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Dog rescue group holds annual picnic reunion

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By: Lauren Fabrizi
lfabrizi@klkntv.com

The Great Pyrenees Rescue of Nebraska hosted its 12th annual Potluck Picnic at Roberts Park in Lincoln Saturday.

For more than a decade, David and Sharon Hayes have been helping great pyrenees, a fairly unpopular dog breed, find new owners who can provide for a better home.

Saturday, adopters and their dogs had a chance to come together at the picnic.

"This really gives us the one, in most cases the annual get together to see each other again," organizer David Hayes said. "It's just a pleasure to see them back, and they're just happy."

Hayes said in most cases, the great pyrenees they take in are strays, have been abused or can no longer be taken care of by their owner. He said volunteers rehabilitate the dogs for about four months. After a selective screening process, Hayes and his wife relocate them with a new owner.

Tammy Kindel was one of the adopters at the picnic. Her dog, Toby, has been with her family for about a month. She said the decision to adopt him was an easy one.

"We feel like we're blessed to have him in our family," Kindel said. "He really does add a lot, and he's a good dog."

At the picnic, dog adopters from across the state had a chance to share their adoption experiences with one another, and let their dogs reunite with Hayes and his wife.

The two said seeing the dogs healthy with their new owners is what the mission of their rescue group is all about.

"Personal pride," Hayes said. "We've put the effort in and you have an accomplishment. Because what's important is the dog."

Hayes said they will continue to hold their annual picnic for years to come.

If you would like to adopt a great pyrenees, send an email to:
GPR_of_NE@radiks.net

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