Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located?
We are a foster based rescue.  Meaning  we do not have a kennel facility to house our dogs. We have foster homes all over the state of Michigan. After rescue some may have a short stay at a veterinarian  or boarding facility then they are off to a foster home where they are made comfortable and can receive the best care possible until they find their forever homes.

How can I see your dogs?
If you are interested in a specific dog, fill out an application online. Once processed the foster parent will set up a meet and greet with you and their foster dog.  If you are just browsing, check out our adoption days on the 'events' page and find an event near you. This link liststhe dogs that are planning to attend.

What is the adoption process?
  1. Fill out an adoption application.
  2. We will contact your vet to get a reference check, verifying all present pets are up to date.
  3. A home visit will be done in order to match the right dog to the right home.
  4. A meet and greet of the dog(s) of interest will be arranged.
  5. Adoption contract signed, if applicable a spay/neuter contract signed and adoption fee collected.
Can I read the contract before I make the decision whether to adopt?
Yes, please click on the links below to access our current contracts.
Click for Dog Contract | Click for Cat Contract

How can I help?
We are always in need of assistance, and there are many ways you can help!
Donations: We are a non-profit organization and can always use monetary donations. Please email or donate online here via paypal. You could also help by buying something off our our Amazon wishlist. We are always in of supplies and material donations, please check out the "Wishlist" page for more information. Every bit helps!!

Fostering: We can only save lives if we have foster homes! Please consider opening your home and heart to a dog dying for a spot! LDDR covers all costs.  Supplies, vetting, food. You just need to give them space, love and time
Volunteering: If you can’t foster but want to help we can certainly use your help!! Just some of the needs we have are
  • Dog walkers for our dogs in the board and train programs
  • Home visit Volunteers
  • Fundraisers
  • Transporter to help our freedom rides or move from boarding to events, foster homes and vets
  • Adoption event planners and hosts
These helpful roles can be done when you have the time and you can commit to only those that fit your schedule, please consider taking some time out to help!
Where do your dogs come from?
We receive most of our dogs from the Michigan and Ohio shelters, some further who find themselves unfortunate to be on the shelters  "urgent"  list.

Do you euthanize?
Rarely, we have rescued these dogs from being killed in various shelters and other situations where their life is at immediate risk. However, sometimes their health is so declined that quality of life is not there or in a few incidences after working with a couple of our trainers and our best seasoned fosters we have to make the hard choice to protect people and end a dogs fear and anxiety and let them go. This is very, very rare.

Are your dogs up to date (UTD) with shots?
Yes, for the majority. We vaccinate all our dogs however some may be adopted while still going through their vaccine series. If you adopt such a dog we will give you directions of what they need to receive to have the series complete. This cost will be the adopters cost after adoption. We spay or neuter all of our dogs when over 6 months old and healthy. Some dogs because of health reasons we hold off until they are healthy and can best recover. If they find their home prior to that taking place, they can be adopted with a spay/neuter contract and deposit.

Don't dogs that come from shelters have something wrong with them?
Very few dogs that come to us have issues. The volunteers and staff at the shelters we pull from take great effort to beg for the lives of those dogs that are easily acclimated into homes. Often times there are family pets that were betrayed and abandoned at the shelter, vacant homes and road sides. Because LDDR picks our dogs on personality over breed or looks. We get some of the sweetest souls in peril. If a dog comes to us and issues are seen we disclose what we observe and work with them to get them past those issues as if they were our own dogs. LDDR believes that all dogs need love and care regardless of their past. We find many would benefit from training and with a little time and patience by the people willing to give them their second chance at life these dogs, can be great family members!

Please watch the short video below for more information about shelter dogs.