HT-Z Giant Schnauzer Rescue, Inc.
A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
About HT-Z Giant Schnauzer Rescue
From 1993 to 1999 Carolyn Janak served as the Adoption and Rescue Committee Chairperson for the Giant Schnauzer Club of America. In 1999 Hertha Thomas-Zagari (HT-Z), of Denver, Colorado passed away and left her estate to Carolyn for the establishment of an organization exclusively devoted to Giant Schnauzer Rescue. Hertha and her husband Fred were devoted Giant Schnauzer owners whose dogs all came from Germany, except one which the inherited from Fred’s brother.
Thus, HT-Z Giant Schnauzer Rescue, Inc. was founded as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Carolyn serves as President/Treasurer.
According to Carolyn, because it is a 501(c)3 non-profit, she must keep strict records, file yearly with the IRS and pay for insurance – which is costly and uses precious dollars that she would rather spend on the dogs. HT-Z also donates to shelters who contact Carolyn about Giants or possible Giants. This is also “insurance” because the shelters won’t forget HT-Z when they think they have a Giant! It has worked well over the years.
After HT-Z was granted its 501(c)3 status, HT-Z was not affiliated with the Giant Schnauzer Club of America; however, it was designated the official rescue vehicle for the GSCA and Carolyn served as Chairman of the Club’s Adoption & Rescue Committee until 2007.
Since 2007 Carolyn Janak and HT-Z Giant Schnauzer Rescue have been operating independently of the GSCA and continues to be the ONLY rescue organization exclusively doing Giant Schnauzer Rescue. Although HT-Z was started with a bequest from Hertha Thomas-Zagari, the number of Giants coming through rescue increases every year and the money to care for rescues gets stretched even farther.
As the number of Giant Schnauzers has continued to grow, so have the number of rescues HT-Z has taken in and re-homed. In 2008, 2009 and 2010, HT-Z processed 147 through rescue. Without the generosity of those who support HT-Z, they would not be able to help as many Giants annually as they do. Carolyn Janak as Founder and President is supported by a Board of Directors as well as a national network of shelters, volunteers and supporters 20+ years in the making who keep the important work of Giant Schnauzer rescue going 24/7/365.