SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - All the dogs at National Great Pyrenees Rescue in Springfield are getting a second chance at life.
Most of them were saved from deplorable conditions, homelessness, or owners who couldn't or wouldn't care for them.
"Some of these dogs we have for a very long time, so for them to be able to act like they have a home is really important," said Susan Brennan, owner of the kennel that houses National Great Pyrenees Rescue.
That home now includes a brand new place to stretch their legs, after the Friends of St. Francis donated nearly 10 thousand dollars worth of fencing so the dogs could run and play.
"He wanted an area for the dogs to be able to run," said Michael Chakeres, Executive Director of the Friends of St. Francis. "He had a pretty large bill to be able to do all this fencing, and St. Francis welcomed the opportunity to be able to help."
It's a move that would've taken the rescue group years to achieve on its own.
"We do local fundraisers for smaller projects or dogs that have medical needs, and we ask for contributions," said Brennan. "But this is a really big project."
Big in price, but also in size. The new play yard is about the size of a football field. It's easier to get exercise, and also lets the dogs' true personalities shine. Organizers here say that can make it easier for them to find a home.
"Having this property for them to be able to run at and play at and just be a dog, you just see the joy in their eyes," Brennan said.
The giant play yard is also a big boon for a big event the group is hosting later this week. The rescue has branches all over the country. On October 13th, they'll all convene here in Springfield.
"They're going to be so impressed and excited to be able to get all the dogs out," Brennan said. "There aren't very many rescues that have this opportunity."
If you want to check out National Great Pyrenees Rescue, the bash and cookout is a great time to do so. The public is welcome to visit from 10 - 2 on Saturday, October 13. There you can fill out adoption applications, meet the dogs, and learn how you can help out.
The kennel is located at 3945 East National Road in Springfield.
You can also support the Friends of St. Francis and its charitable mission, by visiting its thrift stores. The stores are located in Kettering at 2824 Wilmington Pike, and in Huber Heights at 7777 Waynetowne Boulevard.
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