Detroit Animal Welfare Group

Detroit, Michigan
Type of Organization
Animal Welfare
Rescue and Education
Services Provided
Anti-Cruelty and Animal Rescue
Spay and Neuter Clinics
Education and Advocacy
Their Work

In Detroit, Michigan, the poor automotive economy and dwindling population have resulted in a rise in crime and dog fighting. Animals have no value in this harsh world and are tossed out without food, water, and shelter to fend for themselves on the brutal streets.

DAWG (Detroit Animal Welfare Group) is a no kill non profit rescue organization who’s focus is the thousands of homeless, freezing, starving dogs and cats living on the streets in Detroit.

They provide full medical care including sterilization, vaccines, fecal testing, heartworm testing, micro chipping, RCP/Feline leukemia test for each animal, in addition to any other needed treatments such as parvovirus, heartworm, fractures, ACL tears, mass removal, entropians and even cataracts.

All the dogs that are rescued are rehabilitated and rehomed at adoption events. DAWG also provides community education and services in the Detroit area including straw, food and shelter for owned dogs, transport and sterilization of owned pets, and participates in community educational events.

The all-volunteer group constantly worry about funds to care for them all. The phone rings off the hook with reports of emaciated dogs left behind in abandoned houses.  As seasoned rescuers they know that getting them off the streets is the easy part and the rehabilitation to make them adoptable is the painstakingly hard part.

It takes a special team to see the vast suffering on a daily basis and forge ahead. Without support, they simply cannot continue to operate in the manner in which they do. With a grant from SPCAI’s Shelter Program, they will be able to begin the much-needed renovations for a 15-acre farm that they have just acquired in order to house the hundreds of animals in need that come under their care.