Name of Organization
Detroit Animal Welfare Group (DAWG)

Type of Organization
Animal Welfare
Rescue and Education

Services Provided
Anti-Cruelty and Animal Rescue
Education and Advocacy
Spay and Neuter Clinics

Their Work

In Detroit, Michigan, the poor automotive economy and dwindling population have resulted in a rise in crime and the emergence of an enormous underground dog fighting industry.

The volunteers at DAWG work diligently around the clock on the streets of Detroit and have been trained in anti-cruelty and know exactly what to look for when it comes to rescuing dogs who have fallen victim to this cruel and illegal trade. They have taken in many of the dogs, rehabilitated and adopted them out.

Last winter there were many dead dogs being dumped in Rouge Park in Detroit and they were able to get the media involved and a few hundred volunteers who came together to hold an Anti-Dog Fighting rally at the park and search for more deceased dogs.  It brought the much needed awareness to the issue and our volunteers continued to monitor the park regularly and the number of carcasses greatly decreased. They continue to raise awareness by educating residents with brochures, speaking at Detroit schools, monitoring the neighborhoods, following up on all tips called in and raising funds by selling  “End Dog Fighting in Detroit” gear. 

DAWG is one of the recent recipients of a Shelter Support Fund grant through SPCA International’s anti-dog fighting campaign, Sam’s Cause.

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