DETROIT – Detroit Dog Rescue, along with event sponsors Slows Bar BQ and Southwest Detroit Business Association is launching a special initiative - the Detroit Dog Rescue Pet Pantry Project to help financially struggling pet owners feed their dogs.
If you are in need of dog food DDR will be providing free bags of dog food and accepting food donations Saturday, Dec. 17 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the corner of Michigan Avenue and 14th Street in the parking area behind the Mercury Bar located at 2153 Michigan Ave. in Detroit.
Detroit Dog Rescue's Pet Pantry Project is part of DDR's Dog Days of Winter Campaign to promote and educate the important responsibilities of dog ownership – such as keeping your dog healthy through regular visits to the veterinarian, maintaining your dog's immunization through "Vaccination Station," providing adequate shelter "In the Dog House" and if your dog spends significant time outdoors, "Lay in the Hay" provides a moisture resistant cushion and insulation for dogs to nest in while resting outside.
"Detroit Dog Rescue understands lots of people in the city are losing their jobs, their homes, the ability to feed themselves, their families and even their pets," said Dan "Hush" Carlisle, President and Co-founder of Detroit Dog Rescue.
"Pets can be a strain financially and if you're having troubles making ends meet, it's hard to buy dog food. This is why my team and I thought it was important during the holiday season to give back to Detroiters that have courageously supported DDR and encouraged us to keep making a difference for the homeless and stray dog population. Our goal is to collect and giveaway as much food to struggling dog owners in the season of giving," said Carlisle.
In addition to collection and distribution of dog food at the Pet Pantry Project, Detroit Dog Rescue will also have a very limited supply of dog houses and free hay available for owners in need.
"Detroit has more than 50,000 homeless and stray dogs living on the streets, in vacant lots and homes. In most cases, these dogs are domesticated, looking for love and our attention," said Jesssa Pearce, Operations Manager for Detroit Dog Rescue.
"The only way to really control our pet population is to educate and encourage pet owners to be responsible. This is why Detroit Dog Rescue offers services and programs for our community such as the Pet Pantry Project, Vaccination Station, free Spay and Neuter Day Clinic and soon establishment of a humane no-kill shelter for those dogs in need of a sanctuary and place to call home in Detroit," Pearce replied.
For more information or to donate to Detroit Dog Rescue and the Pet Pantry Project please call (313) 729-4874