Dogs rescued from the streets, shelters or abusive situations have often been exposed to serious contagious illnesses from other animals. A local nonprofit dog rescue is inviting the public to a party this Saturday to celebrate a newly built area for helping such dogs recover and thrive.
The Sierra Pacific Great Pyrenees Club and Rescue is hosting the event at their small Granite Bay shelter.
After a lengthy fund-raising process and a tremendous amount of work put in by volunteers, the group now has isolation kennels for the Great Pyrs and Pyr mixes they rescue.
According to Pam Tobin, president and rescue co-chair of the SPGPCR, the new space will allow them to keep sick dogs separate from others while receiving medical care.
However, being in isolation does not equate to being alone or lonely; the dogs receive constant attention and love from the people of SPGPCR.
“Once recovered they will rejoin the dogs in the main kennel”, says Tobin, “and this should keep the spread of infectious disease down”.
The grand opening event is on Saturday, March 9th and includes live music, food, wine, prize drawings and a silent auction.
And dogs, of course; guests can meet and mingle with adoptable Great Pyrenees.
“Great” is an accurate term for the breed; the sweet white dogs are enormous.
For more than 18 years the SPGPCR has taken in dogs from overcrowded shelters and provided medical care for any that might be sick or injured.
Before being placed up for adoption, all dogs are also spayed or neutered, given all necessary shots, tested for heartworm, microchipped and behavior tested; the group even provides dog training when needed.
On Thursday a volunteer headed to a shelter in Napa to get Frosty, a six month old Great Pyr. The pup had been picked up as a stray and has a severely broken back leg. Frosty’s owner was located and was asked to claim the dog and get him to a veterinarian.
The injured dog’s owner reportedly told the shelter staff “go ahead and keep him, I don’t want him anyway”.
SPGPCR picked the pup up and he is currently being evaluated by their vet; the hope is that surgery and a long recovery time will allow Frosty to keep the leg rather than having it amputated.
Tobin reports that the club saved and found new homes for 95 of the big dogs. Funds raised at Saturday’s event will help care for dogs like Frosty until they are healthy and in a happy home.
- Sierra Pacific Great Pyrenees Club and Rescue
- Isolation Kennel Celebration Party
- Saturday, March 9, 2013
- 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- 8700 Golden Spur Dr.
- Granite Bay, CA 95746
- $20 per couple, includes 2 tickets to prize drawing.
- For more information visit the SPGPCR website, Facebook page or call (916) 791-7580