In a city beleaguered with strays and under fire for its high euthanasia rate for stray and unwanted dogs, a non profit rescue group has now secured a registered license, making it the first no kill rescue facility in the city of Detroit, reports the DetroitNews.
The Detroit Dog Rescue, located on the city’s east side, has been registered with the Department of Agriculture, and is well known for taking in troubled dogs that other facilities can’t handle. According to the group’s executive director, Kristina Rinaldi, the group has found homes for 650 dogs since opening its doors in 2011; they care for up to 60 dogs at a time and often take in those who have been shot or have been victims of dog fighting.
According to regulations, only Detroit Animal Control has the authority to capture animals, who then can place the dogs in various rescued operations to be cared for and adopted. Rinaldi is hoping to relieve the city of part of the burden which has been highly criticized for its high kill rate in addition to allegations the city’s facilities are poorly run, dirty and overcrowded. “We know that we are not going to walk into Detroit Animal Control and see a lot of dogs that can be placed right off the bat. It’s not going to happen. But we are willing to put the time in. We’re willing to provide a service to the city at no fee to the residents or the city,” stated Rinaldi.
Animal Control is under control of the Detroit Police Department and can accommodate up to 200 dogs. Stray dogs are held for four days, and then evaluated by the Michigan Humane Society as eligible for adoption. Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development records state the kill rate in Detroit is 74 percent. In 2014, 3,320 dogs and 1,803 cats, as well as other animals were brought into Animal Control. There were 2,383 dogs and 1,244 cats euthanized; others were either transferred to shelters or returned to their owners. The city defends itself and contends the majority of pets euthanized are sick, aggressive and deemed not adoptable.
The Detroit Dog Rescue, founded by rapper Daniel “Hush” Carlisle, takes in mostly pit bulls and is funded by donations and cares for up to 60 dogs at a time through its facility and foster homes. On the organization’s Facebook page, Rinaldi states, “they look forward to working with other rescues and facilities to provide the dogs of Detroit with the best care and provide the residents of Detroit with alternatives and services at no charge to them.”
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