Kristina Millman-Rinaldi has been changing the face of animal welfare in Detroit since Detroit Dog Rescue’s inception in 2011. The nonprofit organization is Detroit’s first and only no-kill shelter, which finds homes for neglected dogs and animals who are victims of violent crimes.
As Detroit Dog Rescue’s executive director, Kristina worked closely with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s administration to create Detroit’s first animal welfare committee. This partnership resulted in new leadership and policies for the city’s municipal animal shelter. Detroit now works harder to find alternatives to euthanasia due to overpopulation, while focusing on public safety. Kristina has been a part of several documentaries and reality shows highlighting Detroit’s stray dog epidemic.
She also received the Mackinac Humanitarian Award, Beaumont Hospital’s President Award for Community Giving and been named WDVD’s “Woman of the Year” for her ability to create solutions in underserved communities. She attributes her empathy and compassion for animals to her Jewish grandparents, who always valued traditions and the ability to help others. Perhaps that is the key to Detroit Dog Rescue’s success, too. Detroit Dog Rescue was awarded Best Non-Profit in 2016 and 2017 with a second shelter location opening in 2018 on Detroit’s west side. To learn more about Detroit Dog Rescue, go to DetroitDogRescue.com.