Dear Animal Lovers,
I am currently the Senior Veterinarian at Detroit Animal Care and Control (DACC). DACC is the municipal shelter in Detroit, MI. We take in all the stray dogs and cats in Detroit. At any given time, we have 150 animals in the shelter, and another 200 in foster care. Many animals come in with injuries that require x-rays to diagnose. Unfortunately, DACC does not have an x-ray machine, and next year’s budget does not include funding for one.
Diagnosing an animal’s injuries makes it possible for us to adequately treat or transfer them to other facilities for further care. Currently we have to make arrangements with other clinics to schedule x-rays: this process is stressful on the animals, time intensive, and expensive.
Despite being a shelter in a blighted area of Detroit, in an old debilitated building, DACC has a live release rate of greater than 90%. This means that 90% of the animals that enter the shelter are adopted, placed in foster homes, or transferred to other rescue organizations. DACC also recently opened a surgery suite, and we are performing spays and neuters on site. DACC has made great strides to improve the care stray dogs and cats receive in Detroit.
I am sharing this information as DACC needs an x-ray machine. I am asking anyone who cares about animals, especially those animals that have no family or voice, to donate money so we can purchase an x-ray machine.
Unfortunately, x-ray machines are expensive. Friends of DACC (FoDACC), the non-profit arm of DACC, has stepped up to fund this project. They have made a substantial deposit, but we need to raise another $34,000 to complete the purchase. Please donate as much as you can – the stray dogs and cats of Detroit need your help.
Patricia Madsen Bigwood, DVM
Detroit Animal Care and Control
Certificate in Shelter Medicine