News and Stories from GDRNT

Memorial Day We Remember

GDRNT is blessed to have quite a few veterans as fosters, volunteers and supporters. We are eternally grateful for their service to our Country and GDRNT. This weekend we ask that you all take time to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. May their families know their service members have not been forgotten.

When Silence is Not Golden... Finding Polite Words..

Those of you who have been around awhile know it isn't always good when I am quiet.. I have sat to write this several times over the last week and honestly.... I struggle to find polite words to explain..... but here we go.....

It has been another month of over $10,000 EMERGENCY veterinary expenses... This is in addition to our normal budgeted expenses. Now it isn't unusually for us to have wicked high emergency expenses but this was not the typical bloat or illness......

Twice last month, literally within hours of each other, I was contact by Municipal Animal Cruelty Investigators regarding a total of 3 SURVIVING Danes. Two different horrid two different Cities....

There are ongoing investigations so for now we will focus on the 3 lucky enough to make it to GDRNT. We did not have foster space, nor did we know much about any of these.. only that they were in very bad shape...... but NOT ONE board member declined my request to bring them in ... even knowing thee was a real possibility one would not make it, no matter how much veterinary care and money we threw at her......

In a flurry of emails, texts and calls we were able to secure emergency transport from two different shelters, one directly to the Emergency clinic, and secure foster homes to handle the specific medical needs of each. (because foster homes stepped up!) and like that we welcomed Lilly, Daisy Mae and Duncan to GDRNT. I will not go into the gory specifics of their neglect but I will say that NONE of this SUFFERING HAD TO HAPPEN! Each of their maladies are "man mad" simply by neglect.... by a series of failures. A failure to provide basic animal care... failure to provide adequate shelter, food clean water, and basic veterinary care. THE VERY BASICS were NOT provided.

Lilly was the most critical of the three and after extensive surgeries she is resting comfortably in a medical foster home. Do you love her T shirt? Daisy Mae and Duncan are both safely gaining weight and recovering! Both have had to have minor surgery and continue to safely gain weight.

We are fortunate in that we have an emergency fund that allows us to make decisions and worry about money later... guess what time it is?

We need your help to replenish our Emergency fund! Please consider your tax deductible donation here via PayPal, our FB Fundraiser or snail mail!

5 Freedoms of Animal Welfare

GDRNT has abided by these principles for every animal in our care. While we are strictly a foster home based group the Five Freedoms apply to the treatment of all animals. Awhile back animal organizations across the country, adopted the Five Freedoms as guiding principles in the humane treatment of animals, regardless of whether the animal is a pet, a working animal or one to be slaughtered for consumption. Including but not limited to the ASPCA, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, HSUS, and numerous shelters, rescues and veterinarians. According to the Farm Animal Welfare Council, In 1965, the UK government commissioned an investigation, led by Professor Roger Brambell, into the welfare of intensively farmed animals, partly in response to concerns raised in Ruth Harrison’s 1964 book, Animal Machines. The Brambell Report stated “An animal should at least have sufficient freedom of movement to be able without difficulty, to turn round, groom Itself, get up, lie down and stretch its limbs”. This short recommendation became known as Brambell’s Five Freedoms. These principles are relevant and appropriate measures of welfare for any animal species and has been adopted veterinary groups, the World Organization for Animal Health and rank-and-file animal organizations across the United States.

The Five Freedoms provide a framework for determining if an animal has a high, good, borderline or poor quality of life. If none of the Five Freedoms are met, the animal has a life not worth living.

Bring them Inside!

March is coming in like an angry lion sooooo please, please, please.. bring them inside. The law in Dallas and many jurisdictions requires that you make sure your pets have adequate shelter, food, warm bedding and access to fresh water. In Dallas please call 311 to report any animals left outside without proper shelter, and check with your jurisdiction for rules and who to contact there.

2019 Annual Members Meeting

The 2019 annual members meeting for all paid members will be held on Sunday March 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm in Dallas Texas. Even if you can not attend the meeting this is a great way to support all of the good work that rescue does! Every bit of your annual dues goes to help the sick, injured and neglected dogs that we are able to save from death row.

First ER Surgery of the Year!

Things around here are never dull. We have already had our first Emergency Surgery 2019 and it was for a bowel obstruction. The good news is that he didn't eat a phone... but a toy that is not as impressive on film. It appears to be s toy he came to us with... WE were lucky in that the foster was alerted us to some odd behavior which we recognized as a possible obstruction ... X-rays at the emergency vet confirmed and off to surgery we went. Claus is recovering so well and is going to be completely fine in no time. Fortunately our Emergency Fund allowed us to pay for his surgery but to donate to replenish our fund :)

What is a bowel obstruction?
A bowel obstruction, also known as a gastrointestinal blockage, is a complete or partial blockage that prevents solids or liquids from passing through the gastrointestinal tract. This blockage can also decrease blood flow to the bowels, causing deterioration and absorption of toxic contents. Foreign objects can also cause the intestines to bunch into each other like a telescope.

Crazy Texas Weather and Your Pets

I can't feel my legs... seriously.. I get it... Not everyone is going to allow 120+ pup lay on the couch with them till their feet go numb:) Most of you here probably are like me and your pets are kept inside when Crazy Texas Weather hits. But every freaking time .. Animal Control and Rescue get way too many messages about animals left outside without shelter in unsuitable weather. So please bring them inside.....

Happy New Year!

Our Supporters Rock.
A Happy New Year to all our Friends and Supporters. We could not have saved as many Danes without loving foster homes, dedicated volunteers, and generous donors. Each year I pray that in the coming year, Rescues are no longer needed as no animal is left homeless to die in a shelter simply because no home could be found. Given the trend in our email box it is not likely that 2019 will be that year.

A Dogs Life
I think there are lessons to be learned from our dogs... and
pretty much said it better than I ever could.

Thank You.
To those of you who have donated to GDRNT or animal welfare over the last year we Thank You! $1 or $1,000 it is all so very appreciated and makes a huge difference. GDRNT is a 501c3, all volunteer organization your tax deductible donations go directly to the veterinary and care expenses of the Danes in our program. If you still have year end charitable funds to allocate please consider GDRNT. You may donate by clicking on the visa/MasterCard logo on the top right of the home page to go to PayPal.

May each of you have a Blessed 2019.

Merry Christmas from Bridget & GDRNT

Everyone at GDRNT wishes you and yours a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and Blessed New Year. Bridget and all our fosters are enjoying the holidays with loving foster homes! We are blessed to have so many amazing people who support GDRNT and help pups like Bridget Bardog get ready to find their FURever homes.

To all our fosters, volunteers, donors, friends and supporters we say Thank you.

Even Santa Knows!

He knows if you have been good or bad and if you if you care for your animals! Before Santa heads out for his big night he made sure Allis reindeer are healthy and ready for take off! Regular veterinary care can improve your pets quality of life so you have them longer. While State laws require Rabies (some jurisdictions may have other requirements). That is just a start! A routine veterinary exam will be nose to tail and make sure your pet is healthy.

In the DFW metroplex there are lots of low cost vaccination options but we always suggest that you establish a relationship with a veterinarian. That relationship allows your veterinarian to know your pet and recognize a real problem

Santa's reindeer have had their check ups and are ready for Christmas Eve!


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