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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Dogs Unlimited Rescue, Inc. is an all volunteer non-profit organization that is dedicated to educating the public and saving abused and neglected animals from an uncertain fate. Our organization rescues animals from high kill shelters, hoarding situations, abuse or neglect cases, owner surrenders, and the breeding parents in Ohio puppy mills that would otherwise be inhumanely disposed of. We improve their lives by providing quality care and placement into permanent loving homes. We will continue to educate, rescue, rehabilitate and encourage the adoption of pets from shelters and rescue groups. We do not maintain a physical shelter. All our rescues are in loving foster care. We differentiate ourselves by providing animals in our rescue with ONLY quality care and even though it may be costly, these animals deserve nothing less and that is why donations are so vitally important. Our vetting is very costly along the with other related expenses (rehabilitation, training, etc.) of the animals in our rescue.

Results: Since inception, we have saved, medically and emotionally treated, and homed over 500 dogs and cats (mostly dogs).

Target demographics: injured, abandoned, homeless animals

Direct beneficiaries per year: 200 dogs and cats find furever homes

Geographic areas served: NorthEast Ohio

Programs: fostering, rehabilitation, medical attention, and lots and lots of love and nurturing until the dogs and cats are healthy and happy in furever homes!

Community Stories

85 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

After my husband and I lost our beloved dog, my sister found the cutest lil' pup, LeBron, online from Dogs Unlimited Rescue and I knew we had to have him. Mary Lou, LeBron's foster mom, was wonderful to work with and though the process was thorough (which is great to make sure each pet is going to a good home) everything went smoothly. Dogs Unlimited Rescue was upfront with LeBron's history and Mary Lou made sure all available records were given to us. I am very thankful for Dogs Unlimited Rescue and would recommend them to anyone looking to rescue.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have now worked with Dogs Unlimited Rescue on two occasions and can't say enough great things about this organization and their desire to help all animals.
I first adopted a Chihuahua mix that had been found as a stray on the streets of Cleveland in October 2015 , the poor little guy ( now known as Charlie , formerly Niko ) was in pretty poor shape , he was very much underweight and had apparently been attacked by an another animal of some type , which had caused head and neck trauma , as well as a raging infection throughout his tiny body , as these injuries were not recent.
Dogs Unlimited took this boy into their care , and after putting drains into his wounds , stitching him up and treating with antibiotics , he was on his way to a full recovery. I fostered him for a while and ended up taking him into my family, where he is very much loved !
My second occasion to work with this wonderful group of people was in January of 2017 , I had heard of a senior boxer that had been abandoned by her family at a facility , which had apparently been trying to find him a home , although their hearts may have been in the right place , their actions proved not to be , Rosie was put in an unheated outdoor building and was kept there for approximately a month and a half , they had not found her a home and were going to be euthanizing her the next day.
After I saw a picture of her on Facebook with a plea for someone to step in , I went up there , and what I found was heartbreaking , it was 6 degrees outside , she was in a small pen with no bed on a concrete floor, lying in her own urine. She did not even lift her head to look at us , just opened her eyes and then closed them again. I called Dogs Unlimited , hoping they could help me out with this poor girl , they immediately said yes , for which I was so grateful ! So I got her out of there , it took her 10 minutes to walk 20 yards to my car , her arthritic body was so sore from the concrete floor and bitter cold temperatures she had been in for 1 1/2 months. I took her home , warmed her up , fed her and made lots of comfortable beds around my house . After giving her a day to settle a little , we took her to the vet , she had some health issues , thyroid condition , tumors , deafness , partial blindness and unfortunately she has been diagnosed with Cancer.
After being in our care for a few weeks , the spark came back to her , she is now one very happy girl , who loves her new home and her new furry siblings . We are committed to making the time she has left comfortable and pain free, with lots of Love !
None of this would have been possible without Dogs Unlimited Rescue, they truly care about the welfare of the animals and always have their best interest in mind , they always go the extra mile for these rescues , as difficult as it may be at times .

Christine Fronczek

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Dogs Unlimited Rescue for four years and I can't imagine volunteering anywhere else. I am constantly amazed by just how much the people at Dogs Unlimited Rescue care about every single dog that comes into rescue. It doesn't matter if they are old, young, fit, disabled, large or small; Dogs Unlimited Rescue spares no expense in ensuring that each dog gets whatever they need to give them a second chance for a happy life. I have grown attached to a lot of the dogs in the rescue, especially the ones who were in the rescue for a while while they waited to find their perfect home, but I remember one of the dogs who was there from my very first adoption event. His name was Leon and he was a little black and white papillon who was terrified of men which meant that I couldn't adopt him because of my dad and brother. I think that Leon was adopted and returned two times and every time Dogs Unlimited Rescue welcomed him back into the family which shows that they are willing to do everything they can for all their dogs, no matter how long it takes. And while I still miss his perky little ears and unique personality, I know that he is in a good home now since Dogs Unlimited Rescue carefully selects each adopter to ensure that our dogs will be treated with the love and respect that they deserve. I don't know that I can capture with words just how much Dogs Unlimited Rescue cares for their dogs. They tailor their care to each dogs individual needs and do whatever it takes to make sure that each dog has the best life they can have. I think that the best compliment I can give is that if I were a dog, there would be no one that I would trust more to help give me a second chance.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is our first dog adoption. We couldn't thank Dogs Unlimited Rescue enough. They made the whole process easy. We were given time to get to know our dog and they were very patient with our concerns and questions. The volunteer staff were exceptionally kind and helpful. They even brought toys and some essentials to our home to help with the transition. They made sure that there was a perfect match between a dog and his/her new home. We would highly recommend Dogs Unlimited Rescue to anyone who is looking to adopt a dog.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dogs Unlimited Rescue is a wonderful organization full of amazing volunteers and foster parents! Their goal is to provide a better life for all animals they rescue. This is truly an amazing organization, and I cannot begin to express what an asset they are to the community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Dogs Unlimited Rescue is an exceptional rescue for many reasons. I am writing this review from the perspective of a foster volunteer but I also adopted my sweet, beautiful Ruby from DUR. Our Director, Gina, is an amazing, compassionate individual who always goes above and beyond for the rescue animals in our care. We know she will find a way to provide the care needed, no matter the cost, to restore our babies back to health. Many of these dogs (cats and a pig too!) require costly vet care into the thousands for their recovery and management of complications. As a volunteer, I always feel supported and respected and I’m proud to be associated with such a wonderful, caring group of volunteers. My current foster, Allie, was close to death when found due to blood loss and hypothermia after apparently being hit by a car and left by the side of the highway. Fortunately she had an angel who found her and made it possible for us to take her into rescue and provide her with the emergency care she desperately needed. After an amputation and management of complications she’s recovered and is now in search of her forever home. This is just one of many stories that illustrated the amazing work of this rescue and its volunteers! I’m attaching a photos of my dear Ruby and current foster Allie (wearing the pink sweater).

1 Marija W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been volunteering / fostering with various dog rescues over the past 17 years and NOT all rescues are equal to Dogs Unlimited. All rescue work is very worthwhile and everyone has good intentions but rescue is not an easy business and requires a lot of dedication, we feel very fortunate to be a part of Dogs Unlimited because they are STARS in our eyes. I work in the medical field and so for me the healthcare aspect of each and every dog is a “very important” aspect of rescue. I could not in good conscience continue to volunteer for DUR if they did not also share that vision. It is not just a matter of rehoming each dog but caring for them both physically and emotionally in preparation for their forever homes. Yes sometimes the cost of doing so can be tremendous and sometimes a great deal of time is required but that is where this rescue shines, everyone pulls together to make it happen. We never feel rushed to move the dog out before they are really ready, each dog is different and they are given however much time they need to heal and feel safe. I feel honored to be a part of a rescue that I respect as much as I do Dogs Unlimited and its founder Gina Lutes.
We adopted our special needs foster Kaden who clearly came from puppy mill situation and was thought to be a piece of trash on the street until someone attempted to pick him up. He came to us with a terrible fear of human touch, he didn’t know what grass was and his first experience with sunlight amazed him, he would raise his little face the light and squint. Due to his previous living conditions he continued to develop health issues, he went blind from his diabetes, required daily insulin injections and had much hearing loss from untreated ear infections. BUT Kaden became a happy active dog and lived out his last few years thoroughly enjoying human cuddle time and exploring the outdoors in a comfortable controlled setting, he became a spunky little boy once he knew what it was like to be truly loved and to feel safe. RIP sweet Kaden. Thank you Dogs Unlimited!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I received a call from Dogs Unlimited Rescue a few years ago asking if I could foster a pair of Pekingese dogs that were being rescued along with a slew of others dogs. I was happy to help!! I ended up adopting them because I fell in love!! The people at Dogs Unlimited Rescue do everything possible to help unwanted and abused animals find "furever" homes. The 100% commitment the director, staff and all the people involved with fostering and finding these animals homes show what true animal lovers they are. I am truly grateful I received that call and for all their efforts!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dogs Unlimited Rescue is absolutely amazing! I learned of their efforts through a co-workers and have been following them ever since. I have a wonderful 6 lbs toy poodle at home who was very shy and there was a small dog in the rescue that we thought might be a good match/friend for my dog and household. Sadly this was not the right one but it got me to the point of filling out the application piece. They got to know me and understand my abilities with the smaller animals and not more than a couple weeks later came my little Tucker. He fit right in. They took care of everything at the Vet’s I had nothing to worry about. He was a very scared little guy in a new place, but Tucker and I bonded very quickly. He didn’t know how to play like other dogs, he didn’t understand fetching, and with my other toy poodle who can do tricks galore he has learned so much. He even tries to play with the cats by pushing the toys in their face, it’s absolutely hysterical (not from the cats’ point of view). I wouldn’t know what to do without him now, my little white thunder! I couldn't ask for the rescue to do anything more than they did, they are the best at creating new families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Kathi M.
I am composing this letter for the best animal rescue in my opinion and I'm sure many others would agree with me, "Dogs Unlimited".
Two years ago a dear friend of mine asked me to foster a dog who was found wondering the streets on the west side of town here in Cleveland. My friend volunteers for "Dogs Unlimited" and I was quick to say yes as I totally trust her judgement when it comes to dog rescues. I was involved a few years before with another rescue of which I adopted two dogs, one of which I fostered and eventually kept. My friend then started to volunteer for Dogs Unlimited and I am so grateful that she did and asked me to get involved.
The dog she asked me to foster was a Min-Pin. Now, in all honesty, I am a "big dog" lover, so this was going to be something new for me to foster a " small dog". Dogs Unlimited brought the dog to me and immediately I knew I was volunteering with a very special rescue. They stayed with me while we, Diesel and myself, became acquainted. They told me which food was best for this little guy, his vet appointments were made by them for me to take him to for his neutering, shots and just general up keep. They were not in a hurry to just dump this dog, they wanted to make sure he would be alright with me and that I was alright with him. This was so important. If I had a problem I had a number to call and they would get right back to me. They explained the process of me taking him to meet prospective adopters.
Long story short Diesel is now my third pup, just could not let this wonderful little stinker go. He is a huge part of our lives and what is great is Dogs Unlimited stays in touch with us. They are there for us 24/7 and that is what makes them so special to me. They give so much time and support always and Gina Lutes is awesome. If you have questions you get prompt answers, if your dog should happen to wander off, they are out looking for him or her right along side of you. This dog rescue is way above and beyond other rescue organizations.