Mission Statement Mission Statement

MDRA Committee

Michelle Bender
A New Start On Life

Lisa Wallace

Animal Placement Bureau

Kim Schreuder

Cedar Springs

Carol Strotheide
Michigan Sheltie Rescue
Grand Rapids

Beth Moody
Mid Michigan Boxer Rescue
Royal Oak

Laurel Barrick

Rolling Rescue
Grand Rapids

Beth Widdows
Westie Rescue Michigan

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Where we came from:

The MDRA organization is the logical “next step” in the evolution of a group of canine rescues who have shared their strength and experience for over twelve years as members of an internet-based network called simply, The Michigan Dog Rescue List, where shelters, rescues and other experienced people pooled their resources to help the dogs and each other. Networking on this internet list, list members have communicated with many shelter members who sought rescue help with their dogs, we have supported each other in times of crisis, sending food to small public shelters who were out of food and money, coordinating efforts to assist shelters that were suddenly overburdened due to a bust or dissolution of a mill operation, organizing regular transports to move shelter dogs to rescues in Michigan and throughout the Midwest in safe, legal transports, keeping each other informed of legislation, sharing information on diseases appearing around the state and which treatments were proving most effective, helping rescues find volunteers in various cities around the state to perform home visits, discussing the different ways we operate as rescues and the policies we’ve used, noting “rescues” who failed to perform in the best interests of the animals and their adopters and at times removing list members who misrepresented themselves and were not actually doing rescue in a responsible way.

At the same time, the screening of new rescue members gradually evolved into a more thorough look at their rescue operations with a heavier emphasis on checking references. The primary goal being making the Michigan Dog Rescue list a safe place for the public and larger private shelters to post the dogs they had that were in need of rescue. But now the time has come to move beyond the internet networking list and step into a real time association of fully screened rescue members and take on a job that must, needs be, come from within the ranks of rescues that know and carry out this work day in and day out.

In recent years, we have watched as other groups with little to no hands on rescue experience and often with large, well-heeled national organizations with no real sheltering or rescue experience in the background, driving policies and agendas that sought to further their own broad goals, power base and financial support base, formed with a goal of establishing regulations for rescues while pushing their own varied agendas.

We have seen, in their work and in the work of government agencies they attempt to lead and control, a proliferation of proposed rules for just about everything under the sun, but which are devoid of some of the most significant rescue ethics and the policies and procedures a good rescue needs to follow in order to make the on-going care and well-being of the animals the priority and to make rescue a valuable community service.

The time has come for responsible rescues to come off of the internet and engage the reality of the many issues facing us. Defining our most important ethics, policing ourselves and continuing to share our experience and resources with our member rescues and those who are seeking to start or evolve into better rescues will benefit the animals, our adopting public, our shelter partners and ourselves.