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GERMAN SHEPHERD SAFE HAVEN INC

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Nonprofit Issues:

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30251 Golden Lantern Suite E # 332 Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA

Mission:

German Shepherd Safe Haven, Inc. is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Public Charity dedicated to finding loving forever homes for abandoned German Shepherds. Our main goal is to rescue, train, rehabilitate, and re-home German Shepherds from shelter environments and from owner surrenders. Our secondary goal is to provide education to the public on the temperament, personality, and life span of the breed, as well as the importance for owners to spay and neuter their dogs. We believe that matching each dog’s temperament and personality to a family’s needs is fundamental to creating life-long relationships where the dog is not just a dog, but a valued member of the family.

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There are almost 2 million Nonprofits in the United States today that are seeking donations and volunteers for their special cause.
How do you determine which ones to donate to? Or volunteer with?
Organizations receiving the Top Rated Nonprofit Award from Great Nonprofits, is what many donors and volunteers look for today before they make these important decisions.
This award is one of the most trusted seals of approval any nonprofit can receive and it has to be earned. Under 1% of nonprofits nationwide have been able to achieve this Top-rated status.
When it comes to animal welfare nonprofits, no organization does it better than Tom and Jen’s GSSH. They receive this Top Rated Nonprofit Award from Great Nonprofits year after year.
Here is one story of many as to why this is.
In the last year, their organization rescued Sammie, a very sweet and loving female German Shepherd puppy from a high kill shelter in LA, CA. After being rescued, Sammie was diagnosed with Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency, (EPI). Sammie’s Pancreas is unable to produce the digestive enzymes needed to break down the food she eats. She was rapidly losing weight no matter how much she ate.
Jen, GSSH co-founder, quickly became an EPI specialist and put Sammie on a specific food regimen that included necessary enzymatic additives that eventually helped to stabilize the weight loss. Each Sammie meal requires half an hour prep time. Jen showed great patience, understanding and provided some very special love while taking care of Sammie. Sammie responded and has now put on a lot of the lost weight and looks great. She is now ready to be adopted by her future forever family.
Sammie’s special diet has come with a monthly price tag. Great organizations attract some great volunteers. And GSSH volunteers, Ehab & Mary, stepped up and are currently sponsoring Sammie.
Again, this is one of many inspiring stories why GSSH is among the very Elite in Nonprofits.
A great organization for your donation and volunteer consideration

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We lost our white shepherd of 13 1/2 years and thought we could never replace her. Our daughter found gssh on line and saw a photo of two dogs she thought we would like. When I contacted Tom and asked about the first dog of choice, he talked to me for a while and then said, this dog is not for you, but the 2nd dog seems more of a fit. Two weeks later, after a meeting, a home visit & another conversation, Wynter was ours.
She is the most wonderful dog, we have had her for 10 weeks now, but the first two were not without a couple of adjustment problems regards territory & adjusting to my husband. Tom was always there are the end of the phone line to help & advise. He came to the house once, with her two foster moms then he came to the park twice to observe her. The problems were easily remedied, with Tom's knowledgeable & professional help and we have a pet who we adore & she loves us & is a wonderful companion.
Tom certainly knew what he was doing when he said Wynter was the one for us and his follow through to make sure that we were all happy (dog included) was wonderful

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I am very proud to volunteer for the GSSH pack. This organization has such an incredible group of people who are completely dedicated to saving the lives of German Shepherds. Tom founder and Jen co-founder of GSSH, have built something amazingly special here in Orange County, CA! I absolutely LOVE this organization!!

Every GSSH dog rescued has their own before and after story. You can read about them over at the GSSH website. http://germanshepherdsafehaven.org

What’s truly amazing is that all of them seem to understand that their life has just been saved. GSSH adoptive pet parents can attest to this. In turn, our appreciative GSSH dogs are determined to reward their new best fit adopting family with an exceptionally close and enduring forever relationship. The bonds that are and will be formed are incredible! If you're planning to add a four-legged family member to your household, it doesn’t get better than that!

Check out our current scheduled Showcase Events listed at the GSSH website and then come on by and say hello. The GSSH dogs would love to meet you and show you their appreciation, just for visiting. And of course the GSSH volunteers would love to give you an up to date “411” on GSSH and their dogs!

If your looking for a close and enduring pet relationship, I certainly hope you’ll consider opening your home to one of our amazing GSSH dogs that is also looking for this kind of relationship with you!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I have been a donor to this organization since 2011. I have to say what attracted me to this organization is their dedication to the dogs. Some organizations you see out there it is all about stroking their personal egos and seeing how many dogs they can place in a year. Rescuing can be very challenging at times and sometimes you can be jaded and your mission might be steered in the wrong direction. Not GSSH they are all about the well-being of the dogs and nothing else. It is all about quality of placement of the dog, not quantity of dogs placed. They are a foster based rescue and know their dogs very well, when you know the dogs it is a lot easier to place them in a home. I used to donate to a couple other GS rescues and after seeing how GSSH operates, they are by far the most professional and the most welcoming group of people out there. If you want to donate to a reputable organization that actually treats their dogs as the center of attention. This is the one!! I am lifetime donor!!

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GSSH is the best local nonprofit organization. You won’t find a more dedicated, professional and passionate group of people. My husband and I went to their annual picnic and it was awesome! What was so special was to look around and realize that all of those dogs had been saved and were in wonderful forever homes. My husband made the comment, “Boy I’ve never seen so many happy dogs in my life.” I’d say the “humans” were pretty happy too, knowing that they had made a difference as well.

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GSSH has a warm and caring staff, who really want the best for the dogs in their care! They are professional and kind. The dogs are well-behaved as well as beautiful! Tom and his staff are the absolute best!

Heidi Kendle

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My daughter and I are new volunteer for GSSH. In our short time with the group we have learned that the founders and the other volunteers care deeply for all of the German Shepherds. The founders take great care to match the dogs with their Forever Families. It is clear that the dog is first in all considerations. The dogs they rescue are well mannered and trained.

My daughter has always loved GSD and when we met one of the founders, we decided it would be a great way to spend time with these beautiful and intelligent dogs without actually owning one. But, if we were to adopt a German Shepard, we would do so from GSSH because we know that the dog would be matched to us and more importantly, we would be matched to the dog.

I have read some of the other reviews and most say it so much better than I can.
We enjoy the Monthly Showcases where we meet the public (potential adopters) and give them information about the organization and the dogs. It is very true about the description on their website: “a fun group of people who find joy in simple things like a tail wag or a sloppy doggie kiss” The tail wags and abundant sloppy doggie kisses are a wonderful way to spend a few hours a month.

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GSSH is the greatest local nonprofit organization. I am proud to say I am a volunteer with this organization. They really have a passion for German Shepherds and put the dogs needs first. They really take the time necessary to ensure their furbabies are going to a forever home and will be happy and safe. I always recommend the GSSH and hope to one day adopt a furbaby from them myself. Such an inspiring, genuine organization. GSSH is the best! =)

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German Shepherd Safe Haven is a terrific foundation. Not only do they love each and every one of these wonderful dogs that cross their path, but they also truly take care of them and put their needs first. They make sure the dogs are healthy, spayed/neutered, and up to date with all of their shots. GSSH is also sure to train and discipline every dog that is welcomed into the GSSH in order to make sure their new owners will be happy and satisfied with their new member of the family.
They have created an extensive process in order to adopt their German Shepherds. Not because they want to be difficult, but because they want to be 100% sure that each dog is placed in the right home in every single story. They have yet to have any unsuccessful stories, and I anticipate (with their process) they won't run into any. This process also helps "weed out" the people/families who aren't willing to go through all of the responsibilities an addition to the household can be. I instantly fell in love with every single dog I work with and met, and am so lucky to be able to meet new dogs and be a part of their journey. Thank you GSSH for creating this great community and organization! =)

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I am so impressed with how GSSH cares for thier dogs, they have clearly made it their priority to always do what is best for the dogs. GSSH takes their time to make sure the dogs get the right vet care, love, training the proper food etc. Its never about numbers or just getting the dog a home, its about taking the time and making sure all of the dogs under their care has everything he or she needs to live a healthy , happy life in an amazing forever home! It makes me happy to see they are saving so many dogs from these nasty kill shelters , and giving them a new life!!!!!

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German Shepherd Safe Haven is not only a place where helpless dogs are given a second chance but it is also an organization that educates people about the misconception of the German Shepherd breed. There are thousands of abandon German Shepherds currently in the United States, most of them will never be given a second chance to live out their lives in a loving home. When I first volunteered for this organization, I loved that they are so different from other rescue groups. Every decision they make is for the greater good for the dog and the dog only. It is not for profit or just giving them out like christmas presents. They truly love and respects these precious dogs and tries to do the best they can with whatever they can offer. I am so grateful to have found an organization that shares the same passion as many of us dog lovers.

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