If I could give them ZERO stars in this review, I would. They don't deserve one star. This is a fraudulent organization whose mission is to deceive the public in order to bring in the most amount of income possible. They falsely advertise themselves as a No Kill shelter when they do not meet the definition of a No Kill shelter. To be a No Kill shelter, they must be open admission. They are not. They are limited admission, which means they turn animals away. By definition alone, they are NOT a No Kill shelter, and they know that. But the term brings in half-a-million dollars a year, so lie, lie, lie to the public.
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DDR is a rescue in Detroit that rescues homeless dogs in a city that is over run withb abused and stray dogs. They claim to be the only no kill rescue in Detroit, but they are the only one that has a shelter. The good is they do rescue dogs and are known to vet their dogs in the best way possible. They may have put dogs to sleep for curable medical issues, it may have been done due to the advice of a vet. I don't think they put dogs down be a use of space issues. The bad is their director Hush. He has more people hate him than DAC. He has been accused of poor money management, not rescuing a dog until the camera man shows up and paying more attention to himself than to the dogs. I had occasion to approach him and he backed away. I only tried to offer my training services and find out how he is able to keep dogs in Detroit at his facility legally. His claim is he has adopted 500 dogs but many rescues do that in a year with a much more difficult adoption process and a much smaller budget. He could do more but does not know how . He would do better by offering money to get dogs spayed or neutered .
Sorry folks DDR are liars. They say they are no kill but they take the animals to open admission shelters to be put down. Second THEY AREN'T EVEN BASED INTO DETROIT THERE SUPPOSEDLY NO KILL SHELTER IS IN ST. CLAIR SHORES. THEY NO NOTHING ABOUT THE D. I don't trust them. Just watching some of there rescues they don't even handle the animals correctly. Hush..is a joke. More worried about the money. It's about the animals!! I will never donate to this rescue again. Stay Away
When DDR needs animals euthanized, they turn them into open admission shelters for said service. The money which they've gleaned for a shelter was used to build a boarding facility. DDR alone propogated the fallacy that Detoit was overrun w/50,000-100,000 stray dogs (which is 350-700 per sq mile) in an attempt to attract attention for a reality show, even referring to their untrained "stars" as "cast" instead of staff. The number was a complete fabrication and since surveys have proven actual numbers close to 3,000. And, of course, there's the annoying implication that DDR is in Detroit. They do not live in, work in, take dogs from or have a shelter in the city. They do make a great deal of money off of the city, though... especially by selling TShirts which say "Rescue, not retail," which delights me- available for sale, by a group that does no rescue. Good marketing, kids. That is the extent of positive.
Detroit Dog Rescue is NOT the ONLY no-kill rescue in Detroit by any means! There are and have been many smaller no-kill rescues that actually RESIDE in Detroit (NOT St. Clair Shores) that have been in operation for decades. However, they are not publicity hounds like DDR. DDR is not open to the public nor does it accept strays from the general public. The only reason it can be called "no-kill" is because they take the animals to MHS and/or MACS or others to have hem euthanized.
I am Writing with information concerning a rescue in the Detroit Area called Detroit Dog rescue. I am not writing this because any harm has been conspired against me or my family, but because I believe people need to be informed that this company is " Dirty". They are continuing to accept donations from the public with promises of creating a non kill state of the art shelter in Detroit. in the last 2 years they have been gifted over 2 million dollars and have nothing to show, except minimal progress (enough to fool people that they are doing the right thing) they operate out of a small boarding house, with volunteers, who receive no payment for their time. Daniel Hush Carslie a failed rapper, in the last year has purchased a custom S.U.V, A new home, and used Donations to produce his own rap album, plus much more, His top tier guys have a comfortable income for almost no work hours. For the time that these guys have had to make a change in the city, they have not. They rather use excuses, bully and strong hold local business when they do not get their way. they are Hostile and threaten people. they use a publicst whom gets pay from the donations that are support to go to the dogs care. In the beginning of their start up, they filmed start dogs hungry, so they were attacking and eating puppies. Instead of STOPPING this HORRIC SCENE they FILMED IT! and Placed it on the internet in hopes to gain the attention of a TV studio and gain a reality Televison show! Is asked about any financials Carslie will say of course he took a salary and started a business Thats not the Problem, the problem is he took a 6 FIGURE SALERY and HAS NO RESCUE TO SHOW FOR IT! They do not rescue homeless dogs roaming the street RATHER Carslie, says it is ILLEGAL and DOES NOTHING! this group DOES NOT ASSIST OR HELP?FEED any DOG that they Consider Feral, the homeless dog population has shown no decrease if anything the numbers have risen, and only few people have rescue's to show progress within the rescue effort of DDR. They owe money to Vets (THOUSANDS), other Non profits and rescue groups who have extended their own time, money, and more because they want to assist the animals of Detroit in need! THE CITY OF DETROIT does not what to PUT money in these CRIMINALS pocket or pay check of Daniel " Hush" Carslile or His boys. ONCE I SAW THIS WAS GOING ON I NEVER RETURNED TO VOLENTEER! AGAIN PLEASE LISTEN They use a publicist to continually get them on various local shows, and Bully people, threatening to injure them physically if anyone gets in their spotlight.Please beware, inform people and expose these guys, who are using the hardship of these Animals and this Community to their profit.
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They don't have a shelter and are not no kill. They have paid members and drive fancy vehicles. They just recently killed Piglet. That is when their adoption coordinator was fired. She fostered and wanted to adopt this poor dog. Instead they killed the poor soul.
They are into ripping people off. They are frauds. Hush killed a dog for having mange. He wanted to kill a heartworm positive dog. Hush really struck gold with the donations from upgrading his house to buying a new boat to having a new SUV. Great job on killing dogs DDR
Detroit Dog Rescue takes pride in the fact that they are the ONLY no-kill dog rescue in Detroit. I have seen them take in animals that were so sick and starved they could barely stand - and DDR nursed these animals back to health and found them forever homes! And they do it all with a very limited income stream - because they spend their money on the dogs, and not on slick newspaper ads or gut-wrenching TV spots. I know that the executive management of this organization has gone for months - years - with no paychecks. And I know that the work done by this organization has earned it a brilliant reputation -- even in the well-heeled suburbs (denizens of which are very generous to DDR). DDR deserves your support!