Friday, May 30, 2014

Witnessing Kindness

So how does one survive the world of rescue? How does one answer the question "How can you stand to see those terrible things that happen to animals?" Well, you have to look at the bright side, you always need to keep it in view and the reality is, it is always there, always. 

The past few weeks have been a challenge, kittens galore, dogs with some serious medical problems, dogs that have been at the shelter for way too long...

...and this is where it gets really cool. We asked for help and we got it. 
  • KMR milk replacement formula came streaming in from our Amazon wish list for the orphaned kittens.  
  • Monetary donations came in for Sassy, an owner surrendered dog with medical conditions that had been left untreated for far too long.  
  • Our low cost vaccine clinic treated 250 animals and the mayor of Southgate bought one of our Rescue On! t-shirts :) How cool is that?
And my absolute favorite feel good story? Franco found his guardian angel. He has been at the shelter for almost two months now and is a really great dog. He is just one of those unfortunate ones that seems to get overlooked time and time again. Sometimes it just happens that way, his perfect adopter has not shown up yet. For a young and playful dog, the extended stay in the shelter becomes hard. With no backyard to run around in, playmates to play with or a human to cuddle with after a long day, dogs can become depressed and a bit 'cage crazy'. But Kelly is not going to let that happen. A long time volunteer, Kelly has gone above and beyond and is making sure Franco has time away from the shelter and lots of attention. Franco now gets to see life from a different perspective; meeting new people, playing with kids and other animals (which he does very well with) and most importantly he gets to experience a sense of belonging. Kelly is actively looking for a rescue organization for him or maybe, someone will see his picture, fall in love with those eyes and know, they are his perfect adopter. All I know is, Franco is going to be fine with Kelly as his guardian angel.

So sometimes, you just have to look in a different direction and when you do, you will see the wave of compassion. You will see the generosity of people. You will see the relief in the eyes of an animal that now feels better. And that is how you survive the world of rescue.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Come Meet Big Papi!

Big Papi
Papi's age is estimated to be around 8 months old. This sweetheart is definitely a lap dog!

He gets along with dogs his size and cats, but he is a little fearful of men.

He is up to date on vaccines, micro-chipped and neutered. We are working on house training.

A home visit is required.

Big Papi will be at PetSmart in Woodhaven from 4:30pm to 7:00pm on Friday May 30, 2014. Come up and meet this cutie!!

For more information about Big Papi and all of our available pets, please visit


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Little Bit Of Cuteness

Little Bit
Little Bit is so loving and sweet. She sleeps with her foster mom every night!

This sweet girl is just over 2 years old. She is full of energy and loves to play toys. She really loves the laser light!

Little Bit is house-trained, spayed and current on vaccinations.

Please consider giving this great cat a home!

To fill out an application online, please visit


Friday, May 23, 2014

Shelters are terrible places!

Today we are going to review some of the things I have heard people say about animal shelters, mainly, that we are the bad guys. There are some seriously antiquated thoughts out there that are surprisingly still alive and kickin'. 

So let me set a few things straight about Downriver shelters and the army of kindness we are creating by partnering with rescue groups:

1. If I bring my animal to the shelter, he will be killed. 
  • Downriver Central Animal Control for the cities of Allen Park, Lincoln Park, Southgate and Wyandotte has the lowest euthanasia rate in the area. Woodhaven/Trenton animal shelter just announced no-kill for all adoptable animals. City of Taylor now has a volunteer group working with the city shelter and is making giant leaps of improvements for the animals. Yes, euthanasia exists but it is not done to the extreme that the folks who 'need a reason' to keep letting their cat have kittens may tell you.
2. Shelters are dirty.
  • We proudly wear our rubber boots to clean up the dog doo-doo and are at the shelter long before it is opens to the public. Look, we are not cleaning for you, we are cleaning for the animals and caring for them like our owned pets. We house alot of animals so the shelter may not smell spring time fresh but we do not let our community animals live in filth.
3. Shelters only give an animal 5 days to live.
  • Stray hold times vary by city but the 5 day thing comes from how long we legally have to hold a stray animal so the owner has time to find them before we can legally adopt them out. 
4. I don't know where to look if my pet gets lost.
  • Are you kidding me? We all grew up with the message that if something happens, call the police. Same ol', same ol' folks. 
5. Animal shelters are the worst thing that can happen to an animal. 
  • More often than not, shelters are the 'best' thing that can happen to an animal. Example pics above. His name is Sidney. When the animal control officer found him, he said the dog was lost and confused. The top picture is when Sidney came in to the shelter. What you cannot see is that he was terribly matted with large areas of missing hair. We guess he is 10+ years old. The bottom picture is Sidney after his stray hold time at the shelter. Look at that, bathed, groomed, nails trimmed. It does perplex shelter people how someone cannot look for a dog that they have had for so long. Oh, but wait, we are the bad guys, right? Right, that is why we took Sidney to the vet, spent a few hundred bucks to find out Sidney is in second stage congestive heart failure. He came in with an eye infection which we are treating and further testing is needed to check his thyroid and he needs x rays to check his lungs. Sidney has been transferred to Hopeful Hearts Rescue where he will receive hospice care. You can help Sidney (new name is Geri) by donating to his veterinarian directly, Rakeshaw Animal Hospital at (313) 366-8853. 
So animal shelters are the bad guys? Nope, but we are bad ass! Downriver Rocks Rescue!

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A Suntan Just In Time For Summer!

Suntan is 2 year old beauty! She was rescued by WAG from a high-kill shelter up north.

This sweetie is very shy, but is quite the love bug once she warms up to you. She craves attention, but is just to afraid to ask. A nice quiet home would be awesome for her!

Suntan is house-trained, spayed and current on her vaccinations. She does fine with other cats.

Please consider giving this sweet girl a home, she really does deserve to be loved.

This sweetheart will be at the Livonia PetSmart on Saturdays from 11-3. Come up and meet this cutie!


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Introducing, Lexi!

Lexi is a sweet and loving Yorkie mix. She was a stray that was rescued from local animal shelter. She is currently in a foster home and is doing well socializing with other dogs. She weighs 8 lbs and is about 6 years old.

She is a happy girl and likes to cuddle and sit on your lap. She is house trained and walks well on her leash. 

Lexi is up to date on shots, spayed and has tested negative for heartworm. She is currently on heartworm prevention and has been micro chipped. 

Lexi has a peculiar habit of turning around in circles when happy/excited. She's a spunky little girl and very sweet! Please show this sweet girl what a "forever" home is and welcome this sweet girl into your life.

This sweetheart will be at the Livonia PetSmart on Saturdays from 11-3. Come up and meet this cutie!

For more information about Lexi or any of WAG's other animals available to adoption, please visit our Petfinder page.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Zelda Deserves A Forever Home, Could It Be Yours?

Zelda is a gorgeous 7 month old Tabby.

She is a very playful girl who enjoys being petted and craves attention.

Zelda is spayed and up to date on vaccines.

Unfortunately, this sweet girl is FIV positive, but she can still live a long, happy life. For more information on the care of FIV cats, please visit

This sweetheart will be at the Livonia PetSmart on Saturdays from 11-3. Come up and meet this cutie!

If you would like to fill out an adoption application online, please visit


Friday, May 16, 2014

Foster Fridays - Grown Up Pets Rule!

Some shelter animals don't have the best of luck in finding their perfect forever home and they have quite an extended stay at the shelter. Oliver is one of those dogs. He's a four year old beagle, very well behaved and a bit on the shy side. He's been with us for a month now. 

It is puppy and kitten season and more mature pets at the shelters now have new and very tough 'competition'. So lets take a look at the benefits of adopting a grown up pet.

  1. Older pets have manners. Unlike newbies, many grown-up animals have spent years living with a family and being socialized to life with humans.
  2. Older dogs may have received obedience training and respond to commands like sit, stay, and down. Many are house trained and it takes a matter of hours or a day or two to help them learn the potty rules in their new home.
  3. Mature pets are less destructive. Most older adoptive pets are well past the search-and-destroy phase. You don't need to worry so much about finding your favorite pair of shoes or a table leg chewed beyond recognition (or those favorite pair of jeans!). Chances are your senior pet has no urge to overturn your potted plant or shred the handmade quilt your grandma gave you.
  4. What you see is what you get. A grown up pet holds no surprises as to how big he might get or what color his adult coat will be. An adult pet tells it like it is, so you will have a pretty good idea of what he likes and dislikes (water, other animals, the 
  5. You can teach an old dog new tricks. Adult dogs can focus on the task at hand (unlike many of their much younger counterparts). If your adopted older pet needs to learn a few things in her new life with you, not to worry. Older dogs are more attentive than puppies, and more eager to please their humans.
  6. Senior pets are great company for senior citizens. Many elderly people find the calm presence of an older pet very comforting. They appreciate having a companion who is also 'getting up there' in age, doesn't mind hearing the same stories again and again, and is content to move through life at a slower speed. And by the way, if you are caring for an elder member of your family who may want a pet but you don't want the long term responsibility, how about becoming a foster? There are lovely animals that have a very low chance of adoption but would love a long term foster situation and your gandma would be happy too! (shameless plug for Felv+ cats...tee hee hee)
  7. Older pets are chillax' to hang with. Senior dogs and cats have all the basics down and aren't full of wild energy to burn. Because you're not constantly chasing around or cleaning up after your older pet, you have a lot more time to spend finding fun things to do or just relaxing together.
  8. Adopted senior pets are grateful for your kindness. Somehow, older pets seem to know you gave them a home when no one else would. Many new owners form a close bond very quickly with their senior dog or cat, because the pet shows them a level of attention and devotion that is unique to older adopted animals.
  9. You can be a hero to a deserving dog or cat. Almost without exception, people who adopt older animals feel a special sense of pride and purpose in opening their heart to a hard-to-place pet. Doing a good thing really does make you feel good!
Have a groovy weekend, Go Tigers and Downriver Rocks Rescue!

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Come Meet Zappurr At The Detroit Zoo Today!

This sweet adorable orange kitten loves to play!

He will spend hours sleeping and cuddling. When he is not sleeping he will play, chase his siblings and explore the big new world.

Zappurr is fostered with 4 large dogs (2 rotts, 1 Golden and 1 pit), and 4 cats and does great with them all!

This sweetie has been combo tested, dewormed, and vaccinated.

Zappurr is 8 weeks old, today! Come up and meet this guy and many of our other adoptable pets at the big adoption event "Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo" this weekend.

Detroit Zoo
Friday & Saturday
May 16 & 17, 2014
Fri.: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sat.: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We look forward to seeing you there!!

If you'd like to find out more about WAG and our furry little friends, please visit


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Wyandotte Animal Adoption Center Garage Sale!

All proceeds go directly to the medical care of our animals!

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Meet Your BEST FRIEND at the Zoo!

If you've ever wanted to take an animal home from the zoo, now’s your chance!


Detroit Zoo
Friday & Saturday
May 16 & 17, 2014
Fri.: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
Sat.: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

WAG Animal Rescue will be among 40+ animal welfare organizations at the Detroit Zoo this weekend where the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) and the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) will host their annual Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo adoption event. 

Hundreds of adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be available for adoption! 

Stop by and say hello to WAG's volunteers, Eddie and the rest of our adoptable pets! Hope to see you there!

The Details:
  • There is no charge for admission or parking for the adoption event. Regular admission and parking fees apply for those visiting the Zoo.
  • Since puppies often are in high demand, on Friday and Saturday, “puppy passes” will be distributed to the first 25 guests or families each day who are specifically seeking a puppy, allowing them to enter the event 15 minutes early.
  • Adoption fees and policies are set by each participating group and not by event hosts or sponsors. Animals will be adopted only to qualified homes.
  • Adopters must present a valid driver’s license or state ID card. All dogs and cats will have received a medical check-up and age-appropriate vaccinations.
  • For health and safety reasons, please leave current companion animals at home. 
  • Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo is held under tents in the Detroit Zoo front parking lot, beneath the signature water tower. The Detroit Zoo is located at 8450 W. 10 Mile Road in Royal Oak.

For more information on Eddie and the rest of our animals available for adoption, please visit

WAG would like to thank to our hosts and sponsors for once again giving us all the opportunity to band together for our mutual goal!

Meet Your BEST FRIEND at the Zoo 

Presented by: 
Purina One

Sponsored by: 
PetSmart Charities
Henry Ford Health Systems
Banfield Pet Hospital
Genisys Credit Union


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Our Little Goofball Norm

Norm is a goofy kitty who's always sticking his tongue out! He is simply adorable and gets along great with everyone, even other cats. Could he be the sweetheart you have been looking for?

He is about 6 months old, house trained, neutered and current on shots.

This sweetheart will be at the Livonia PetSmart on Saturdays from 11-3. Come up and meet this cutie!

If you would like to fill out an application online, please visit


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Spring clean to help the animals!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Foster Friday - Is it ok to let your cat outdoors?

The reality of letting your cat outdoors
The picture to the right may be difficult to look at, I certainly think it is. But this is our reality, this is what happens to cats when they are let outdoors. 

The far right picture is Ronin, a cat that came into the shelter this week. The animal control officer took a video of him being so very sweet, enjoying being pet and obviously loving the human attention he was getting. Hmm, used to humans so we can assume he was not 'feral' or a 'wild cat'. So the next assumption would be that he had an owner, an owner that thought it was ok to let a cat outdoors. Did someone get a small, cute little kitten and then get bored when he grew up? Or maybe there were children in the household that 'can't keep the cat in'? Or someone who simply used one of the myriad of excuses for letting a cat out:
  • Indoor cats get bored
  • Indoor cats are overweight
  • He runs out, I can't keep him in (my all time personal favorite idiot excuse)
  • Indoor cats are destructive
  • My cat stays near my house
But the thing is, when this person took this animal in, they agreed to the responsibility of caring for him. That agreement should have lasted a lifetime. That person failed Ronin.
So what are the realities of what can happen to a cat when its let outdoors?
  1. Physical dangers: cars, larger animals and an unfortunate truth, humans.
  2. Parasites and insects: fleas, ticks and intestinal parasites. Who wants that brought back into their home?
  3. Disease: Felv, FIV, FIP and rabies can be contracted through association with other animals when outside and it doesn't take much...simple contact with another cats saliva or urine can result in a deadly disease.

And guess what? Ronin was the victim of all of the above. He tested postive for Felv (Feline Luekemia), FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency virus) and the beginning stages of FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis). He had an ear mite infection that resulted in long term damage and a urinary blockage. But the worst and most heart wrenching, he had a bullet lodged in his spinal column. Ronin was euthanized on May 7th.

We need to be better than this. We need to stop putting our blinders on and speak up. Start having conversations with people about proper care for their animals and caring for our community animals, those without homes. Spread the word that shelters are not bad places, they are the good guys. Get involved, do something because somewhere out there, there is another Ronin.


Stella, The Survivor!

Stella is a five year old Shih Tzu that came into our rescue in pretty bad shape.

After being rescued from a drug house, she was extremely malnourished, blind in one eye due to trauma, and had two luxating patellas (both kneecaps popped out of place). Stella needed to gain weight and get healthy enough to be spayed and vaccinated. After two months of proper nutrition and Dasquin for muscle strength she was able to do so.

Next came her luxating patella surgery and removal of her eye because it kept getting infected. On March 26th the surgery was done with fantastic results! She is now 12 pounds and doing great!

Stella is super friendly, loves small dogs and cats and loves to be pampered. She is extremely cuddly and loves to give kisses and lay next to you. She is house-trained, pee-pad trained and does well in her crate but prefers being able to roam.

This sweetheart is now ready to meet potential forever families. Come up and meet Stella at PetSmart in Livonia on Saturdays from 11-3. A home visit is required prior to adoption.

To fill out an application online, please visit


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Kittens are here and we need your help!

Kitten Season is Here
We have updated our Amazon Wish list to reflect our urgent need for kitten food, milk replacement and bottles for the homeless kittens of Allen Park, Lincoln Park, Southgate and Wyandotte. This link should (if I set it up properly) take you to the smile site of Amazon where they will donate a percentage of your order to Pound Pals Downriver, the 5013c that provides medical care for our animals. How cool is that? Helping 2 times just by shopping! Just log into at the top of the page and search for Pound Pals Downriver, then just shop away! This will work on any purchases made throughout the year. Thanks for your support and we invite all our friends to Rescue On!


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Say Hello To Hooters!

Beautiful Hooters wants nothing more than to sleep comfortably on your lap and be petted. 

This young cat is amazingly sweet, loving and talkative. She gets along with everyone and is a joy to have around. 

Hooters is fostered in home with 4 big dogs, a puppy and 4 other cats and does wonderful with them all. She is only two years old and is already spayed, up to date on vaccines, dewormed, treated with flea prevention, and FELV/FIV tested negative. 

If you are looking for a sweet, loyal kitty to add to your family, then Hooters is the cat for you!

If you would like to apply for this cat or any of our other animals, please visit


Monday, May 5, 2014

Roy Orbison Is Looking For His Pretty Woman!

Roy Orbison
Roy Orbison is one of the cutest kittens we've ever seen!

He is a very sweet boy and is also very outgoing and playful.

Our cat adoption fee is $75.00 and kittens are $60 plus a refundable $25 spay / neuter deposit. (cash only)

This sweetheart will be at the Livonia PetSmart on Saturdays from 11-3. Come up and meet this cutie!

If you would like to fill out an application online for Roy Orbison, or any of our available pets, please visit


Bruno's Story

Bruno's Story...
Bruno is a total sweetheart of a dog. His former owner was unable to keep him while moving so he was passed to another home temporarily. The second home turned he and his brother over to animal control as strays. Since the original owner was still unable to help them, we had both neutered and brought up to date on their appropriate vaccinations. Months later Bruno is still waiting for his forever home, though his brother has found his. He is starting to get depressed and anxious in a kennel.  Although the volunteers try...he misses the love and attention of a family. He needs more exercise than we are able to give him.  Come meet him at the Adoption Center, you won't be disappointed.

The Wyandotte Animal Adoption Center is open M, T, Fr 5:30-7:30, Sat 10-2 and Sun 10-1.  We are located at 1170 Grove St., Wyandotte.


Friday, May 2, 2014

Foster Fridays - Finding a litter of kittens

Well, it’s officially kitten season. Residents have already been finding litters of newborn kittens and are bringing them to the shelter. To help everyone along, I have put together some tips on what to do if you find kittens, see you really are a foster person already :)

Step One: Wait & Watch
You might have come across the kittens while their mother is off searching for food, or is in the process of moving them to a different location. To determine if the mother is coming back or not, stand far away from the kittens — 35 feet or more. If you stand too close, the mom will not approach. You might need to go away completely before the mother cat will return and this may take several hours, until she no longer senses the presence of humans hovering near her litter.

If you need to leave before the mother cat comes back, carefully evaluate whether the kittens are in immediate danger: Are they exposed to rain, dogs or wild animals that might harm them? Does the neighborhood have kids or adults who are likely to harm the kittens? Are the kittens located in an area with heavy foot or car traffic?

To help with your decision, know that neonatal kittens are much more at risk of hypothermia than they are of starvation. The mother cat offers her kittens’ best chance for survival, so wait and watch as long as you can. The best food for the kittens is their mother’s milk. Remove the kittens only if they are in immediate danger.

Step Two: The Mom cat
If the mother cat returns and is friendly with you, place them all in a cat carrier or nice size box lined with a towel or small blanket and call your local shelter, we can tell you the best time to bring them in.

If the mother cat returns but will not come near you and the area is safe, leave the kittens alone with mom until a plan of action is defined. You can offer a shelter and regular food to mom, but keep the food and shelter at a distance from each other. Mom will find the food but will not accept your shelter if the food is nearby, because she will not want to attract other cats to food located near her nest. Call your local shelter and we can work together to catch the mom cat so we can bring them to the shelter together which is safest for the kittens.

If the mother cat does not return…
If you discover that mom has been hit by a car, or if for any reason it appears that she is not coming back, then you should remove the kittens and place them in a carrier or box with towel or blanket. Contact your local shelter, we may have a foster that can help or if you are willing (and it’s a big job!) we can help you become an official bottle feeding foster. We have folks with a lot of experience and we will always be there to help.

Nature teaches beasts to know their friends. -William Shakespeare

Have a great weekend.


Thursday, May 1, 2014

A Little Bit About Brandy...

Brandy is a mom to all kittens! She is very sweet and lovable.

This sweet girl loves to be petted and loved on. She loves people and loves to be near you at all
times. Brandy is just an awesome cat!

She is house trained, spayed and current on vaccinations.

Our cat adoption fee is $75.00 and kittens are $60 plus refundable $25 spay / neuter deposit. (cash only)

To fill out an application online, please visit