My name is Candace (Candi) Bright and I am the Founder and President of Gentle Giants Rescue and Sanctuary.

Rescue is my passion and a very large part of my life.  I started Gentle Giants in 2002 and to date, we've rescued and placed over 750 dogs in foster or forever homes nationwide!  Giant breed dogs are wonderful, loving and loyal pets, but are frequently misunderstood and it can be hard to find them that special forever home. Their size can be intimidating and many times they're labeled aggressive for no other reason. I've  spent my life with giant breed dogs and wanted to focus on helping these true "gentle giants" when I started this rescue. 

We're a small, all volunteer non profit, chartiable 501(c) {3) orginzation specializing senior, disabled, handicapped, ill, neglected, unwanted and otherwise hard to place giant breed dogs (Bernese Mountain Dogs, Great Danes, Great Pyrenees, Irish Wolfhounds, Komondors,English and Tibetian Mastiffs, Newfoundlands and Saint Bernards). . These dogs hold a special place in my heart and we're the last hope for many of them. Several of our dogs come to us from high kill shelters, where giant breeds have a shorter window than most to find a rescue or forever home.  

We have no rescue facility and before finding their forever homes, all our dogs are in foster homes where their foster families help them to adjust to their new surroundings, socialize with people and other pets, provide training when needed and support any other issues we come to find.  Before they are available for adoption, all our dogs are fostered at my home or with one of our volunteers. They are fully evaluated and vetted.  We don't list our dogs on PetFinders as we work very hard to pair the right dog with the right family for a forever adoption!  We also don't charge set adoption fees, but do ask for a donation in an amount you can afford to help us save more dogs!!!  

If you are interested in becoming a foster family or in adopting one of our wonderful "giant babies", please fill out the foster/adoption application. We foster and adopt dogs nationwide. Once approved, we will work with you to find the right match for your family and lifestyle.  

We are located in Wayne, NJ and are not affiliated in any way with Gentle Giants of California. 

In addition to rescuing the giant breeds, We also network with other (non giant breed) rescue groups and have even helped to re home piglets and goats!  I am an animal lover and advocate through and through and help educate the public concerning the importance of spay/neutering, proper vetting etc and about getting involved and speaking up if they know of a neglectful or abusive situation.  I'm very outspoken about animals offered for free or “fee” on Craigslist and work tirelessly to have these posts removed as part of the of the never ending battle on animal abuse.  

Thank you again for visiting and please take a look around our site.
Candi Bright is the founder and president of Gentle Giants Rescue and Sanctuary.  When she is not tirelessly working as an animal advocate, she is a die hard NJ Devils fan and fantastic Mom who loves spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren.