Our Rescue Program
National Great Pyrenees Rescue (NGPR) adopts out pre-owned Great Pyrenees dogs and Pyr mixes into responsbile, caring homes from coast-to-coast. Puppies from 12-weeks up are sometimes available. Our adoption fee for a spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated dog in the Northeast averages around $450 which reflects the rising costs we have seen for veterinary services for large breed dogs. Fees can vary from $175 up depending upon the dog's age or region. Volunteer transport may be available to move a dog to you or there may be an additional fee for paid transport depending upon location. Please read the adoption fee and transport information posted on every dogs' listing.
We are not a shelter. We remove dogs from shelters and place them with our foster families so we can see how they interact in a home environment like yours with kids, cats and other dogs. Before any dog enters our "virtual adoption floor" we have made a considerable time and financial investment in that dog and have done our best to address any health issues that have been identified. He/she has been spayed or neutered, fully vaccinated and treated for any problems we are aware of which will be disclosed to you. Your adoption fee "pays it forward" for the next dogs coming into rescue—their spaying or neutering, vaccinations, testing and treatment for heart worm, lyme and other tick-borne diseases, ear or eye infections, orthopedic issues, deworming, parasites and the purchase of antibiotics and medications for flea, tick and heart worm prevention.
Although no guarantees can be made about temperament, most of our rescue dogs have lived in foster homes; a few have been sent to training "school". When the dog has been exposed to children, cats and other dogs, we share what the experience has been with you. The adoption contract states that rescue will take the dog back as foster space allows if he/she does not fit into your household. We will continue to advise you for the lifetime of the dog and will work with you to find the best situation for your pet if your living circumstances should ever change.
When you work with a breed rescue like NGPR you will learn the breed characteristics so you know what to expect. NGPR encourages potential adopters to learn all they can about the Great Pyrenees breed. Owners who are unaware of the breed's characteristics are the reason that many dogs end up in rescue. We strongly suggest that you thoroughly research the breed, starting with our Know the Breed page and other resources available on this site.
There are the thousands of volunteer hours that go into pulling, assessing, training, caring for, qualifying appropriate homes and transporting dogs from shelters and vet visits. Adoption fees contribute to but cannot completely support our owner surrender program, neediest cases, 800 help line numbers, insurance costs and dogs who must be boarded before homes or fosters are found for them. Donations are appreciated to help with these costs. There is also the maintenance of several websites, the payment of licensing fees for the states we work in and the administration, record-keeping and accounting required to support the rescue effort and maintain our non-profit status. You may be adopting one dog but your adoption fee supports our rescue program and all the dogs in it—so regardless of age or physical condition when they come into rescue—we can help them all find homes.
Steps to Adoption
Step 1: Completing the Application
NGPR's adoption process starts with the completion of an adoption application. This gives us the information we need to start the process of learning about your needs, lifestyle and requirements. Please use our online application. If you change your mind at any time during the adoption process, please let us know. We will not be offended if you write back and tell us. We will appreciate hearing from you and will remove your name from the list of potential adopters.
Step 2: References and Interviewing
When an online application is received, you will get phone call from a volunteer within 48 hours confirming that we have your application.
- We will check your veterinary reference as a first step. Please include all veterinarians used over the past 5-10 years.
- A rescue volunteer will call you to discuss your requirements and determine what dog would be a good match for your family. Sometimes this takes a while, so please be patient.
- We will then set up the required home visit. During the home visit, the rescue volunteer will spend time visiting with you and learning more about your home, so we can ensure the right match will be made for your family.
Step 3: Assuming Ownership
Once a suitable dog has been agreed upon, you will receive instructions for paying the adoption fee. These fees are generally used for rescuing, sheltering and rehabilitating other dogs coming into rescue. Transport fees may also be applicable for dogs who are moved long distances where volunteer transport is not practical. Transport costs are shown in the "Fees" section in the dog's online listing. Transport arrangements will be discussed once a dog has been chosen and approved.
The adoption process starts with completing the adoption application and ends with signing the adoption form and assuming ownership of the dog. As the new owner, you assume complete responsibility for the dog's health and well-being. There are several basic principles that all responsible Great Pyreness rescue groups require of the new home. This information is usually stated in the adoption application.
- The dog will not be tied or allowed to run free.
- The dog will be enclosed within suitable fencing.
- The dog will reside in the home or, if placed as an livestock guardian dog, will have access to suitable housing which provides shelter from heat, cold and the elements.
- Water and nutrition suitable for a large breed dog will be provided.
- Proper veterinary care, including heartworm prevention, will be provided.
- If for any reason the adoption does not work out, you must contact NGPR or the rescue group who placed the dog with you. NGPR only works with rescue groups whose contracts state specifically that they will take their dogs back in the event an adoption does not succeed.
This is a big dog, and a big responsibility. But we believe that you, like most Pyr owners, will find that the time and effort you have expended will be more than rewarded by your wonderful dog's lifelong love and devotion to you. And if you don't believe us, visit our Happy Endings page to see what other new Pyr owners have had to say.