GARD Promotional and Educational Videos

From time to time, GARD will have educational or promotional videos produced to help further the cause of pet rescue and responsible ownership.  "The Plight of Big Black Dogs" is our first such video.  It highlights the unfortunate fact that more black dogs are euthanized in shelters in America than any other color dog. 

THE PLIGHT OF BIG BLACK DOGS

ADOPT AN OLDER DOG

Our little TV stars...

Two puppies from the GARD Animal Shelter were chosen by Discovery Communications to appear on Puppy Bowl VI which aired on Animal Planet, Feb. 7, 2010.  The Puppy Bowl is an annual television program on Animal Planet shown the afternoon of the Super Bowl.  The show consists of footage of a batch of puppies at play inside a model stadium with commentary on their actions.  The first Puppy Bowl aired during Super Bowl Sunday in 2005.  The inspiration for Puppy Bowl came from the popular Yule Log Christmas program and served as counter-programming for the Super Bowl.  All of the puppies in the Puppy Bowl come from shelters; part of the show's mission is to promote adoption via Petfinder.com.   Sunny and Nutmeg, two female Australian Shepherd mix puppies from the GARD Animal Shelter, were chosen from hundreds of entries sent in from shelters across the country.  Volunteers from the shelter made the 10 hour drive to Silver Spring, Maryland, with the pups for the taping on Oct. 25, 2009.  While Nutmeg made the starting lineup, little Sunny received a puppy penalty for sleeping on the field!  You can see Sunny and Nutmeg being held by one of the producers at the end of the video below...

  

GARD rescued over 100 poodle mix dogs from a puppy mill in the summer of 2009. 

These dogs were no longer useful to the breeder and would have been euthanized if GARD had not stepped in.  As of June, 2010, all but three of these dogs have been adopted.

 

Miracle's Story

 We saw this little black and white female terrier mix in animal control with a curled up front paw. She was slotted for euthanasia soon. We couldn't bear the thought of it and pulled her, knowing that we would incur possibly quite a few additional vet bills. The vet said her foot had nerve damage caused by trauma to her front left leg - Like someone had kicked her. The first vet to look at her said to just keep her confined for a little while and see if it got better. Well, it didn't, so we took her in for a second opinion. That vet said the leg needed to come off.  It was actually hindering her ability to get around well.  We sent out a plea for donations to help cover the vet bills we would incur.  With the help of many wonderful, generous people, we raised slightly more than what was needed to cover the costs.  Miracle came through her surgery like a trooper and ran around like a jack rabbit afterwards!  She has been adopted by a family in Connecticut and is living the good life that we wish all dogs had.  Watch her videos below to see the this little girl's story...

 

Miracle playing with her new family: