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March 2012 – Updates
We have good news to share with you! First, our adoptions are up 55% from last year so far. This is so exciting, not only because of the number of adoptions increasing, but because several of the dogs that have been adopted have been with us quite a while. Many thanks to all of the volunteers that have put forth the special effort to make these adoptions happen. We are so proud of the dedication and positive attitudes of our volunteers in working with some of the harder cases that we have brought in this year. As always, the work never ends but each adoption makes it worth it.
The second exciting thing that has happened since the beginning of the year, is the fact that we have rented a building and are currently getting ready to open the Great Dane Rescue Resale Shop. The shop is located at 111 Old Statesville Road in Huntersville and will be open for business on March 10th. We will let you know about our Grand Opening on our events calendar on the website… so keep checking. We need DONATIONS of toys, furniture, accessories, clothes, appliances, books, anything that we can price reasonably to sell. We will have specialty items at the store for sale for you and your pets. All proceeds will go directly to the Great Dane Rescue for operating expenses, vet bills and medications, food, etc. We need your help. The shop will be open next Saturday March 10, from 10-5 pm. We will also have a truck available for large items, like furniture and appliances, and for neighborhood pick up days. The neighborhood pick up days will be coordinated with the neighborhood association and flyers will be distributed to everyone in the area. In addition, we will have trucks at various business locations for donation drop offs. Also, we will be distributing flyers in the neighborhoods to pick up items that did not sell at yard and garage sales.
So, clean out your garage, do your Spring house cleaning early this year, go through your clothes, get the kids involved by going through their toys especially bicycles and other riding toys. If you would like to volunteer some of your time, we always need help with repairs, or picking up donations with the truck. Also, the resale shop will be staffed with volunteers every day except Sunday and Monday and any hours that you are available to help will be appreciated. We have been very fortunate to have had support from this community for many years and we could not have done it without you, so we are asking you to please help us make this a success. We will take anything that you want to donate.
Thank you so much for your continuing support. Come out and see us at our next Open House.
Lisa Reid, Director
Great Dane Rescue of the Carolinas is in its 27th year of animal rescue. We have been very surprised at the number of dogs that we have placed this year. Sadly, none of us can reach all of the animals in need of shelter and a forever home. The economy is resulting in many animals (pets) being discarded at animal control where, we have been told, the euthanasia rate is the highest it has ever been. Although donations have dropped off, we have been blessed by people who have stepped up and helped. These people have stepped up to help not only with monetary donations, paying on our vet bills, buying heartworm preventative, etc. but by coming to the rescue and spending time with the dogs, painting, repairing kennels, washing food and water buckets, putting fresh bedding and clean blankets in their beds or doghouses and the list goes on and on. I wish that I could thank each and every one of you but I want everyone to know how thankful the volunteers and I are for these people who quietly step up and do not expect anything in return except the joy of giving these dogs a better, more comfortable life while they are waiting for their new home.
Anyone that knows me has heard me say that we rescue these dogs to get them out of a terrible existence. We bring them to our rescue to feed them, treat their medical needs and give them shelter. Also, these dogs are given as much loving attention as time and number of available volunteers will permit. So, while these dogs are here, no matter how long, we know that we are just a stepping stone to their new life in a real home with lots of love and attention with a bed, food, treats, toys and, above all, lots of love. That is our goal for this rescue. We do the best we can with what we have and we are thankful. We have chosen to open up this facility to the public for Open Houses, etc. even though we live here. I know by being so open and exposed that people will sometimes think that we could do better. Sometimes criticism follows but it does not matter. We will stay true to the fact that we do the best we can and our dogs are well fed, medically cared for and happy. Also, we know our rescue dogs because they are here with us.
I just wanted to send this letter out to people that have adopted from us, donated to us, volunteered with us and let you know how we are doing. We are looking forward to 2012 and I hope that you can be a part of it. Every little bit will go a long way to help these dogs. Thanks again for your support and prayers for the dogs. We are blessed and for that we are very thankful.