Derby City Dog Rescue (DCDR) was founded in early 2011 by a group of friends who bonded over our love of dogs and a desire to help shelter animals. We are a small, non-profit group of volunteers who work together to achieve a common goal of saving hearts, one paw at a time. DCDR is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) all breed rescue. All donations are tax deductible.
Our initial aim was to bridge the gap between local animal shelters in Louisville, Kentucky, and other rescues outside the state to pursue placement of local dogs in urgent situations in our area. To ease some of the difficulties that can arise when dealing with a government shelter, we provide quality photos of the animals, quality communication between the rescue and shelter, temporary foster (in some cases), pulling assistance, and help with getting dogs to their transports.
DCDR also serves as a small rescue within the community, pulling dogs from our local shelters and placing them into foster homes and handling adoptions. Most of our foster dogs are rescued from the shelters when they are out of time or in need of treatment. They live in fosters’ homes, with their own dogs, learning the basics of house life and receiving any veterinary treatment they may require.
Within the community, DCDR assists our local animal shelter by taking better photos of animals in need and marketing them through Facebook for
rescue, foster, or adoption. We are a founding member, along with Slugger City Bully Buddies and Tails Pet Photography, of the Rescue Me! Pet Photography project. Rescue Me! connects professional photographers and rescues/shelters to produce professional photographs of their animals for marketing across Facebook, Petfinder, and in area businesses.