Great Pyrenees Rescue of Greater Chicago is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations to Great Pyrenees Rescue of Greater Chicago are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. All donations received are acknowledged in writing AND greatly appreciated.

As you can imagine, caring and providing veterinarian services for our Pyrs awaiting adoption is quite costly. Yet, it is through generous donations and efforts from tireless volunteers that we are able to keep our rescue and placement efforts alive!

We are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, comprised of a very small group of volunteers, that relies solely on donations to fund our rescue efforts. We do not have any paid employees; all of us rescue freely from our hearts, in hopes that our rescue dogs begin to feel wanted… perhaps for the first time in their short, precious lives. Some of our expenses include: shelter bailout fees, veterinarian expenses (i.e., vaccinations, spay/neuter, heartworm disease, injuries, micro-chip identification,) kenneling/boarding fees, providing premium dog food, grooming, telephone bills, photocopying/printing, etc.

There are many ways you can make a difference and help a homeless Great Pyrenees. The need for volunteers and monetary support is very great. Consider being a Temporary Care Home (TCH) for a rescued Pyrenees, or providing transportation assistance from shelters to TCHs, or participating in various promotional events (public relations) and fundraising efforts, or offering your special talents (computer skills, sewing, photography, graphic arts, print, writing, etc.), or ??? The list is endless.

Can you donate items for us to sell or auction?
Can you help us spread the word about an event?
Can you donate your time, advertising space, or supplies?

Great Pyrenees Rescue is always in need of the following items:

  • gift certificates for pet food supply stores
  • dog treats, dog food (ProPlan Chicken & Rice), and dog dishes
  • nylon correction collars and nylon or leather leads
  • extra large crates
  • dog toys (Kong, Nylabones, Gumabones)
  • first-class postage
  • business-size envelopes
  • bubble or padded envelopes
  • floppy disks or CDs for storage purposes
  • laser printer paper
  • cameras (digital)
  • cash donations
  • more volunteers and temporary care homes!

With a monetary donation of $10, $15, $25, or more, you can help us help them! Your donation will help us to continue to give care, food, and medical treatment to the animals that come to us. If everyone gave just a little, we'd be able to give a lot! Please send donations to:

Great Pyrenees Rescue
10555 Church Road
Barrington Hills, IL 60010

OUR GREATEST NEED… Temporary care homes for rescued Great Pyrenees. All dogs are placed in temporary care homes until they are adopted. The number of dogs rescued is limited by the number of available temporary care homes. Dogs may have to be placed on waiting lists until a temporary care home is available. Unfortunately, some dogs are in overcrowded shelters and have a limited amount of time before being humanely euthanized. Clearly, temporary care homes play one of the most significant roles in Great Pyrenees Rescue's efforts.

Should you decide to become a temporary care family, you’ll take a rescued Great Pyrenees into your home and care for him/her as you would your own pet, providing food, shelter, companionship, basic training and exercise, arranging for any required veterinary care, and supplying generous amounts of patience and love. (Veterinary expenses are reimbursed by GPR.) The temporary care period can last anywhere from a few days to several weeks. Your evaluation of the Pyr’s character, temperament, and training level is invaluable; the more we know about a dog’s habits and behavior (positive or negative), the easier it is to match him or her to the pyrfect owner. By providing a temporary care home for a rescue dog, you are preventing an otherwise healthy pet from being euthanized due to lack of an immediate forever home. Providing a temporary care home to a rescue dog is sure to be one of the most gratifying volunteer opportunities you can find. You'll be giving a precious gift — the special love of a family and home — to a dog who desperately needs it.

Great Pyrenees Rescue of Greater Chicago is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations to Great Pyrenees Rescue of Greater Chicago are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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100 Ways to Help a Rescue

(Besides Adopting or Fostering a Dog)
Compiled by Kris Prichard of The Trinity of Hope Dog Rescue, Richmond, Ontario

1. Transport a dog?
2. Donate a dog bed or towels or other *bedding* type items?**
3. Donate MONEY?
4. Donate a Kong? A nylabone? A hercules?
5. Donate a crate?
6. Donate an x-pen or baby gates?
7. Donate a food dish or a stainless bucket for a crate?
8. Donate a leash?
9. Donate a collar?
10. Donate some treats or a bag of food?
11. Donate a halti or promise collar or a gentle leader?
12. Walk a dog?
13. Groom a dog?
14. Donate some grooming supplies (shampoos, combs, brushes, etc.)?
15. Go to the local shelter and see if that dog is the breed the shelter says it is or go with rescue to be a second opinion on the dog?
16. Make a few phone calls?
17. Mail out applications to people who've requested them?
18. Provide local vet clinics with contact information for educational materials on responsible pet ownership?
19. Drive a dog to and from vet appointments?
20. Donate long distance calling cards?
21. Donate the use of your scanner or digital camera?
22. Donate the use of a photocopier?
23. Attend public education days and try to educate people on responsible pet ownership?
24. Donate a gift certificate to a pet store?
25. Donate a raffle item if your club is holding a fund raiser?
26. Donate flea stuff (Advantage, etc.)?
27. Donate hw pills?
28. Donate a canine first aid kit?
29. Provide a shoulder to cry on when the rescue person is overwhelmed?
30. Pay the boarding fees to board a dog for a week? Two weeks?
31. Be a Santi-paws foster to give the foster a break for a few hours or days?
32. Clip coupons for dog food or treats?
33. Bake some homemade doggie biscuits?
34. Make book purchases through Amazon via a web site that contributes commissions earned to a rescue group?
35. Host rescue photos with an information link on your website.?
36. Donate time to take good photos of foster dogs for adoption flyers, etc.?
37. Conduct a home visit or accompany a rescue person on the home visit?
38. Go with rescue person to the vet to help if there is more than one dog?
39. Have a yard sale and donate the money to rescue?
40. Be volunteer to do rescue in your area?
41. Take advantage of a promotion on the web or store offering a free ID tag and instead of getting it for your own dog, have the tag inscribed with your Club's name and phone # to contact?
42. Talk to all your friends about adopting and fostering rescue dogs?
43. Donate vet services or can you help by donating a spay or neuter each year or some vaccinations?
44. Interview vets to encourage them to offer discounts to rescues?
45. Write a column for your local newspaper or club newsletter on dogs on dogs currently looking for homes or ways to help rescue?
46. Take photos of dogs available for adoption for use by the Club?
47. Maintain web sites listing/showing dogs available?
48. Help organize and run fundraising events?
49. Help maintain the paperwork files associated with each dog or enter the information into a database?
50. Tattoo a rescued dog?
51. Microchip a rescued dog?
52. Loan your carpet steamcleaner to someone who has fostered a dog that was sick or marked in the house?
53. Donate a bottle of bleach or other cleaning products?
54. Donate or loan a portable dog run to someone who doesn't have a quarantine area for quarantining a dog that has an unknown vaccination history and has been in a shelter?
55. Drive the fosters' children to an activity so that the foster can take the dog to obedience class?
56. Use your video camera to film a rescue dog in action?
57. Pay the cost of taking a dog to obedience class?
58. Be the one to take the dog to its obedience class?
59. Go to the foster home once a week with your children and dogs to help socialize the dog?
60. Help the foster clean up the yard (yes, we also have to scoop what those foster dogs poop)
61. Offer to test the foster dog with cats?
62. Pay for the dog to be groomed or take the dog to a *Do It Yourself* Grooming Place?
63. Bring the foster take out so the foster doesn't have to cook dinner?
64. Pay a house-cleaning service to do the spring cleaning for someone who fosters dogs all the time?
65. Lend your artistic talents to your club's newsletter, fundraising ideas, t-shirt designs?
66. Donate printer paper, envelopes and stamps to your club?
67. Go with a rescue person to the vet if a foster dog needs to be euthanized?
68. Go to local shelters and meet with shelter staff about how to identify your breed or provide photos and breed information showing the different types of that breed may come in and the different colour combinations?
69. Go to local businesses and solicit donations for a club's fundraising event?
70. Offer to try and help owners be better pet owners by holding a grooming seminar?
71. Help pet owners be better pet owners by being available to answer training questions?
72. Loan a crate if a dog needs to travel by air?
73. Put together an *Owner's Manual* for those who adopt rescued dogs of your breed?
74. Provide post-adoption follow up or support?
75. Donate a coupon for a free car wash or gas or inside cleaning of a vehicle?
76. Pay for an ad in your local/metropolitan paper to help place rescue dogs?
77. Volunteer to screen calls for that ad?
78. Get some friends together to build/repair pens for a foster home?
79. Microchip your own pups if you are a breeder, and register the chips, so if your dogs ever come into rescue, you can be contacted to take responsibility for your pup?
80. Donate a small percentage of the sale of each pup to rescue if you are a breeder?
81. Buy two of those really neat dog-items you "have to have" and donate one to Rescue?
82. Make financial arrangements in your will to cover the cost of caring for your dogs after you are gone, so Rescue won't have to?
83. Make a bequest in your will to your local or national Rescue?
84. Donate your professional services as an accountant or lawyer?
85. Donate other services if you run your own business?
86. Donate the use of a vehicle if you own a car dealership?
87. Loan your cell phone (and cover costs for any calls) to someone driving a rescued dog?
88. Donate your *used* dog dryer when you get a new one?
89. Let rescue know when you'll be flying and that you'd be willing to be a rescued dog's escort?
90. Do something not listed above to help rescue?
91. Donate a doggy seatbelt?
92. Donate a grid for a van or other vehicle?
93. Organize a rescued dog picnic or other event to reunite the rescued dogs that have been placed?
94. Donate other types of doggy toys that might be safe for rescued dogs?
95. Donate a roll-a-treat or Buster cube? br> 96. Donate clickers or a video on clicker training?
97. Donate materials for a quarantine area at a foster's home?
98. Donate sheets of linoleum or other flooring materials to put under crates to protect the foster's floor?
99. Donate an engraving tool to make ID tags for each of the rescued dogs?
100. Remember that rescuing a dog involves the effort and time of many people and make yourself available on an emergency basis to do *whatever* is needed?

**gently-used dog equipment is always welcomed.

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