Club Information

Affiliated Rescue Guidelines

The below guidelines were created by the GPCA Rescue Committee as part of a Pyr rescue booklet.

The Rescue Coordinators are to help by working with Rescue Groups that are located near the dog or dogs in need of help.


1. All dogs must be purebred Great Pyrenees or reasonably believed to be so when taken into Rescue.

2. GPCA National Rescue Committee funds are available to GPCA Members and GPCA Affiliated Groups for help with the veterinary expenses associated with Rescue (spay/neuter, vaccination, HLE* testing and euthanasia). Funding for emergency situations** or for areas where there is no affiliated rescue group may be applied for through one of the Regional Coordinators. All requests for reimbursements must be filed with the Rescue Coordinator, with form, receipts, and if possible a photo of the dog. (* heartworm-ehrlichia-lyme test is now the standard in many areas & costs no more than the single HW-test) (**such as a multiple-animal cruelty intervention or an emergency surgery to save the life of a Pyr)

3. Dogs offered for adoption must meet acceptable levels of temperament criteria and certain elements of physical care. These are the sole responsibility of the adopting organization. Conditions For Adoptability. They are, but are not limited to, the following:

[a] Medical Status - All dogs must be neutered/spayed before adoption unless otherwise suggested, in writing, by a licensed and practicing veterinarian. All dogs are to be current on standard and regional vaccinations prior to adoption unless otherwise recommended by a licensed and practicing veterinarian. It is highly recommended that states with Heartworm, Ehrlichia, Lyme Disease and Valley Fever or any other regionally recognized and accepted infectious or contagious infliction, test for these diseases as recommended by a licensed veterinarian.

[ b] Behavior/Temperament - All dogs must be thoroughly temperament evaluated before placement. As methods of temperament 'testing' vary greatly, it should be left to the individual club/organization/rescuer to determine the method/type of testing utilized. It is recommended that the dog be evaluated for, but not limited to: people, animal and food aggression,containment, noise/storm reaction, prey drive, and compatibility with livestock if applicable. A dog that has aggressively and without provocation bitten a human should be deemed unadoptable and immediately dealt with as such. It is highly recommended that the dog remain under observation for a minimum of two weeks.

[c] Registration/Tracking - All Rescue dogs must be micro chipped upon entering Rescue and the microchip shall remain in the name of the club or adopting organization for the life of the rescue. The chip shall not be transferred at any time; with the exception of pre-approved transferal to another regional club/organization. Copies of registration certificates, pedigrees or source information if available, shall be sent to the GPCA Rescue Committee and the GPCA PuppyMill database. If possible, any information on a rescue dog that would benefit the Health Committee will be so submitted.

4. Communication with a local contact is extremely important in successful out-of-state placements. It is strongly recommended that dogs NOT be placed out of your own area unless you:

[a] Contact the local rescue club/organization. This is imperative. The local contact may have rescue dogs that fit the adoptor's criteria. They may also have knowledge of pertinent information (both positive and negative) that could possibly influence the adoption. Documentation of such contact is strongly suggested.

[b] Enlist the aid of the local rescue/club/organization/member, if possible, to personally meet the prospective adoptor, perform home checks, fence checks, etc. Supply the local contact with your clubs' requirements: paperwork, evaluation forms,etc. If a visual fence check is needed, encourage the local contact to take pictures.

[c] Should a successful adoption occur, provide relevant information to the local organization and encourage membership into such. The local entity is in an excellent position to provide both practical and education information for new placement. Unless otherwise agreed to and documented, The ADOPTING RESCUE CLUB/ORGANIZATION/MEMBER is responsible for the dog, and agrees to accept the animal back into its rescue program, until its successful placement or ultimate demise, no matter what state or area it is adopted to.

5.Veterinarians or vendors who have donated goods or services and are requesting documentation for tax purposes, as allowable through the 501(c)3 status of the GPCA, shall submit a detailed invoice of those "donated" goods or services to the assigned Rescue Coordinator. The GPCA Treasurer shall, upon receipt and approval, issue such appropriate documentation.

6. All adoptions of Rescue dogs must be accompanied by a written agreement stating that if, for any reason, the placement doesn't work out or the adoptive home can no longer keep the dog it MUST be returned to the original Rescue Group/Org. responsible for the placement, the only exception to such return being euthanasia for reasons of illness, injury or unmanageable pain. All Rescue adoption agreements MUST name all adult members of the adopting household and be signed on their behalf by a responsible adult party. All Rescue Adoption agreements SHOULD further contain an appropriate Waiver of Liability as determined by the Rescue Group's insurer.

7. Each Affiliated group must submit a year-end summary of all dogs that have come into their rescue program to the Rescue Coordinator. The year-end summary will be due to the Rescue Coordinator 60 days before that year's National. A copy of the year-end summary form or yearly report form is available from a regional coordinator or the rescue booklet.

8. If the breeder of a dog being turned into rescue is known, the breeder must be contacted before the dog is accepted into a program. The contact should preferably be from the owner of the Pyr and if that is not possible, the rescue person should do the contacting.

A publication of the Great Pyrenees Club of America, Inc. 2005