Our cause spans beyond borders as we strive to inspire change, educate and save lives.
Our mission to inspire change, educate, and save lives has taken us all across the globe. Most recently, we’ve visited Japan to work with shelters and the public to educate about our pack philosophy.
Follow us on our journey through Japan below, detailed on our blog. Next up on our global adventures, we will be returning to Bulgaria in March and then Japan in October to revisit shelters in Himeji and Noseguchi, and continue on to work with more shelters in Tokyo.
Join us as we take our movement global
There are never adequate words that can describe the feeling of losing a pet. Some say it is more difficult than losing a human friend or family member. There is a level of unconditional love exchanged between animal and human that is difficult to quantify. A bond that we strive and desire with our human counterparts that simply can’t be attained in most relationships
I wasn’t sure how, but I trusted that I would get through this past week. Over the past month we have accepted more dogs into our program than we have ever had before. More than 90 dogs were under our care, puppies, seniors, lame dogs, sick dogs, grumpy dogs, and incredibly sweet dogs… all unsure of what was going on in their lives while being transported from one location or another on their way to our facility. We sometimes tend to forget that our ability to understand we are trying to ‘help’ is often not shared by a frightened dog. They simply don’t understand that we are trying to give them a secure and safe future. All they know is that they are being thrust into a world of new surroundings, strangers, and medical procedures that are invasive and unfamiliar. Despite our attempts to be patient and loving, some dogs simply don’t trust our intentions until enough time elapses for them to realize that we are, in fact, trustworthy.
This past 2 weeks has been incredibly busy for GDRP. We have taken in more than 40 dogs, most of which needed to be spayed/neutered, vaccinated, micro chipped, groomed, photographed, and evaluated. We participated in two ‘off-site’ adoption events, had a film maker present several days for filming of a documentary, laid plans for a comedy show in August (Raise the WOOF! Watch for details), provided countless tours, conducted our Volunteer Orientation, had approximately 35 ‘meet and greet trials’ for potential adoptions, all while maintaining our regular adoption hours at the facility. In truth, this just scratches the surface of all that was accomplished in this short period.
I have recently heard words coming from my own mouth that I have not truly lived up to. Specifically, “There are SO many things I have and will do for the dogs that I would NEVER consider doing for myself.” So today, I will overcome the imaginary barrier I have created that has prevented me from taking the step of creating and maintaining a “Blog” for the dogs. I suspect there will be times of humor, sorrow, joy, and frustration shared in said blog, and it is my hope that all of it will be read with the understanding that this is little more than a genuine insight of what animal rescue work is REALLY all about.
And so it begins…
We returned to our home base in Takatsuki and will commute the next three days to Happy House, an animal rescue in Noseguchi. Over 130 dogs, many of whom have been there for years. Again, adoption of rescue animals is not prevalent in Japan. So not only are we teaching new philosophies of dog interactions and socialization but we have the cultural differences as well. So glad we are here to inspire change, educate and save lives.
Here's a look at our first full day of training in Himeji, Japan. A fantastic group of students dedicated to improving the lives of dogs here in Japan, and an insightful day as to the differences, and similarities, between our cultures.