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2013 is off to a Rocky Start...

I have tried to keep my danemail emails and blogs positive and as a way to share all the great things that happen at GDRNT. I do not want every communication to be a sad tale, a heart tug or plea. However 2013 is not even two months old and we have been hit harder than I could have thought possible. As many of you may have noticed we have had an insane amount of intakes since the first of the year. So far in 2013 we have had over 20 shelter requests that we have accepted. We have not said NO to a single shelter request as far back as I can remember. A few of those requests never got to us because they were claimed by owners or adopted by the shelter. Since the first of the year we have taken in 16 danes, that is 16 lives saved in 7 weeks. As of today we have tagged two more in area shelters, if left unclaimed by their owners they will be coming to foster care.

These numbers are not unusual and as a board we are becoming too accustomed to juggling the intake numbers. What none of us could prepare for were TWO ER visits, a severe URI, a badly broken tail and a sweet dane hit by a car. Since the first of the year we have spent almost $6,000 in emergency veterinary care, and are committed to approximately another $2,000 to a sweet girl who will need surgery as soon as she is healthy enough. Keep in mind this is in addition to our usual $3,000 to $5,000 of predictable veterinary expenses for spay/neuters, vaccinations, heartworm prevention and routine veterinary care. PLEASE CLICK blue story at the top to READ MORE

2013 is off to a Rocky Start...

I have tried to keep my danemail emails and blogs positive and as a way to share all the great things that happen at GDRNT. I do not want every communication to be a sad tale, a heart tug or plea. However 2013 is not even two months old and we have been hit harder than I could have thought possible. As many of you may have noticed we have had an insane amount of intakes since the first of the year. So far in 2013 we have had over 20 shelter requests that we have accepted. We have not said NO to a single shelter request as far back as I can remember. A few of those requests never got to us because they were claimed by owners or adopted by the shelter. Since the first of the year we have taken in 16 danes, that is 16 lives saved in 7 weeks. As of today we have tagged two more in area shelters, if left unclaimed by their owners they will be coming to foster care.

These numbers are not unusual and as a board we are becoming too accustomed to juggling the intake numbers. What none of us could prepare for were TWO ER visits, a severe URI, a badly broken tail and a sweet dane hit by a car. Since the first of the year we have spent almost $6,000 in emergency veterinary care, and are committed to approximately another $2,000 to a sweet girl who will need surgery as soon as she is healthy enough. Keep in mind this is in addition to our usual $3,000 to $5,000 of predictable veterinary expenses for spay/neuters, vaccinations, heartworm prevention and routine veterinary care. We routinely see mild respiratory issues, demodex, heartworms and happytail for treatment. ON average it costs us approximately $700 per dog in veterinary services (our adoption fee for most dogs is $235). This is with generous discounts provided by our fabulous veterinarians.

FURever homes go to....

It was a busy busy week here at GDRNT... sometimes it happens this way when we hit a hot streak of FURever matches. After a long week of an insane number of intake request it is great to see the hard work pay off and danes go to fabutastic FURever homes.

The first is a young girl who came to rescue a bit unmannerly... but her awesome foster mom made so much progress and got her ready for a great FURever home! Artemis is so happy to have a fun furever home who is already in love with this pretty girl! Gotta love it!

Sometimes things just work out...

When I first started with GDRNT a wiser more experienced (but much younger) lady would say to me "it will all work out.. it always does." Initially I thought she was nutz.. (she probably is but in a good way) but she was right... it does always seem to work out. So it was with Ares. Ares is a sweet and lovable dude with good manners and grasp of basic obedience... he also suffers from one of the toughest cases of separation anxiety we have seen in some time.

Guess what Emilio got!

Gotta love the FURever home announcements... so here ya go! This weekend our sweet young dude found a great FURever home! Emilio came to rescue and left his past behind him.. he was skinny and had a nasty snotty respiratory infection so many of the dogs come to us with. (When was the last time your pups had their shots? This has been a crazy winter for dogs too!) His awesome loving foster home made sure he got his medication and enough of the right groceries to assure he gained weight at a healthy rate. Emilio caught on to house rules and learned his basic manners.

Possible Tax Benefits for Animal Fostering

First the Disclaimer: We are not tax pros or accountants... this is informational use only! All tax issues and deductions should be discussed with a tax professional!

The IRS and accountants historically roll their eyes at the idea of deducting volunteer expenses. A woman named Jan Elizabeth Van Dusen sued the Commissioner of the IRS over “unreimbursed volunteer expenses while caring for foster cats in her private residence.” These expenses primarily included “payments for veterinary services, pet supplies, cleaning supplies and household.” Apparently the IRS nailed her for a $12,068 charitable-contribution that she made on her taxes, but she fought back and largely won. “Largely,” because the court allowed that she could take most of the deduction, minus some expenses that were hard to link solely to pet care. The decision, in Van Dusen v. Commissioner, paves the way for volunteers of animal-rescue groups to deduct properly documented unreimbursed expenses that further the groups' missions, such as fostering animals.

A Special FURever Home

Pheonix came to rescue very very sick! After an expensive ICU stay and some time with a LOVING foster she has found a perfect FURever home! She had a very treatable form of Demodex Mange that was left untreated which allowed dangerous secondary infections to fester. She is a very sweet girl who is also DEAF. With all this going on she still has a loving heart! Her transporter named her Phoenix because she was bound to rise from the ashes.

Today her journey home is complete and FURever. Pheonix has found a home who loves her and can be watchful for any future out breaks of demodex and continue with her special training. Pheonix's FURever mom fell in love with her when before her fur had grown in and she was still fighting demodex. Looking past her condition when she was ill and her deafness, this FURever mom saw only a beautiful dane with a loving heart.

So today Pheonix is FURever home!

Puppy Mill Law STANDS

While thousands of dogs are destroyed in animal control facilities throughout Texas each year, underground puppy mills in untold numbers churn out thousands of puppies each week to be sold at pet stores, on websites or through newspaper ads. In 2011, HB 1451"The Puppy Mill Law" was passed, it licenses and regulates large scale commercial dog and cat breeders (those having 11 or more intact females and selling 20 or more puppies or kittens per year).

What a Great WEEKEND for GDRNT!

What a busy weekend we all had! GDRNT has the very best volunteers even with the FLU bug hitting we still had a great turnout at our Meet n Greet in Highland Village. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out to volunteer, learn about rescue or just say Howdy! Next weekend we will be in ALLEN at the Petco... click on the Calendar section of Danerescue.net for directions and info. Look forward to seeing all who can come out! Meet n Greets are a great way to learn more about GDRNT and how we work. You can meet some adopted danes and the folks who love them and some foster dogs. This is also a great place to learn about our Adoption Program and how great our Match Maker Adoption Process works. We also will have some GDRNT T-shirts, sweatshirts, magnets and car window decals.

That is not all that happened last weekend! My favorite part of rescue.. ADOPTION DAY! WOO HOOO this weekend our young sweet dude Dusty found his FURever home! Dusty is full of play and his new family loves him so much but is also ready to provide teh structure and continued training to make sure he matures into a Gentle Giant! Dusty has a big yard and young man to hang out with has found a great FURever home!

Congrats to Dusty and his FURever family!

This Weekends FURever homes....

It has been a busy week here at GDRNT. 2013 has already been a busy one and we continue to work hard to save more danes. My favorite part of rescue is adoption day! This weekend our adoption team and foster families got three of our danes their perfect FURever homes.

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