Pets For Life

11 pit puppies PFL 7.27.13 ds

PETS FOR LIFE – We’re doing it and you can too!

What is Pets For Life?
Detroit Pets For Life (PFL) is a unique boots-on-the-ground outreach program providing pet parents the resources, tools and information necessary to keep pets healthy, safe and in the home; off the streets and out of shelters.


Since All About Animals’ Detroit PFL program started in late 2012, over 4,000 cats and dogs have been helped; 3,000 of them fixed. Only 20% of these pets had ever seen a veterinarian, just 12% had been vaccinated and a mere 3% were sterilized. Pets are now getting critical care!

PFL Mr Ellison

Donations are used to keep pets warm, fed, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, medical issues attended too and helped with basic necessities and comforts like food, toys, bedding, collars, leashes, dog houses and straw.

Building humane communities doesn’t just help the pets in immediate need, but manifests a better life for future pets too.

Read more about our Detroit Pets For Life program in Animal Sheltering magazine here.


Many people have been asking “What can I do?” Please don’t think the Detroit stray problem is too overwhelming or hopeless. You may be one person, but there’s a lot you can do. Just start somewhere!

Prevent a stray –

Make sure your own pets don’t contribute to the overpopulation problem! Spay/neuter and don’t let someone get away with not fixing theirs. Spay by 4 months of age and you won’t have unwanted litters. Pets can be safely sterilized as young as 8 weeks old, weighing 2 lbs. or more. And by all means, don’t condone someone breeding when so many are homeless.

Keep your pets from getting lost. Checking your fence line, not letting pets roam, ID tags and microchips will do just that! Microchips are only as good as the accurate information registered. Keep that contact information up to date!

Donate to a spay/neuter clinic to cover a pet’s sterilization. Out of the nearly 32,000 spay/neuters performed at All About Animals Rescue last year, about 42% of them were because people like you donated.


Keep a pet in their home –

It’s a lot easier to keep a pet in a home that already wants them than it is to find a whole new family. Donate food, insulated dog houses (igloos), fresh straw, cat litter, collars, leashes, heavy duty tie outs and funding for spay/neuter, ID tags and microchips. This all helps struggling pet owners through hard times and helps reunite pets. Check out the Detroit Dogs Wish List and our Rescue wish list.


Give of yourself –

Flier with the Detroit team, hold dog training sessions, pair up with a family for pet care mentoring -feed/water, brush, walk, play, repair fencing, poop scoop! Interested? Contact Kristen at


Save a life –

Adopt or Foster! Both are crucial to helping strays. Shelters are overcrowded and euthanasia rates have been 70% and HIGHER in Detroit. 9 out of 10 Pit Bulls are euthanized in the nation. A foster or adopter is the life line for pets on the streets.


Spend your pocket change –

Change adds up for the pets! Consider making a donation to All About Animals Rescue. Tax deductible donations can be made online, by mail, over the phone or even in person at one of our clinics. Maybe you have items around your house you don’t need, like blankets or items off the wish lists; we would be grateful to put those items to good use! Even your regular everyday shopping can give back. Check out our shop to help options.


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Sandra Powell

In memory of Sandra Powell January 13, 1941-February 18, 2021.

Sandra was an avid dog lover who believed that shelter/rescue dogs deserve a second chance for a happy life.  All of the dogs in her life were adopted from an animal shelter or through a rescue organization and they were her best friends and closest confidants. We are honored to have been a 2022 recipient of $10,000 to continue Sandra’s legacy of advocating for better lives for dogs!