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Detroit Dog Rescue improving lives in Detroit for four years

A lot has been going on for Detroit Dog Rescue in the past four years. There newest achievement is the grand opening of a New Boarding Center in the Eastside Community.

The facility will be called Detroit Dog Rescue’s Calvin Cash Boarding Center located at 15612 Harper Ave., Detroit, Michigan 48224.

This is a huge accomplishment for DDR since the rescue was started 4 years ago. Daniel “Hush” Carlisle, executive director and co-founder recalls creating DDR with Monica Martino as advocates for the humane treatment and welfare of stray and homeless dogs in Detroit and the establishment of a no kill rescue center in the city.
In the beginning they had no experience at all and were totally dependent on assistance from donors, volunteers, staff members and community stakeholders who supported Detroit Dog Rescue at every point.

For three years while working its mission in the community – educating dog owners on the responsibilities of pet ownership, sponsoring countless discounted spay and neuter clinics, hosting healthy dog vaccination and microchip programs, and hosting free dog food distributions events around town, Detroit Dog Rescue quietly continued to look for the best place to bring its boarding and adoption activities under one roof.
Then a year ago Detroit Dog Rescue met Dr. Samad, a veterinarian serving the Detroit’s eastside community for more than 40 years, who expressed interest in retirement and offered to sell his complete practice and property to Detroit Dog Rescue. The offer was one Detroit Dog Rescue could not refuse to pass up. The organization seized the opportunity to build its base of operation within a community where they can be most impactful - helping resident pet owners, and addressing the stray and homeless dog problem at the core area.

A year later and nearly $250,000 invested in redeveloping the property, Detroit Dog Rescue is proud to name its new boarding center after Calvin Lamont Cash – one of the first staff members at Detroit Dog Rescue who dedicated his time (until his untimely death) to rescuing and finding new homes for stray and homeless dogs in Detroit. “Cash, as we all called Calvin, was the heart, soul and spiritual leader among us at Detroit Dog Rescue,” said Dante Dasaro, creative marketing director for Detroit Dog Rescue. “Cash, was deeply spiritual and believed it was divine inspiration that brought all of us together from different walks-of-life to work as a team to help stray and homeless dogs in Detroit find better loving homes. There was never any doubt what Detroit Dog Rescue would call its first rescue center – The Detroit Dog Rescue Calvin Cash Boarding Center. We loved him dearly and miss him a lot,” added Dasaro.

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 wellbeing and treatment of dogs in Detroit. Please consider donating your time, talents or treasures to Detroit Dog Rescue.

For more information on Detroit Dog Rescue visit online at, on Facebook@DetroitDogRescue or follow on Twitter @313DogRescue. ###.

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