German Shepherd Safe Haven put out a call for foster homes and I wanted to help. I had a 12 year old shepherd and knew that with the right care and training, GSD's are wonderful pets. Tom and Jen know the dogs they rescue very well. They take time and patience to learn about the dogs, begin training and give them a healthy new start. After a month it was clear that the biography I'd read of my foster dog was completely accurate. They were always available to answer questions and give good advice. As I got to know the dog, I was also asked for my feedback about the suitability of the dog for potential forever families. I tried, I really tried, to be a good foster family. Of course, we fell in love and realized two German Shepherds were better than one. We failed as fosters but we were only comfortable with a rescue dog because she came from the honest, hard-working and loving hands of this rescue. We continue to rely on them for advice and know that we have professional help if we need it to give our new dog a happy life.
We adopted our dog Cash from German Shepherd Safe Haven in February 2016. GSSH was willing to work with us for an adoption despite the fact that we live out of state and 500 miles away. It was a lengthy and thorough interview and application process. We greatly appreciated the time taken up front to check our veterinary and personal references, inspect our house and talk extensively about Cash's personality to insure we would be a good match. We drove the 500 miles to meet Cash with the understanding that he might not get along with our dog and we could potentially leave "empty handed." Thankfully Tom was patient in working through the dog introduction and everything worked out!
Eight months after the adoption we still feel very connected to GSSH through social media updates and know that we could call on the organization at any time for support. GSSH's commitment to each dog they serve is truly lifelong. They put each dog's well being first and take the time to find the right forever home. I very highly recommend this organization.
I found their website helpful and Tom was great to work with, honest, and truly cares about matching the right dog to the right family / person. He also is pretty active online with info about the dogs which is great and makes you feel connected throughout the adoption process and beyond.
You will have to go through an application and evaluation process which may include a home visit. All these steps were easily enough accomplished and show the dedication this group has to ensuring as best they can that all involved have a long term positive experience.
Our GSD Cash is sleeping on the couch next to me as I write this review. He is one of the best parts of every day and we could not be happier. We'll continue to support German Shepherd Safe Haven and highly recommend them to anyone in a good position to adopt.
I had such a great experience adapting my beautiful German Shepherd girl from Tom and Jen; founders of this amazing rescue. This organization is the only one that really cares for all dogs they rescue. They make sure that every dog gets proper care/ vet checkups, love and training before they are placed for adoption. They also make sure that every dog is adapted by perfect matching loving family. I always recommend GSSH to people interested in adopting German Shepherd. Thank you Tom and Jen!
German Shepherd Safe Haven is the greatest organization. I highly recommend them to everyone who wants to adopt wonderful, loyal dogs. When I lost my last German Shepherd, I decided to get a rescue dog. I talked to other rescue organizations but I didn't feel comfortable. One day searching Internet, I found this beautiful girl. When I read the story about her, as well as the history and the mission of GSSH, I knew I found my perfect dog and a wonderful organization. Tom, Jen and their team are incredibly dedicated to their dogs. They take ample time with potential families to make sure every dog will fit perfectly.... And trust me.... They will! They also encourage fostering before adopting. Wonderful organization with so many happy dogs. I can't say enough positive things about them!!!
I believe I reviewed German Shepherd Safe Haven after adopting Jax (aka Roman) nearly two years ago. The relationship with Tom and the rescue was stellar at the beginning, and continues to be extremely positive nearly two years in. Paramount to us was that the rescue was as involved with us and our newest family member now as it was at the start, thus we never felt as if Tom or Jen were trying to place the dogs into just any home, then go about their business without any regard for how we're all faring. Not only did we get matched with the perfect dog for us, but we feel an integral part of the Safe Haven family. And, really, the annual picnic with adopters and adoptees, certainly makes you feel good when the Safe Haven volunteers remember each dog. It's as if these dogs have an extended family who will be mindful of their welfare throughout their lives.
I'm fairly familiar with German shepherd rescues, both locally and in the Southeast, where I've adopted dogs. I like to think of Safe Haven as a boutique rescue because Tom and Jen keep the dogs either in their homes or in fosters. The dogs never languish in a kennel atmosphere. To me, that makes them immediately available to acclimate to a new home without some of the issues that could arise from being boarded or kept in a kennel.
After we lost our adored GSD, Dexter, at barely five years old to cancer, we knew it wouldn't be long before we had to give our other dog, Luke, another playmate and, really, the house was simply too boring with only one mature, low-energy dog. We needed a playmate, too, since Dexter kept us amused pretty much around the clock.
We had signed up with a much larger rescue in SoCal, and while there was nothing wrong with it, we didn't get the personal attention we received from Tom. And because we already had Luke, they wanted us to add a female, but we didn't want to limit ourselves when we were happy with two males. They were pretty insistent. And, let's face it, adding a dog is really adding to the family, so it's important to get it right. Well, we hit pay dirt with German Shepherd Safe Haven, Tom and Roman (now Jax). Tom is wonderfully hands on, and doesn't disappear once the adoption is completed. Also, the organization offers the most wonderful annual event in its picnic where dogs, volunteers and adopted parents get to mingle and enjoy a day filled with food, games and happy German shepherds.
After an extended interview, Tom knew what we needed, and matched us up with the ideal dog. The only one we saw. But, until the paperwork was done, and Jax was in our home for just a few hours, none of us dreamed that something magical and nearly impossible to believe had transpired.
It's fairly rare that a rescue dog is accompanied by a pedigree. Jax had one, and Tom asked if I wanted it included in his paperwork. I did want to see it because I was interested in doing a little research, and seeing Jax's family. That's when the magic happened.
You see, we got Dexter in the Atlanta area when we lived there. He came from a small kennel in Germany that raised German showlines. On our first evening with Jax, I decided to take a look at his pedigree and was absolutely floored to find that Jax and Dexter were related, and fairly closely. I checked Dexter's papers and verified that Jax's grandmother and Dexter's grandfather were littermates from that small kennel in Germany. What are the odds? We still find it nearly unbelievable. We're beyond thrilled to have Jax because he's ridiculously silly and loving. And, on another level, we still have a piece of Dexter. Truthfully, even without the Dexter connection, Jax is the ideal family member. We're so grateful to Safe Haven, and when the time comes for another GSD, we'll gladly look there first.
S & K
GSSH is wonderful. Here's my story . . . Last summer (2015), my husband and I decided we were finally in the perfect position to create a loving home for a dog. We were ready to adopt. German Shepherds are my favorite dog, but my husband didn't have a preference. In fact, he had never owned a dog. I contacted another agency, which I won't name here. Our application was cleared, we passed the house inspection, and were set to meet the dog we had chosen. We were told she was available and ready for a forever home. I'm not sure what really happened, but we were told the person who was fostering her wasn't ready to give her up. I was so disappointed. I didn't understand why they had her picture on the website if she wasn't available. I thought fostering was temporary. After that, we contacted another agency, but they never responded. While I was waiting to meet the dog from the first agency, German Shepherd Safe Haven contacted me about a GSD named Ginger, but I let them know I was in line for another GSD. When I contacted GSSH about Ginger after our dreadful experience, I was happy she was still available. Our experience with GSSH was very professional and I can tell they really loved their dogs and wanted the very best for them. Ginger (1 1/2 year old) was timid at first, but we were given great instructions to allow her to make a smooth transition into our home. Everything was straight forward, which I truly appreciate. The adoption was finalized Aug 2015. I will always be grateful to GSSH. Scout (formally named Ginger) is the perfect dog for us and we are the perfect humans for her. Thank you so much for giving us a chance, Tom!!
I have been fostering German Shepherds with GSSH for a year and a half. What a wonderful organization!! Tom, who runs GSSH, is 100% dedicated to his mission of saving these dogs. Anything I have needed has been immediately provided- vet visits, medications, advice, or supplies. He always responds promptly, and is interested in how things are going. Our community is so lucky to have Tom and the German Shepherd Safe Haven!!!
We have adopted two German Shepherds from GSSH over the last three years. I have never met an organization that has been so dedicated to finding the perfect home for these animals. Before we could adopt them we were checked out and our home to make sure it was a safe place for them. They came to us healthy and trained. Also if we have any questions they are always there for us. I give GSSH an A++ rating. Val Block
I adopted my shepherd, Toby, from German Shepherd Safe Haven a few years ago. I could not have been happier with the experience. Tom really takes time getting the dogs ready for their forever homes. Toby came into my home and it was instantly as if he'd always been with us.
There are six rescues in southern California specializing in german shepherds. This is why you should choose German Shepherd Safe Haven - their one and only concern is for the dog. That means that Tom and Jen personally know each dog, its needs and quirks, and even behavior issues. They always look for the best home for their dogs and do not place a dog in a home unless they are confident it is right for the dog. While there can never be a guarantee with a rescue dog, if you are lucky enough to become part of the Safe Haven family, you won't regret it.
On a personal note, thank you again, Tom and Jen, for allowing Toby to become part of our family.
I can not say enough wonderful things about Tom and German Shepherd Safe Haven. We adopted Reba after seeing her on the website. The process was thorough yet straightforward, nothing we couldn't handle.
When we were having a couple of issues with Reba's behavior, Tom was at our house within 20 minutes, giving us advice and training.
Tom takes his work very seriously yet he so enjoys what he does! Reba is always super excited to see him and our family knows we can always count on him if we need anything else regarding our lovebug Reba!