Detroit dog rescue group gets $1.5M donation

Donation to help build a no-kill shelter

Published On: Dec 30 2011 08:48:09 AM EST   Updated On: Dec 30 2011 12:53:38 PM EST
Detroit Dog Rescue interview
DETROIT -

A Detroit-based nonprofit dog rescue group says it's received about $1.5 million in stock options from an anonymous donor to help build a no-kill shelter and humanely rescue strays in the city.

Detroit Dog Rescue co-founder Daniel “Hush” Carlisle said it all started with a message from a California woman who described herself as a fellow dog rescuer who was battling a life-threatening illness.

“She just kind of nonchalanty, very humbly, just rambled off very quickly, ‘I just want you to know that we’re going to do this very fast and it’s just going to be a quick transfer of stocks to you guys. You should have the million dollars overnight,’” Carlisle said. “And I was like, ‘Excuse me? Did you just say a million dollars?’”

Carlisle said the woman, who asked to remain anonymous, felt compelled to give the gift after learning about the group's ultimately unsuccessful efforts to save a stray pit bull named Ace from being euthanized last month by Detroit Animal Control.

Carlisle said the donation actually brought him to tears.

"To have a donation of this size given to us in the amount of time that we’ve been up, 10 months, it’s going to be a really exciting time," he said.

Detroit Dog Rescue was co-founded by Monica Martino after city officials denied a Discovery Channel request to film her series "A Dog's Life." Mayor Dave Bing ordered a ban last year on reality television crews tagging along with police after crews were present on a raid in which a 7-year-old girl was shot and killed.