News and Stories from GDRNT

A Total Eclipse of the Heart; Doggy Version

By now we all know one thing about the eclipse.... DO NOT LOOK AT IT WITHOUT PROTECTION! We have our viewing spot all picked out and invited our friends. Now that we got that out of the way: What about your pets?

Heat Kills. Keeping Cool Pets Cool in the Summer Sun

The last week there have been 2 stories in the national news about loved family dogs who have died during a summer hike. An owner in Arizona has been charged with cruelty after her dog died of heat exposure from hiking. IN the DFW area we get reports daily about dogs left in cars, concrete burnt paws and heat related illness in pets from loving families.

But Heat is not the only Summer Danger for your pet. Pools, tainted puddles, parasite, fleas and ticks all present a risk to your pets health.

Oh Say Can You See... That Dog Running Away in Fear aka Lost & Found

Ok so stuff happens, and in spite of all best efforts your pet is lost!! What do you do? What if you found a pet? First thing... Think LOST not STRAY. In Dallas the law requires you to make all effort to find the owner... if you believe the owner is negligent or abusive please contact animal control or your shelter...

You need an action plan, listed are some suggestions and resources if your pet goes missing.

Things That Go Bump in the Night.. Fireworks & Your Dog

Sounds like a childhood nightmare; to a lot of dogs fireworks are just that... a nightmare. Even the most solid dog can be terrified by the repeated loud bangs, flashes and booms. There are things you can do before and during a Firework Celebration to make it less scary for your pet.

Thinking Ahead.
You know this is hard for your pup so get ready now so when the fireworks start you are ready to help make them less scary and keep your pet safe.

1-800-PetMeds Cares Delivers!

WOW! Did you know that 1-800-PetMeds has a Charity? Once a year 501c Rescues may request a donation box from 1800-PetMeds Cares. This is our second year and WOW! I just opened our box and this is just a sampling of what was donated. This generous donation will provide flea and tick protection to all our fosters for this heavy flea season, healthy supplements, dental chews, and more.

Shop for Dad and Support GDRNT

It isn't too late to get dad a rocking gift for Father's Day this Sunday, June 18th. Shop with Amazon Smile and a portion of select purchases will be donated to GDRNT. Just select Great Dane Rescue of North Texas as your designated charity.

The Ugly Truth, Especially in North Texas

There are topics I struggle with, not my position but how to state the position politely.... Yesterday Dallas Animal Shelter took in 199 animals.. in one day.... Like most Municipal Shelters DAS is open intake.. meaning they cannot turn any animals away. Dallas Animal Services does a great job against crazy numbers like this but can you imagine?

Animal Shelters and Rescues ultimate goal is to work ourselves out of a job.... but each year intakes get higher, surrender requests more frequent and unwanted adoptable pets more abundant. This weighs heavy on our hearts....

Recently someone shared a blog post by The Simple Lens titled The Ugly Truth About Animal Shelter
s. It says it all very well.... be sure to click on her follow up..

The Ugly Truth about Animal Shelters

** Warning: this is a departure from my typical blog post. However, anyone who knows me well at all, knows there are two things I’m passionate about: God and animals. You might find this post unpleasant or perhaps, dare I say, offensive …. but there’s nothing pleasant about this subject. You’ve been warned**
An article caught my eye the other day. It told the story of a vet, Jian Zhicheng, who worked at an animal shelter in Taiwan. She had euthanized 700 animals in two years – many of whom were healthy and perfectly adoptable. The fact was there was no space to keep them and no one to want them. She worked hard to promote adoption over buying. But animal rights activists threatened her and called her a butcher.
She took her own life. Distraught by the overwhelming burden of euthanizing animals who have nowhere else to go and being labeled nothing short of a killer by her fellow humans, she injected herself with euthanasia drugs from the shelter.
This story hit me hard. Anger swelled inside me: this woman’s life has needlessly ended. She took on the weight of other people’s criticism, the weight of solving a problem that came to feel insurmountable. The problem that Jian Zhicheng faced is one that many, many shelters in our own country face daily. Too many animals, not enough homes.

Memorial Day Rememberance

We extend a heart felt Thank You to those who paid the ultimate price, their families and those who serve.
On This Memorial Day

What It Is Like To Adopt a Dog, By Bird Born

According to the ASPA over 7.6 MILLION adoptable pets end up in shelters, only 2.7 million are rescued and placed in FURever homes. Why we work so hard to spread the word about adoption and why it is important to NOT support the breeding industry. If you buy from a breeder or shop you are leaving one homeless in a shelter. I could go on but Russian cartoonist Bird Born says it better.... Please ADOPT responsibly, dont shop.

Happy Mother's Day to all Our Moms

Being a Mom means giving unconditional love, support and guidance to all your children. So today we are grateful for all of you who do that not only your skin kids but the fur kids too.


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