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Tips on Considering Adoption, Over Buying a Dog or Puppy for Sale in Detroit

By Adopt-a-Pet.com

Fun Things to Do With Your Dog in Detroit

Looking for things to do with your new canine companion in the Detroit area? Meet up with a vibrant, friendly community of dogs and dog parents every third Saturday (11:00 am-1:00 pm) at the old Tigers Stadium in Corktown. Detroit Dog Park hosts this pop-up dog park as they work towards building a permanent dog park in Detroit. After enjoying off-leash playtime, you and your pup can head over to PJ’s Lager House for lunch while you get to know other local dog owners.

The Riverfront Canine Club brings humans and canines together for a guided dog-walking group. The group meets at 10:00 am on the third Sunday of every month to enjoy walks along the Detroit Riverfront. Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun! Just make sure to bring clean-up bags and water for your thirsty pup.

For some nature fun, head to Waterford and enjoy a day at the Drayton Plains Nature Center. Winding around ponds, through meadows and forests, nearly four miles of trails with interpretive signs will provide plenty of outdoor enjoyment for you and your pup. For more adventure, take part in one of the many tour options provided by Johnny Panther Quests Ecotours. Located in Davison, these tours range from peaceful to challenging. For more ideas on things to do with your dog in the Detroit area and in Michigan, visit the Dog Owner’s Guide to Michigan on BringFido.com.

Detroit Dog Rescues & Shelters

The Top 5 Reasons to Adopt, Rather than Buy a Dog or Puppy for Sale in Detroit.

  1. Finding the Best Match - Luckily, when you decide you want to add a furry member to your family, you have many dogs to choose from. Dogs and puppies of different breeds come with genetic tendencies that vary between breeds. More importantly, they also have distinct personalities, as each is an individual! It is common for rescuers and animal shelter staff and volunteers to already know the personality and tendencies of many of their dogs and puppies. This means they can better match up your requirements and lifestyle with the ideal dog or puppy. When searching for a new dog or puppy in Detroit, consider your lifestyle first. Answer yourself these questions:
    1. Do you have time to housetrain a puppy and teach them the rules of the house?
    2. Can you provide adequate exercise for an active dog, or one who needs mental stimulation and lots of interaction?
    3. Will your new four-legged friend have other pets as buddies around the house?
    4. Is it critical that you find a dog who is comfortable with children?
  2. Purebred or Fabulous Mixed-Breed: Shelters Have Them All! - Looking for a specific type of dog or puppy? It is estimated that 30% of all shelter animals are purebred. There are also large numbers of “breed-rescue” organizations specifically devoted to rescuing and adopting out a particular breed. On the other hand, you can find your own one-of-a-kind, amazing mixed-breed dog in a shelter. We love those fabulous mutts! Due to a larger gene pool to draw from, often mixed-breed dogs have fewer behavioral problems or health issues, and can even live longer than purebred dogs. In short, whatever you’re looking for you can find at your local shelter or rescue group in Detroit, and right here on Adopt-a-Pet.com.
  3. Adult Adoption = Less Stress - Adopting an adult dog has many advantages. Adult dogs in shelters have often already been in homes, and may already be housebroken and obedience-trained. Also, since adult dogs’ personalities are already established, it is easy to tell if they are good with children, or familiar and comfortable with other pets. One thing is certain; adult dogs require less attention and less work than puppies do. Best of all, any rescued dog will be forever grateful you saved their life.
  4. Be a Hero - Adoption helps save lives! One dog or puppy adopted in Detroit paves the way for another one to be saved. When you choose to adopt, you’re an instant hero.
  5. Adoption is MORE AFFORDABLE - Typically, adoption fees are much less than you’d pay for a dog or puppy for sale at a pet store, or even a breeder, in Detroit. Adopting is especially a great deal because usually rescued dogs and puppies have already been to the veterinarian for a check-up, had a round of vaccinations, and have been spayed or neutered. It all adds up, but when you choose pet adoption you are paying less for a dog or puppy who is just as perfect as one you’d find for sale!

Some Detroit Dog & Puppy Rescues

Below you'll find many Detroit focused rescue organizations. This is not a complete list! If you are a Detroit focused rescue and would like to be included, please sign up for an Adopt-a-Pet.com account here, then submit your request using the Contact Us link after you login to your Adopt-a-Pet.com rescue or shelter account. Thank you!

  • Michigan Dachshund Rescue - 356 W. Granet Ave, Hazel Park, MI 48030
  • NODROG Gordon Setter Club of Michigan Inc. - Hazel Park, MI 48030
  • Michigan Saint Bernard Rescue - 26254 Waldorf, Roseville, MI 48066
  • Furever Shih Tzu Rescue - Michigan - Royal Oak, MI 48073
  • Michigan Retired Greyhounds as Pets - P.O. Box 806131, St. Clair Shores, MI 48081
  • Sandys Canine Angel Rescue - P.O. Box 702, Washington, MI 48095
  • Top Dog Animal Rescue Group - P.O. Box 99313, Troy, MI 48099
  • All Paws Animal Rescue - Ann Arbor, MI 48104
  • Humane Society of Huron Vallley - 3100 Cherry Hill Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48105
  • Chinese Shar Pei Rescue of Michigan - Belleville, MI 48111
  • Van Buren Township Department of Public Safety - 46425 Tyler Rd, Belleville, MI 48111
  • A.R.C. Adopting Rescued Companions - Dearborn, MI 48121
  • MI American Eskimo Rescue - SE MI Heart Bandits - Dearborn, MI 48124
  • Flat Rock Animal Shelter - 25500 Gibraltar rd, Flat Rock, MI 48134
  • Grosse Ile Animal Shelter - 25799 Third, Grosse Ile, MI 48138
  • Friends of Lincoln Park Animals - Lincoln Park, MI 48146
  • Great Dane Rescue Inc. - P.O. Box 5543, Plymouth, MI 48170
  • Lake Erie Metro Animal Rescue - 15853 Woodruff Road, Rockwood, MI 48173
  • Rescued Hearts - P.O. Box 196, South Rockwood, MI 48179
  • Taylor Animal Group - P.O. Box 1038, Taylor, MI 48180
  • Helping Every Animal Downriver Society Inc. - H.E.A.D.S. P.O. Box 312, Trenton, MI 48183
  • Trenton-Woodhaven Animal Shelter - 4705 W Jefferson, Trenton, MI 48183
  • Second Chance Bouvier Rescue - 32251 Bertram Drive, Westland, MI 48185
  • WAG Animal Rescue - P. O. Box 222, Wyandotte, MI 48192
  • Michigan All Pet Rescue - P.O.Box 1545, Southgate, MI 48195
  • Michigan Pit Bull Rescue - Ypsilanti, MI 48198
  • City of Detroit Animal Control - Detroit, MI 48216
  • Adopt A Husky Inc. - PO BOX 20483, Ferndale, MI 48220
  • Jethros Place Animal Sanctuary - PO Box 561, Ferndale, MI 48220
  • Palmer Park Dog Rescue - P.O. Box 20971, Ferndale, MI 48220
  • German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Michigan - Detroit, MI 48226
  • Grosse Pointe Animal Clinic - 15135 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230
  • B.A.R.K. - Boos Animal Rescue Klub - Redford Park, MI 48236
  • West Warren Vet - Detroit, MI 48239
  • Mutts & Mutts Rescue League - P.O.Box 40386, Redford, MI 48240
  • Schipperke Club of America - 2766 Heathfield, Bloomfield, MI 48301
  • Saint Francis Dog Rescue - Rochester, MI 48306
  • Companion Pet Rescue - P.O.Box 70631, Rochester Hills, MI 48307
  • No Place Like Home Rescue Of Michigan - P.O. Box 80721, Rochester Hills, MI 48308
  • Save a Galgo - 34863 Schoenherr, Sterling Heights, MI 48312
  • Golden Retriever Rescue of Michigan - P O Box 214576, Auburn Hills, MI 48321
  • Animal Crafters - 4095 White Birch, West Bloomfield, MI 48323
  • Oakland County Animal Control - 1700 Brown Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326

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  • Michigan Basset Rescue Inc. - P.O. Box 300381, Waterford, MI 48330
  • Humane Education Project - P.O. Box 2144, Farmington Hills, MI 48336
  • Michigan Animal Rescue League Inc. - 790 Featherston, Pontiac, MI 48342
  • Keesiekids Keeshond Rescue - White Lake, MI 48383
  • In The Dogs House Animal Rescue - P. O. Box 172, Union Lake, MI 48387
  • Critter Connection Rescue League - P.O. Box 930692, Wixom, MI 48393

 

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