Both Merrick and Bass came to Oregon from Texas thanks to the Great Pyrenees Rescue Society (GPRS). According to GPRS' website (www.greatpyreneesrescuesociety.com) they are a "501c3 animal rescue dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption of Great Pyrenees dogs whose lives are in danger." GPRS transports dogs from Texas to Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, New Mexico, and Arizona. These dogs generally come from kill shelters and are in dire need of someone to save them. GPRS is always looking for fosters, donations, volunteers, and permanent homes for Great Pyrenees (GP) dogs. Sometimes they even have 'honorary' Pyrenees, so don't skip over this organization if you're looking for a new family member but maybe don't want 100 pounds of fluffy white furball.
Without GPRS, Bass and Merrick wouldn't be alive today...and Stubborn Bass would not exist. But more importantly, we would have never known how wonderful this breed of dog is. GPRS places their dogs in foster homes first and has a thorough application process to ensure the best fit is achieved before placing a dog in a forever home. Trust us...we ended up with Bass only after our first pick was deemed "not a good fit" for us by the dog's foster parent (yeah, we were initially a little shocked by that, but we know Bass is the best fit with Merrick, and we can't imagine any other dog in his place). We appreciate how thorough the foster parents are because we realize their diligence helps all the dogs find forever homes that are perfect for them.
This shout out wouldn't be complete if we skipped over the transport side of things. Since the dogs are all coming from Texas, you may wonder how they get to the Pacific Northwest. GPRS has a transport team that is awesome. They deliver hundreds of dogs to the Pacific Northwest and whether there is a mechanical problem, weather issue, or grumpy dogs in tow, this team gets the job done and they are all very kind and professional. They even take photos at delivery and drop off so updates can be viewed as they make their way across the US. Special thanks to the transport team for always making sure these dogs have a safe ride.
Please take a moment to visit the GPRS website and if you or someone you know is looking to adopt, volunteer, foster, or donate to a worthy cause, please contact them. GPRS has a great website that shows photos and bios of some of their adoptable dogs as well as information regarding the adoption process and links to GPRS's social media accounts.