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GDRI Volunteer of the Month

Dave and his 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 Dave Cathey from Arizona.

How long have you volunteered with GDRI?
Seems like FOREVER, but I think its just been since 2013

What are your roles in GDRI (past & present)?
Transport, home checks with the naughty white dog, foster.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment as a GDRI volunteer?
This is a tough one, but I think its been the ability to let go the horrible things some people can do to these animals and focus on how happy they are when they find their forever home.

Why did you decide to volunteer with GDRI?
I Met Lyndsey at a meetup group, she also had a naughty white dog, and I think we bonded over that pretty quick. I think talked to her more times than I care to share about the raw diet before I was finally brave enough to try it with our dogs. Seeing how much she cared, really made me want to help a cause like this.

What is the hardest part of volunteering?
This is an easy one.. the hardest part is not becoming a foster failure with 200 danes that you just can't let go of.

What was the most unexpected part of volunteering?
Being suckered in by the dogs that are "difficult, deaf, blind, or that are some how deficient in the general public's eyes" seeing that they are some of the best dogs, and the feelings that come from that realization.

What do you do outside of your rescue work?
I am a computer nerd for AAA Insurance

What’s one little-known fact about you?
Though I am extremely large, our dogs can bring me to tears, laughing or crying with little to no effort.