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Nonprofit Overview

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Results: ***NOTE: Our Non-Profit status has NOT been revoked.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

103 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

1

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.

1

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!

1

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.

1

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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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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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.

2

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.

2

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!!!

2

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.