
    Kara

    Breed: Shar-Pei Mix Gender: Female Age: 2 years old Size: Medium Activity Level: Loves to Play Good with Children: Loves to play with children over 8 years old. Good with Cats: Some Good with other Dogs: Selective Adoption Fee $250 Comments: Kara is doing great in foster care and is ready for her forever home!

  • Pedro
    Pedro

    Breed: Pit Bull Gender: Male/Nuetered Age: Young Size: Medium Activity Level: Medium Good with Children: I prefer mature friends Good with Cats: Unknown/Unlikely. I’m too curious and like to chase. Good with other Dogs: Can be dog selective, but very loving and eager to learn and respect his owners. Adoption Fee $250 To find out […]

  • Pearl
    Pearl

    Breed: Rottweiler/ Lab Gender: Female/ Spayed Age: 6 years old Size: Large Activity Level: Medium Good with Children: I like older children that can respect my space and face and won’t overwhelm me. Good with Cats: Unknown Good with other Dogs: Most Adoption Fee $200 Comments: Pearl is just finishing her Heartworm treatment and is […]

  • Sahara
    Sahara

    Breed: German Shepherd/Pit Bull Gender: Female/ Spayed Age: 3 years old Size: Medium Activity Level: Medium Good with Children: I prefer mature friends Good with Cats: Unknown/Unlikely. I’m too curious and like to chase. Good with other Dogs: Can be dog selective. Adoption Fee $250 To find out more about me, set up a meet […]

  • Devon
    Devon

    Devon is DARLING and she’s a volunteer favorite! Devon is a 1.5 year old Pit Bull mix who enjoys playing with most dogs, but is too curious to live with cats. Devon loves walks, swimming and hiking. So, if you have an active household, Devon is the dog for you! However, make no mistake this […]

  • Bonnie
    Bonnie

    Breed: Pit Bull Gender: Female/ Spayed Age: 3 years old Size: Medium Activity Level: Medium Good with Children: I like to make new friends as long as they can be gentle Good with Cats: I’m a little too curious. Good with other Dogs: Most Adoption Fee $250 COMMENTS: Bonnie was rescued from a backyard breeder […]

  • 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 […]

  • Lucy and Mickey
    Lucy and Mickey

    These beautiful young senior’s are a bonded pair that must stay together. They are healthy and doing great. Both dogs do well with other animals and children. To set up a meet and greet with this dynamic duo, please fill out an application at DetroitDogRescue.com To make sure this pair stays together, we’ve lowered their […]

  • Polly
    Polly

    Breed: Pit Bull Gender: Female/ Spayed Age: 2 years old Size: Medium Activity Level: Medium Good with Children: I have a lot of energy that might be too much for small friends. Good with Cats: Unknown/Unlikely. I’m too curious and like to chase. Good with other Dogs: Can be dog selective. Adoption Fee $250 I’m […]

  • Castle
    Castle

    Breed: Terrier Mix Gender: Male/Neutered Age: 3 years old Size: Medium Activity Level: Medium Good with Children: Not at this time Good with Cats: Not at this time Good with other Dogs: Can be dog selective. We are searching for an experience foster to work with Castle’s insecurities and food aggression. If you have experience, […]

  • Chunk
    Chunk

    Everyone loves Chunk! This Shepherd mix with his missing ears and tail has had a rough life, but that hasn’t dulled his spirit. Chunk just wants a second chance at forever, could that be with you? This 2 year old does well with most dogs, but has not been temperament tested with cats. To meet […]

  • 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
    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 […]