We believe that livestock guardian dog breeds can be both working and/or companions. However, this is very dependent on factors such as genetics and personality. For example, a Great Pyrenees whose ancestry was bred for the purpose of companionship will be more suited for a pet versus a Great Pyrenees whose ancestry was bred specifically for protecting livestock. Each dog is unique and it's important to properly evaluate the dog to determine the best environment in which the dog will thrive.
Fortunately, there are solutions. LGDs in need could be minimized, if not entirely eliminated, by implementing recommended practices that address the root of the problem, educating the public about their use and how they differ from companion ownership.
Sterilization for dogs used on open range would eliminate any unwanted litters are born and no adults would be left behind. Sterilization should be used for population management rather than culling, which is considered inhumane.
Proven bonding and socialization practices will decrease roaming and public safety risks and increase livestock protection. Providing proper nutrition, vaccinations, parasite control and medical care will greatly improve the well-being of the working dogs and minimize situations of neglect and cruelty.
When guidelines to protect working dogs are lacking or legal protections against cruelty are nonexistent, it devalues the life and role of the working dog and communicates to society that they are not relevant to the well-being of the community. As with Police K9's, service dogs and SAR dogs, we believe that they deserve well-founded management practices and protections parallel to the incredible service they provide.
inform and advocate
Most members of the public are unaware of the issues surrounding livestock guardian dogs, both working and companion. Many do not understand the role of livestock guardian dogs and some have no idea that shelters across the country are flooded with livestock guardian dogs, both working and companion.
Once they become informed, they overwhelmingly support improved management of working livestock guardian dogs and responsible ownership of companion livestock guardian dog breeds.
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Be an advocate for LGD in need. If you encounter an emaciated, ill, injured or abandoned LGD, capture a picture or video, document the location and file a report with the local sheriff. It's also important to voice your concern to the local and federal BLM and USFS office AND your local legislators (state house representative and state senator). Make sure your get a response to your concern and send a copy for our records: firstname.lastname@example.org
Support our initiatives that have a direct impact on livestock guardian dogs in need by selecting the Coalition for Livestock Guardian dogs as your Amazon Smile Charity choice.
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volunteer or adopt
National Great Pyrenees Rescue (NGPR) is a volunteer, tax-exempt, non-profit organization whose mission is to save and re-home rescued Pyrenees in the U.S. and Canada. Whether you are looking to rescue a Great Pyrenees, learn about the breed or connect with a local pyr rescue group to inquire about volunteering, they can help!
Transport of rescued companion and working livestock guardian dogs is always needed. Even more is a desperate need for foster families to provide a temporary safe place until a forever loving home is found.
Send us a message and we'll connect you with a group in your area or click below for a list of groups across the country.