Detroit Dog Rescue (DDR) was founded in February 2011, after the City of Detroit refused to allow access to a network television series that would have documented the lives of stray 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.

On May 1, 2014, Detroit Dog Rescue opened the first no kill rescue in the City of Detroit. Our rescue helps between 80 to 100 dogs at any given time, between our foster programs and shelter facility. Detroit Dog Rescue is known for taking troubled animals that most regard as unadoptable and investing the time and training needed to rehabilitate and re-home these dogs.

In June 2015, DDR secured licensing to operate the first no-kill animal center in Detroit’s history – a certification that will allow us to help ease the burden on the city’s overwhelmed animal control office. In the same month, Mayor Mike Duggan, met with our Executive Director, Kristina Millman-Rinaldi, to assemble an animal welfare reform committee for the City of Detroit.

On October 20, 2015, history was made for DDR and the City of Detroit. For the first time, a transfer agreement between rescues and Detroit Animal Care and Control (DACC) came into fruition. Detroit Dog Rescue transferred the first dogs out of DACC under this agreement. In 2016, we became the first rescue in the City of Detroit to partner with DACC to provide City of Detroit Dog Licenses at our vaccination clinics, promoting responsible pet ownership. Since October 2015, Detroit Dog Rescue has continued to transfer hundreds of dogs into our care from the City of Detroit. Our organization also serves as an after hours support system for critical and trauma cases through the City of Detroit.

Detroit Dog Rescue is a 501c3 non-profit organization and licensed by the Michigan Department of Agriculture. DDR was voted Best Non-Profit by Metro Times readers all over the state of Michigan in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and voted Best Charity by Google and Hour Detroit Magazine in 2018. DDR holds a Silver Award of Transparency through GuideStar.