German Shepherd Safe Haven Inc

Rating: 4.72 stars   57 reviews

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


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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Rating: 1 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

BEFORE YOU ADOPT please note the following about Tom Williamson! I have so much to say about him that has not been said on this site and I am still considering when and how much detail I am willing to divulge. I am also considering posting my personal phone number so I can be contacted to keep the record balanced with regards to his anger and controlling way and how it may affect you for the rest of your newly adopted dogs life. You should be warned that when you adopt a dog that you also end up adopting Tom Williams along with his arrogant, demeaning and threatening attitude for the rest of the dogs life. (read your contract) He will be involved with you for the life of the dog unless you reluctantly have to give it up because of his unacceptable demands, behavior and attitude. Also FYI my research shows he is not a certified dog trainer and you will see his quick and inappropriate anger if you decide to further your dogs training with someone other than him.

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I would relieve Tom Williams from any post adoption interaction with the dogs new family until he completes social etiquette and anger management classes. Someone needs to train the trainer!

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This review lacks creditability when the person writing it would not identify themselves as who they truly are, they stated that they were an Advisor and not a Client served. This person adopted a dog from this organization which they later returned.

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I'd spent the majority of my adult life doing Collie Rescue. I had my own rescue for several years before eventually merging it into an all-So. CA inclusive Collie Rescue and becoming a member of their board of directors. I finally retired from rescue in 2008, ready to enjoy life, feeling I'd done my fair share of animal rescuing. A few years later I became aware of GSSH and met Tom Williamson. I was so impressed with the organization and the way it was run, I called Tom and offered our services to do "emergency, short-term fostering". Needless to say, before we knew it, we were much more involved than we'd ever planned and found ourselves adopting Wrangler, an absolutely fantastic, approximately 7 month-old, male Shepherd. Wrangler went through training and is now a certified service dog. This was not what we'd planned for our retirement years, but fate intervened and Tom and GSSH worked their magic. After all my years in rescue, it's not difficult to determine the good rescues from the bad and even easier to recognize those that are absolutely terrific. German Shepherd Safe Haven is absolutely terrific! They take the time to work with their rescued dogs, find the perfect adoption matches and follow up after adoptions are finalized. They've earned and deserve every 5-star review they receive.

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