German Shepherd Safe Haven Inc

Rating: 4.8 stars   59 reviews

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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.

Programs:

2011 was our first full year of service. We adopted out 21 german shepherds. Other animals were pulled from shelters in southern california and placed in foster homes until they will be adopted.

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 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.

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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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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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10 people found this review helpful

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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10 people found this review helpful

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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11 people found this review helpful

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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9 people found this review helpful

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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11 people found this review helpful

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

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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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At the beginning of 2013, I made a new years resolution to begin donating a few hours of time each month to a worthy cause in my community. I began to look for a Non-Profit organization that would be a good fit for me. I had learned that millions of dogs were being euthanized each year primarily because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Since I loved dogs, I decided to seek out an organization that was truly dedicated to providing an alternative to this senseless killing. I checked out the local dog shelters and dog rescues as possible places to volunteer my services.
GSSH management described their young organization as “a fun group of people who find joy in simple things like a tail wag or a sloppy doggie kiss”. They were looking for volunteers to assist them at their monthly show case events, (holding dogs, greeting and talking with potential adopters, providing information and answering questions about their rescue). This sounded like a fun and healthy environment for me to achieve my personal goals of giving back. I filled out an application on line and they immediately put me to work.
I am now into my second year volunteering with GSSH and this organization is everything they have advertised! Not only is this a fun organization that deeply cares for the dogs they rescue, but they are truly appreciative of their volunteers.
Below is a video they put together to express their appreciation to the many GSSH volunteers that are making a positive difference in the rescue efforts of the GSSH dogs. GO AHEAD AND CHECK IT OUT!

http://germanshepherdsafehaven.org/2014/04/11/video-celebrating-gssh-volunteers/

If anyone is looking for a fun way to give back to their community, consider donating a few hours a month with GSSH where the tails are wagging and a lot of sloppy doggie kiss’s are awaiting!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

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

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Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

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Loving Dogs and wanting to rescue them from the many kill shelters, abandonments, etc., are part of every Dog Rescue’s mission. What separates German Shepherd Safe Haven (GSSH) and puts them in a league of their own are just two words, Their Founders!
Three years ago, founders Tom Williamson and Jen Cheng had a vision to create a professional dog rescue that put mistreated and abused German Shepherds first at every step along the way in a carefully laid out quality adoption process. Their partnership, an experienced blend of dog knowledge, entrepreneurial talent and leadership skills, has paid great dividends!
Today, GSSH sets the Standard of Excellence for Dog Rescues!

The founders recognize that a tremendous amount of time and energy are required to do things the right way. Anything less is not acceptable. Every detail is attended to by these quality individuals.
Just two examples out of so many.
Jen and Tom have designed a first-class website to provide the GSSH dogs with the best opportunity for finding their forever homes. www.gssafehaven.org Check it out! This elite site, that now sets it's own standard, utilizes the founders exceptional photographic skills for presenting the GSSH dogs to potential Forever Families. The GSSH dogs get it and love every minute of the attention they receive in their photo shoots! They don’t mind the amount of energy and time that is required to make this forever memory!
Us humans have all kinds of reunions during our life spans. So what has Tom and Jen done for the GSSH dogs? They created the German Shepherd Safe Haven annual Family Picnic event giving the GSSH dogs a place to reconnect with old friends and above all else, showoff their Forever Families! Check out the 2013 event along with the enthusiastic efforts of all involved that contributed to these forever memories at
http://germanshepherdsafehaven.org/2013/07/27/german-shepherd-safe-haven-family-picnic-2013/
There are so many other examples of what Jen and Tom have accomplished that has contributed to making GSSH the best! Check out all the other reviews to learn more!!!

Tom and Jen have built, and continue to attract, a special TEAM of talented and dedicated Directors, Advisors, Foster Families, Volunteers and Donors to support them in all their efforts for carrying out the Rescue’s mission.
Under their leadership, they and their TEAM have risen to the many challenges presented and are eagerly prepared for the unlimited opportunities that lie directly ahead.
This great young organization, GSSH, is ready to take their spot on the 2013 GreatNonprofit’s Top-Rated List!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

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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?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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9 people found this review helpful

German Shepherd Safe Haven is a wonderful organization, and I wished I would have known them before we got our beautiful German Shepherd from another organization. Because he was not the right fit for us, and we are not the right fit for him, but nobody tried to find this out. Some organizations only count the number of dogs they can place whether it fis or it does not. But the people from Safe Haven helped us with their knowledge to make a difference. When you adopt a dog from this organization you are never without their help and support, if you have questions etc., and that is be very important !
I just think, this orangization is amazing and I recommend them to anybody who wants to adopt a German Shepherd.
Wilu Nassios

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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?

2011

 
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