DETROIT – The Detroit Dog Rescue, a no-kill shelter in the City of Detroitneeds your help.
But it’s not money or donations they need. They are homes because they lack space for all the dogs they get, and the cost of living is to blame.
The last inhabitant of Detroit Dog Rescue is a pitbull tied to a fence at night; seen in the video above is someone’s pet he just couldn’t afford.
The executive director of Detroit Dog Rescue said she saw it coming.
“I had a feeling this was going to happen,” said general manager Kristina Millman-Rinaldi. “Over the past few weeks, with gasoline prices trending higher, I think groceries are up 15% or more and are expected to go up 30% by fall. We see a lot of dogs tied to our door, tied to the fence.”
Their shelter is filled with dogs whose families could no longer afford them, and many of them are pit bulls.
But now they need help. They need foster families because they are expecting even more dogs.
“We really, really need help,” Millman-Rinaldi said. “We’re a no-kill shelter, but the big question in Detroit is, ‘what happens when you run out of space?'”
Millman-Rinaldi says she understands the stigma surrounding pit bulls, but she says dogs are screened before they go into a foster home.
“You’ll never see me pick up a dog one day and he’ll walk into a house the next,” Millman-Rinaldi said. “Each dog is evaluated for its behavior. If he needs behavior modification or resource protection, we work with that dog, sometimes for up to a year.
She adds that foster care doesn’t cost you a penny.
“We provide medical care, we provide food and we provide supplies,” Millman-Rinaldi said. “You just need to provide them with a home, some love, and maybe a place on the couch for them.”
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