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We’ve come a long way. I wear a lot of hats nowadays at DDR, but there was a time when I checked every single adoption application alone in the spare bedroom of my first house after my shifts at Beaumont Health.

After each home check, I would remind each dog that it was perfectly okay to forget about me and to forget about this part of their life. I only wanted their future days to be filled with happy things, and before I left I always told them, “Go Be Great!”

That saying has stuck at Detroit Dog Rescue. We say it all the time. We say it in passing, to each other, and of course, we still say it to the dogs on their journeys.

At a fundraising event in 2020, a little girl named Fallon came up to me. This tiny agent of change with a ginormous heart donated all of the allowance she had saved to help the dogs of Detroit.

In every sense of the word she was being GREAT in a year that was difficult. I was so entirely proud and inspired by her. So Fallen received one of our Go Be Great hoodies. She’s obviously living up to it in every way. Go be great. Three simple words that have meant so much.


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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.