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Who We Are

The Nation’s First predominantly NON-Kennel Shelter Facility and Educational Center proving that Change is Good.


To create change we need a community of support.  Our volunteers are compassionate, dedicated, and the backbone of our success. 
Our Mission: Inspire Change, Educate and Save Lives.

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At The Green Dog Rescue Project, we aim to rebuild hope where it’s been damaged or lost. We work with those who see a need for change to an antiquated industry. The traditional sheltering model of housing animals in cages or glass closets is not "change" and does not truly benefit the needs of homeless animals. We have a responsibility to understand their basic and natural need to be part of a social pack and GDRP provides the environment and methods to learn how to make real change in the industry.

Traditional shelters are staffed with incredibly caring and dedicated employees and volunteers who are forced to contend with making small differences in an overwhelmed and depressing industry. GDRP can offer education and training that has proven to increase adoptions, staff morale, and healthier animals, while decreasing the number of animals being euthanized. Our focus lies on industry-wide and community education, including the next generation of junior volunteers, pack model sheltering, adoptions, community awareness, and educational opportunities. We firmly believe that an ocean of change can begin with a single drop.  Join us as we create the warm ripples of change.


“If you teach a man to fish...” Education gives everyone the tools they need to succeed throughout their lives and change the future.



Making good matches is imperative to successful relationships.  At GDRP we work hard to guide you in finding the right animal for your family and lifestyle.


Where there are animals in need, we’ll be there lending a hand, a smile, and an encouraging touch.


Gus Hawthorne Foundation awards GDRP with grant to pay for vaccinations;

Workshop series with GDRP Founder and President Colleen Combs has begun—next session March 28;

GDRP shoe drive runs from March 15 - May 14;

May 2 - The Mad Hatter Twisted Tea Party benefit at Hyatt Vineyard in Santa Rosa

Protect your pet. ShelterCare Pet Insurance Programs