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Mystery donor says they will match donations, up to $500K, for Detroit dog shelter to build safer home

Posted at 9:16 PM, Jan 14, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-18 11:55:04-05

DETROIT — Make a Difference Dog Rescue of Detroit received a message from an anonymous donor Friday saying that they would match up to $500,000 in donations for the shelter.

In order to get the money the shelter says they need your help, the $500,000 was strictly offered for the purchase of a new building/property for the rescue.

The funds are being held by the donor until enough money is raised to purchase the building/property.

Director of the shelter, Judie Jones said, "The anonymous donor offered $500,000 for the purchase of a new building. The property that we’re looking at is almost $1 million so we need to raise additional funds to make that happen."

Here's the gofundme where you can donate.

The funds are being offered in light of four dogs being stolen from the shelter earlier this week.

"This week we had our worst nightmare occur," said Jones.

Jones said the half-a-million-dollar donation was made on an "emergency basis" and that the shelter has been broken into four times in recent years.

The non-profit rescue is currently home to 45 dogs that have been found abandoned and/or abused across Detroit.

To keep these dogs safe, until they're hopefully adopted, Jones says they're hoping people will donate and they'll be able to reach a $1,000,000 goal by Spring 2023.

That money will be used to help them build their dream dog shelter with more security and more room, they have a few locations in mind for the shelter already.

Earlier this week the community came together to find the four dogs stolen, now Jones is hoping they will come together to help create a better home for the dogs.

"Talk about spirit of Detroit, right?" said Jones. "It is like amazing."