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Detroit Dog Rescue Launches "Closer to Home" Fundraising Campaign for new shelter

Posted at 6:44 AM, Nov 01, 2020

(WXYZ) — Detroit Dog Rescue never backs away from a challenge and this is no exception!

DDR is excited to kick off its ‘Closer to Home’ campaign aimed at helping the dogs of Detroit. The non-profit 501(c)3 organization is on a mission to raise one million dollars to rehab its new headquarters and fund building operations for the first year. For the month of November only, BISSELL will match up to $100,000 in donations to Detroit Dog Rescue.

Detroit Dog Rescue Executive Director Kristina Rinaldi says, “Although DDR built the first no-kill shelter during the city’s bankruptcy, our small shelter is running out of space and is no longer adequate for the volume of rescues we take in. Every single day, Detroit’s municipal animal control is filled to capacity with approximately 240 dogs. Detroit Dog Rescue has remained a consistent partner to the city for the last six years.”

Right now, Detroit Dog Rescue operates out of a 2,500 square foot space on the city’s east side. In 2017, after taking notice of the life saving work done by Detroit Dog Rescue, an “angel” donated the old Westcott Veterinary Care Center to DDR. That building, located on Grand River near 7 Mile, is five times the size of DDR’S current space! A good portion of the money raised will overhaul the structure that was built in the 60’s. When it’s finished, DDR’S new headquarters will include space for 60 dogs, on-site adoptions, a puppy preschool and a training area where dog owners can take classes to enrich the lives and connections with their new family members.

Detroit Dog Rescue is regulated by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Your tax-deductible gift will directly impact the lives of the dogs saved every day by DDR. To learn more or donate, visit detroitdogrescue.com.