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GLAD DOGS FOUNDATION INC

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Target demographics: Animals in need and individuals and organizations with innovative ideas to make a difference in the lives of animals.

Geographic areas served: Across the country

Programs: Spay & Neuter support, providing food and supplies to shelters and rescues, providing toys to homeless dogs, working with youth groups to provide a way for kids to help make a difference in the lives of homeless dogs.

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Glad Dogs Foundation through a volunteer matching site this past summer and I couldn't have picked a better nonprofit to help out. After talking with Marianne over the phone, I was excited to get started. I love their mission of upcycling toys and giving proceeds to dogs in need. With my busy schedule, I was thrilled to finally find a flexible volunteer position that is fun and creative.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello Everyone,

I can't begin to express how much I love working with the Glad Dogs Nation foundation. Last September, I adopted my first rescue pet- dog- and the experience has been amazing! I love my rescue pup, and I wanted to help other dogs in need. I have a busy schedule, so I needed to find something that would be flexible with my schedule. I reached out to Glad Dogs Nation on volunteer match.com earlier this year. I spoke to Marianne and immediately new I had found the volunteer job for me. I love searching the web to find sources to help our mission and encourage new members to join. The volunteer team is always supportive of our own goals in life, but we do know we all love the animals we are saving. And finally, I love the concept. We are up cycling toys- that might have just been thrown away in landfill. Instead, we clean them up, make them pet friendly, and raise costs for animals in need. Win! Win! Win! ( Picture is my own rescue pup, Dublin!

Thanks,

Katie F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering for them recently and just love what they are doing. Such a wonderful organization. Im very excited to help in thier cause

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group has been so extremely helpful to are Rescue over the past year they work so hard to help rescue organizations get supplies they need to help differ from the cost and allow us to save more dogs!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for Gladdogsnation for several years. It is so rewarding to see my/our efforts to go good use. We give people an outlet to get rid of stuffed animals and at the same time give pets and shelter animals a little CHEAP enjoyment. And 100% of our profits to go help those little known rescues. So rewarding!!!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this organization! What a great idea to repurpose unwanted toys and also provide support to rescues and shelters!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Glad Dogs Nation is a wonderful organization that supports so many rescues and shelters with such a simple and delightful concept...bring a little happiness to a homeless pet and recycle as part of the process! Love it! Love their work!

Julia83

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Glad Dogs Nation helped my little rescue with some toys and the dogs LOVE them! They have a brilliant way of promoting spay/neuter with these wonderful repurposed toys

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Glad Dogs Nation is wonderful! I have a small rescue in rural Kentucky. We were very low on toys. They sent us a big box of toys that made a lot of dogs very happy. I have a senior beagle in my care now that probably never had a toy in his life. His favorite is a Glad Dogs Nation bunny. It is heartwarming to watch him play. GDN is built upon a brilliant idea that is doing a whole lot of good in this world.

pammylbear

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been buying toys and treats from Glad Dogs Nation for years. And for almost as long I've been helping close up the "spay and neuter" scars on the stuffies GDN sells. All around, this is a great organization. Helping pet owners find great toys, helping toys stay out of landfills (for a while any way!), helping dogs who like to squeak and destroy, and helping dogs and other animals in need through the Foundation makes helping out here make me feel good in my very soul.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard of Glad Dogs Nation when donating to New Spirit for Aussies Rescue. Old stuffed animals turned into dog toys?! Sign me up! Our newest rescue loved nothing better than a good shredding of the stuffed animals I had on hand. I needed more! Glad Dogs toys fit the bill. Bear loves them! And I love that the monies go to help other shelter and rescue dogs. Another plus was that I now have the opportunity to help Glad Dogs Nation prepare the stuffies for sale, through the Glad Dogs Foundation. I now get to use my sewing skills to sew "spay/neuter" scars shut on the stuffies. Keeps me busy and off the streets.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

we are a animal rescue and glad dogs foundation helped so many of our rescue dogs and cats.
great group.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I run a non profit (www.doingrightbyrescues.org in New Jersey). We provide free tutoring and educational outreach to those who have adopted (or are fostering) dogs from animal shelters or rescue organizations. For over two years now we have been receiving toys from Glad Dogs Foundation to support our efforts to tutor and transition rescued dogs from homeless to forever homed. Play is such an important component in a dog's life and the toys from Glad Dogs play a key role in our work with rescued dogs. Glad Dogs Foundation have addressed a real need in the world of dog rescue and we are very grateful for their support and efforts on behalf of our canine clients!

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Client Served

Rating: 5


 Our non profit organization (Doing Right By Rescues) works exclusively with rescued dogs needing assistance transitioning from homeless to forever homed as well as dogs in the process of adjusting to loving hands (post abuse or neglect). The donation of toys have added such smiles and joy to our canine clients (and their people). Donations at this time of year (following the hurricanes in the South) are especially appreciated as this has allowed us to support the needs of dogs who have been displaced and transported up to local rescue organizations near our location for rehoming. Many of these dogs don't even know how to play-many have never even had a toy.  Having ample access to free toys helps when we teach these dogs to play. The value of play and toys for rescued dogs is an important component in the transition process for rescued, adopted or fostered dogs. This creative idea of Glad Dogs to provide toys for teaching, for play, or just for delightful destruction has made a significant impact on our work with rescued dogs!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Glad Dog has the best toys for dogs and they last forever. I bought one 2 years ago and it looks like almost new. It looks just like my dog and when I say to him "Find Twin" he runs and get his Glad Dog. Thank you for all you do and for your unselfish support of rescues.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came across Glad Dogs through a breed rescue group. I've been hooked ever since! From being able to help other dogs (and cats, horses, etc) by purchasing toys and treats to helping prepare the stuffed animals for the dogs to telling others about the organization, I feel like I am making a difference. Marianne has been a pleasure to work with. And my dogs love the stuffies and chews. My Bear went and helped himself to a toy before I could pick one out for him. He knew they were for him. :-)

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Glad Dogs Nation has filled a unique niche for the dog rescue world (and the world in general) in so many ways. Their innovative idea to repurpose old toys by turning them into safe and adorable toys for dogs was absolutely phenomenal. The dogs love the toys, they are safe, reasonably priced...and the old toys stay out of the landfill, which helps the environment! The funds raised are used to help rescue efforts, and our shelter has received a grant from the Foundation to help defray the cost of spay/neuter for outdoor cats. I cannot say enough about the innovation and integrity of this organization. They are great and we love partnering with them. Thank you Marianne and all at GDN!

Board Member

Rating: 5

These folks approached us and have been consistently supportive and terrific with both goods and money. We're so delighted by their involvement with New Spirit 4 Aussie Rescue and in awe of their very businesslike and professional way of doing things!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am lucky enough to know this nonprofit from three different aspects. I have been solidly impressed by them from all these perspectives.

I know Marianne, their founder and fearless leader, as a fellow volunteer in a breed-specific rescue. She is always cheerful, resourceful, and willing to do whatever she can to help in all aspects of being an active member of a rescue group.

I am (OK...my two dogs are) faithful customers of Glad Dogs. Our Rottweiler loves nothing more than to play with a brand new stuffed animal. Most of the time, he destuffs and destroys his stuffed toys in a few hours....but he LOVES his toys from Glad Dogs (size XL of course), and will carry them around for DAYS before striking that fatal blow and spreading stuffing all over our house.

The third way I have interacted with this rescue was when Glad Dogs Nation came to my synagogue in VA to participate in a region-wide Good Deeds Day where our religious community dedicates the day to doing and learning about good deeds and ways to make the world a better place. Marianne drove down with a van full of animals needing to be finished, and she patiently helped dozens of kids as they inserted squeakers and sewed up toys for pups to enjoy.

Glad Dogs Nation is a great organization, and one of the rare ones where I can feel confident not only about their goals, but also about their leadership, the morals they function under, and the product they sell. HIGHLY RECOMMEND any involvement with them!

1 Elaine I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Glad Dog Nation for about 4 years. I am retired and was looking for volunteer work that did not take up to much of my time as I have a therapy dog that does visits to nursing homes. I saw a write up in the local paper and contacted Marianne and I was hooked. She supplies the toys , squeaker, crinkle paper and I help the cause my supplying my own appliques, pom-poms and sewing thread and glue. I also help out at events. This gives me an opportunity to volunteer at my pace. The cause is so worth while. There are so many small rescue organizations that can use any little help. Every dog needs a toy.

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gladdogsfoundation 10/31/2017

Thanks for ALL you do, Elaine!

Crissy G.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Glad Dogs Foundation is an amazing organization that helps so many unwanted dogs. They also help shelters and rescues help dogs too! GDN has helped the Australian Cattle Dog Rescue in many ways including donating toys to our dogs and toys to raffle at our auctions. GDN even held a fundraiser for our rescue! Our cattle dogs LOVE playing with Glad Dogs and find much comfort in them, especially our sick ones. Through spay/neuter assistance and education provided to our children, GDN helps facilitate a more responsible community with regard to helping homeless dogs. GDN is making a remarkable difference in so many lives, both canine and human! Thank you GDN!

Jacquie La Fergola I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became familiar with this organization about 3 years ago. I noticed them at Puptoberfest in NJ. I had just gotten a puppy and was in need of some toys so it caught my eye. When I stopped to look at the great toys I realized this was not just great toys but it was for a purpose. I thought to myself this doesn't get any better. Then I realized it does... I asked how I could help this organization and found out that I can help by sewing up the toys in my leisure. This is not only an organization for the animals but it is somewhere where I can give back as well. In my eyes this organization not only makes dogs and cats happy in many ways but it make humans feel better in many ways. EVERYONE WINS AND IT DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THAT!!!! I would encourage everyone to support Maryann and the Glad dogs Foundation!

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gladdogsfoundation 10/30/2017

Thanks, Jacquie! Your support is very appreciated!

Erica H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering for Glad Dogs Nation. It’s really hard being active duty in the Navy and finding an organization that can work with your schedule. Glad Dogs Nation is perfect. You can do I‎t in your free time and help animals. I have even recommended them to my junior sailors. Marianne is super sweet and answers any questions in a timely manner. If you have a desire to volunteer but don’t really have the time to commit to a set schedule, this is perfect.

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gladdogsfoundation 10/30/2017

Thanks so much, Erica. We are thrilled to have you as a volunteer!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Glad Dogs Nation for about six months now. I love being able to help sew the stuffed animals because I know it will help the dogs in the shelters. That is a great feeling!
Marianne is a very pleasant, courteous and helpful person to work with. I love it when she sends me more toys to sew and I dig right in, so I can get them done and sent back for another big box!
Marianne, thank you for all the hard work of prepping the stuffed animals so I can do my part in helping too!
Sue from MA

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gladdogsfoundation 10/30/2017

Thanks, Sue! This means so much to us!