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German Shepherd Safe Haven Inc

Rating: 4.8 stars   59 reviews 3,945

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals

Address:

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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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I actually live in the same complex a few buildings away from the woman that had this big German Shepard. I don't know her personally or the dog she turned back in. She did not need a big dog because she had a very hard time controlling the dog on walks and especially around other dogs. I had heard early on about a dog attacking this German Shephard. There are neighbors that live around me who have dogs and are relieved that she does not have the dog anymore. I was not personally involved with the situation but wanted to know more about this organization so I searched last night and found this site and just had to write a positive review because I agree with her decision on turning the dog back. It is sad, but when you can not provide the basic dog needs (like walking) then you should not have the dog plus you should want what is best for the dog and not be so selfish. Also get a dog that fits your lifestyle and one you can control, like a poodle or a smaller dog! I agree with some of the other reviews that you are only hurting the dogs that are trying to find their forever home.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

In March 2015 my family and I adopted a dog from GSSH. After a period of time, we made the painful decision that the adoption was not the right fit. We surrendered our dog back to Tom, the founder of GSSH, and, though we knew it was the right decision, we mourned the loss, and the fact that we just weren't the right family for the dog, for a long time. Weeks after the surrender, I spoke with Tom many times, going so far as to speaking with a potential adopter. We wanted the best for the dog, and I wanted to take part in finding the right home. I'm happy to report that Adriana has found her forever home--I met her daddy just this past weekend during a pack hike.

Yes, I'm still very much involved with GSSH. I volunteer at showcase events, doing my part to help the GSDs find their forever homes. I'm also volunteering for the organization by writing their quarterly newsletter. After we surrendered Adriana, my family and I could have easily, from shame and embarrassment that the adoption didn't work, moved on and never had contact with Tom or GSSH. We did not; we remained involved and committed to the dogs and what the organization stands for: to find forever homes for dogs that have had a rough go at life.

I share this story to counter the negative reviews that a certain person has compulsively and obsessively left on this website. The person in question, whom I personally met just prior to her her adoption of Seth (who became Shane), is doing a disservice to the dogs that Tom and Jen rescue from shelters in order to place them in their forever homes. The responsibility they have to the dogs is enormous. If the home they place the dogs in are not the right fit, they have a responsibility to make tough decisions for the betterment of the dogs. And that decision to pull a dog is not an easy decision; it breaks the spirit of everyone who is involved in the GSSH when a home doesn't work out.

I had the honor, at the last pack hike, to meet dogs who were adopted out into their forever homes YEARS ago. When they see Tom, they get so excited and happy, seeking out his affection and attention. These are not dogs who were mistreated by Tom; these are dogs who were saved by Tom. He has given his life to the organization and his dogs. I urge some people to put this into perspective in their attempts to slander the organization; you are only hurting the future GSSH dogs in finding their forever homes.

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

What is interesting about all these negative reviews, it is obvious that they are all written by the same person. The last one in particular, this person states that they have had a real bad reputation but yet all the bad reviews started with their first review in September. Common sense tells me their bad reputation started with this person, everyone else seem to really like them. Plus the more this person keeps writing bad reviews ranting just shows that the organization is not the "Real" problem it is actually the person writing the reviews. And really the only thing they are "Hurting" are the dogs themselves that are up for adoption. And when this person is so into hurting the dogs and not caring about their well-being, it says a lot about someone character and them being a good person. Which this person is lacking any compassion or love for animals to make a statement that people should first go to a breeder, when there are animals dying everyday in the shelters. I believe that all these negative are in invalid and have no merit. This person is the problem not the organization. It is sad that people are that unhappy with their life that they take it out on innocent dogs trying to find their forever homes.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I heard about the poor woman who had her rescue dog repossessed without just cause. There is no recourse or due process if you adopt through this company. Moreover the principal of this company has harassed adoptive owners. This company does not put the dog's interests first. Please avoid the heartache and adopt through a licensed breeder.

 
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When a person writes a review on a dog rescue organization and uses reference to "They Heard about a poor woman" How much merit or facts do they have on the person who surrendered the dog back to the organization. NONE! This person does not know the facts in the case and should not just write a review because of what they heard. Recommending people to a licensed breeder, for one there is no such thing as a licensed breeder and two why would you recommend one when dogs are dying in the shelter every day. It seems this person does not have the dogs best interest in mind when writing this review.

Rating: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Hi! My name is Shane. or should I say, was Shane. I am a 3 year old german shepherd. Who better to write a review of this rescue! I may be young, but I have been through a lot in my short life. I was adopted last May and I thought that I had found my "forever home".I had a new mom and she and I bonded quickly. We went on fun trail walks, made lots of friends, and had lots of hugs and love and belly rubs. Life was good for both of us. But five months later,the day came for us to say goodbye and for me to go back to the rescue. My mom assured me that it was not my fault, but the fault of the rescue. You see, my former foster dad wouldn't let us be. We were just fine on our own and didn't need his interference. The only way my mom could extricate herself from his hostile manner was to surrender me back to the rescue. How truly heartbreaking for both of us! The best interest of the dog? Really? It's not easy being passed around and renamed. I know my mom wrote to their board outlining her experiences in an attempt to reclaim me, but they never had the courtesy to reply. So, we both lost in the end! Not only is this rescue not acting in the best interest of the dog, there seems to be no regard for the person on the other end of the leash! I would rate this organization a minus five stars.

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

I did not know Seth (Shane) the dog could write a review.

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

It's been a year since we adopted our shepherd from German Shepherd Safe Haven. First we fostered then we adopted. Our experience with GSSH was amazing. They are supportive through the whole process. The placement of Becca (now McKenna) in our home was done with consideration to our family unit and lifestyle. This rescue is in it for the dogs and that makes all the difference to me.

 
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14 people found this review helpful

German Shepherd Safe Haven stands head and shoulders above other rescue organizations. The priority is the dogs. So much time and attention is spent on really understanding the dogs in their care so that a successful placement can be made. When a family adopts a dog, they become a part of the German Shepherd Safe Haven family. Families are supported well after the adoption is completed. There is a true love of the animals and their well being even when the dogs have been placed.

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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8 people found this review helpful

I have been volunteering with this rescue since January 2015 and am absolutely in love with the dogs we help and the rescue itself. I firmly believe that everyone involved with the rescue has only the best interest of the dogs in their hearts. Sometimes this can be a struggle, as a volunteer how can you not want to take these beauties home every day? If I had a mansion, believe me I would. But again, this rescue is all about the dogs and finding them the forever home they deserve. Tom, Jen and the other volunteers care deeply for every dog that comes into the rescue. This starts the moment the dog is rescued and truly never ends. You will never hear GSSH boast about how many dogs they've adopted out and how quickly they've done it because they believe in careful and proper placement every time. This minimizes the chance that a dog will end up back in a shelter or on the streets, and GSSH makes sure this never happens to their dogs. Although I have only been with the rescue for a year I have witnessed first hand the good this rescue has done for the shepherds. Many of the forever families stay in contact with the rescue and tell us of how happy they are to be a part of the GSSH family. GSSH takes great care in rescuing, fostering, and adopting out dogs. This can be a lengthy process because Tom and Jen take great care to get to know and understand every single dog that is rescued, and work on any issues they may have. This also applies to getting to know potential adopters, and families that have adopted. By knowing the dog and the family GSSH is able to make sure dogs are placed in a home that will be the best for them, forever. They also provide continued support to families to make sure the dog is well taken care of and the family is provided with guidance if any issues arise. As a lover of all dogs, but especially German Shepherds, I know that proper care and ownership is key to helping this breed. I have seen GSSH work to create a better rep, and better lives, for these dogs and plan to stay as a volunteer for a very long time.

 
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13 people found this review helpful

I adopted a dog from German Shepherd Safe Haven two years ago. Tom has been an extremely valuable resource to me and my dog. I have telephoned him day and night to discuss training issues, nutrition, behavior and poop! He always returns phone calls. He frequently offers to drop everything to help out. He gets to know each dog individually and cares deeply about all of them. If he has a concern about the safety of a handler, dog or the public, he follows up to ensure everything is on the right track. Perhaps the poster below confused "dedication" with "interference." If you are looking to be a FOREVER OWNER and commit to your dog through the good times and the bad, you will not find a more honest, loyal supporter than Tom Williamson at GSSH.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

The founder of this shelter (TOM) recently repossessed a german shepherd who was adopted by a woman in my neighborhood. This woman is one of the most responsible and loving pet owners I have ever seen. She took incredible care of her former german shepherd ,who had some serious health conditions, and gave her a long, happy life.
I heard the german shepherd she adopted thru "safe haven" was bitten by another from safe haven who was not on a leash, but her dog got taken away and not the other one?
I don't know what is going on, but if this establishment is rushing in and grabbing their german shepherds back from someone like my neighbor, I would definitely think twice about adopting from them.
Something isn't adding up, and NONE of it seems to be in the best interest of the dog.

 
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(Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

This review has no merit. The person writing this review did not have direct contact with Tom the Founder. The dog was surrendered back to German Shepherd Safe Haven not repossessed as described.

Rating: 5 stars  

17 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with this rescue since late 2011 and you could not find a better group of people. Tom and Jen know what it takes to operate a rescue the way it should run, where the dog comes first, nothing else. If the dog is not the right fit for the family, then they don't allow them to adopt. German Shepherds are a special breed and not for everyone. Tom and Jen make sure that the dog is the best fit and that is what sets them apart from other rescue groups. Their follow-up is incredible and it gives the forever families peace of mind knowing you have them to help you work through a problem after the adoption. I have seen first hand Tom help people with their German Shepherds that were not even adopted from their group. These were families that wanted to surrender their dogs to the organization and were at their wits end and he turned the situation around with some training advice and the families were able to keep their dog in the end. I am very proud to be part of the German Shepherd Safe Haven Family. You could say I found my forever home! Great dogs, Great people and a superior organization!

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?

2015

 
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