Who We Are
Welcome to our website! Hi, my name is Journey and my BIG brother’s name is Jenkins. Although we did not have the same canine parents, we now share the same human parents. You see, we are both rescued Great Pyrenees, and this is my story.
In 2008, my Mom and Dad, both Great Pyrenees, had a small family of three boys. Their “owner” didn’t want to keep any of us kids and he took us to the shelter. Fortunately, Adopt a Golden Atlanta (www.adoptagoldenatlanta.com) came along and found us new homes. We were some of the lucky ones. Unfortunately there are many more Great Pyrenees throughout the Southeast who are abandoned and don’t get a happy ending to their story.
In early 2010, Jenkins and I decided to start Great Pyrenees Rescue of Atlanta (GPRA). We thought we could rescue about 30 of our brothers and sisters in the first year. Well, we have rescued over 1000 Great Pyrs and look forward to rescuing the next 1000!
Not bad, huh? I got to audition as spokesperson for the group, because as you know, every Great Pyrenees needs a job. So while my brother is busy patrolling the perimeter of our yard to make sure our family is safe, I’m going to tell you more about us.
Great Pyrenees are the Southeast’s best kept secret. We are a magnificent and majestic breed that is one of the best dogs a family can own – we really are. We are gentle giants loved by all because we combine two characteristics that are hard to beat. First, we are terrific family pets. We are lovable and gentle with children – we love them even when they treat us like massive fluff balls! Second, and where we differ from most house pets, we are protectors. I tend to be the witty observer but my big brother Jenkins is a typical Great Pyrenees and he is amazing as he patrols our property watching for anything unusual. He takes his job very seriously. Great Pyrenees were bred as working dogs and our “job” in the home is to protect our “family”.
Our main mission at GPRA is to find the right permanent home for Great Pyrenees in distress, whether they are strays or from an overpopulated kill or no-kill shelter. We don’t care how old they are or what their medical condition is because we will make sure they receive a comprehensive medical evaluation, spaying or neutering, and even behavioral training if necessary. So discover for yourself why we are the southeast’s best kept secret.
We are a 501(c)3 not for profit so your donation is tax deductible.
Board of Directors
John Heldrich – President and Founder
Richard Link – Treasurer and Director of Operations
Stephanie Trimble – Adoptions Director
Heather Durst – Foster Director
Dee Janssen – Intake Director
Marla McSwiney – Medical Director
Jenny Veal – Marketing Director