Detroit Dogs

In a city that has been plagued with blight, corruption, bankruptcy and gentrification, Detroit’s city services often fall between the cracks, leaving residents to take matters into their own hands.

Detroit’s Animal Control services is understaffed, underpaid and lacks the resources it truly needs to handle the 139 square miles and the amount of animals within its limits. When Detroit’s city services fail the residents, they turn to other means of protection. For many Detroit citizens, dogs are more than a pet — they are property, protection and they are income. But what happens when people are unable to care for these dogs?

Each year, Detroit’s Animal Care and Control picks up thousands of stray dogs from the streets and deals with countless dogs being surrendered to their care each day. Many more dogs are killed or left for dead in alleys, basements and abandoned homes, traces of dog fighting or unwanted animals left to rot like pieces of trash.

These are just a few photos from my journey working with Detroit Dog Rescue, a nonprofit that is not funded by the city, but chooses to operate and help the City of Detroit and its citizens on a daily basis.

Warning: Some of the following photos contain graphic content.