While not all of our volunteers are members of the Great Dane Club of Canada, or active in the dog show world, many of our supporters and members are. The following is an excerpt from the Great Dane Club of Canada's Constitution and Bylaws :
Every division of the Great Dane Club of Canada shall support a rescue program including surrenders, fostering, and adoptions. The rescue program may be created, managed and operated by the Division, or, the Division may support an outside rescue organization in their region provided that organization meets an acceptable level of care as determined by the Division.
2. Where the division supports its own rescue program, or that of an outside rescue organization, the division must ensure that each Great Dane surrendered to rescue shall have a temperament assessment and medical examination by licensed veterinarian performed.
3. Where the division supports it’s own rescue program, or that of an outside rescue organization, the division must ensure that each Great Dane surrendered to rescue shall be sterilized either prior to leaving the care and control of rescue or as a condition of adoption.
4. Each division shall support the rescue efforts of all other divisions. Support shall consist of financial assistance if requested, sharing of information for the
purposes of adoptions, surrenders, or any other matter related to the health and welfare of Great Danes.
SOURCE - http://www.gdcc.ca/constitution.html#Insurance
The purpose of the GDCC is to encourage and promote the responsible breeding and showing of registered Great Danes, to encourage and assist the membership of the Club in order to advance the interest of Great Danes in Canada, to conduct CKC approved events and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at all events and finally to advance the breed to the highest standards possible, in part through education of owners, breeders and the public about the Great Dane, the problems that affect it, and to hold in the utmost regard the importance of responsible breeding and selling programs.
Those members and volunteers of For the Love of Danes who are in good standing with the Great Dane Club of Canada (GDCC), are required to breed our dogs to the standard put forth by our club. We do not knowingly produce dogs with poor confirmation, unsound structure or poor health. We breed to protect and preserve the breed, ensuring the next generation is healthy and sound. In the 7+ years that For the Love of Danes Rescue has been in operation, out of the hundreds of dogs we have re-homed, not one has come from a reputable breeder who is active in a breed club.
"At the end of the day we need to work together and educate. We are all in this together for the same reason, the DOG. It is important to remember we can not educate those we alienate and we will never win this war if we alienate ourselves from our best allies."
Whitney L. Newman
I shall be a believer of all that is deserving in animals. I shall plead for their lives, campaign for their safety and uphold their right to a natural death. I shall seek out the injured and the maimed, the unloved, and the abandoned and tend to them in their last days. I shall not forget their place in the hierarchy of life, nor that we walk in each others paths. I shall bear witness to the wonder they bring into our lives and to the beauty they bestow upon our souls. I shall renew their spirits when they are waning, bind their wounds when the bleed, cradle them when they whimper, and comfort them when they mourn. I shall be near them in their hour of greatest need a companion and friend when the time has come. I shall watch over them and console them, and ask that the angels gather them in their arms. From the creatures of the earth I shall learn the fruits of compassion and undying love, and I shall be called the beloved of God. In their company, I shall indeed be blessed.
Donations of dry dog food, bedding, crates, collars, leashes, and dog bowls are also needed and greatly appreciated!
We do NOT accept or return phone calls inquiring about adopting.
do I go home today?
they cuddled me, and smiled at me, and said I was full of charm.
they played with me, and laughed with me, they showered me with toys.
I sure do love my family, especially the girls and boys.
the children loved to feed me, they gave me special treats.
they even let me sleep with them, all snuggled in the sheets.
I used to go for walks, often several times a day.
they even fought to hold the leash, I'm very proud to say.
these are things I'll never forget, a cherished memory.
for now I live in a shelter, without my family.
they used to laugh and praise me when I played with that old shoe,
but I didn't know the difference between the old ones and the new.
the kids and I would grab a rag, for hours we would tug.
So, I thought I did the right thing when chewing the bathroom rug.
they said that I was out of control, and would have to live outside.
This I did not understand, although I tried, and tried, and tried.
the walks stopped, one by one; they said they hadn't time.
I wish that I could change things; I wish I knew my crime.
my life became so lonely, in the back yard on a chain.
I barked and barked all day long, to keep from going insane.
so they brought me to the shelter, but were embarrassed to say why.
they said I caused an allergy, and each kissed me good-bye.
if I'd only had some classes, as a little pup.
I wouldn't have been so hard to handle when I was all grown up.
"you only have one day left." I heard the worker say.
does that mean a second chance? Do I go home today?