Detroit is one of those great cities who has had the wind knocked out of them. And while there are many positive things happening in and around the city to help rebuild and revitalize the community, there is a group of residents who have been forgotten. In a city where there are an estimated 50,000 stray dogs running loose and only 23 animal control officers, there is only word to describe the people who have stepped up to help these abandon animals…Heroes.
One of the groups at the forefront of raising awareness and providing help for the unwanted animal population in Detroit is the Detroit Dog Rescue (DDR).
Detroit Dog Rescue was born in February 2011 after the City of Detroit refused to allow access to a network television series that would have documented the lives of dogs trying to survive in an urban environment. There is a stray dog epidemic in the city, just as there is in many cities across the United States that have had to deal with economic decline, dwindling populations, and abandoned buildings. The founders of Detroit Dog Rescue felt that if other animal lovers around the world could see what they saw on the streets of Detroit every day, they knew that they would help them make a difference in the city, one dog at a time.
Detroit Dog Rescue is focused on raising awareness for the plight of these forgotten animals. They also rescue and place abused, unwanted, and abandoned companion and stray dogs. Detroit Dog Rescue does not have a shelter at this time, and they need to raise a significant amount of money in order to open one. Without a shelter, Detroit Dog Rescue must rely on a network of foster homes and friends to house the dogs they rescue. Detroit Dog Rescue also specializes in community outreach, educating the residents of the importance of spay/neuter, how to properly care for their pet and keep them healthy and safe, and offering free food and supplies to residents in need. They work closely with local, city and statewide organizations in order to educate and involve people in this cause.
Detroit Dog Rescue has been featured on CNN, NBC Nightly News, and MSNBC.
Last week Detroit Dog Rescue sponsored a Free Spay and Neuter Day in which more than 109 Detroit dogs were spayed or neutered. In addition, more than 60 animals received low-cost vaccinations due to Detroit Dog Rescue’s partnership with All About Animals.
Detroit Dog Rescue’s mission is to open the first no-kill shelter in the Detroit, and they need your help. Detroit Dog Rescue is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)3 organization. To learn more about the amazing dedication and work of Detroit Dog Rescue or to donate visit them on Facebook and connect with them on Twitter @313dogrescue.