The Issue: Giant Breed Dogs Require High Maintenance
Due to overpopulation, many shelters cannot afford to feed and maintain the animals they house. As a result roughly 60% of dogs to enter shelters are euthanized, according to the ASPCA. Giant-breed dogs such as irish wolfhounds and mastiffs require more financial support than the average companion animal and can be physically overwhelming due their large size and need for attention. This leads many families who haven't properly researched the animals to give them up and increases the rate with which they end up in shelters.
The Campaign: Support Giant-Breed Dogs in Foster Care
If this Grassroots campaign raises $400, then Big Dogs Huge Paws can provide 10 giant-breed dogs in foster care with food for one month. Each additional $40 raised will provide another dog with food for one month. Big Dogs Huge Paws finds rescued dogs foster homes and cares for the dogs with food, training, and medical care while searching for permanent, loving homes for the pawed friends. The organization spends roughly $4,000 per month solely on food for its roughly 100 dogs, and places a high priority on nutritious meals, carefully selecting which brands to feed the dogs.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Big Dogs Huge Paws
Big Dogs Huge Paws is dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating giant-breed dogs that have been neglected, abused, or abandoned. To do this, the organization provides foster homes, food, medical attention, and behavior training as it searches for loving, permanent homes. Its target breeds such as great danes, newfoundlands, and saint bernards, incur a greater cost and have a harder time transitioning from shelters to foster families. Big Dogs Huge Paws conducts medical and behavioral evaluations of the dogs living in volunteer foster homes and provides the volunteers with quarterly training sessions on how to care for the dogs and work through issues. Big Dogs Huge Paws currently cares for roughly 100 dogs in foster homes across the region.