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Great Pyrs and Paws Rescue


Fosters save lives! We couldn't save the Pyrs and Livestock guardian dogs that are in Texas and the Pacific NW without the foster families that commit to loving and caring for them. If you would like to join our foster family, please fill out the form - we would love to talk with you! Fosters needed in Texas, Oregon, and Washington.

Why foster?

  • Fostering is important because it helps to reduce shelter populations in shelters still experiencing high euthanasia rates.
  • Foster care can help prepare a homeless and displaced dog for a forever home by helping the dog overcome anxiety, fears or behaviors from past trauma.
  • Medical fosters are also needed to help a rescue dog recover from illness or surgery.
  • Specialty fosters can be those quiet households that are in-between dogs, puppy fosters, or those who have experience with Great Pyrenees and other livestock guardian breeds.
  • Fostering is a rewarding experience and it saves the lives of dogs.

Why foster for GPPR?

  • All food, medical and other supplies are provided.
  • Medical directors are highly responsive to any questions or concerns.
  • Leadership highly responsive to communication, questions, and concerns.
  • Long term fosters have an opportunity to be trained by internationally-renowned holistic dog trainer, behavior expert, and Reiki Master Roman Gottfried.
  • New fosters may be provided the same training after 6 months of volunteering with the rescue.
  • Be part of a rescue family dedicated to reduce euthanasia rates in shelters for Great Pyrenees and other livestock guardian breeds.

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About Great Pyrs and Paws Rescue


19550 Amber Meadow Drive, Ste 130-215, Bend, OR 97702, US

Mission Statement

Purpose Great Pyrs & Paws Rescue is a 501c3 organization with a network of volunteers across the United States. We rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome unwanted, displaced, and neglected Great Pyrenees along with other Livestock Guardian dogs that are abandoned in high kill shelters throughout Texas. By placing them in caring and nurturing foster homes we are able to successfully adopt them to loving homes throughout the Western United states. Our mission is to engage community members to promote better treatment of these dogs and reduce euthanasia numbers through adoptions, education, and other resources. Vision: GPPR is at the forefront of generating awareness concerning the mistreatment and over-population of Livestock Guardian Breeds.


Formed in April 2020 with support from National Great Pyrenees Rescue we received our 501c3 May 2020. With a start up volunteer base of approximately 70 individuals across the United States we've successfully adopted 100 Great Pyrenees and Pyr mixes to adopters across multiple states...and we've just got started! Our rescue focuses on finding forever homes for the Pyrs in Texas and in the Pacific Northwestern states, by placing them with fosters and adopters in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico and California. The Great Pyrenees is one of the oldest livestock guardian dog breeds, and for hundreds of years they have been bred to think independently. True gentle giants Great Pyrenees are intuitive, independent thinkers and formidable protectors and companions who may seem almost human at times!



We'll work with your schedule.


OlympiaOlympia, WA 98503


  • Animal Care / Handling




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • We ask for 6 month commitment volunteering
  • Experienced with dogs, willing to travel to pick up foster dog at transport locations, some basic training experience including house training and crate training. Visible fencing and vet reference.

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