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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is no rescue too challenging or level of care too great for Dogs Unlimited! When there is a need, Gina Lutes and her unbelievable support team jumps right in and changes the lives of both fur babies and their future owners forever! As a volunteer, I have seen this over and over again. I am proud to be associated with such an unbelievable organization and I applaud their hard work and dedication!

1 Sharon219

Client Served

Rating: 5

dogs Unlimited rescue has made a profound impact on our community and my life personally. They have saved so many helpless dogs and have even recently saved a helpless pig. The owner and her fosters and the board work endless hours to care, nurture and love these animals and bring them their fur ever families. I am so blessed to witness these beautiful animals being rescued and it has made the biggest difference to these hopeless animals that end up having a happy ending because of this organization I rate this organization beyond a 5 star! --Sharon Witmer, Lucky family member of rescued dogs!

1 Anna134

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dogs Unlimited Rescue is a safe heaven for rescued animals! This organization puts 100 percent effort and commitment to provide a new life to their rescues. A dedicated team of volunteers work tirelessly to provide the animals unconditional love, safety , good health and happy homes. This organization has an examplary reputation and is truly an invaluable resource to animal rescue community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Terri and I'm Buddy's mama as of June 2016, thanks to the wonderful caring people at Dog's Unlimited Rescue. Buddy was a street runner who was so fearful of people. The Rescue went the extra mile to make sure he felt safe and secure, and also got him a chip and gps. Mary Lou kept in close contact with me until she felt Buddy was ready for adoption. And we've continued to commune through all his wonderful progress. I'm so grateful for Dog's Unlimited Rescue. Thank you and God bless you all.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We heard about Dogs Unlimited Rescue through PetFinder. We looked at so many dogs for weeks. (We wanted them all)!

Finally, we clicked on "Lucky's" page and we knew he was already part of our family. His pictures showed how loving, handsome and proud he was. When we talked to Mary Lou Bender, Lucky's rescuer, and heard his story, we couldn't wait to meet him!

Lucky met our other rescue Baxter (pug), and the bonded immediately! I felt Lucky felt right at home as he walked around our house, played in the backyard, and found "his" spot on the couch! We love Lucky, aka, Lucky Ducky Doo. He and Baxter are best friends and enjoy their couch time and walks together! Lucky keeps adjusting more every day and I think he now knows this is his forever home and we are his forever humans!

Mary Lou and Dogs Unlimited guided us through the whole process, had all of Lucky's medical records in order, and followed up with us regularly after Lucky came home, to make sure not only Lucky was happy but Katy, myself and Baxter were all happy with Lucky too!

We will always rescue and own through Dogs Unlimited Rescue! We highly recommend them to all current and new dog owners!

Greg K. & Katy B, and Mr. Baxter too!

1 Tammy151

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've fostered for dogs unlimited many time the rescue is a wonderful organization. They have the best vets taking care of the animals to get them ready for there forever home. They get dogs that no other organizations would take with broken limb and many expensive problems etc.while fostering I fell in love with my little cockapoo he was only 2lbs and very sick with lots of care he is now a healthy baby boy. Dogs unlimited rescue.org is a top notch rescue group they have given many dogs new lives with there new forever homes

2 Tracy86

Client Served

Rating: 5

DUR is an amazing organization. I know first hand after going through the adoption process. These folks are true animal lovers and everything they do is with the best interest of the dogs in mind. They fund raise to provide life saving care to dogs who would otherwise suffer. My own pup was the beneficiary of cardiac surgery, funded from the generosity of people who believe in DUR. Two years after that surgery, he is in great shape. He is the happiest dog I've ever met and loves to run. Without DUR's commitment, fantastic fundraising, fostering, and coordination of care, his heart condition would have been fatal. I have remained in communication with these great folks and enjoy watching them rally around the dogs who are lucky enough to find their way to DUR. Not only are the dogs well cared for, DUR does a wonderful job of finding the right environment for these dogs, many of whom have suffered trauma we will never know. I also appreciated that this organization is run in a professional manner, with business savvy. There are many dog rescue groups that mean well but don't have the business know-how to operate. DUR is run with compassion for the dogs and business sophistication. (I don't mean to leave out the occasional cat or pig that finds its way to DUR--they are in great hands too!)

Previous Stories
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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a dog from this wonderful group. His story is remarkable. He was surrendered by his owner after she was in a life threatening accident. At his first checkup, the vet discovered a heart defect that would cost thousands of dollars to correct. With no notice, this group mobilized, collected enough for his surgery, and saved his life. They were thoughtful in finding him a home after the surgery, taking into account the many intangibles that make the difference between a great fit and a problem. His foster family was incredible. I've never seen such an amazing and dedicated group of people.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The care and the concern of this organization is extraordinary. There are no conditions too dire or distance too far that would stop this group of volunteers from rescuing these dogs, or any animal, from dangerous or uncertain circumstances. And very importantly, they are very good stewards of every dollar. Everyone is a volunteer and everyone is committed to Dogs Unlimited Rescue.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am excited to be able to tell you about Dogs Unlimited Rescue! I have watched so many heartwarming rescue stories about animals that were brought back from a life of abuse and suffering to healthy and happy lives, made possible by the angels at Dogs Unlimited Rescue. I want to share pictures and a story about Oliver. Oliver was surrendered by his owner at 5 months old with both of his front legs severely fractured with little explanation. Dogs Unlimited took Oliver into the rescue where he went through several surgeries in attempt to fix his fractured legs. His left leg was unable to be repaired and the repairs on the right leg only lasted for a few years. Although this sweet little guy has suffered from what he went through as a puppy, he is now a happy 5 year old. Oliver has no use of his front legs, but with the love and support of dogs Unlimited he has a wheel chair to get around and is living a happy life. This only one heart warming success stories that Dogs Unlimited Rescue is responsible for. "Thank you, Gina and all who put their hearts and time into helping make Dogs Unlimited Rescue a safe place for babies like Oliver."

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have not been personally involved, but I have many friends that have had an excellent experience with Dogs Unlimited Rescue. They are very impressed by the passion that Gina gives to the dogs and the loving care provided by the volunteers that assist the project.
When I am in need of a dog, I will definitely go to Dogs Unlimited Rescue.