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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animal Services, Animals

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.

Results: ***NOTE: Our Non-Profit status has NOT been revoked. We filed our taxes 990-N (E-postcard) We have been added to this list. We are in good standing with our 501c(3) and non-profit status.

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.

Community Stories

123 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Susan H.12

Client Served

Rating: 5

We cannot say enough good things about German Shepard Safe Haven. TOM WILLIAMSON, who we met and adopted our Mysti from, wanted to make sure that the dogs he took in and cared for would be placed in the right home.
We initially conversed through email, and then Tom called and we talked for quite a while (didn’t realize we were being interviewed), he ended up having a good feeling about us, and arranged a meet and greet. We were introduced to Mysti at a park, and after about an hour of talking more with Tom, and having us run and walk Mysti around, he felt that we would be good fit for her. Tom shared with us later that he at first did not think that we would be good candidate to adopt Mysti, but upon taking the time to connect with us, he felt at peace knowing we would take good care of her.
Tom is a fantastic trainer, she came house broken and with all her basic commands, and has made himself available to support us in helping her remember them, lol. Mysti is a great loving dog, loyal and protective as she is thankful to have us as her family, and we are blessed to have her to love and care for.
Over the month search to adopt a dog, it seemed that many places wanted to place their dogs in good homes, but we felt Tom/German Shepard Safe Haven want to ensure that their dogs were placed in THE RIGHT HOME and not be abandoned again. He also told us that their adopted dogs and their families gather together once every year for a picnic. We thought that was very special, and look forward to participate.
If you're a German Shepard lover, reach out to German Shepard Safe Haven, and hopefully you'll find a dog that will reciprocate the love and second chance you've given it. Mysti has certainly done that for us.
Thank you Tom and German Shepard Safe Haven! “OUR HOUSE IS NOW A HOME”
~Vince, Susan, Jordan, Taylor and "Mysti"

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Client Served

Rating: 5

What a great organization German shepherd safe haven is, creating happiness one dog a a time ❤️ I am very proud to say that I am part of this great accomplishment with our family member Austin.

Austin has been a wonderful addition to our family, he is the most incredible dog any one could have...

Over the years I have met some other dogs part to be adopted and they are like little Ángels waiting to be placed in a new house, honestly if I could, I’d take them all

Give yourself a try and adopt a wonderful German shepherd, you will never regret this

Thanks Tom !

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization since inception. I have to say that I am very proud of what we have created. We have created one big family that loves this wonderful breed and come together as an amazing group of people that believe in helping these dogs by rehabilitation and learning about the specific dog so they can find it a perfect forever family. It is not about about placing dogs it is about the dog and making sure they do right by the dogs needs and not the organization needs. This sets German Shepherd Safe Haven apart from any rescue group in the World. When you make it about the dog and nothing else everything else falls into place. If you are looking to adopt, donate, foster, or volunteer know you will have a wonderful experience anything you decide to do. Go to their annual picnic and you will see how dedicated they are about their organization and what they stand for.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tom and Jen lead this organization with care, knowledge, and compassion for all the dogs they are able to take into their rescue. By asking questions and spending time with the dogs they are able to match up a perfect union so these animals receive a forever home and the families receive much joy from the companionship they receive from their new family members. I highly recommend GSSH!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It has been 1 year since my family was lucky enough to find Tom and German Shepherd Safe Haven. When we met Rian we were instantly in love with him. When we were informed that our family had been chosen to become Rian’s new family, we were beyond happy. It has been a great year and Rian has been a blessing. Thank you to Tom and German Shepherd Safe Haven for a great friend and addition to our family. I’m

1 Suzanr

Donor

Rating: 5

German Shepherd Safe Haven of Laguna Niguel CA is an awesome rescue with caring compassionate people in charge. When Tom rescues a dog he does a full assessment on the personality. He works with and vets the dog so when it is adopted the dog has had some training. The dog is not in a boarding situation, rather it is in a foster home getting the training that it needs for the transition to its forever home. This rescue is passionate about helping German Shepherds in need to be adopted by people in the area. I highly recommend this rescue.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The founders of German Shepherd Safe Haven (GSSH) go through great lengths to make sure that the dog you adopt is going to be a wonderful family member for you and your family. After being assessed at the shelter it is pulled from, the dog undergoes a health assessment by a veterinarian, is temperament evaluated to determine the personality type and what home would be best. In addition, the dog is trained in basic commands. This organization takes the time to vet the dog that you adopt and conveys all information about the dog so you know the personality type dog you are adopting. I find this organization to be more small and 'family-like' as the founders have a once a year alumni picnic inviting dogs and owners to gather and catch up on the new life that the dogs have with their new families. GSSH takes the time to make sure that your new family member is a good fit as adoption is for life.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It has been a fantastic 5 years! It was 5 years ago this week that we adopted our sweet boy Austin from German Shepherd Safe Haven. Austin was 3 when he became available for adoption.

One of the hallmarks of this organization is that they will not adopt out these marvelous animals just to move them out of the shelter. GSSH will match the personalities and character of the adopting family to the personality and character of the dog. So what is likely to result is not just a home, but a FOREVER home. Tom Williamson knew that I was a home-based software engineer with little free time on my hands during busy work hours. Tom also knew that Austin was a very chill but affectionate dog that didn't require constant attention and exercise. Combining our personalities, he knew that it would work out perfectly. And he was right.

Tom and his dedicated cadre of volunteers do a wonderful job with these animals. I am so thankful for their dedication, hard work, and philosophy that makes the long-term well-being of their German Shepherd dogs their top priority. Please do not hesitate to donate to this worthy organization.

2 Taryn J.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

German Shepherd Safe Haven is an amazing dog rescue to volunteer for, foster for and adopt from. Placing the dog in the right home is priority number one for the rescue. Not only that, but it is a very professional and well run organization worthy of respect from any animal lover.

3 Pamela Mae G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

German Shepherd Safe Haven is amazing. If you are looking for a good dog and a perfect fit in your home, then German Shepherd Safe Haven are the people to contact.

I have never owned a German Shepherd. I lost my Crocker Spaniel and wanted another dog however; my Mother suffered a stroke a few years back along with other health issues and I knew a small dog was out of the question because I didn’t want her to trip and fall. I contacted GSSH and had a good long talk with Tom. He suggested since I never have owned a German Shepherd that I might want to consider fostering one to see if I like the breed because they were a lot different than a Crocker Spaniel. We agreed on fostering.

Soon Tom contacted me with a shepherd he would like for us to foster. She had hip surgery, recovered and needed a quiet home. He brought Autumn to our home and gave me instructions on how to feed and care for her. Autumn had been on the streets for a while and had a very hard life. She was great and we fell in love with her right away.

When Tom informed us he was going to start a search for a forever home for her we couldn’t let her go. She was so loving and protective of my Mom we adopted her.

What I especially love about German Shepherd Safe Haven is they sincerely care about the dog. They take time to find the right fit for the dog and family. The dog is prepared for their foster home or forever home before they are placed. GSSH is always available to answer any questions or concerns you may have and guide you in the best way to handle your dog for the dog’s safety and yours. I would highly recommend German Shepherd Safe Haven to anyone considering adopting a German Shepherd.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have had the privilege to work with Tom (German Shepherd Safe Haven, Inc. a Non-Profit Public Charity) who is extremely committed, dedicated and passionate in finding loving forever homes for abandoned German Shepherds and running a successful organization. Tom provides excellent training, rehabilitation and fostering services taking appropriate steps to make sure these dogs are placed in the correct home and environment. I have attended their annual picnic with our dog and had a wonderful day, filled with talking to so many people that worked with Tom to either adopted or train their beloved dogs. I was extremely impressed with stories I would hear again and again regarding Tom’s knowledge, experience, and passion which makes such a positive difference.

This is an amazing and outstanding rescue organization. Tom and the volunteer team genuinely care about what they do in working diligently to achieve adopting, training, and fostering these beautiful German Shepherds.

We have witnessed firsthand Tom’s passion in wanting to make a difference in helping to create life-long relationships where the dog is not just a dog, but a valued member of the family.

We have donated to German Shepherd Safe Haven and will continue to do so, as we feel that this is the type of organization that we feel strong and enthusiastic about supporting.

Thank you to Tom and all the volunteers that put in the effort and hard work to make this a successful organization dedicated to a worthy cause to help this wonderful loyal breed become family lifetime companions!

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Donor

Rating: 5

German Shepherd Safe Haven is the Nordstrom of rescues. Their first and foremost goal is making sure what their mission stands for and it is making sure it is all about the dogs well being nothing else. They don't use dogs as fundraisers like most do, they just get things done and find the dog a forever home. Tom is not going to place a dog in a home he does not feel it is a good fit. It is always what is best for the dog and nothing else. He might have the dogs a little longer than most rescues but it is because that dog has not found the right fit for them. He is not just placing dogs just to get them placed. I have been involved with them for the past 4 years and see a big difference with their process from other and that is why I am donating to them on a regular basis because I know that the money is well spent. If you are looking to help a German Shepherd look no further you have found the best one out there.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the priveledge to be part of this wonderful organization lead by Tom and Jen. The work that they do in rescuing and restoring German Shepards is amazing. They have compassion and passion for what they do with assisting German Shepards in need to be adopted by people in the community. This past September, they had their annual picnic where about 30 dogs and their families along with volunteers came to have a wonderful day at the park. Dogs and owners participated in games and fellowship...and had great fun doing the activities. This is a first rate organization in my eyes. Thank you so much for all you do and keep doing what you do so well! Bravo and all the best, Linda Quaranta, Volunteer

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of volunteering for German Shepherd Safe Haven several years ago . I have helped with many different rescue groups over the last 30 years . German Shepherd Safe Haven is by far the best non profit I’ve ever seen . So well run and Tom is so dedicated always putting his dogs best interest and well being first . If you are looking for a Shepherd rest assured that Tom will be there for you from application , adoption and follow up . You see once you’ve adopted a Shepherd from German Shepherd Safe Haven you are family . Tom goes out of his way by offering training , advice and support . He is a great community leader and has given back so much in helping these beautiful dogs find their fur ever homes . .

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Client Served

Rating: 5

GSSH, Has been a such a blessing. Tom , Jen and all of the volunteers have been so loving and compassionate towards this beautiful bread! Tom has stuck by us even after we adopted our beautiful girl 6 years ago. Tom has helped us with training & guidance through it all. We couldn’t have done it without him. Thank you Tom! Keep up the good work.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

GSSH is an amazing rescue organization! We are so fortunate to have heard of Tom and everything he and his volunteers do for these beautiful German Shepherds. We adopted our incredible Jenna a few years ago and she has been such a blessing to our home. We will be forever thankful and grateful to everyone at GSSH for making a dream come true for us.
Cliff & Marlene

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm honored to be a part of this organization since its inception. The unwavering common goal of putting a dog's needs first above all else along with the dedication of the volunteers, our rescue has made a difference in the lives of many German Shepherds and the families that have adopted them. Every time we rescue a dog, we make a promise to him/her that they will no longer be alone and from that point on, they will only know love and have the kind of life they deserve. We dedicate ourselves to finding them homes that are best for them and whether it takes 1 month or 1 year, we will not give up finding that perfect home just for them. In the meantime, our foster families love and care for them in a home environment where they can flourish into happy dogs, leaving their past behind them.

Being a part of this organization means being a part of a family - whether you are a volunteer, foster family, or adoptive family. And every year, we as a family, come together to celebrate the dogs we've rescued, their forever families and everyone that has been a part of this amazing rescue journey we are on. I am proud to be a part of the German Shepherd Safe Haven family.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Tom has been working with our 86lb male rescue for the past 2 years in personal training, daycare, and boarding professional services; our dogs demeanor and obedience in all environments has improved significantly, we know with absolute confidence our dog is well cared for, trained, and most importantly loved as a family member at all times!! Thank you!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with German Shepherd Safe Haven since 2016 and have recently become an adoptive family to one of the Safe Haven dogs (Nash). Through every experience with GSSH I have witnessed over and over again how much this organization cares for the dogs, from providing great care and training to the dogs they rescue to even helping dogs and owners who are in tough situations and just need some support from their community. My experience as a foster family turned foreverh family has been nothing but positive. GSSH has been available every step of them way to provide us with support, guidance, and training when we needed it. We now have a wonderful addition to our furry family and a wonderful support system and community with GSSH.

1 Aiden

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have known German Shepherd Safe Haven for many years. I was given guidance to what I needed to do to adopt a German Shepherd into my home. The guidance was in the form of how to take good care of my dog. How my house and yard was to be set up for good care once my dog came to me. I also supplied references for German Shepherd Safe Haven to contact to make sure I was a good candidate to adopt one of their dogs.
I am the owner of two very, very precious German Shepherds from the German Shepherd Safe Haven. I love my two babies so much and am so glad that they did so much checking so that I was paired with the perfect dogs for me.
I feel like part of their family. I am able to call German Shepherd Safe Haven if I have any questions. I am involved in picnics they have and news letters they offer.
I couldn't be happier with the care that was given to me and my two babies.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I wish I could give more than five stars to German Shepherd Safe Haven. I have been around dogs my whole life and never seen an organization like GSSH and the care they give to not only the shepherds but also to the foster homes as well as the permanent homes these dogs go to. Tom and Jen not only find the perfect home for the shepherds but take the time to make sure the family is happy as well. As an adoptive dog owner from GSSH, I have had the opportunity to call anytime I needed advise about something or just wanted to thank them for the most perfect dog anyone could ever love. Aiden has been a gift from God for us. He has helped me get through a very hard time in my life when I lost my father. The human animal bond was never stronger as it was during this time. Aiden knows my feelings without me saying a thing. He is incredible.
I would recommend GSSH to anyone who wants the perfect companion for life. It will be a process to adopt your new baby, but you and your new dog will be forever grateful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We are incredibly grateful for Tom and the information he provided. We live in another state, and our German Shepherd was sick. Two different vets were unable to diagnose her, but based on what we told Tom at German Shepherd Safe Haven, he knew what was wrong and told us what tests we needed to have done. He was right, and he probably saved her life!

JoAnn Go I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization. I have seen the families that have benefitted from Tom's work - from rescue,to fostering, to training, to finding adoptive families. These rescues are loved and truly blessed.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Kingsley family loves German Shepherd Safe Haven! Tom and Jen went above and beyond to make sure that Easton, the German Shepherd we adopted, was placed with the right family. That family turned out to be us! The type of dedication and care that Tom and his crew give is exactly what we were looking for and it paid off. Easton, the almost three year old stubborn and loyal butterfly chaser, is one of the best things that’s happened to our family.
Tom even helped us after Easton joined our family with great tips and advice to help make the first weeks go smoothly.
Thanks again German Shepherd Safe Haven!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog, Molly, from German Shepherd Safe Haven (GSSH) in late 2017. I found GSSH on line and looked at the dogs that had that were available for adoption. I saw several that I was interested in so I filled out the application on the website and submitted it.

The application process was easy and strait-forward. A few days after submitting my application, Tom from GSSH called me . He asked questions
about me, my house and yard, and about other animals I had and had previously owned. I told him I had a Shepherd that had died about 6 months earlier and that they were my favorite dog breed. After talking for a while Tom said that Molly might be a good fit for me, and suggested that we get together at a park near GSSH to meet. He did this so Molly and I were each on neutral ground, not at either one’s home.

We met at the park and after introducing us Tom let me walk Molly on a leash as we talked. After a while we sat on a bench and Molly sat down and immediately leaned against my leg. I knew right then that Molly was the right dog for me.

A week later, Tom brought Molly to my house to make sure my house and property were secure and that it was a proper home for Molly. He was satisfied and left her with me day last December.

Molly quickly became my best friend and I am incredibly happy that I found her. I take her with me whenever I can and she loves to go places with me. Tom does a fantastic job and I recommend GSSH to anyone thinking of adopting a German Shepherd. They are the best!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello there! If you're reading this chances are you're interested in this rescue & need to know others experiences to make your decision. I'm not one to write reviews but this is something I felt was above and beyond in the absolute best way. I adopted Jax when he was 8 months old but I was waiting for him to come along long before that. Tom was extremely helpful in finding the best fit for me. I have a little Maltese mix and wanted a gentle, patient dog that would get along well with her as well as a dog that would be my best friend. I filled out the application and as soon as Jax arrived here he was home and fit right now. The application is extremely simple as well as the final forms. We are so lucky & thankful for Jax, Tom, and The Safe Haven Rescue. A special thank you to Tom for entertaining us the entire day Jax was neutered and showing us all the beautiful sights in Laguna Nigel.

1 Rob L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

After the death of my police service dog, I had decided not to get another dog for a awhile. A month or so after his death, our family needed another dog in our lives. I reached out to Tom at German Shepherd Safe Haven. He was awesome. He helped our family find Rogue and she has been a perfect companion and family memeber since day one! I can’t say enough good things about this organization. Everyone who helps runs it does an amazing job. We recently attention our 1st Safe Haven picnic and it was great to see all the families with their Shepherds there. It was truly a fun filled afternoon and we can’t wait until next year. Our Rouge is a special addition to our family and great with everyone. We couldn’t be happier with our experience and we are so glad we reached out to Tom.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have a special needs daughter and we were looking for a companion for her that would also serve as a protector. We first got Zach 5 years ago for this purpose and he quickly demonstrated how patient dogs can be and what great attention they can provide a special needs individual. We fell in love with him and decided to give him a friend so we welcomed Tessa into our family 3 years ago. She proved to be a wonderful addition and has shown nothing but love and patience around our daughter. They are the perfect combination of energy and tranquility. We have nothing but kind words for Safe Haven. Thank you for adding to our family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

To be a nonprofit organization you have to love what you do. German Shepherd safe haven defines the word love; a profoundly tender, deep affection, and last but not least unconditional love. That's what you find when you get a dog from them. This nonprofit organization takes the time and energy to match you up with the right dog for your family. In our case this was very important due to our special need child. We as a family talked about getting a dog, a Lab or golden retriever, but never in our wildest dream we thought we would get a German Shephered.
It was a beautiful Saturday morning and I was at whole foods, that's were I met my handsome boy named Zach. We got to Forster him first, to make sure that he would get along with my special need child. Zach is a wonderful addition to our family. So thank you Tom Williamson and Jen Cheng for having a vision to create a professional dog rescue that helps mistreated and abused German Shepherds. We are the Paul family and proud of being associated with German Shepherd safe haven.

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Donor

Rating: 5

German Shepherd Safe Haven is by far the best rescue in California if not the United States. I started donating to them 4 years ago after finding out the GS rescue I was donating previously had paid staff when they had been telling the general public that they were all volunteer based. German Shepherd Safe Haven is the real deal and Tom their founder is as straight forward as they come. If he does not feel the potential family is the right fit for the dog he just says it. What is best for the dog is best for the family. I have heard him say this a few times. If you want to find the right dog call Tom. He will get you the right fit for your family. I love this rescue and what it stands for 100 percent. If you are looking for a great rescue to donate too this would be it.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After our loss of our wonderful 11 year old shepherd in December of 2017 we were not sure of getting another one right away. But knowing all the great work the german shepherd safe haven has done and all the time Tom put into to finding these dogs how could we not. He brought us a little 2 month old shepherd who needed a home after surgery from an accident and what a special surprise he has been. We adopted him early March of 2018 and the joy he has brought into our household has been amazing.
Tom continues to coach us on his training if we have any questions or concerns. We can count on him to respond to our questions about the right food and care for this little puppy.
We recently brought him to the yearly picnic in October and had so much fun watching all the dogs bond with the common theme of being rescued and given a second chance. You can't ask for a better reason tho celebrate!!!

2 mkbella2014

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Phoebe from GSSH this year and she has completed our family. The process with Tom was thorough as it should be. These dogs need to go to the right people. Tom helped us every step of the way with ongoing support and guidance/training. We also had a blast at the annual picnic for Alumni. A big shout out as well to Phoebes foster mom Pooja who was very sweet and also made Phoebe a going home basket with goodies and a card!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Tom through a mutual friend, a couple of months after losing my dog of 17 years. I hadn’t been looking for another companion, but then Tom introduced me to Jake. His goofy expressions, his joy of life, and his infectious personality won me over the minute I met him! He’s been such a great addition to the family; a natural fit! I’m so grateful for the work GSSH does! They are truly one of the good guys!

1 Kelly Hardy B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

German Shepherd Safe Haven is an amazing organization that truly cares for the dogs. I have had the opportunity to foster for them many times and will continue. You will have their support through the whole process.

1 Patricia O.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a 4 year old beautiful male shepherd from Tom 3 years ago, best thing I ever did. I’ve dealt with a few rescues and German Shepherd Safehaven is the best, Tom the owner/director adds a personal touch by making sure you have the right dog for you. I have also had the privilege to foster 2 amazing puppies. Pictured, my big guy Hank with one of the foster pups.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Nash from GSSH and we could not be any more pleased from the experience and our new baby! The process was thorough, but proved that GSSH really cares about their pups! He was crate trained and from the beginning was the sweetest boy! Thank you GSSH for our forever family member!

1 Jennifer Blain P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are so thankful for GSSH!!! We spent a year looking for the best fit for our family when we came across GSSH. Tom is so knowledgeable and really pours his heart into this organization. We couldn’t have ask for a better fur baby and she is so bonded with both our boys. We would adopt again from GSSH and couldn’t say thank you enough!!

2 Brittany Greene

Client Served

Rating: 5

GSSH is a great rescue organization. Tom Was very helpful throughout the adoption process. The organization truly cares for their rescue dogs in making sure they find the right fit for their dogs. We are beyond thankful for our fur baby who has become an amazing addition to our family. Any questions or help we needed Tom was there to help us. Very happy with this rescue group!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with GSSH for almost two years, and a foster for over 6 months. Tom (the founder of GSSH) truly puts the dogs first, and they are well-cared for, loved, and socialized. GSSH is very picky about who adopts their dogs, and with good reason.; it's about finding the right home for the dog, and the right dog for the home! Most of our dogs are pulled from horrific circumstances, and Tom works tirelessly with each and every one to help build their confidence and teach them their basic commands. Because we are foster-based, all of our dogs are placed in caring foster homes before they find their forever home. While it is fortunate the dogs are not in a shelter anymore, unfortunately we can only rescue the dogs we have foster homes for. Tom has gone above and beyond for every single dog and family he adopts to, and will always be there, even years later, to answer any questions or help with a difficult situation. GSSH i truly a nonprofit; every single penny goes to the dogs.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted from German Shepherd Safe Haven 5 years ago.

Tom gives each and every one of the rescues true dedication. The dogs welfare is always his top priority. He assures each dog is healthy and well trained prior to placing them in their forever homes.

My dog died a few months ago. Tom took the time to meet us at Sea Breeze Pet Cemetary to emotionally support me and my family and say his good byes to Carson.

Tom is always just a phone call away for anything....even after adoption.

I have never witnessed a rescue that puts as much time, dedication, and love as this rescue does.

You will be assured a true fit to your family if you adopt from this rescue.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our GSD from the German Shepherd Safe Haven. We were amazed by the amount of time and care that they put into the adoption process. They are truly committed to making sure that every adoption is a good fit for both the dog and the new parents.

While the dogs are being fostered, they are continually being trained to improve behavior. As a result, we took home a very well-behaved female GSD who, in spite of being a bit of a drama queen, has been a delight to have around our home.

In addition, Tom has always made himself available to help us during our transition into GSD parenthood. He has helped us with everything from food and treat choices to training suggestions.

We would highly, highly, recommend adopting from this rescue. They go above and beyond to make sure it is a smooth process and that the dogs and parents build a happy home together.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I fostered German Shepherds with German Shepherd Safe Haven for almost two years, until I was forced to stop due to relocating. What a satisfying experience it was working with such a quality organization! Tom, who runs the rescue, is totally committed to the cause of saving and finding homes for the German Shepherds. I always felt he was behind me and available for anything including advice, veterinary services, medications, training... Since I have moved I enjoy watching his Facebook page to see the inspiring stories as he helps these dogs. I continue to try to assist in the form of financial donations to this wonderful organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our beautiful female German Shepherd from this organization just over four years ago. I can always communicate with Tom to this day on any concerns or questions I have. This organization truly cares about placing the right dog with the the right family. They even have a yearly picnic for the forever families and volunteers, which shows tremendous non profit dedication. I would highly recommend if you are interested in adopting, to look no further.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

5 stars x 1000 is what GSSH deserves. Tom and his team are responsible, ethecial, honest, and around the clock committed to the animals. He takes better care of the dogs than most people care for their own children. I am honored and grateful to know and work with him.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

5 stars is just not enough to rate this rescue. Tom cares so much about every single dog. The dogs are always the number one priority. He has a special way of placing the correct dog with the best adopters. I have so much respect for this rescue.

1 wbrookhyser

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am beyond pleased with the level of professionalism, commitment to training and care for the dogs at this rescue.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.


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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

4 Marta J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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

2 Patricia22

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

4 Cindy226

Client Served

Rating: 5

German Shepherd Safe Haven is amazing! After several years of watching the wonderful way Tom and all the staff and volunteers work with the dogs they rescue I knew that if I ever wanted to adopt another shepherd it would get one through GSSH. After losing both of my shepherd with in a short time I was obviously devastated. I had rescued a little Yorkie and was concerned about bring another big dog in to my little family. But I knew I had to have another shepherd. I had several conversations with Tom about one dog in particular that he had rescued and I knew I needed her as much as she need me. I had total confidence in knowing even though I live more than 500 miles away that adopting Kala (Kalani) was right. I knew she was provided training and was a well adjusted, healthy young dog. The arrangement was made for Tom to meet me while I was visiting my son in Vegas to finalize the adoption. Even after returning to Reno with Kalani (now named Kala) I knew I still had help from Tom. He is always available to answer questions and give support. Kala has been with me and Tink the Yorkie for two years now and we couldn't be happier. She has become an amazing protector for Tink and a sweet and loving companion for both of us and I know this has a lot to do with the help and guidance she got from Tom and the fosters and volunteers at GSSH.
Thank you to all at GSSH
Cindy LommeL
Kala and Tink

3 Rebecca191

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to German Shepherd Safe Haven, our dog Avery was rescued from a high kill shelter and placed in our home to complete our family. She is one of the best things that has happened to us, and after we had a baby, she has not left our daughter's side. Not only did we gain a dog, but we also gained an extended family, GSSH. You can always count on the organization for support, advice, or even just a great friendship since we all have one thing in common, our beautiful Shepherds! The organization is 100% dedicated to these dogs, their lives, and finding the perfect family to rid them of their unfortunate past. There is no greater satisfaction than to see these wonderful, intelligent dogs living up to their full potential and providing love and companionship to their families. GSSH gives them the opportunity to do that!

3 Maria167

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

German shepherd save haven is a wonderful organization committed to saving German shepherd dogs worth saving and in need of a forever home. The dogs are amazing but they would not stand a chance without Tom, the head of the organization, and all the other people that contribute as foster parents and volunteers. It is their commitment to the well-being of the dogs that makes this wonderful charitable organization such a success. No one can realize how wonderful and unique these dogs are until you have had one. Tom makes sure that the dog is paired up with the right family for the dog. We have had our German Shepherd that we got through him for one year and our life has changed in so many positive ways. Our boy, Wyatt, brings us so much joy every day. If it weren't for the hard work that Tom and coworkers put into these dogs so many would not stand a chance. Thank you, Tom, and thank you GSSH!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

German Shepherd Safe Haven is a top notch animal rescue. From their selection of dogs to adopt out to their selection of adopters for the dogs, they do their due diligence to make sure it works for both parties. They truly have the best interest of the dogs at heart, with follow up even after the adoption process is complete. All of their rescue dogs are kept in homes prior to adoptions. They do a terrific job!

4 Dawn161

Donor

Rating: 5

We adopted a german shepherd named Chanel from German Shepherd Safe Haven Inc. It has been a pleasure to be part of this rescue family. From picnic outings to rescue events to educate the people about how important forever homes are to our animals in need. This organization truly is from the heart and we enjoy the facebook events they bring us a daily smile... Keep up the awesome work!

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Donor

Rating: 5

GSSH - such a caring and loving organization! They put their whole heart and soul into their work for these beautiful dogs. Love GSSH!!

3 Holly95

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have had the best experience with Tom and Jen. I found them because I was looking for someone to board our GS. Not only did they treat our dog like their family but our dog actually came home missing his other dog friends. That's when we knew we needed a second dog. Tom suggested a female they had rescued. She is amazing. The process was so easy. We fostered her for a little while and they we adopted her. The donation to adopt her were so reasonable and now I would pay anything to help them rescue more dogs like her. German Shepard Safe Haven deserves all the help in the world. The work they are doing matters. These are dogs who have been abused and need love. Our life would not be complete without the dog we adopted from them. Please help in any way you can. I plan to continue to suppport GSSH

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since GSSH was formed in 2010, Jen and Tom have worked diligently almost every day, to put together a Top Rated German Shepherd Rescue in the United States, as rated by GreatNonprofits thru 2015, and are working toward that achievement again in 2016. Not to bad!!! As to one of the many reasons why they have earned this top rating status, please check out the very special GSSH Forever Family stories at

http://germanshepherdsafehaven.org/category/forever-families/

It’s important to note, they have done all this without any monetary compensation for themselves. Instead, they rely exclusively on their great volunteer family that continues to grow each year, generous donations from others that share their German Shepherd Rescue Mindset and some Great Corporate Sponsorship's that all contribute to keeping the GSSH stated mission alive and well!

http://germanshepherdsafehaven.org/about-us/our-rescue/

If your looking to give back to your community by volunteering for a Top Rated German Shepherd Rescue in the United States, Go To the GSSH Website and complete an on-line application! Tom and Jen will welcome you with open arms!
If your looking to donate the change in your pocket or a few dollars more, it is so very much appreciated by this Great Nonprofit organization! Their website has a number of options you can choose for making a financial donation!
GSSH also reaches out to the generosity and support of corporations. If you own or are a part of a corporation that would like to learn more about a GSSH corporate sponsorship, please consider giving the Rescue a call to learn more about the mutual benefits involved! THANKS!!!

I am very proud to be a volunteer and donor for GSSH!

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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a beautiful German Shepherd from GSSH 3 years ago that has become a great love of our lives. GSSH has been a supportive organization by introducing us to other forever families and providing information to keep our new family member healthy and happy. We highly recommend GSSH to those who are looking for a German Shepherd because they do a great job to make sure that the adoption is a good match for both the dog and family.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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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gofetch 12/31/2015

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.