Metro Detroit Animal Shelters Need Your Help This Winter

By: Michael Fossbakk | December 14, 2020

Are you looking to adopt a new furry friend this winter? There really is no bad time to bring a new, four-legged addition to your family home, but the holiday and winter season are especially perfect. A new dog makes for a great holiday gift for the family and this time of year is when stray dogs need a reprieve from the harsh weather.

At the beginning of the pandemic, we featured some local animal shelters that were in need of foster parents as their facilities became overcrowded. And, in celebration of Dogust, we checked back in with those shelters to see how they had been faring through the pandemic.

With the winter and holiday seasons upon us, we wanted to once again feature a few Metro Detroit animal shelters that could use your help whether it be through donations, foster care or adoption.

Detroit Dog Rescue

With a mission to raise awareness for homeless and stray dogs in the area, Detroit Dog Rescue is a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter. Some of the no-kill alternatives they advocate for are foster care, adoptions and pet population control through spay and neutering. They also work with the community through local police and fire departments.

If you want to help Detroit Dog Rescue’s mission, consider fostering or adopting a dog. If that isn’t feasible for you, donations are kindly appreciated. 

I Heart Dogs

Located in Warren, I Heart Dogs is another no-kill shelter that aims to provide rehabilitation and re-homing for homeless dogs throughout Metro Detroit. They accomplish this through adoption and fostering programs, as well as help from volunteers and donations.

If you visit the adoption page on their website, you can view the dogs (and cats) available for adoption. Each listing provides photos and information about each pet, such as the estimated date of birth, health status and whether they are comfortable around other pets or children. If adoption doesn’t work for you, consider fostering a pet instead.

Detroit Animal Care and Control

As a part of the City of Detroit, Detroit Animal Care and Control is tasked with protecting the health and safety of Detroit residents from animal bites, zoonotic disease and traffic hazards. They do this by maintaining an animal shelter that places animals into loving homes and educating new pet owners about responsible pet ownership.

More information about how to adopt or foster a pet from Detroit Animal Care and Control can be found on their Facebook page. There, you can also find information about volunteering. If you need to report a stray animal, you can do so by calling (313) 224-6356 or filling out a form on their website.

Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society

After opening a brand new adoption center in February this year, Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society was forced to close their doors due to COVID-19 just a month later. They have since reopened and are meeting with prospective pet owners by appointment. They are also making their Annual Appeal for fundraising right now, so if you can contribute any amount to the work they do to provide shelter and veterinary care to homeless animals, you can do so on their website through PayPal.