Years ago, Detroit hip-hop artist Daniel “Hush” Carlisle and television producer Monica Martino started filming stray dogs across the city in the hopes of making a reality TV show.
But the city said no. Officials thought it would have a negative impact on Detroit’s image.
So instead, Hush put the footage on YouTube, where producers at NBC’s Nightly News saw it and did a story in 2011. Donations poured in, including an anonymous $ 1.5 million donation back in December.
So Hush and Martino decided to start a nonprofit, Detroit Dog Rescue, with a mission to create a no-kill animal shelter.
- Daniel “Hush” Carlisle, Detroit Dog Rescue co-founder