Welcome to the Detroit Dog Rescue Help Line

Thank you so much for speaking up; your eyes and ears are what helps to rescue dogs every day. Please read the following questions and answer them with as much detail as possible.

It’s important to note that Detroit Dog Rescue does not have the legal authority to automatically remove any dog from owned property and providing exigent circumstances may take time. We know how important this request is and we do work closely with Detroit Animal Control, Detroit Police and Detroit Fire to take your tips seriously.

Please also note, Detroit Dog Rescue, does not have the funds to have trucks on the road to cover all 142 square miles of Detroit, 24 hours a day, and we triage each situation in order of importance as soon as possible. Please be patient with us as we receive hundreds of calls, messages, and emails per week.

Owner Surrender Note

Detroit Dog Rescue focuses on helping the city of Detroit’s municipal partners and must make the city’s police, fire, and animal control a priority.

Due to the overwhelming requests to surrender dogs with aggression into our training program, our shelter can take very few owner surrenders in at this time. Unfortunately, our in-shelter training program has a waiting list and we cannot consider any owner surrenders with bite histories or past human directed aggression until April 2019.

If you ever feel your life is in danger due to a stray dog you must call Detroit Police first by calling 911.

If you are a dog owner in Detroit in desperate need of supplies. Please fill out an Outreach Application here.

Answering the following questions will help us prioritize your request for help. Thank you!
  • Your name is not required if you would like to remain anonymous.
  • Please include cross streets, description of area and landmarks in the comments below if not at a specific address.
  • Please include description, details and comments about the situation.
  • Detroit Animal Control can be contacted by phone at (313) 224-6356