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Membership Means More

More for the dogs and now,  more for our  members. First, the dogs.  Job (above), named for all his trials, was found as a stray in Kentucky. He was then turned into a shelter  in February with one of the worst cases of mange we've seen.  When he was rescued by NGPR, he was too weak to walk and had to be carried to the car and lifted in. He was anemic, emaciated and in a lot of discomfort. 

This weekend, after making steady improvement,  Job collapsed again and is now being monitored for a possible blood clot, restricting his rear end movement. Job is
only one of the medically-challenged dogs we've seen  this Spring. Support of these long-term care and palliative care dogs is  why we hope you will become an official member of our pack when our first Membership Campaign kicks off in May.
 
Monthly memberships will be available  for as little as $10 a month.  A small monthly donation can help support NGPR's work the whole year through.  Last year we adopted out 30% more dogs east of the Mississippi and so far through the end of March, we have adopted 20% more dogs.  The number keeps going up and so do the hardship cases.

 

We had quite a few dogs come into rescue in  really sad shape this Spring.  Mari  (above)  is 13. We have discovered two tumors on her underneath all that fur and hope we can find a long-term volunteer to keep her comfortable. 



Dental, bills, gunshot wounds, really bad mange and skin conditions are some of the chronic problems we've been coping with. Polly (above) had her litter of nine Pyr-mix puppies on April 2 after she went to a foster in Louisville.  We are thoroughly committed to doing whatever we can to help this breed.  We are doing more and hope when our Membership Campaign begins next month,  that you can do more, too.

Stepping Up To the Plate in Tulsa

O.K., we know, it's baseball season and there's lots of baseball talk around.  "Stepping up" sums up the upbeat story of  how Great Pyrenees Rescue of Oklahoma (GPRO), with a relatively new President, Deanne McNabb, approached a surrender situation with the courage and determination that would cause most seasoned rescuers to choke up.
 
GPRO volunteers went with an SPCA investigator on Saturday, March 1 to a rural home north of Tulsa, OK. A neglect complaint had been called in about a number of Pyrs not being cared for. The owner was an elderly man who lost his wife last year and was struggling to take care of himself and the 15 dogs. He wanted to surrender all of them to rescue. He said he asked for help from the city's Animal Control and the Human Society but was concerned they would euthanize them, so he didn't surrender them. There were 15 dogs total, most of whom have spent their entire lives on chains. Thirteen were Pyrs and Pyr mixes including an older pair and their offspring from one litter. There was a second litter from the same mom but dad was a neighboring dog or stray. These were all adult dogs, ranging in age from nine to four years old, according to the owner.

All the dogs lived their lives on chains, usually tethered together in a male/female pair. They appeared friendly but understandably, a little shy. All  were all very hungry when approached and excited to get some attention. All but one came immediately, wanting attention and treats, but even that dog lost her shyness after a little while and came up, giving sweet kisses on the face.

The owner said he could not afford their vet care for the past two years. The females were spayed; the males were left intact; none of them were up-to-date on their vaccinations.  Some of the dogs were allowed indoors when the weather was bad but all were starved for attention and food. Many of the dogs had no shelter, some had just barrels opened on both ends, and some had dog houses that were way too small. The dogs had water and the owner went out that morning and got one 40 lb. bag of food.

In the days that followed, GPRO volunteers started taking the dogs food. They found a vet to come out to the farm to vaccinate all the dogs, heart worm test them (only one was heart worm positive) and start neutering the males.  GPRO began the search for where all the dogs could go.  The two non-Pyrs went to the local SPCA and Little Old Dog Sanctuary in Colorado. GPRO found foster homes in Oklahoma within their network for three dogs including the shyest dog. They facilitated intake for two dogs to Sonner Golden Rescue in Oklahoma, Durk's Fund Golden Rescue in Missouri took two, Lonestar Pyrs and Paws in New Hampshire took two, and Best Friends in New Mexico took  two dogs. Blondie and Casper, the original breeding pair and the oldest at nine, went to an NGPR foster in Connecticut. We are happy to report that Blondie (above) was adopted today, Easter Sunday.

Mike (shown in his new home below) is the first dog in Oklahoma to be adopted.  GPRO adopted him to a local Tulsa family and he is enjoying his new life as an indoor family dog. He loves going on his daily walks and getting lots of love and affection. GPRO has 18 volunteers who facilitated the adoption of 112 dogs in 2013.  Great job, Deanne and team for making this rescue a home run for all these dogs! Donations for GPRO can be made by clicking here. Please let us know that your donation is for them. 

Love Letters to Rescue

I should start out by saying that I'm proud to officially be a member of NGPR's Foster Failure Club! I remember seeing a photo of Chase (above, left) at the shelter—a scared, confused little lion with beautiful golden eyes—and my heart melted. When I heard that he was pulled from the shelter, and Joye,our Director of  Kentucky Operations was fostering him, I was relieved to know he was in good hands.  She had fostered my sweet Emma (above, right), who I adopted last year from NGPR.  Joye put some weight on Chase, despite being a picky eater, and in the short time he was with her, he learned that people can be kind and loving, even when you sleep on their sofa chair, get mud and hair on their freshly laundered sheets, and get muddy paw prints on their shiny, spotless floor. Once Chase was at a healthier weight, Joye sent him up to me in NY.  Chase made himself right at home when he arrived and we all quickly fell for him. His sweet demeanor, boyish smile, silly ways, and head-turning good looks made it easy to do. Chase and Emma share a special bond in such a short time, and it's obvious that their love and affection for one another is beyond an ordinary friendship.  For all of these reasons, we had to be his forever family.  It was meant to be.

Adrienne, NGPR Adoption Coordinator, New York


 
 

We'll Be There

April 26,  Bixby, OK
10 am-3 pm at Washington Irving Park. Registration starts at 9 am for a 1 mile walk through the park followed by a day of events including adoptions, $20 microchipping, pet contests, raffles, training tips and more! Volunteer to help at the booth  or  learn more about the event here.
 
April 26, Louisville, KY
Visit our booth and meet adoptable Pyrs at the Mighty Kindness Earth Day Hootenanny in Waterfront Park., 12 -6 pm.  Volunteer to help at the booth  or  learn more about the event here .

May 4, Sudbury, MA
Rescue day Sunday, May 4, 10 am - 3 pm at Longfellow's Wayside Inn at the 14th Annual Save a Dog Paws in the Park event, 72 Wayside Inn Road. Volunteer to help at the booth or for more things to do at the event, click here.


May 18, Durham, CT
Help Willy's Friends Pet Fair Sunday, May 18, 11 am - 4 pm, at Coginchaug Regional High School. Adoptable pets, Police K-9 demonstration, dog search/rescue demonstration, children’s activities such as face-painting and a fun house, live music, DJ, pet agility demonstration. Volunteer to help at the booth or for more things to do, click here.

The Lovely Leashes

You can have the smartest-looking Pyr on your block with our new 6-foot leashes made by Collar-Me-Up.

The custon-made webbing material is  made exclusively for NGPR out of heavyweight 1-1/2 inch polypropylene. It has excellent UV protection, low stretch, and does not absorb water quickly giving it a better resistance to mildew and rot.  This is the stuff used to make kayaking and rafting straps, so if your Pyr is a puller, you'll be confident knowing  it has a breaking strength of 1350 pounds!



The leashes come in either bodacious blue or marvelous magenta  (above) so if you have a boy and a girl, this is a great way to let people know who's who.  The snap is a
strong 1" metal bolt  made of 100% nickel.

These beauties were assembled by Collar-Me-Up at no charge and the shipping cost is included in the $30 cost. 100% of proceeds net of shipping and PayPal are going National Great Pyrenees Rescue!
They won't last, so click here now to leash up your Pyrs in style and make a helpful contribution to rescue. 
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