New Logo Merch!

To celebrate CGPR continuing it’s mission with new headquarters in Charlotte, we are very excited to tell you that our first fundraiser will feature our all new logo on T-shirts.

Simply click on the below link to order, and please share with all your Pyr friends. We will have more versions available later on this spring, but we hope you love our new logo (and T-shirts) as much as we do. There are 2 designs with five different shirt options!

Thank You Martha!

Martha and Charlie

Martha and Charlie, The “Founding Father” of the CGPR

Today, Martha officially handed off the rescue to Shannon and her volunteers. Martha is planning some well-deserved trips and vacations with her family, and Scooter, her Pyr, is looking forward to having all of her attention.

In 1992, Martha started CGPR after rescuing her first Pyr, Charlie, pictured here. Charlie was the “Founding Father” of CGPR, and so that dogs like Charlie could have a second chance, Martha ran CGPR until 2015. Continue reading

Join us in Charlotte December 19th at the new location of Carolina Pyr Rescue!

VIDEO: Pet Therapy at Herbin-Metz Education Center

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, 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: Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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

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 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 with any questions.