BBS Rescue Spotlight: North Mississippi Great Dane Rescue
Large hearts sometimes come in big packages. That’s what we at BestBullySticks.com know for a fact, especially in the case of North Mississippi Great Dane Rescue. We have the honor of highlighting this great rescue for the second time this year and we’re truly amazed at NMSGDR. They aren’t a big rescue. They don’t have endless resources. But just as the gentle giants they rescue, NMSGDR has big hearts and a willingness to love unconditionally. They get the job done. Here is their story.
When & Why did you start?
While our official start is April of 2010, we began our operations in 2009 due to a need in the community for help saving Great Danes in need. A couple of ladies who would become our future officers, Trista, spent 2009 helping out a few Dane families in need, fostering their Danes short term or fostering Danes found by the local shelter until they could be reunited with their families. In early 2010, one of those ladies received a call regarding a puppymill raid in rural Tennessee, and many of the Danes were being housed across the Mississippi River in West Memphis, Arkansas. Those same ladies stepped up to help without batting an eye, and it was at this time that they decided to commit to starting a rescue in the North Mississippi/Memphis area. Since April of 2010, NMSGDR has been in official operation, growing every day in volunteers, friends, and happily ever after stories!
What's different about your rescue?
We love the efforts of all rescues, particularly the Dane-specific ones, and respect our fellow rescues, as this is not an easy work or way of life. We do pride ourselves on being special needs friendly, though! We cannot turn down a white Dane no matter what space (or lack thereof) we have. For those who may not know, Danes who are mostly white, are generally born blind, deaf, or both. This is usually done through the breeding of Harlequin to Harlequin or Merle to Merle breeding, which could easily be avoided. Many of these special needs babies find themselves in homes that do not understand them, as many of them are given away or sold at a cut rate, unfortunately, often not bringing the best families. Many are beaten, neglected, or dumped prior to coming to rescue. We love love LOVE matching deaf Danes with amazing families and watching these once broken and misunderstood babies blossom and thrive. Since our official inception in 2010, we have placed at least 7 Deaf Danes with amazing families! That’s about 8% of all of our adoptions! Read more