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AoK_140627 06/27

Acts of Kindness #4: Zane the Great Dane

By: Katie

We’re so proud to be members of a community of pets and parents that told us their amazing stories. One thing we really love hearing about is the incredible tales of revitalization that our families share with us. The resilience that these pets and people have is inspiring. We keep these people and pets in our minds every day as we work hard at our mission to bring the power of fresh food to pets everywhere. For this week’s Act of Kindness, we’re spotlighting a story of a dog named Zane and his foster mom Regina.


The Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League is a DC-based volunteer group that is dedicated to providing the rescue and care of Great Danes that have been abandoned, neglected, or abused. They work tirelessly to supply medical treatment and training with the ultimate goal of placing the rescues in a permanent, loving home. Regina Hill is a foster mom for the Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League who brought in a foster pup named Zane.


Zane is a beautiful Great Dane with a severe allergy to anything with feathers. That means no chicken, duck, turkey or eggs. Regina was beginning to find it difficult to find high-quality food without any fowl ingredients. His allergy became so severe that he needed to take 8 Benadryl daily to prevent any allergic reactions. Regina was beginning to find it difficult to find high-quality food without any feather-free ingredients.


She wrote to us telling us about Zane and his particular dietary needs. We sent over a few cases of our Freshpet Vital Grain-Free Beef & Bison recipe, which Zane immediately ate in earnest. A few weeks later we got this wonderful note from Regina.


“I started to incorporate Freshpet Vital to his diet a month ago and I have to admit I am tickled pink with the results.

  1. Zane dives into his food.
  2. His coat it heavier and healthier
  3. His ears no longer scab or bleed
  4. His weight has stabilized
  5. He is satiated and no longer begs for human food
  6. Most importantly he is only taking half the Benadryl he used to.

What more can a mother of a four legged child ask for? Being on a tight budget and having five Great Danes, your donation has significantly helped my family. Great Danes require high quality food and when I foster many of the Danes come in malnourished or worse. Your donation has helped several Danes get healthy and move on to their forever homes.”


We could not have been happier to hear that Zane was feeling better and eating well. As the pictures show, he is one handsome and healthy pup!


If you know of a pet or family member who deserves an Act of Kindness, we want to hear from you! Email us at, or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter. You can follow all of our acts on our Tumblr page . See you next week!