NEPR's Role

NEPR helps families place dogs when they can no longer keep them. 

In addition, we work with shelters and veterinarians when Pyrs are lost, abandoned, neglected or surrendered.

Interested families must complete an application and the application is reviewed by the geographically closest NEPR volunteer. The volunteer will contact the applicant by phone to discuss the application and establish a time for a home visit. Home visits are required.

Rescue and Re-homing –We provide rescue care for Great Pyrenees dogs that are lost, abandoned, neglected or surrendered and place them in loving permanent homes. In many instances the dogs have lived with attentive and loving families but due to difficult circumstances, such as divorce or owner death, the Pyr needs to find a new home. In some cases dogs have been neglected or abandoned and have special care needs.  The states we take surrenders in are Connecticut, Massachusetts,  Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island,  and  Vermont.

Education – We teach people about the Great Pyrenees breed characteristics and convey information regarding proper dog selection and the importance of spaying and neutering. Members set up educational booths at county fairs, public events, Pet-Co, live stock events, and dog shows to disseminate information and answer questions. We distribute about 500 educational fliers and pamphlets each year as well as speak to approximately 1,000 people.

Consultation and Assistance – We work with owners who are experiencing behavioral problems with their Pyrs, connecting them with experienced breeders and owners who understand and help resolve their issues of concern. In most instances, with dedicated owners, we can provide easy solutions so the Pyr can remain in their home forever.

There are over 70 volunteers, in 8 states, who help assure the promise of NEPR's mission.