News and Stories from GDRNT

Go Home Harvey: Prepare and Assist

As you all have heard, Hurricane Harvey is expected to make landfall on the southern Texas Coast, Friday night as a Category 3 storm. Mandatory evacuations and preparations for the aftermath have already started. FEMA approved volunteers and First Responders have been hard at work evacuating animal shelters and finding safe places for livestock. They do this while also trying to make safe arrangements for their homes and families.

DFW area shelters are/will be taking in existing shelter animals to make room after the storm for residents pets misplaced by the storm. These are animals already on adoption availability and deemed to not have families looking. Animals misplaced because of the storm will then be able to be held by local animal controls in their shelter buildings or AUTHORIZED temporary shelters under control of local authorities and their pre approved Animal Response Partners.

So how can you help? DO NOT ENTER DISASTER AREAS! If yo do not know if you are Authorized, they you are NOT. There are trained, approved groups who work search, recovery and rescue care standing ready to go in when the time is right. You CAN help from here... and that help is just as important as being at ground zero.

Several of our local Animal Shelters have already accepted animals and may need donations, fosters and adopters. I will add to this here and on Facebook as we get confirmation. I suggest you monitor their Facebook Pages for their requests of help and needs.

Last night our friends at Tri-Cities Animal Shelter made a road trip and evacuated animals back to their shelter.

Our friends at Humane Tomorrow in Flower Mound are preparing to take in existing Shelter dogs but need fosters. Please visit their website and Facebook to find info on how you can help them.

We do have one of the best First Responder volunteer groups in the State locally Animal Investigation and Response AIR provides disaster assistance free of charge to local authorities and is all volunteer based by highly qualified, trained animal first responders. Please visit their page if you are FEMA approved with proven animal experience, or if you would like to be approved for future responses or to donate to their mission.

GDRNT is always looking for fosters, if you are an approved GDRNT foster or would like to be please visit our Great Dane Rescue Website if necessary, we will be pulling Danes from local shelters to make room for other animals. We have also been in touch with Dane Rescue groups in the effected area and stand ready to assist them if they need us.

Texas Task Force 1TX-TF1 has deployed its Urban Search & Rescue (US&R), Water Rescue, and Helicopter Rescue resources to respond to Hurricane Harvey. Additionally TX-TF2 and Federal US&R Task Forces have been activated and are deploying to support Texans. TX-TF1 & TX-TF2 personnel are in location and are safe, but are ready to respond to support those in need.

The SPCA of Texas is working hard to help our friends at Shelters across the Gulf Coast and will be welcoming more than 120 evacuated cats from The Cattery Cat Shelter in Corpus Christi later this afternoon. The attached photo is from The Cattery Cat Shelter as they transport the cats here to North Texas. We stand at the ready to take in 300 pets and will do all in our power to help pets and people affected by this dangerous storm and its aftermath.

Be safe everyone.

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.


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