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2018 represents our seventh annual Gentle Giants in the Park and will be held on Sunday March 25th from 2:30 to 5:00 PM at Pickneyville Park (see Events page for location). Gentle Giants in the Park is GPRA’s big THANK YOU to all our adopters, volunteers and supporters who have made GPRA such a giant success. The event is pure fun and, to our knowledge, is the largest congregation of Great Pyrenees in the history of the world. We are shooting for 200 PYRS and 400+ humans.

We will have great music, food, games, vet consultation, training consultation and much more and it is all free. We will also have a silent auction, our new GPRA T- shirt and other merchandise for sale. In addition, the winner of the GPRA $10,000 raffle will be drawn. Every family needs to experience being a part of 200 well behaved polar bears gathered for our famous group picture.

GPRA is an all volunteer non profit and virtually all our funds go toward the medical treatment of our dogs. An example is our recent orthopedic rescues, Luna and Rendy, who each required significant lifesaving surgeries that will, combined, approach $10,000.   We are over 1,300 rescues and our average cost per rescue is more than $1,500.

Please RSVP below the number of humans and PYRs attending:

GPRA is asking for your participation in our raffle which will help us continue to rescue almost every PYR regardless of their medical condition, many of which no other organization is willing or able to help.  Your financial support is critical to our success.
There are several ways in which you can help:
  • By committing to sell or purchase a book of raffle tickets.  If you need one please contact us at
  • Purchase individual tickets online here. And please be sure to share this with your friends and neighbors.
  • Donate items and/or participate in our Silent Auction.  If you have items to donate please contact us at
  • Donate directly – this has the advantage of being 100% tax deductible

Completed tickets and payments should be mailed to the address below no later than March 15, 2018.

Thank you for being part of our GPRA family and thank you in advance for helping GPRA continue to rescue every PYR in need in the southeast.

Raffle Instructions and Rules and Regulations 

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