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GDRI Volunteer of the Month

Sam & pups

We thought that you might like to get to know us. There are a host of volunteers who selflessly dedicate their time and energy to Great Dane Rescue Inc.

Some of our volunteers home foster our Danes, others help transport our Danes to their forever homes and others perform home visits and help out at fundraising events. We have volunteers that match our Danes to their perfect forever home and others that help out with behaviour issues. Volunteers come from all walks of life but what they all have in common is a love for Great Danes.


This month we're featuring Sam Billings.

How long have you volunteered with GDRI?
I have volunteered for almost 3 years

What are your roles in GDRI (past & present)?
Transports, Homechecks and Fostering

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment as a GDRI volunteer?
I feel each time I transport a dane is a great accomplishment, knowing they are going to a foster find their forever home or going to their forever home is so rewarding.

Why did you decide to volunteer with GDRI?
After adopting my first Great Dane, Siegi, I knew I needed to do anything I could to help with helping these precious pups find forever homes. Dealing with GDRI was such a positive experience when I was going through the adoption process, there was no question that this was the rescue for me to work with.

What is the hardest part of volunteering?
Knowing we can't save everyone and Not being able to take every single dane home! (I totally would if I could)

What was the most unexpected part of volunteering?
So far I don't feel like there has been anything that I did not expect.

What do you do outside of your rescue work?
Outside of rescue work, I work full time at a Veterinary Clinic as a Practice Manager. I also like to relax on my days off with my two Danes, Siegi and Molley (my foster failure) and two cats Apple and Joey!

What’s one little-known fact about you?
Not only am I crazy about Great Danes, I'm also a bit of a crazy cat lady!