Green Heart Rescue was founded by Shannon Benecke. Shannon currently owns and operates a full-time pet sitting business and been active in dog rescue since 2004. In 2005, Shannon adopted a senior dog named Dasher. He wasn’t with her for very long, but he changed Shannon’s life forever. One of Dasher’s nick names was “Greens”, lovingly called “Greens” because he wasn’t “ripe” (he had some aggression issues and at the time, Shannon had very little experience with the complexity of dog behavior and dog health). Dasher also had congestive heart failure. It was through Shannon’s journey with Dasher that she embraced a holistic approach for all of her dogs. Through a holistic approach, Dasher’s aggression decreased and he lived a year longer than his prognosis. Knowing that many seniors, if not all, have extra special needs, Shannon wanted to honor Dasher by naming her senior dog rescue after him. Her “Green Dog” with heart problems is the reason she started Green Heart rescue, with the mission to save dogs that might have more difficulty getting adopted because of their age and health problems.
Green Heart Rescue saved their first senior dog in June 2018. Since then, it has been an ongoing journey of saving senior dogs and networking within the dog rescue community. Green Heart Rescue is an all-volunteer based organization. If you’re interested in being a part of our team to volunteer or foster, please send an email to introduce yourself.