by LAWSON ROBINSON
The Detroit Dog Rescue was established in 2011, and in 2014 opened Detroit’s first and only “no kill” shelter. Over 80% of all rescue dogs in Detroit are euthanized, and unfortunately for these dogs, there are not enough resources, funding, rescue workers, foster homes, or people willing to adopt.
“We have worked with dogs that were dragged behind bikes, dogs that had their ears bitten off,” Jackie Carlson, a volunteer with the group since 2013, said. “People think when they are getting rescue dogs that they are used. They often view these rescue dogs as dangerous, but that is not true. These dogs are not broken, they are just bruised, and if they are treated well they love to show affection to people.”
Another volunteer, Linda Sandercott, detailed why it’s so important for the Detroit Dog Rescue to raise money.
“Before we can put up our dogs for adoption we have to get them treated and cleared by the vet,” Sandercott said. “Sometimes two dogs can end up costing $1,400 in veterinary bills, so we have to work hard to raise money to pay these bills.”
Both Linda and Jackie detailed the type of work done at the DDR shelter in Detroit. This facility is not like a typical shelter where dogs are kept in crates or cages all day. Instead, there are volunteers that come in to take the dogs for walks. There is also a backyard area in which the dogs are allowed to play and socialize.
Premier Pet Supply in Rochester allowed for the Detroit Dog Rescue, or DDR, to raise money outside of their business. Detroit Dog Rescue was there for three hours on Saturday, October 7. They had dogs available for adoption, accepted donations from the public, and even sold T-shirts to people who visited their table.
Detroit’s stray dog epidemic has led Detroit Dog Rescue to work in a way that is quite different many other rescue dog operations. Detroit Dog Rescue aims to rehabilitate dogs so that they can not only go up for adoption, but also so that they can improve their behavioral issues.
DDR aims to help the dogs in Detroit by implementing low-cost spay and neuter programs and advocating for alternatives to euthanasia. They also assist low-income families with pet food, medical resources, and proper pet care education. Additionally, the DDR helps respond to stray dog calls in conjunction with other groups on the local and state level, including the Detroit and Highland Park Police.
The center in Detroit features a well-trained staff that come in to help train the dogs. Detroit Dog Rescue helps the dogs engage in turbo canine training, a 100% positive group training for dogs. The training aims to help boost mental stimulation by relieving dogs of behavioral issues that came along with their previous abuse.
The Detroit Dog Rescue is always accepting volunteers and donations in both the form of money and pet supplies. Donations are important for organizations like DDR that aim to rehabilitate dogs and help them succeed. If not sufficiently funded, many dogs will end up in rescue shelters where they are mistreated and never learn to socialize.
If you would like to donate your time, money, or pet supplies, visit DetroitDogRescue.com.