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, let’s get started!

First, you’re going to want to take a look at our adoptable dogs here or on Petfinder! Once you think you’ve found your ideal match, you can fill out an adoption survey with your top three picks. Once your survey is submitted, we will contact you within a week to ten days. Please note, due to the holidays, weekend adoption events, and unforeseen events, some applications may take up to ten days to receive a response.

From there, we will review your survey and conduct a phone interview, set up a time to visit you for a home check, and check to see if the dog will be a fit with your family and other pets. 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!

Please understand that dogs are not placed on a first come, first served basis, and we take special care placing dogs into families where they will be able to thrive.

How can I see your adoptable dogs?

You can view the profiles of our adoptable dogs on our website here or on Petfinder. Please be careful to read their descriptions, as 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. Many of the dogs that are ready for adoption are enrolled in our foster program as well. 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, Facebook and Petfinder for dogs that are ready for adoption and fill out a 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. The average dog will cost Detroit Dog Rescue $753 or more in basic care, which includes spaying and neutering, age appropriate vaccinations, heartworm testing, training and all dogs are medically cleared.  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 a survey.

Due to BSL laws in Canada, we are unable to adopt Pitbull-type dogs across the border. To no fault of our dogs, border laws make it near impossible to bring these types of dogs across the border.

How can I foster?

By fostering you are helping to save more lives and giving a dog a chance to train and learn in a home environment! Fosters are essential to rescues and we would be lost without you.

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. 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 food you will need for your foster dog. All you need to do is provide a dog with love and occasional transportation to medical appointments and adoption events. It is essential that you coordinate with our adoption team to make arrangements to transport your foster dog to 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.

As much as we would love to accommodate everyone, kennel attendants must have prior experience handling large breed dogs. We prefer kennel attendants have veterinary or kennel experience. Your application will be assessed based on experience after 12 consecutive weeks.

You can fill out a volunteer survey and learn about our available hours on our website or by clicking here. At this time we need weekday volunteers and your application will be chosen based on availability.

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 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!

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 report or surrender a dog?

To report a stray dog or a dog you feel is in danger within Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park city limits, please fill out our Help Line form or call (313) 458-8014 ext 306. Please provide the location, cross streets and closest landmarks, and a description of the dog when reporting. Please note, stray dogs do move quickly! The best possible chance to help a stray dog is when our team is already out in the field. We do everything to note the area you have reported and keep a log on the animal. It is not guaranteed we will be able to locate the dog upon your call.

If you feel your life is in danger due to a stray dog, call 911.

If you are in need of assistance for your pet, please call (313) 458-8014 ext 306 or fill out an Outreach Assistance Survey. If you must surrender your dog, it is always best to provide us with as much information as you can about the dog and include a picture.

At this time, due to overwhelming response of our training and rehabilitation program, and due to the fact we help our municipal partners with aggressive cases, we cannot take in any dog with a bite history or aggressive behavior until July 2019.

We do not accept surrendered dogs at any of our locations without prior approval. Leaving any animal counts as abandonment and is considered a misdemeanor.
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, Hamtramck and Highland Park. If you are in need of food assistance for your dog, please fill out an Outreach Assistance form to inquire about availability. You must be a Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park resident, qualify as low income or had a large decrease in income recently and provide us with proper ID upon delivery. Your dog must be healthy and in well kept condition and spayed or neutered. If your dog is not spayed or neutered, you must be willing to work with our organization to spay and neuter. 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 assessed 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.

If you are in need of a trainer, we highly recommend K9 Turbo Training and the use of force-free, positive reinforcement training. You can also review all of our resources here.

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.
What are your hours?

Detroit Dog Rescue works 7 days a week inside our kennels and with our partners. However, our office is open from 9—5pm, Monday through Friday. We are not in our office during weekends due to adoption events.

We are closed Christmas Eve and Christmas day in order to assist our shelter staff and our municipal partners.