As the statistics are staggering, when you multiply the number of states by the number of breeds in existence, the number of throw-away, unwanted dogs in our society is pathetic. People do not have the responsibility that ‘use to be’ in the world. People do not want to take the time to train their dogs and expect even the youngest of puppies to know everything from the minute they come into a home. The number of strays turned over to shelters on an annual basis can sicken most any responsible dog owner. With the compassion of thousands of families across the country, dogs that would have ended up in kill shelters or worse now have a new lease on life because of rescue efforts that exist in most states of this almost perfect country. Whoever came up with the concept of dog rescue should surely be nominated for sainthood.
There are legitimate reasons people need to give up their dogs, but they come very few and far between the number of heartbreaking stories that accompany most of these souls. The need for rescue cannot be blamed solely on unscrupulous breeders and pet shops. In reality, the regression of animal care by man has become a sad part of our society in that man (and woman) no longer want to assume responsibility for anything.
Teaching children the values of “rescue” can be a terrific lesson in that it helps clarify several words, including responsibility, compassion, companionship, dedication, homelessness just to name a few. Children would surely understand what it would mean if their parents wanted to give them up. They can then also understand the key reason their parents teach them things is so they can grow up to become strong, productive, healthy, smart, and happy adults. The same goes for dogs. Their human mommies and daddies need to be lovingly patient, but firm, and know that the results of a well trained Giant can never be achieved without investing time.
Sometimes Giants going through the rescue process need special attention and training for other reasons. The senior Giants are especially touching cases, as one would think that even old dogs deserve better then a boot out on a highway in the middle of the night. The sad fact of the matter is that some of these Giants, besides having no home, were abused during their life, or may have been let go due to an illness, or because of their age. To rescue one of these Giants is to save a life and bring a new member into your family to love and cherish 'til death do you part.
For those involved with this rescue, regardless of age, shape, color or health status, nothing could keep us from doing everything in our power to help these blessed animals when nobody else will. To rescue a dog in need can be a rewarding and joyful experience for almost anyone as long as you are willing to invest the time, love, energy and patience.