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All too often this happens. A lot of people say, “Kristina, as a no-kill shelter you get to choose your intake!”

That’s not true in Detroit.

We don’t get the full details of what’s on city trucks when they arrive at our door, this morning this sweet stray was waiting for us on the lawn, and in the winter the crates with animals start being left at our door. So, the thought of open or closed intake here in Detroit is well…different. It’s a challenge that we continually face.

So many challenges.

So, to lessen the burden on an overcrowded animal control that has faced health issues, we do the stray hold, look for an owner, perform medical and eat the costs of stray holds for the city of Detroit. The water, electric, medical and care all provided for by our non-profit at no cost to residents.

Even on days when we can’t get to the city shelter to pull, it still never stops and we’ve remained committed to finding solutions. I’m proud of that and I thank YOU.

Kristina Rinaldi
Executive Director
Detroit Dog Rescue

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Kristina Millman-Rinaldi

Kristina Millman-Rinaldi

Kristina Millman-Rinaldi has been changing the face of animal welfare in Detroit for well over a decade. The nonprofit organization is Detroit’s first and only no-kill shelter, which finds homes for neglected dogs and animals who are victims of violent crimes. As Detroit Dog Rescue’s Executive Director, Kristina worked closely with Detroit Mayor, Mike Duggan’s administration to create Detroit’s first animal welfare committee. This partnership resulted in new leadership and policies for the city’s municipal animal shelter. Detroit now works harder to find alternatives to euthanasia due to overpopulation, while focusing on public safety. Kristina has been a part of several documentaries, news stories, and reality shows highlighting Detroit’s stray dog epidemic and she has raised millions of dollars to fund initiatives that support animals, especially ones who are victims of violent crimes. In the past, Kristina has been the recipient of the Mackinac Humanitarian Award, Beaumont Hospital’s President Award for Community Giving, and has been named WDVD’s “Woman of the Year” for her ability to create solutions in underserved communities.