DO NOT go to Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions in CA!! See this site for details

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DO NOT go to Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions in CA!! See this site for details
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Do not believe in this!
Please stop posting bad things about GG. They are trying to rescue dogs, that's a wonderful work they are doing saving lives! - David , posted 11/14/14
PUPPY MILL - Do Not Give These People Money
I know many of us want to rescue a dog. Both of mine are from great rescues, this rescue is however not a rescue but a profiting puppy mill. When you get there, if you take a dog, you will be for sure rescuing it from the rescue. However, each dog purchased from these negligent breeders just gives them reason to continue to breed and inhumanely treat these animals.

There are so many red flags on this place, please do some research, here's a good start:

Rescues don't promote/peddle dog food for their own profit
Rescues don't make you pay cash before entering and tell you that you will be taking a dog home
Rescues provide a paper trail with the dogs they are trying to place
Rescues never have this many puppies of these type of breeds (let alone adults)
Rescues facilities should allow you to see where the animals are kept, open door policy
Rescues do not adopt out sick and terminally ill animals
Rescues rarely know exactly how old the dog is, and a ligit rescue will tell you it's estimated
- Baby , posted 09/30/14
The negative posts are from BREEDERS themselves!
DO NOT believe the negative lies being spewed here!!! I adopted 3 big beautiful Great Danes from the Wards and couldn't be happier! The only people who don't want to see the Wards succeed in saving these amazing creatures are the nasty, low-lifes posting this crap on this site. They are truly despicable dirt bags who would rather see these dogs die (so that it doesn't cut into their bottom line) than to support an effort to save them. If you want to save a gentle giant...go see for yourself. - Mike , posted 10/29/12
Don't believe what the website says.
They were smart and put up a great website but that is not what you will see/experience when you get there. I wish I had been able to take some pictures, if I did not one would go there.
There is no "meet the herd", they will bring out 5 or 6 dirty, sickly dogs one at a time to a fenced gravel are they have you sit in. Then they spend way to long with each dog (I believe this is because they don't have very many).
The dogs were old but they tried to pass them off as puppies.
All the dogs looked scruffy, dirty and poorly kept.
$1000 id ridiculous for a rescue dog
They talked continually about their dog food.

All in all bad experience especially since they make you bring the entire family and and my pets that will live with the dog. Responsible pet owners agree but then I realized they don't really care about that they just want to appear as caring people on their website.

I believe they are in this 100% for profit. The rescue is a way for them to make money. - Marie , posted 03/26/12
136 dogs on Petfinder?
Currently listed on 136 dogs, mostly giant breed, on a residential property where the Wards are permitted no more than 55 animals total- almost all of which are either "young" or "baby." No legitimate rescue would ever have puppies of such rare breeds as ibizians, saluki, great danes, etc. on a continual basis. The wards breed, or have bred for them, puppies that are mixes of desirable giant breeds.

This is not a rescue: this is a puppy mill with a 501(c)(3) tax exemption, paying themselves ample compensation for doing so. It is a mockery of legitimate rescues, selling dogs for a profit. - Todd , posted 09/20/11
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Breeders, not rescuers!
Burt and Tracy are full of bs when they claim they aren't breeders. Their dogs aren't spayed or neutered so its fairly obvious how they end up with all their magical crosses.

I too have visited their "rescue" and its unfathomable that the SPCA or county haven't done anything about the place. The dogs are in nothing short of grotesque condition. I witnessed feces everywhere, filthy, pathetically thin, wormy dogs that were primarily either terrified or aggressive. God only knows the medical issues I couldn't see! And for this they want $700+?!

Its no wonder they're afraid of someone filming or photos getting out. They're liars and scam artists! Not rescuers! - KT , posted 01/18/11
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14 borzoi puppies for sale? BACKYARD BREEDERS!
Their Petfinder ads show they have 14 borzoi puppies for sale. Too many sighthound puppies- they're breeders. Sighthound puppies are rarely- if ever- available as rescues, but they have 14 listed. The IRS should crack down on them for sheer bogusness, selling puppies that they breed or have bred for them, and then claiming they're a rescue!

They're BACKYARD BREEDERS, and nothing more! No legitimate rescue has this many puppies for sale! - TJ , posted 06/11/10

What a racket
Nice racket they have going... "Rescue" pregnant dogs from shelters for $75, then turn around and sell the mothers and puppies for $900 each? This does not sound like the kind of organization that has the animals' best interest at heart... Why are they allowed to post on Petfinder??? - Leniford , posted 11/06/09
Gentle Giants is doing a good job
We adopted a beautiful great pyrenees, 5 months old or so and all of us couldn't be happier. Burt and Tracy are doing their best, I believe. Yes, it's pricey, but I do believe they incur significant costs. If someone wants to adopt a dog from the animal shelter, that's where they should go. It's a different experience adopting from GG but we've owned large breeds before, and their needs are different. I truly believe there are MANY unjustified cricisms on this website. - cheryl , posted 09/14/09
Gentle Giant Rescue - Mixed Bag
I "rescued" a dog from Burt and Tracy, and I have no regrets whatsoever. The dog is not a giant by any means. Its age was probably understated. However, the dog was healthy, clean, happy, well-behaved, essentially house-broken, and she has been an unalloyed joy. A friend of mine "rescued" a pure breed also a wonderful dog with a great disposition. The dogs are great.

The Wards, however, are a bit idiosyncratic. I don't know why the cost of "rescue" is so high.The cost is more like buying than rescuing. The mandatory Vet visit and the lack of neutering run counter to what I understand to be custom and practice. The Wards offer a $50 rebate toward the cost of neutering, but they are well aware that it does not come close to covering the cost. We were given a big sack of food and were required to sign a number of forms that seemed unwarranted.

I don't regret adopting from the Wards but dealing with them is not easy, and I would not go back. - Bruce , posted 05/26/09
There are testimonies from many, many people about their horrible experience
To learn more of the truth about Gentle Giants Rescue in Norco, CA, visit
There is also another Tribe Review thread on this same subject:

The posts from the Animal Shelter "Volunteer" and the one posted by - Q , posted 02/07/07 ... that's Burt Ward himself. He is the only one out there that toots his horn. - B.L. , posted 05/10/08
Worst Place in the world for dogs
We made an appointment in Norco and we were required to bring our other two dogs and my daughter and son-in-law. We rented a motel room and went to gentle giants rescue at Bert Ward's house. When we first got there in the van, Bert came to the van and told us to keep our dogs from barking qand pull around to the back of the house. Two other parties came and eventually Tracie came out and we were seated. She asked what kind of dog we were interested in and we told her. She then brought out dogs that we weren't interested in. I took a picture of her handig a dog to another party. She then insisted that I could'nt take pictures and then told me to take off my sunglasses off. When she started nringing out the Great Danes one of them was shaking with his tail between his legs. She finally got one out that we wanted. When I asked her how much she needed she said 900.00 . She also said we couldn't take the dog because he had to go to their Vet.We were told to wait there in Norco for 3 days. Believe me, all of the dogs were filthy. There is no telling how many dogs they had in that house but it must be deplorable. Dont make the same mistake we made. We came back to las Vegas and Called the Gentle Giants Rescue here and within 2 days we got the greatest dane from a very well run shelter here for $75.00 that included a free checkup from our vet, a sack of dogfood and discovered a real Gentle Giants rescue. I don't know why we had to pull around back of the house, keep our dogs quiet, no pictures, and why I had to take off my sunglasses, and why we would have had to pay $900.00. Thumbs Down ! - Terry , posted 03/15/08
Worst place ever!!!!
That person "Don" is one of the Wards or one of their paid transporters. You know they don't want to lose their cash flow. Give us a break do you think were stupid? The place is filthy, the dogs are sick and in horrible condition and the place needs to be shut down. The Wards are treating the animals horibly. They lie about the ages of the dogs and tell you it's something you did when your vet tells you their sick the very next day. The wards are totally psychotic. - Anna , posted 07/31/07
Gentle Giants is an EXCELLENT Rescue. Don't believe the lies.
*****I am an Animal Control volunteer writing about GG and the wonderful work they are doing saving lives!

I work with several Animal Shelters and have visited Gentle Giants many times, including recently. They save all of the breeds that they rescue from our shelters and from shelters and individuals across the nation. Most of the time, they pay transporters to pick up and bring them dogs, which is very expensive. Sometimes, in our area, we help with the transports because we so appreciate the great service they are doing. They take dogs of all breeds that they rescue, many are in good health, some are ill or injured, some are pregnant and others are in the shelter with litters of puppies.

Gentle Giants does not breed any dogs and all their dogs are spayed and neutered, yet they rescue and care for so many from all shelters in our state, across the US and even from other countries. When they fly dogs to them from across the country, they pay the high cost of air transportation, which also includes paying for local drivers in each state to pick up each dog, take it to a local vet and then take it to the closest airport. They also pay for local vets to examine each dog and provide a health certificate. They also pay for kennels and insurance. All of these dogs would die if Gentle Giants Rescue was not there to rescue them.

Gentle Giants regularly has puppies because the shelters are always getting puppies and pregnant dogs, and the mothers and their pups would be dead if GG wasn't there to rescue them. Also each shelter daily gets calls from people turning in their dogs, some healthy, some not, some friendly, some not, and yet GG takes all of the breeds that they rescue, not cherry picking only the most adoptable. Over the last dozen years, the shelters have come to trust and depend upon Gentle Giants because shelter personnel don't want to see animals unnecessarily put to sleep.

They take these dogs, care for and love them, and find them wonderful homes. These are dogs that are NOT sought after or taken by other rescues. Many rescues don't take anything from shelters at all, many won't take dogs that are ill or take puppies because if they get sick, they can cost a fortune to save. In fact, without Gentle Giants Rescue, these dogs would definitely die in the shelters, including the little puppies. They save them all and spare no expense to fix and rehabilitate them. They work with many other 'real' rescues like themselves. Real rescues are very aware of what a great rescue Gentle Giants is and they often help these other rescues by transporting their breeds for them (at GG's own expense). These real rescues work together and accomplish so much that most people will never be aware of. Real Rescues like Gentle Giants spend their time and money saving lives every day and helping the animals they save and the people who adopt from them.

Gentle Giants' property and facilities are incredibly beautiful, meticulously cared for and spotlessly clean. They have a staff of people who keep it that way. It is a magnificent estate that has been on many television shows and has been written up in many magazine and news articles. Numerous television shows are continuously filming there. And their beautiful property and facilities can be seen all over their website, looking as gorgeous as any home and estate can look. The dogs can be seen in beautiful surroundings and in their beautiful home if you visit their website. All the dogs are happy and well cared for.

I visited Gentle Giants last weekend and saw many of the dogs that I brought to them from our shelters, some of them looked sad and ill at the time I originally brought them, but when I saw them again last weekend, now these same dogs were part of their group and looked as beautiful and healthy and happy as can be. While I was there last weekend, I saw photos of others that I had brought that had needed major medical and other care. Gentle Giants got every one of them the care they needed and now they were fully recovered and I could see the great photos of them being adopted. All are in safe, loving homes. The photos looked great and it was clear that the adopters were happy and so were the dogs. And last weekend I brought them a litter of eight puppies that were given up by someone who bred them. They are gorgeous and healthy and are now available for adoption at Gentle Giants, just like all the many other puppies they get from individuals and shelters everywhere. I know they will be well cared for and spayed and neutered and found the
very best homes. The weekend before that, I transported a pregnant female to them, and she will also have her puppies there and they will be spayed and neutered and find the best of homes. Gentle Giants does not breed anything, but like other responsible rescues, they do care for the many dogs bred by others. Thanks to them,these puppies and many others that they have rescued and will continue to rescue will now have the chance to have safe and happy lives.

Many other shelters I work with have have visited them as well and know what an incredible service they are doing and what great people they are. Not only do they take every one of the many breeds they rescue, but they also take "Unique Combinations" or mixes of their breeds as well, regardless of whether these dogs are in good health or whether they need expensive operations, very often spending several thousands of dollars on each dog in need. They take them no matter what and fix them and find them wonderful homes. They do what very few are able to do or can afford to do. In fact, we have had dogs come into our shelter that need immediate and sometimes expensive medical care and we bring them to the vets here and Gentle Giants thanks us and gladly pays the vet bills to save the lives of these dogs they have not yet even met. We know that if it is one of the many breeds they rescue, they will do everything in their power to make sure each life is saved.

I have read a few of the emails written on these boards and hope the readers would go to Gentle Giants' wonderful website and see for themselves how incorrect these emails are and that what these people are stating is untrue. The people writing these emails are likely people Gentle Giants has turned down and would not adopt a dog to because their standards are so high, or maybe GG asked them to leave their home and would not let them adopt after meeting them - or some may be people who have violated their Adoption contracts with GG and and have not followed their adoption rules, thus endangering the life of the dog and causing them to repossess the dog for its own safety. Many of the people writing these emails have never even been to Gentle Giants nor have adopted a dog from them, yet still are giving mean spirited opinions that are completely false. Some of the people writing here may be "Breeders' or "Breeder Rescues" who actually think of Gentle Giants Rescue as competition to the puppies they are mass breeding and selling, some breeders will stoop to any level to make money off their dogs, even to criticizing the rescues that actually are saving the lives of many dogs overbred by the same breeders.

Sadly there are some people whose jealousy and envy cause them to act maliciously, and there are always some people who find fault with everything and everybody - nobody can please everybody!

Unfortunately, there are these so called 'Breeder Rescues' who attempt to self-righteously call 'foul' to real rescues, because most breeders are in the business only to make a quick buck, never to save lives or to do anything good for anybody except themselves. Don't give credibility to their bad comments, they are not true. If you want to see what is real and true, go to the Gentle Giants Rescue website and you will see letters from hundreds of happy adopters, and you can see many of the beautiful dogs they adopt and the happy families who adopt them. Just like the photos they showed me last weekend, most of the website pictures are taken on the day that the dogs are adopted, so you can see that they look incredible and healthy.

If you watch the television show on their website, you will see the very experience that every person has when they are lucky enough to visit there - a wonderful experience meeting loving and friendly dogs that are well trained and great with kids and other animals. On this television show which was taped at their home, you can see dozens of healthy, happy dogs coming out and meeting the tiniest kids and being sweet and gentle. It was taped live and without any commercial interruptions. It is real and these dogs are what every family wants - well trained, loving family members. This is the truth. Don't let the emails from a few nasty people prevent you from seeing what is real - there are bad people everywhere and if you look at the Gentle Giants website, you will see that these few bad apples are far outnumbered by the many that truly appreciate the great work that Gentle Giants Rescue is doing. Most Shelters and Animal Controls all across the country appreciate them because they go way beyond the hopes of most shelters. They are a first class rescue that is truly doing a great service in saving lives.


Animal Control volunteer

P.S. Check out their great website:
See their TV show:
And if you go to the "Blind Dogs" page of their website, you can see "Bumper at home," a blind and deaf Great Dane they saved from one of our shelters and who they spent thousands of dollars saving. Now he has a great home where he is loved and adored. This page clearly shows the commitment they make to save every life and Bumper is just one of the many thousands of gentle giants that are alive and well and doing great because of GG: - Pack Leader , posted 01/28/07
Can you say hoarding ?
Get the dogs out AC everyday if you have to. More people need to do something ..... this is insane that they can get away with this. - tami , posted 01/23/07
WORST animal rescue in country!! Read what so many people say
Don't take my word for it, check out what MANY people have posted about this horrible couple and their abusive neglectful and immoral practices. PLEASE take the time to learn more and spread the word. These dogs don't deserve this. - Unsubscribed , posted 12/13/05
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