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Donate items to help rescue homeless Detroit dogs

August 21, 2013

In an effort to help the estimated tens of thousands of stray dogs that make their home on the streets of Detroit, a Troy company is collecting items to help those who foster the canines.

Steve Barone, president and CEO of Creative Breakthroughs Inc., based on Big Beaver in Troy, founded the nonprofit organization Detroit Area Rescue Team, which he said aims to fill the gaps in the local charity scene.

This week, DART is collecting dog supplies for Detroit Dog Rescue. Daniel “Hush” Carlisle, a local rapper, producer and actor, founded the group with Monica Martino, an executive producer for TV. She began following the stray dogs in Detroit in 2010 and created the Discovery Channel series “A Dog’s Life.” After the series ceased production, they founded the group to help the stray dogs.

“Part of DDR’s mission is to raise funds for a no-kill shelter,” said Laura Zecca, who works with Barone at Creative Breakthroughs. She explained that meanwhile, volunteers foster the strays with the aim to find them homes.

According to the DDR website, there are more than 50,000 homeless and stray dogs on the streets of Detroit, and only 23 animal control officers to perform rescue operations, resulting in 90 percent of the dogs picked up by the city being euthanized.

“I was shocked there was that kind of need,” Barone said.

DART hopes to fill an entire semi-truck full of dog supplies, including food for adult dogs and puppies, treats, large dog bowls, blankets and towels, collars and leashes, dog houses, toys, crates and kennels, dog beds, flea and tick prevention, and paper towels. Gift cards to Pet Supplies Plus or PetSmart and gas gift cards for the DDR vans are also appreciated. The donation drive will take place Aug. 19–24 at 2075 W. Big Beaver Road, on the south side, west of Crooks. The event will be capped off with a dog adoption day and barbecue 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 24. Six dogs will be onsite for adoption.

Bring a driver’s license if you wish to adopt a dog.

For information on other drop-off donation sites in Berkley, Shelby Township and Warren, dogs available for adoption, and the DDR, visit

About the author

Staff Writer Terry Oparka covers Troy and the Troy School District for the Troy Times. Oparka has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2000 and attended Oakland University and Macomb Community College. Oparka has won an award from the Michigan Press Association and three awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Chapter.

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