There is no doubt that we live in a throw away society. If we tire of something, it is perfectly acceptable to cast it aside and move on, with no hesitation or guilt.
Unfortunately, this throw away mentality extends to living creatures as well. People give little thought to abandoning puppies on lonely stretches of highway, leaving once-beloved pets behind when moving to a new place or dropping animals off at the local animal shelter when they no longer fit the family’s desires. Animal shelters are so full, in fact, that the regrettable action of euthanizing unwanted animals is commonplace.
There are organizations, however, that work to help owners make the right decision when it comes to animals they do not want or can no longer take care of. Local chapters have sprung up in cities throughout the United States, funded by the generosity of benevolent animal lovers that aim to match animals with homes. From greyhounds to pugs, you are sure to find a group that loves a certain breed as much as you do!
Great Dane Rescue of Northern California, Inc. is one such group. Great Dane Rescue of Northern California assists individuals who need to find a new home for their Great Dane – for whatever reason – and accepts unwanted Great Danes from local animal shelters. Because there is no time limitation on placing the dogs, the animals remain in the program as long as needed. Indeed, the stated goal of Great Dane Rescue is “to match the dog and home together as closely as possible.”
Like other groups focusing on specific dog breeds, Great Dane Rescue is able to utilize the combined experience and passion of volunteers to ensure that families are ready for the responsibility of adopting a dog. This is especially important for those wishing to adopt a Great Dane. While all dog breeds have unique needs based on their breed, Great Danes have particular issues that could lead to trouble down the road if the owner is not prepared.
Great Danes have a reputation for being loyal, affable animals. They are also known for having digestive problems and a range of bone and joint disorders, including arthritis. Even puppies can suffer from severe pain and require extensive (and sometimes costly) remedial treatment. Potential owners do well to know these risks beforehand and have a game plan of treatment if the worst should happen.
One of the best resources for Great Dane owners is nutritional supplementation. Because Great Danes are prone to bone and joint disorders, supplementation that addresses these issues is important. Perhaps, the best supplement for this problem is glucosamine and chondroitin, particularly when taken in liquid form.
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