What is your adoption process?

So, you want to adopt a four legged family member from Detroit Dog Rescue! Thank you for choosing Detroit’s ONLY no-kill shelter, lets get started!

First you’re going to want to fill out an adoption survey, you can find that on our website or click HERE.

We will contact you within a week if we have a match for you, or, if the dog you chose is already a perfect match. The survey will ask you to choose three DDR dogs, the more dogs you choose, the easier it will be to match you with the right dog.

From there, we will review your survey and conduct a phone interview, as well as, set up a time to visit you for a home check. When you pass a home check, we then bring the dog to your home for a meet and greet.  If you are a fit for the dog, and the dog is a fit for you, then you’re offered an adoption contract! Congratulations!

How can I see your adoptable dogs?

You can view the profiles of our adoptable dogs on our website, be careful to read their descriptions, because some dogs may have special needs or may need a home that’s just the right fit for them. We also do adoption events at least twice a month, so please check our Facebook page and website calendar for exact dates and times.  Thanks for inquiring!

Can I come to the shelter to adopt a dog?

Unfortunately, we just aren’t set up for in house adoptions yet. Most of the dogs that are ready for adoption are in foster. Our shelter is a safe place for dogs that need rehabilitation or training and most aren’t quite ready for adoption yet, but that’s ok, we’re working hard to make them adoptable superstars! Please check our website and Facebook for dogs that are ready for adoption and fill out an survey so we can set up a meet and greet at your home!

What is the fee to adopt?

Our fees are usually $250 for adult dogs, $300 for puppies and $200 for senior dogs.
All fees include: age appropriate vaccinations, spay or neuter, Heartworm test and each dog is medically cleared for adoption! The average dog cost Detroit Dog Rescue $753 or more in basic care.
Puppies adopted out under 12 weeks come with a special spay or neuter  contract. Our adoption associate can provide you with more information.

Do you adopt out of state?

For some dogs and special arrangements we will adopt outside of  Michigan. We urge everyone to fill out an survey.

How can I foster?

Thank you! By fostering you are helping to save more lives and you’re giving a  dog a chance to train and learn in a home environment! Fosters are essential to rescues!

Fosters must live in the state of Michigan and puppy fosters must live in the metro Detroit area close to our veterinarians, since puppies require more care. The first step is to fill out a foster survey on our website or click here HERE. Once we have a match for you our foster associates will be in touch! Detroit Dog Rescue provides our fosters with all the medical care, supplies, toys and most of the time food. All you need to do is provide a dog with love and occasional transportation to medical appointments and adoption events.

How do I volunteer?

Volunteers are essential to Detroit Dog Rescue’s mission and we always need volunteers. We can’t thank you enough for wanting to donate your time and talents!

All volunteers must be 18 years old or older. Right now, we have several openings for kennel attendants. Kennel attendants must commit to one shift per week, for 12 consecutive weeks. Kennel attendants must also be in good health and be able to lift over 40lbs. All volunteers must be willing and able to work with large breeds, especially bully breeds.

You can fill out a volunteer survey and learn about our available hours on our website or by clicking HERE.

If you’re looking to volunteer for events please email us at DetroitDogRescue@gmail.com and tell us about your experience and how you can help! Individuals looking to volunteer at adoption events, must first volunteer as an attendant in our kennels for at least 12 weeks.

What supplies do you need and where can I drop it off?

You can find our wish list HERE and you can find a list of our drop off locations HERE.  We do not allow donations to be dropped off at our shelter due to lack of storage space and we don’t want to interrupt training and feeding times. Thanks for understanding.

How can I make a donation?

Thank you so much for giving a gift to Detroit Dog Rescue that will save a life. Donating is easy, safe and secure. You can donate by going to DetroitDogRescue.com/donate. You can give a gift one time, or you can click “recurring donation” and your gift to Detroit Dog Rescue will be automatically be “billed” to the payment method you chose for your initial donation, each month. Each and every gift is appreciated, no matter the amount, because every amount counts!

On our memorial page you can donate in honor of  a friend, pet or loved one.

Don’t want to donate online? That’s ok!  Checks can be written out to DETROIT DOG RESCUE and mailed to:

Detroit Dog Rescue
P.O. Box 806119
St. Clair Shores, MI 48080

How can I surrender or report a dog?

To report or surrender a dog please call (313) 458-8014. We receive dozens of messages per day and try to get to each and every one.

If you are in need of assistance for your pet you can also email us at DetroitDogRescue@gmail.com.

When surrendering a dog, it’s always best to provide us with as much information as you can about the dog and include a picture.

When reporting a stray or when reporting an abuse or neglect case, it’s always important to provide the closest address, cross streets and detailed description of the dog.

How do I receive food assistance for my pet?

We know that times can be tough and economic changes can happen to anyone. We’re here to help responsible dog owners in the city of Detroit. If you are in need of food assistance for your dog, please call 313-458-8014 to inquire about availability. You must be a Detroit resident, qualify as low income or had a large decrease in income recently, provide us with proper ID upon delivery, your dog must be healthy and in well kept condition, your dog must be spayed or neutered.  If you need help with spaying or neutering your dog, we can provide you with low cost spay or neuter information.

What advice can you give me about training my own dog?

We recommend that dogs in need of training be evaluated by their veterinarian first. Dogs may “react” or “act out” for multiple reasons, some of it may be health related, and it is best to have your dog assesed by a veterinarian first. From there, your veterinarian may be able to provide you with resources about what kind of training or therapy is best for your dog. We also recommend having your dog assessed by a CPDT-KA trainer to help you better understand your dog.

How can I throw a fundraiser for Detroit Dog Rescue?
Detroit Dog Rescue relies on grants and gifts from the public to provide for our dogs and we are always honored when the public wants to help! Your donations are essential to our mission. Individuals interested in hosting a third party fundraiser must send a proposal to KristinaDDR@gmail.com at least 60 days prior to the event. Please include as much detail as possible including the date and location. Please also include what you expect from Detroit Dog Rescue. You will hear back from us within 14 days to let you know if your proposal was granted.
How long will my merchandise order take to arrive?
Thank you for purchasing some Detroit Dog Rescue gear! We’re sure you’ll love the quality of our merchandise and everyone will compliment you everywhere you go. Our merchandise is stocked and filled by diligent and hardworking volunteers, so please allow 7-14 days for your merchandise to arrive! Thank you for supporting the dogs of Detroit!
Who do I call to report a deceased dog?
Thank you for your time and compassion. The best way to care for a deceased animal on a city road or interstate is to call the Wayne County Road Commission at (734) 955-9920.