Detroit Dog Rescue helping to save stray dogs

DETROIT – Detroit Dog Rescue has been around for five years and last year it opened the only no-kill animal shelter in the city.

Dozens of dog lovers took part in the second annual Detroit Dog Rescue Walk 2 Rescue 5K Sunday morning at Lake St. Clair Metro Park in Harrison Township.

"It is just loyalty," said Sarah Fogg, a participant. "You take care of them and they take care of you. Just to be able to support and try to help someone find a great dog to join their family, it feels nice."

Detroit Dog Rescue started in 2011. It's located on Harper Avenue on Detroit's East Side and opened last year the first and only no kill shelter in Detroit, a city with a sizable stray dog population.

The money will be used to be help find the dogs homes.

"This benefits all the homeless dogs of Detroit, the abused, the abandoned, neglected dogs, dogs who may have come from police raids, dogs have come from homicides or drug raids," said Kristina Rinaldi, executive director. "We get some of the worst cases you seen in Detroit."

She says it takes time to rehabilitate the dogs.

"They go through a training and decompression period where they work with trainers and volunteers to get socialized and then we adopt them out to loving homes," Rinaldi said.

It's an organization that helps give dogs a leg up, when they would otherwise be put down.