News and Stories from GDRNT

Santa's Veterinarian Clears Reindeer for Travel! Are You?

Santa, like all responsible pet owners, understands the importance of regular veterinary care! Especially if you travel with your pets. Prior to taking off Christmas night Santa made sure all his reindeer had complete health checks and where healthy for travel.

Give Thanks Safely.

GDRNT has many blessings that allow us to do what we do. We are very grateful to our fosters, volunteers, donors, and friends who know the importance of responsible rescue. So many people help us do what we do and we are so grateful.

Stormy at the Rainbow Bridge

I am not sure where to start. Sometimes rescue sucks....we all know that....... Sometimes no matter what you do the right thing is the one thing you least want..... but no matter how long we do this ... it still sucks.

Meet sweet Stromy.

Texas Sales Tax and Adoption "Fees"/Donations

RE: Sales/Use Tax on Pet Adoption Fees

Texas law requires that all humane organizations (Rescues, SPCA’s, Humane Societies, State nonprofit, and charitable 501c3 exempt orgs) collect and remit sales and use tax to the Texas Comptroller on their adoption fees. The only entities in Texas that are exempt from collecting sales tax from the adopters are municipal animal control agencies/shelters operated by a county or city.

Lilly is Why I Give...

My Life Before Rescue
Lily, The $10,000 Great Dane

Woof Woof Hellooo, my name is Lily, I am going to tell you the story of how #NTGiving Day helped save my life and helped me get ready for a FURever family! I am about 18 months old, so still a beautiful baby! Much has happened in my short life and it was not always so happy but #NTXGiving Donations saved my life and help get me ready for adoption.

Honoring Doris at #NTXGiving Day to help GDRNT

North Texas Giving Day is one of our largest fundraisers of the year and we rely on it to save Great Danes in area shelters. One of our generous donors has offered to match the first $1,000 of pre-scheduled donations to honor the memory of Mrs. Doris Huneycutt. Those of us lucky enough to have had Doris in our lives knew her as a tireless, fearless and dedicated defender of animals. Doris was an adopter, foster, volunteer and supporter of Great Dane Rescue of North Texas and we are proud to be able to Honor her memory in this way.

This year we are honored with $5,100 in Matching Fund Grants. Help us Honor Doris and hit our $14,000 total Goal!

So how does this work?
Click to visit NTXGiving day site and donate to Great Dane Rescue of North Texas. All donations "scheduled" between September 9th and September 19th and will be totaled to hit our total the morning of North Texas Giving Day (September 19th). All donations scheduled and made on the 19th will be eligible for #NTXGiving matching funds and make us eligible for "prizes".

We also want to thank our anonymous matching fund donors who make this possible to maximize our donations.

PS Ok be nice... I was trying to make it look like Holly was playing with a ball... our logo was supposed to be the ball.... Obvious right:)

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.


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