Detroit Dog Rescue (DDR) along with event sponsors Pet Supplies Plus and Detroit K-9 Pet Supplies is hosting their third annual Pet Pantry Project, Saturday,
December 7, 2013, from 8 a.m. to noon at Roosevelt Park -located at 2200 Michigan Ave (the front lawn area of the Michigan Central Station-the old train station) in Corktown, Detroit.
Detroit residents currently struggling to feed their pets will have an opportunity to receive a free bag of pet food, hay for doghouse bedding and insulation, and a Detroit Dog Rescue goodie bag filled with assorted treats, supplies, pet care information and resources for as long as quantities last.
“Sharing the love, community outreach and giving back to Detroiter pet owners unable to feed their dog is what Pet Pantry Project is all about,” said Daniel “Hush” Carlisle, co-founder and executive director of Detroit Dog Rescue.
“Pet Pantry Project is one of my favorite Detroit Dog Rescue programs because it allows us to give back to the community we serve; to say thank you, and to create awareness among our donors and stakeholders of the many needs of struggling pet owners and the stray and homeless dog problem in Detroit."
"A little over a year ago Detroit Dog Rescue responded to a call for help by animal rescue groups in New York dealing with a pet food shortage after super storm Sandy devastated the coastal areas of Long Island and Staten Island. With little time, lots of hard work and the generosity from donors, Detroit Dog Rescue secured 17,000 pounds of dog and cat food for rescue and relief efforts. Half of the pet food – 4
tons went to New York, the other half went for Pet Pantry Project. Since then a number of donors including Pet Supplies Plus have stepped up to help grow our pet food donation program,” added Carlisle.
Pet Pantry Project is one of five programs that kick off Detroit Dog Rescue’s Dog Days of Winter Campaign -services that educate and promote the important responsibilities of dog ownership.
Vaccination Station – DDR’s low cost immunization event and program to encourage dogs overall health through regular veterinarian visits.
In the Doghouse/ Roofs for Woofs – program to build, donate and encourage dog owners to provide adequate shelter for pets that spend a significant time outdoors in a
Finally, Detroit Dog Rescue’s Lay in the Hay initiative that encourages dog owners to provide proper bedding and insulation for a doghouse by offering free hay.
“Last year DDR’s Pet Pantry Project gave away over 14,000 pounds of free dog food, 50 bags of hay and 20 medium sized dog houses to owners struggling financially to care and feed their dogs," said David Rudolph, Director of Communications for Detroit Dog Rescue.
“This year with the generous support of Pet Supplies Plus – a national retail pet supplier and Livonia, Michigan based company, Pet Pantry Project will be donating back to needy dog owners 12 tons of dog food, two tons of doggie treats, 38 Igloos (doghouses) and 100 doggie bags with all sorts of toys and stuff
for a dog."
Local retailer Detroit K-9 Pet Supplies – Detroit’s largest independent pet supplies retailer donated 60 bags of hay that will be available for doghouse bedding and insulation.
Owning a dog is a significant financial commitment and these remain tough times. Sometimes our four-legged canine family members often get the short end of the stick. A dog’s life in Detroit is not always picture perfect, but Detroit Dog Rescue’s mission in the city is fueled by advocating for humane practices showing love and compassion and owners spending quality time with their pet.
"Dogs have feelings too and deserve to eat well, Pet Pantry Project is a food bank meeting that need,” said Rudolph.
Detroit Dog Rescue is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to humanely rescue homeless and stray dogs living in Detroit and the establishment of the area’s first no-kill center for dogs without a home. The organization survives on the generous donations from those who care about the well being and treatment of dogs in Detroit. In this season of giving please consider donating your time,
talents or treasures to Detroit Dog Rescue.