A letter from Shannon

Dear CGPR volunteers,

I am writing this letter as a cry for help in keeping pyr rescue alive after Martha’s retirement. I would first like to thank all of you who have already messaged me your willingness to help should I take over the group at the beginning of 2016, and must apologize to those to whom I have not been able to respond. For those of you who don’t already know me, I currently already have a very busy life, as I put in at least 50-60 hours a week to run my grooming salon and kennel. As it appears right now, I am the only volunteer with the facilities to house and care for the big dogs. However, I am not currently in a position to take over the daily tasks of running the rescue, as it is basically another business.

At this time, I am able to care for and handle vetting for the majority of the dogs in foster and nothing else. I am in negotiations with the Town of Indian Trail to add a wing to my existing kennel to house as many as 12 pyrs. However, the permit process is looking quite tedious. At the moment I am at the point where I will need to complete an application for the permit, then will also need an architect to draw up a site plan, which might be costly. Once this is complete I will be required to go before the Indian Trail town council and beg them to allow the addition. Fortunately, I have friends in high places and don’t believe the permit will be a problem. Once the permit is acquired I will need fundraisers to raise the majority of the monies to build the addition. Without the addition, I could foster 4-5 pyrs in my current space, which is also a more temporary/permanent option if enough in home fosters step forward.

It is my understanding via Martha that all of the transport and home checking volunteers will remain intact. Stephen & Rose have graciously offered to remain in charge of all media, including upkeep of Facebook and website. Before making my final decision, I would like to now reach out to all of you for needs, and ask as you respond to be very specific as to what you are willing/able to do. If you all would please send your responses directly to me at pyreneeshelp@gmail.com, I promise to respond as quickly as I can. I appreciate everyone’s understanding that it might take a few days for me to respond, as my busiest time of the work year begins next week with Thanksgiving, and ends at New Years.

Here is my extended, but likely still not all inclusive, list of needs to keep the rescue going:

  • Architect, or has connections with one willing to donate time for the site pan, please let me know ASAP
  • Someone who is involved in the construction industry who might be able to donate time and materials to help build the annex
  • CGPR Vice President, someone able to handle emails(Martha says sometimes 100 a day), and the returning of phone calls on a daily basis, as well as assisting me with coordinating pick up and delivering of the dogs to my kennel
  • CGPR Secretary, who can help the VP with some of these tasks, and maybe even the updating of forms, fliers for events, etc
  • CGPR Treasurer, preferably someone local I can trust to help manage the finances. It turns out my personal CPA Is a pyr lover and might be willing to assist in this category
  • CGPR Event Planning and volunteers to attend events. Most events are on Saturdays, and I will be unable to be present. We have a volunteer(attn Lisa Hite) who is interested in this job task, but will need a committee to assist her

I understand this is a lot to ask. We have all become accustomed to Martha and her superhero talents to handle this all by herself, but now I believe it is time for us all to band together to continue her legacy in the best way possible. Just to let you all be aware, this is not my first rescue rodeo. I have been involved with 8-10 rescues at a time for 20 years, and I have the strength to say no to those we can’t help, yet strive to help as many as I can that are salvageable. I will never expect anyone to make the tough decisions of letting some of the dogs slip past us.

The dogs will for the most part will be groomed and maintained by myself and existing staff, so please keep in mind these other tasks are my main priority in filling for the time being.

Hopefully, all else will fall into place over time.

Please take time out of your day to thank our beloved Martha for all she’s done in 24 years for our favorite breed, and also to consider her privacy after her much deserved retirement. We can do this and give her enough peace if we all work together. Thank you for your time and thoughts and I look forward to hearing from you!


Shannon Meehan

A letter from Martha

October 25, 2015

Dear Friends,

This past year has been a difficult one, especially with the passing of my husband over the summer. I would like to take this time to thank my family and friends for all of their love and support- it has been invaluable. I would also like to thank all of the wonderful friends who have contributed their time and support to CGPR over the past 24 years. I could not have accomplished the things I have without all of the support from so many people. Those who have selflessly donated their time: whether it is for walking dogs, grooming and bathing, transporting both near and far, fostering, cleaning kennels, working events, helping with paperwork, vet checks, home visits, etc. For all of those who have so graciously donated either financially or with supplies such as dog beds, food, treats, toys, etc. Carolinas Great Pyrenees Rescue has kept me young-ish…… but I am finding it more difficult to manage both the physical aspects of caring for so many dogs on a daily basis along with managing the business side of the rescue. I have decided that it is time for me to Officially Retire.

Although it brings tears to my eyes to think of all of the dogs who might now have a more difficult road to rescue, I am hopeful that another door will open for them. Shannon Meehan, who has been a volunteer for several years, has expressed an interest in assuming the daily running of CGPR. She owns and runs a grooming/ boarding kennel in Charlotte, NC. There are a few legal hurdles we are trying to work through in hopes that the name and mission of CGPR can continue in to the future. She will definitely require the continued support of volunteers during and after this transition. I would ask that all of you take a moment to consider what assistance you might be able to offer. The location of the dogs will change but the needs will be the same…….is there some way you could help?

Regardless of the outcome, I will be proud of the fact that WE (myself with all of your help) have been blessed to help over 2 thousand Pyrs in their quest for a loving forever home. Yes, I said over 2 thousand! Thank you again for all of your support. I would like to remind you to take the time to give your dog(s) a loving hug as the comfort they bring is truly priceless.

Love to all,

Momma Martha

Plans Going Forward:

-CALENDARS: 2016 Calendars are available. They are $10.00 each with $3.00 for S/H. Please add $1.00 for S/H for each additional calendar purchased. Email your order to president@carolinapyrrescue.com. Payment may be made through paypal or by sending a check to CGPR, 300 Gloucestershire Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27104.

-DOGS: CGPR will no longer accept dogs in to rescue as of November, 20th. Those in rescue will remain so until their forever home is found or they are transferred to another location/ Rescue.

-SOCIAL MEDIA: CGPR Facebook and Website will remain active as long as there are dogs still available. After which, they will be transferred or closed. I will also delete the luvmypyrs email address at that time.

-VOLUNTEERS- old and new: If you wish to continue volunteering, either in the same or a different way, or to be a new volunteer, please contact either myself (luvmypyrs@triad.rr.com) or Shannon Meehan (semddo@yahoo.com).

Volunteers will still be needed for grooming, walking, and transportation. We are considering another run to New England sometime in November (meet them halfway).

- PYR ITEMS: All pyr-related items will be available for sale until the end of December at which time they will be transferred or donated to another Great Pyrenees Rescue. Contact Martha if there is anything you might be interested in purchasing.

2016 Calendars are available!

Here is a sneak peek at those Pyrs that are featured in 2016!’

2016 Calendar

2016 Calendar

The calendars are $10.00 a piece.  To order email president@carolinapyrrescue.com

Shipping and Handling is 3.00 add an extra dollar for each additional calendar.

1 calendar shipped total $13.00
2 calendars shipped total $24.00
3 calendar shipped total $35.00

You can also send checks to CGPR at 300 Gloucestershire Road Winston Salem, NC 27104

Meet the Breeds Charlotte

Meet the breeds

Meet the breeds

Dog Lovers Dog Show!

Shop For A Cause at Macy’s

Saturday, August 29, 2015 –        All Macy’s locations.

Support Carolina Great Pyrenees Rescue by          purchasing your $5 Shopping Pass from                            CGPR to participate in                       Macy’s2015 Shop For A Cause Event.

Shopping Pass shoppers will enjoy…

  • Special 30% savings all day on regular, sale, and clearance merchandise;
  • 25% savings on designer apparel collections, designer handbags, Impulse, men’s shoes, Wacaol, Tumi, Wustoff, Henkels, Kate Spade Home & All Clad, as well as 10% off electronics, furniture, mattresses and area rugs.  Limited exclusions apply.
  • One chance to win a $500 Macy’s Gift Card.  No purchase necessary and you need not be present to win.  One gift card per store will be awarded.  If you cannot attend the event, provide your completed entry form to Jeani Smith prior to the event to be included in the local store drawing.

To purchase Shopping Passes from CGPR…

  • Email donations@carolinapyrrescue.com with the number of tickets you would like, your name and mailing address then pay through the PayPal link on the site under the Donate tab. Please note “Macy’s Shopping Pass.”  Electronic shopping passes will be emailed to you… unless you specify to receive hardcopy tickets.  (The electronic passes must be printed to take into the Macy’s store.)
  • Mail a check made out to CGPR, Inc. to Jeani Smith, 3090 Panther Ridge Ln., Lewisville, NC  27023 with the number of tickets you would like specified.  Tickets will be returned to you via USPS mail.

The Spring Belk Charity Sale raised $875 for CGPR.  We started very late with limited volunteers participating. Let’s make this another successful fundraiser for CGPR…  please tell your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers! It’s an easy way to save more Pyrs and just in time for back-to-school! Email donations@carolinapyrrescue.com with any questions.

i Give – May $5 New Member Promotion

May $5 New Member Promotion

Free Donations for Carolina Great Pyrenees Rescue, Inc.

Spring is finally here. To celebrate, we’ll donate $5 per new member supportingCarolina Great Pyrenees Rescue, Inc.through May 31. No purchase necessary.  In other words, for free.

 All the new to iGive member needs to do is try the free and optional iGive Button through7/15/15. 

Why share with your friends? -

  1. When they shop, they’ll help Carolina Great Pyrenees Rescue, Inc..  Why not let them take advantage of over 1,600 stores that want to help?
  2. The average shopper is raising over $30 – $100 a year for their cause … all for free.
  3. It’s simple and automatic.
  4. Five bucks free, just for trying us out.
  5. The more iGive members, the better the deals we can get from stores.

Spread your iGive link everywhere (Facebook’s a great way, but Twitter, email, blogs, bulletin boards, and handouts all work).

Use your special link: 


This is super easy to join and will make a huge difference in the lives of so many Pyrs!

  • To register – Simply enter your name, zip code, email address and select a password.
  • Choose Carolina Great Pyrenees Rescue, Inc. as your cause.
  • Install the iGive button or bookmark the URL as a favorite.  iGive shopping is free.  iGive retailers donate .5% -.20% of purchases to CGPR.  Since 1997, over $7.1 MM has been donated to great causes just like CGPR.
  • Now you are ready to SHOP!

The Pyrs thank you all so much for your loving support!

CGPR will be at the games May 16th from 10am-2pm!

Spring 2015 Newsletter!

Here is the link to our Spring CGPR Newsletter!

(When you click on the link, if a “New to Dropbox” window appears, just click the X at the top right of the box, then you are ready to read the Spring CGPR Newsletter!)




Pyr-Nic Catalog

These are the items up for auction at the 2015 Pyr-Nic on April 18, 11a-4p.

If you would like to bid but cannot attend the Pyr-nic, email
tracy@carolinapyrrescue.com your maximum bid on the item by 8pm
Wednesday, April 15th. If you cannot pick up the item from Martha in
Winston-Salem or Rose in Charlotte, we ask you to cover the cost of

Please bring cash or your check book. We ask that you pay for all items in
full before leaving the Pyr-nic.

All items have been donated. Thanks to all who have gave so generously!
100% of all proceeds benefit CGPR and saves more Pyrs.

Please contact us if you have any questions at tracy@carolinapyrrescue.com.

Click this link to see the Dog-A-Log!
(Note, when you click on the link, if a “New to Dropbox” window appears, just click the X at the top right of the box.)


Looking forward to seeing you in Pyr-son on Saturday, April 18!