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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Give a Dog a Home, German Shepherd Dog Rescue, founded on 14th February 2011 is a 501c federal tax-exempt and state of Maine licensed non-profit, no-kill, volunteer dog rescue based in Sebec, Maine. Run entirely by volunteers sharing compassion, dedication and commitment donating their time and resources to help save the lives of the many dogs in need. We are dedicated to saving dogs mainly from high-kill city shelters in Texas where there is an abundance of stray, abused and neglected dogs needing our help. After veterinarian examination and a health certificate issued, they are transported via DOT approved companies to the rescue and, or foster homes in Maine where there are an abundance of families throughout the east coast and Canada eager to adopt. Animals in our care are all spayed or neutered and receive all necessary and appropriate veterinary care and treatment. We do not dictate to veterinarians when and what treatment is needed, but follow their advice and instructions. We comply with the state of Maine import policies and our rescue is inspected and issued a yearly state of Maine Shelter License. We have an in-depth application, which includes a vet reference check, two personal reference checks, authorized back-ground checks and if we feel the need, a home visit. We discuss at length the family’s life-style and the dog’s needs to ensure that full understanding of personality, cost, and responsibility leading and ensuring that a good match is found. Give a Dog a Home, German Shepherd Dog Rescue strongly supports spay and neutering programs and educate families on the importance to help stop the overpopulation of unwanted animals.

Results: Over 3,00 dogs saved from the high kill shelters in Texas, strays taken in and owner surrenders since the rescue was founded in February 2011. We are a small volunteer rescue, who with our compassion, commitment and love of what we do have achieved a lot. The rescue relocated to Maine in July 2015 and since then our adoption numbers have increased, allowing us to save many more dogs, even though the logistics and financial constraints do make saving these lives considerably difficult. However, where there is a will, there is a way and we always find a way.

Target demographics: Save as many dogs as we can, get them all and necessary vetting and treatments before finding them wonderful families to live their lives full of love, happiness, fun and safety. We have excellent working relationships with veterinarians in both Texas and Maine that we follow their professional advice and treatment plans.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 250 dogs from the high kill shelters, families who were missing a loving dog in their life and several veterans wanting companion/emotional support dogs.

Geographic areas served: Animal Welfare, saving German Shepherds and other breeds from HiGH KILL SHELTERS

Programs: On Thursday, 27th June 2013, Give a Dog a Home, German Shepherd Dog Rescue was approved to run a "Pet Food Bank". We are officially now a PARTNER AGENCY with the SAN ANTONIO FOOD BANK, working with the DAISY CARES PROGRAM. We also work with a select few Service Dog Training Organizations who select our dogs for training. We always fund-raise to cover the adoption fee so that it is one less burden on a person that already has a lot in life to deal with. We have been invited be a Day Care for mentally challenged adults and children to take our dogs to spend time with the clients, we also take a few of our dogs to nursing homes around San Antonio to allow the residents the joys of our dogs and also to allow our dogs to have lots of fuss and attention.

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99 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Dixie Johnson S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our German Shepherd, Cadence, in May 2016 from Give a Dog a Home and we couldn't be happier! We drove to Sebec Maine in order to meet her and it was love at first sight! Jenny, who runs the rescue, has dedicated her life to finding homes for these precious souls and her passion for these dogs is so apparent! I was so impressed with how loved our Cadence was by her, after suffering untold abuses from God only knows, my husband and I stay in very close contact with her in order to help her with her mission to rehome these precious dogs in any way we can! We love our Caddie-Bear so much, thank you Jenny!!!

1 Lorena S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My beautiful dog was returned to GADAH after having lived with a local family for 3 years. She was labeled 'not socialized' by her former family, and Jenny welcomed her back into the pack so she could place her in a new home (after assessing her). The stars lined up and Jenny approved my adoption application. Our dog is a delightful, fun, crazy attentive, interested, curious, strong, opinionated goofball. She's been with us for 2 years, and I am grateful every day. Jenny matched us with the perfect family member. I would definitely recommend working with Jenny if you are interested in adding to your family.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently adopted a long haired Dachshund mix from Give A Dog a Home rescue in Sebec, Me. This rescue is run by one very hard working woman who single handedly has saved so many dogs from high kill shelters in TX, where a dog only has 3 days before they're euthanized, if they are not adopted or rescued by then. GADAH works so hard to place these dogs in good homes, and they are very well cared for and loved while at the rescue. The dogs get to play and socialize in groups, and get nice treats. I met the dog I adopted while volunteerng there one Saturday. He is so sweet and fitting into our family perfectly. Thanks to Jenny who works tirelessy to keep as many hearts beating as possible. She truly has a love for these dogs and the commitment of Give A Dog A Home is truly remarkable.
Linda

1 Lisa R.13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at this rescue for about two years now and totally enjoy spending time there. Jenny is one of the hardest workers I know and is always looking for ways to make the shelter run more efficient and have a safe environment for all the dogs waiting there to find their forever homes. I would definitely recommend this rescue to anyone looking to find their furry friend.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Give A Dog A Home rescue is a wonderful organization. They truly care about animals, and they try very hard to save as many furry friends as possible. Jenny cares for these dogs and cats with utmost care and concern. I can not say enough positive things about our experience adopting our newest family member, a six year old German Shepherd. She is the absolute best!

Michele L.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I rescued not one, but TWO German Shepherd mix dogs from this rescue when they were located in Texas. The application process was easy and the transport pickup was great! The transport team communicated with me every step of the way. I would HIGHLY recommend this rescue!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have adopted 2 dogs from Give a Dog a Home, German Shepherd Rescue and I highly recommend this rescue. I wouldn't trade my dogs for anything in this world. Jenny is very thoughtful and honest and wants her adopter's to understand the adoption contract and the dog you are adopting, and that it takes time for the dog to adjust to his or her new life. I recommend this rescue over any others out there! Jenny cares about her rescue and the dogs. She is not recognized enough for all that she does. I have recently volunteer at the rescue and plan to do so in the future. I am so glad I had the chance to give back and give her a helping hand!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I had to euthanize our 15 year old dog, Yogi. We were lost, our home was empty. We have had rescue dogs for 43 years. We had not been canineless for more than 2 weeks. We searched online for a rescue site that we could find 2 dogs that would join our family. We came across " Give a Dog a Home German Shepherd Rescue". We looked at the many dogs up for adoption. We looked at each bio and decided on 2 pups. We filled out the application. It is a very complete and thorough application. We talked to Jenn. She gave us a more complete idea of the personalities of our pup preferences. We chose 3 alternates just in case our 2 pups had been adopted. We emailed and texted back and forth and a date was set for us to pick up our pups!!! It was so exciting. She informed us about what to expect, after all, these pups had been thru a lot in their journey to this point of finally getting a forever home. We met our babes and it was love at 1st sight, at least on our side. They were a little leery of these humans trying to make friends with them, however with Jenn encouraging them to come check us out. Telling them we were friends. They both decided to give us a try. We spent time cuddling and scratching ears. Giving reassurance that it would be okay. It has been so much better than okay. It has been GREAT! Jenn knows her pups. She has spent lots of time with them. She gave us tips and suggestions to make the transition smooth for all of us. These 2 pups, Molly & Huckleberry, have fit into our home very smoothly. We have 10 cats and because of Jenn tips and suggestions the cats and pups are great friends. They play and have respect for each other. It has made our home complete.
Ron and I highly recommend "Give a Dog a Home German Shepherd Rescue". We feel the entire adoption process was done with the dogs needs as the top priority. Our choice of pups was the perfect fit but we know if Jenn was concerned that it would not have worked to the benefit of the dogs she would have made suggestions to correct the situation.

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing work; they saved more dogs ,go the extra mile my son did some volunteer work and he flew a dog all the way back from Maine to Texas for medical care

Client Served

Rating: 5

Give a Dog a Home was excellent!! Interactions with Jenny were wonderful and their application turnaround process was faster than any other Ive experienced. She got my vet and references on the phone almost immediately, and we had our new little love within a week. Highly recommended rescue!

Meghan L.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Recently adopted a dog from this rescue. The dog was well taken care of and the application even though long was worth it. I appreciate the level of care and time put into finding these dogs great forever homes. I drove all the way from ontario and the trip was worth it. Not only because of the dog but because I could support this organization that cares so much about the dogs that come in!

Jeanne K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful place to find your new best friend! Smooth adoption process. Detailed info on each dog makes it easy to find just the right pet. So happy to have found Give a Dog a Home. Highly recommend

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Client Served

Rating: 5

adopted Max from GADAH and couldn't be happier. The whole process was very easy. The team that works for them are very friendly and answered any questions I had. Max had been in Sebec (from Texas) about 4 weeks and had grown very attached to Jenny. I felt so guilty taking him from what he obviously loved. He is the best little dog. Thank you for saving our baby.

Writer

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jen is an incredible person doing a very tough job because she loves dogs. I adopted Rocky, who she saved from a life in hell. He was 2years old, skin and bones, almost hairless, and could barely walk. Six months after he arrived at GADAH, he was fuzzy, healthy, happy, and couldn’t get enough loving. Today is his 6th birthday and he’s happy, mischievous, loving, a sweetheart and thinks anything that moves wants to play with him. Imagine a 75lb German Shepherd getting beaten up by a 5 lb kitten.

She connected me with a soul I’ll love forever.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Six months ago Rocky was skin-and-bones with no fur, mange, and sores on his paws. He was tied to the end of a short rope on a dirt patch before being rescued. Two weeks ago I brought home a furry, healthy, 80lb bundle of love. Rocky was saved and nursed back to health by Jenny. Further, Rocky is gentle and socially adjusted thanks to the pack of awesome pups at GaDaH. I have nothing but praise for Jen and her rescue.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Layla in July 2019. The Fort Worth Vet that neutered her on April 14 reported her weight as 62 lbs. When we adopted her, she was 82 lbs. and had serious hair loss problems. She's now 95 lbs, and not at all fat, and a totally healthy beautiful girl My Vet is very proud of what Jen and we have accomplished. I'm seriously considering adopting another. She's a wonderful girl, and my third adopted.

Christina S.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found this organization by accident when I was searching to adop a new friend. I had no idea of everything going on in China with these poor animals, I thought eating pets was a thing of the past! Thank God for Jen and everyone involved with the rescue. Thanks to you all of you I not only found one baby but ended up with two! Myself, husband, daughter and 2 other dogs Brody and Angel couldn't be happier to welcome Bruin and Stewie to our family! We are in LOVE with these beautiful, healthy and loving pups! Evereything we needed to know was carefully documented and given to us so transition to our vet and town licensing was a breeze. Thank you thank you!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

With a broken heart after losing the light and love of my life, Precious, 14 y/young long hair German shepherd, I'd been morning for a week. I stumbled on the Give a Dog A Home web site and just reading and looking at the faces of these angles to love which relit the lamp of love in my heart. On Sunday 10/7, I adopted "Princess", f/k/a China. She was given up by a family and in Tx. Jen rescued her and and little did she know rescued me too. The meet and greet was super, she kissed me and put her paws up on my 91 y/o Mom and kissed her too. Princess is truly a gentle, affectionate soul and obedient. Jen had all of her information - don't know how Jen does it all but she does. If you'd like to be loved unconditionally and have never experienced that then adopt from Give A Dog a Home and save an angel's life, let them be your treasure and give them your heart totally, you'll never regret it. Mat 6:21 & LK 12:34 "...Where your treasure is that is where you're heart will be..."

1 Stacey N.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our beautiful boy Bei Bei from Give a dog a home and we have been so lucky to be a part of this process! The rescue owner treats all of the dogs as her own and ensures they are going to families with lots of love to give! Our boy came from the China Meat trade and we are blessed that Jenny took the effort, time and love to bring him home to us! Thank you!

2 Karen R.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted two precious dogs from Give a Dog a Home..Abby is my 12 year old girl who Jenny took in, even though she knew she had cancer and would be costly..Jenny headed up a fundraiser for our Abb y and we raised nearly enough money for her cancer surgery...today she is cancer free...then there is Bella..she is just a healthy little bundle of joy. We couldn't be happier with our babies.
After becoming an adopter, I began volunteering at the rescue. While volunteering and getting to know Jenny, I learned of the few individuals who have tried to shut her down in the past, spreading LIES and causing all kinds of chaos for Jenny and her rescue...most recently causing trouble while I was one of the 6 volunteers who looked after the rescue while Jenny was away (NOT on vacation) last year. I was completely baffled and dumbfounded what the SAME woman and her minions were saying...I was there every day and night (other with other volunteers) to make sure the dogs' kennels were clean, they were fed and had clean water..we played with them daily, exercised them, gave them toys to play with and treats...to hear the stories that these dogs were being neglected while she was away are preposterous, evil and outright lies!! And to trespass on her posted property to satisfy their obsessive agenda is insane. The pictures they provided were skewed and lies..one being a 'poop' bucket they reported as an empty water or food bucket really made me laugh! All of it couldn't be any further from the truth.
These dogs are being saved from HIGH KILL shelters...the poor souls that are lucky enough to land at Give a Dog a Home are guaranteed the utmost care...medically, physically and emotionally.
I can also attest Jenny goes without every day (though she'd never admit it) so that these dogs have the best and that they are cared for. She's messaged me at midnight before, in the middle of trying to save a dog in Texas and scrambling to find rides and volunteers to help this dog until she can get it to Maine!
This is a labor of love....She's certainly not getting rich from this career she has chosen. It's truly about saving innocent lives who deserve a chance to be loved and to have a home of their own. She gives them that chance, and they are precious souls, as is she.
I consider myself blessed to have two beautiful girls from this rescue, and that I have gained a great human friend as well..highly recommend this rescue.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Two years ago, I adopted Vin from Give a Dog a Home and it has been a terrific experience. I've been so pleased with Jenny and GaDaH that I've done some volunteer work over the past few months to support the good work being done there. Here are the highlights of my experience:
1. Jenny was upfront not only about Vin's good qualities, but also about a few things I would need to work on with him when we got home. All her observations were spot-on and made the transition to his new life easier for all of us.
2. Because Vin had spent time "in the pack", he has amazing "doggie manners." I've never seen a dog so well socialized with other dogs. My smaller dog is often nervous around big dogs, but she has trusted Vin from Day 1.
3. The adoption process was thorough and professional and the meet-and-greet was comfortable and well done. Vin and I left GaDaH that day comfortable with each other and ready to start our lives together.
Would I return to GaDaH to adopt another dog? In a heartbeat!

2 Joe-Laurie S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our babies Romeo and Ryker from the rescue in February of 2012 and have been following ever since. Actually, I have been following the rescue since 2011 when my baby Ryker (badly injured dog found in a ditch in Dallas, TX) appeared in the Dog Examiner and I found and followed the rescue that took him. We are military and lived in a beach front condo at the time. When we lost our baby in November of 2011 so my husband started calling GSD rescues. We were told no by many because we didn't have a yard but Jenny (being a no-nonsense, common sense person) asked us what our plans were. She seemed to be the only one that understood that you can have big, young, energetic dogs in a condo if you put forth a lot of effort - many long walks (on the beach, oh what a hassle LOL), trips to the dog park, etc. So in addition to our plan and the references, etc that we provided she accepted us and the rest is history. (Note:
we have moved twice since then, both places houses with yards and I must say it did highlight the fact that no yards are hard! Or maybe the yards have made us lazy. LOL). Bottom line is Jenny is an amazing rescuer who works her butt off for the dogs and she does take her dogs back, requires it actually if I remember correctly, if it isn't working out. If something is wrong with the animal she is adopting out, the adopter will know in advance. She is very upfront, I did mention she is British right. I highly recommend this common sense, heart of gold, rescue and rescuer.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We were blessed with 2 beautiful boys that Jenny saved. We suffered a devastating loss of our GSD of almost 12 years November of 2011. That same month I read an article on Pet Examiner about a GSD puppy found in Garland Texas with a broken pelvis, RYKER. Jenny stepped up to rescue him and I started following the rescue because he stole my heart. I donated to his care and then just followed along with his progress on facebook. Jenny is great about posting lots of photos, videos and commentary about what is going on so I got even more vested in him. Then we decided to put in an application for 2 GSDs. Since we were out of state and I know how much Jenny loved RYKER, I didn't think she'd let us get him but after checking into us she did! I was so happy! We drove to San Antonio for the meet and greet and we got them! Of course we have remained in contact with Jenny, still follow the rescue, making donations and falling in love with more dogs. Jenny always goes above and beyond for these precious souls and we will forever be grateful!

1 tness73

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with GaDaH for 6 years now. First as a rescue coordinator in a shelter they save animals from, second as a foster and third as a rescue partner. GaDaH has always been willing to save some of the most dire cases, giving them the best veterinary care possible. When I send dogs that I have rescued to Maine, every "T" needs to be crossed and ever "I" dotted to ensure only healthy dogs with all the proper paperwork are sent. I trust this organization with dogs that I have spent a lot time to care for in order to find them wonderful homes, I have never been disappointed. In fact, this is one of only a very, very few groups that I would entrust my personal dogs to, if anything ever happened to me. I know they would be well cared for and either find new homes or be kept and loved as Jenny's own. You will not regret working with Give a Dog a Home to find your next fur family member.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is one of the best rescues I work with. I am a vet tech for a high capacity animal shelter. Whenever I have a German Shepherd in terrible condition and need of serious medical attention, I can always call Give a Dog a Home. Jenny always finds a way to help these magnificent dogs in need. Her supporters are there to help in these critical times. Without great rescues like Give a Dog a Home, my job would be so much more difficult. I cannot thank Jenny and her volunteers enough for all the hard work they do and the lives they save.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We could not be happier with our dog adopted from GaDH in Sebec, Maine. We adopted Bridgette October 9, 2015, when the rescue was in its infancy. Anyone who knows animals is aware there is no guarantee an animal will be what they want in a different environment. Each animal has an individual personality.
Jenny Cope will give you her best description of the pet, but things can change when the pet is brought into a different environment. Read the adoption contract which states that Jenny will take back any pet that does not work out. I have seen her requesting assistance in transporting a pet back to her. I feel, if I adopt a pet from a shelter, I am committed to taking care of the pet and it is now my responsibility to work things out with behavior, training, etc. These are shelter dogs and not necessarily house or manner trained as they have spent their lives being saved. If you do not understand dogs, perhaps you need to seek a shelter that takes in surrendered, trained dogs.
Many shelter pets have been surrendered by owners and are already trained. This is not necessarily the case with the pets saved from Texas kill shelters. Most come from the streets where people just moved and left them. They end up with puppies that Jenny brings to Maine. (mothers & pups) I worked with my Bridgette; potty trained her and taught her manners.
I have also volunteered in transporting puppies and dogs to or from the spay/neuter clinic and have assisted transport to new families. I have seen the environment the dogs live in and I have to say that Jenny does a fabulous job taking care of all the dogs.
Jenny is doing a fabulous job on a shoestring budget. Because of complaints by certain people, she has had numerous checks by the dog officer, the state and animal welfare. She has passed every check as the dogs are well cared for.
Please don’t let the bad reviews sway you. Every dog is different; every dog has an individual personality away from the pack. If you want to save a dog; this is the place.

1 Angie M.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am extremely picky about where my dogs go. Jenny gives me constant updates, videos, pictures and finds such great families for them. She is strict to make sure her dogs are healthy and goes above and beyond to make sure they stay healthy. I've had others try to tell me different but I've done my research based on facts and have had numerous people go to her place to check it out. All great reports. Please feel free to contact me anytime. Jenny keep up the good work and thank you so much for being a voice for the animals!!

1 Kentlyn B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We board our 2 rescue dogs with Jenny a few times a year and the dogs love both her and the whole experience. We have interacted with a lot of the rescue animals and are in awe of the amount of dedication required to keep it all together. Jenny and all the volunteers are to be commended for their efforts. Hurray for them in helping save these lovely creatures.

2 Dominique T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Benny back in February of 2017, and have been in love with him ever since!

Since we already had a small, 4lb Chihuahua - it was very important to us to find a dog to bring a dog into our home who was friendly and not aggressive. Our focus was to keep Frankie (our chihuahua) safe.
Jenny did a great job at listening to our concerns and went out of her way to send us videos and photos of Benny interacting with other dogs.

We decided to make a the long drive from ON, Canada to Maine (13 hours to be exact) to meet Benny. It was instant love and he and Frankie hit it off right away. Jenny ensured we had everything we needed to make it safely back across the border, and kept in touch in the weeks following our adoption to ensure Benny was happy and safe.

We would absolutely rescue a dog from here again, no questions asked!

Love,
Dominique, Mackenzie, Frankie & Benny

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 3 dogs from this rescue. All 3 of them had issues that any shelter would have just killed them. But this rescue saw past their medical needs and rescued these precious pooches. They are the best dogs and have brought so much joy to our lives. I volunteer now for the rescue and have helped foster and give freedom rides to many dogs. This rescue is amazing.

4 Laurie Spencer L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Give a Dog a Home has a variety of dogs to choose from. All are happy and healthy. I adopted my German a shepherd Dog from this rescue and had a great experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wow, u have got to be joking, the same person/persons are still trying to spread their little stories about the rescue.Probabably the same ones who like to walk by or drive by so as to get the dogs barking so they can video tape their cause.I was their one day when a neighbor did this, I am amazed at what so called good citizens will stoop to.My husband and I volunteer and foster from the rescue.These dogs get the best medical care any dog could need.At times hundreds and yes thousands of dollars are spent to treat them, when the need is there.We know because we have taken these dogs to the vets and have seen the bill's. These dogs have warm dry beds, very good kibble again we know as we pick it up.They are kept warm, we know as we deliver the fuel.They all get coats when it's cold, we know as we wash and dry them.They get shade in the summer, we know as we help put canopies up for them.They get lots of love, we know because we give it to them.If it were not for this rescue these dogs would of been euthanized. So if u feel that Jenny can't take care of them all, then how come you are not volunteering to help out these dogs like the rest of us are doing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There r no words that could describe the incredible work jenny has done in her resque.We hav been eye witnesses almost on a daily basis of the work being done.My family has learned a tremendous amount of knowledge about what it takes 2 make a resque work.We hav loved every second of everyday watching Jenny and the pups that adore her.I truly wish that everyone could b there 2 watch what we have observed.It is a very sad thing that people would twist info into what they want and that people would believe it.If these people really had a love for the dogs they certainly wouldn't be posting such lies.The only ones that loose out r the dogs.Jenny has a huge team and following that should speak volumes 2 anyone who would believe these lies.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I live in the same neighborhood as this shelter. Jenny has in her care at any given time from 80-100 dogs. Common sense would tell you one person, even one with the best of intentions which Jenny is not, could not meet the needs of that many animals. Animals of all different sizes, breeds, personalities and health conditions are kept together. The smaller dogs are often heard crying out in pain and small dogs have been observed being attacked by the larger dogs. The animals are outside around the clock in all weather conditions. When someone walks by the house the dogs throw themselves against the fence barking, snarling and lunching and the smell of dog feces at times is sickening. There are a large number of no trespassing signs posted and a do not enter sign at the end of the driveway. Again, common sense should lead you to ask what is she hiding. If anyone questions her practices, they are met with anger, hostility and aggressiveness and excused of being on a "witch hunt". This is a "puppy mill" masquerading as a rescue.

3 Denise171

Client Served

Rating: 5

These dogs live the life of Riley at Jenny's place. We board our dog there and don't think twice about our Bandit while he's on his vacation at Jenny's. He gets treated like royalty. The dogs get great care, warm shelter, good food, clean facilities and lots of love and attention. Jenny is a kind caring person with a big generous heart. If you are looking to adopt or need a place to board your dog we highly recommend Royal Treatment in Sebec. :)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my beautiful Sinead through Jenny at Give a Dog a Home, German Shepherd Rescue almost two years ago. She was taken from a kill shelter in Texas, and placed with a foster family for several months as she regained her health (she was nearly starved and bald from mange when rescued). When I found her on Jenny's website, I completed the adoption process and arranged to have her shipped up to Maine on a transport. She is a happy, healthy 85 lb. beauty who I adore each day. Thank God there are people who are willing to put their passion into action and save dogs. My Sinead hit the "Puppy Powerball." She will never know a day in her life again when she has to cower at the hands of a human or long for a drink of water and have abundant tasty food. Jane Leifester

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

As someone who has followed this rescue for several years I am surprised at the negative comments, although seeing the attacks on Facebook last year it was clear that someone was intent on getting the rescue closed down. I tend to go with the official stance on things and since the rescue has had now two shelter licenses, (posted on their website, which I believe entails visits from animal welfare, I am sure that should anything have been wrong the rescue would not have been allowed to carry on.

Reading over the posts it all looks too convenient all the posting around a certain time frame, all in line with what was going on over Facebook when previously people were happy. Maybe the rescue got overwhelmed and needed to refocus, they are certainly doing well with their adoptions so far this year so something is working right. Maybe someone from the rescue upset someone and they wanted revenge, something we will most likely never know.

I will continue to support the work this rescue does and keep watching .Until I see something from an official authority saying otherwise then I believe what they are doing is excellent and very much needed and I hold them in high regard for carrying on after the onslaught over social media.

Canttell

Client Served

Rating: 1

I adopted a dog from this rescue almost a yr ago. He came to ME from Tx with Heartworm. Jenny put him outside with all the other dogs where mosquitoes were able to bite him then go from dog to dog. No, HW isn't contagious like a cold. It's spread by the bite of a mosquito, just one bite can spread it to many dogs. While Tx is full of it, Maine is not. He spent a month outside this way before he was treated with a fast kill treatment, basically arsenic 2 shots 24 hrs apart from each other in his back muscle. It's extremely painful but per the vet, more so to an under weight dog such as him. Then 18 days later he had bilateral FHO (Femoral Head Osteoectomy). She then put up a fundraiser the day of the surgery and told me I couldn't bring him home until all the money was raised for him, she didn't have the money. He stayed at the vets 9 days until all money was raised. I got him home with a draining left him and fluid under them both. Less then 48 hrs he was at the Emergency Vet with both hips infected. The left hip was re-opened and drained. He ended up on entended antibiotics. Apparently it wasn't what he needed. He finished an 12 wk course of antibiotics about 4 wks about when we thought all was well with his hips. His bone actually was infected from that originally infection, from a dog that had no immune system to have a major surgery. Vets have said after HW treatment no surgery should be done for 6 months of any kind, but it was more profitable for this rescue. I have been adviced to sue...

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted a beautiful and healthy dog 2 years ago from this rescue. Rescue saved her while she was on kill list and had given couple hours to live. She had received then much needed medical treatment that cost the rescue thousands of dollars. She was and is a very healthy dog. This rescue deserves excellent reviews for what has done to save so many dogs over the past 5 years.

Please do not pay attention to those negative comment, that is written by one person under different names.

1

Client Served

Rating: 2

All that come from this place are lies and unhealthy mutts. Unsocialized, not worthy of being in a home once being at this place. She knows the behavior of these dogs before they are sent to a home refuses to be truthful with public.

Client Served

Rating: 1

The dog that we adopted was physically healthy. Unfortunately, she had been severely traumatized, presumably before she went to the rescue. More unfortunately, the extent of the dog's needs were not shared. At all. The dog is absolutely phobic about the leash. This is a very significant problem in a house without a fenced in yard. It is unclear whether the dog is actually house trained (possibly, but since she runs if she goes outside and she can't be leashed, it's hard to tell). The dog is not socialized to and is fearful of people. The fear and lack of interest in people is not changing. I can't imagine how anyone would think that this dog could be a pet as she simply does not respond to human attention. The person adopting the dog is experienced with dogs, competent and willing to invest the time to train the dog in typical new pet behaviour: don't get on the furniture, this is how to walk on the leash, sit, come when called etc. This dog needs significant at home professional intervention which could not have been unknown to the rescue. The local shelter would NEVER adopt out a dog like this.

1

Client Served

Rating: 2

Here's my beautiful dog I got. This is what she looked like the day I picked her up from GaDaH. Lacy has healed from the dog fight. Her ear will never grow back but, bounces around a happy girl these days. Glad we could save her.

3

Client Served

Rating: 1

Adopted a dog from this rescue 2 yrs ago. The 1st year with her was a nightmare. I could go into sordid details I want people to know-these dogs are not what your being told they are. We had attack-bite issues. Aggression so bad we needed a behaviorist help. It all came down to her pack treatment. My dog was there over a year and ruined by one mentally deranged female.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

As someone who lives not as a direct neighbor but close to this rescue I would like to give my opinion. I hear dogs cry out in pain. Dog's fighting amongst one another daily without anyone to stop them. Dogs barking all hours day or night, no matter how cold it is they're out. We walk on the warm days, the smell is extraordinarily breath taking. You can hear her screaming, swearing at the dogs. Calling them names I wouldn't call an enemy much less an animal that's supposed to be fearful or has been beat or abused. Often times the dogs are loose running through yards. They have killed livestock. She has been seen chasing them down the main road with them just ahead of her SUV driving like a mad woman. What if the dog stumbles? It would be dead!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted our dog from GaDaH in December 2015. The response from the rescue was prompt and all my references on my application were called and checked. Jenny facilitated a transport for my dog to Connecticut (which cut my trip in half) with another adoptive family. While arranging the transport, I received prompt communication from both Jenny and the transporting family. The family had only kind words regarding the rescue (they adopted and were transporting there dog as well directly from the rescue) and refused to take money for transporting our pup. The pup was checked out by our vet and found to be in great health and right on track. His personality and behavior (and any issues regarding both) were exactly as stated in his description for adoption. Other than the adoption fee I paid no additional money and have never been directly asked to donate to the rescue. I donated the transport money of my own accord for food for the dogs since the kind family refused to take it. Our dog is thriving and based on my personal experience was taken care of at the rescue.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This rescue goes above and beyond. Jenny has rehabilitated some of the toughest cases. There are a few, a very few, people who have decided to target this rescue and cause problems. Their opinions are unfounded. The success stories of this rescue saving dogs, placing them with forever families and bringing joy and happiness are abundant.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Anyone giving a bad review about this rescue has never been there or has a personal Grudge against Jenny. I volunteer often and all I see is a lot of healthy dogs living together while waiting for their forever home. The dogs that come to Jenny sick, skinny, Or any health issue are taken to the local vet clinic where they get excellent care. There is definitely no abuse and yes some shelter dogs come to her scared and fearful, we work with those dogs on their terms to bring them around to become loving dogs. Jenny is saving dogs from kill shelters, these dogs are from abusive homes , the streets or who knows what conditions, anyone with any intelligence would know it was going to take time and effort to make them into family pets. Jenny is in this to save dogs, if you lived it you would know there is no money in it and the success comes from the generosity of those of us that love the dogs.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

Adoption is all about money not about dogs. You never deal with Jenny until you actually puck up your dog that's what I recently found out. I backed out of our process when we did start dealing with Jenny herself, the way she pushed us for donations, wanting family to donate. Things weren't as smooth as people say they are. We had been dealing with someone else much nicer in the beginning. Jenny is a mean nasty person once she realized she wasn't getting our cash. This place is a SCAM!

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been volunteering at Gadah for several months now helping make improvements,cleaning and fostering dogs at our home. It's refreshing to see Jennys unconditionall love for animals. She is willing to give them her all every day. In the past 5 years she has saved hundreds of pups from kill shelters and found them new homes with family's that love animals like she does.Jenny has a network of volunteers ,helpers and supporters all over the U.S. and Canada who love animals too. I feel bad that a few have made it there misson to criticize and try to ruin Jenny reputation. What Gadah needs is other kind hearted people to help Jenny do what she does best,save lives! Thanks go out to Jenny and her supporters for the wonderful difference they make in these pups lives.

3

Client Served

Rating: 2

I adopted a dog from this place several months ago. A thin frail unhealthy GSD with many more on going issues then our family anticipated. It has cost us several hundreds of dollars with many more to go before we have any hopes or a shimmer of light before us. We have just begun with socializing due to the fear. This dog is a shell of what a dog should be. We thought we were getting a rehabilitated, healthy young GSD. Instead we got a dog that needs what a rescue should have done before sending it to a home family. It had food aggression with our other dog, didn't know how to live in a home for months. I don't recommend this place to any person at all much less an animal.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

In April GADAH rescued a German Shepherd from horrible conditions: skin and bones, almost complete hair loss, and many other complications of severe nelect. When I met the pup six-months later, he was friendly, affectionate, and all if his medical issues were resolved. He was happy, fluffy, energetic and I fell in love with him immediately.
I'm grateful to Jen for her commitment to these awesome dogs. She is a very warm person and despite taking care of the rescue pack and running a business, Jen does a really good job at communicating.
If you want to see before-and-after pictures of my pup, go to the GADAH facebook page and check out Rocky's pictures.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jenny is a loving, compassionate person. The dogs in the rescue adore her...so do her adopters and boarders. Incidently, all of the pups are happy and healthy. I got involved with the rescue as a potential adopter. I was looking for a GSD and had inquiries out with several different rescues. I ended up adopting from a private home because the pup I adopted was in a far worse place than Give A Dog A Home. The dogs at GADAH were already rescued, and in a loving caring environment. Jenny was nothing but helpful, and understanding. I am now a volunteer, because I respect and like Jenny, respect her efforts, and I adore the breed. In short Jenny runs an excellent organization and I am proud to be a part of it and to call her a friend.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great shelter and one that really cares about their dogs and going to whatever length to insure they find a great home for their dogs. I inquired about Sadie (aka Wendy) and within a week was united with her. This was not an easy task since the shelter is located in Maine and we are located in Pennsylvania. They brought her down to Pennsylvania to make it happen. I highly recommend considering adopting from this rescue before anywhere else. Thank you Give a Dog a Home!!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jenny is seriously an angel sent from above! She doesn't just save the prettiest dogs or the healthiest dogs but the ones in greatest need - take for instance our rescue. When Jenny pulled him from the city shelter, he was hours from being put down. Despite being a gorgeous boy with a wonderful temperament, he also happened to be heart worm positive. She had him treated and fattened up and kept him safe until we were able to come across him - we could not be any more grateful! You can't go wrong when looking for a rescue dog (or a groomer!) - all of her dogs are so well socialized with her pack, they will have a much easier time adjusting to their forever homes.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I honestly don't know where to begin!! This rescue is absolutely wonderful!!! The care, love, and determination to save as many precious lives possible is second to none. I can't thank them enough for bringing our perfect Ziva into our lives; our family would not be complete without her:) This rescue is focused on finding forever homes for their dogs which is exactly how every rescue should operate! They also do not confine their dogs to individual kennels but allow the dogs to live as a pack! Again, I can't say enough about how amazing this rescue is!! If you're looking for a best friend that's well taken care of, socialized, and you're informed of personality traits this is the rescue to adopt from!! Thank you GADAH for everything you do!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our family adopted two rescue dogs from Jenny Cope at GaDaH. We had lost our pup late last Spring and we were all looking for the perfect family addition. We had searched, and searched thoroughly and decided to rescue rather than just find a puppy. I was scrolling through the GaDaH website, and fell in LOVE with our Sergeant and Lieutenant. They are the most well mannered, patient, loving dogs. Jenny runs a top notch rescue. We could not thank her enough for the addition to our family ♥

3 Meredith20

Client Served

Rating: 5

We got Milo last summer from Give a Dog a Home. Let me count the ways this org is awesome:
1. There are videos posted regularly of the dogs in action. This allows you to get a really good sense of the dogs' behavior and how they interact with each other, with people, with new stimuli.
2. Jenny does a terrific job evaluating and rehabbing her dogs. She was spot on with our 'Mr. Mayor' Milo Muggsy Liben.
3. The dogs do not have food aggression because they have communal and open access to food. This is a BIG DEAL with rescue dogs, who generally have anxiety about where their next meal is coming from.
4. Jenny does not have nutty requirements like 'the dog must be fenced at all times' or 'you must swear to never let your dog off the leash'. She wants her dogs to go be good companions, well trained and adaptable. We, for example, live in the country and have taught Milo and our shepherd Will, to have excellent recall. So they get to hike and walk off leash, like mannerly dogs should be able to.
5. Jenny wants to expand into veteran service dogs and everyone who reads this should help her do so!

2 Zachary5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jenny has given myself and my girl friend the love of our lives, Shania. She was so patient and helpful with the unlimited questions we had. We drove all the way down from Rothesay, New Brunswick, Canada, crossing the boarder, to pick up Shania and the trip couldn't have worked out any better. The description on the website about Shania's personality was 100% spot on, and was exactly what we were expecting in a new family member. I recommend Give A Dog A Home, German Shepherd Dog Rescue to anyone!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Not sure I can put into words the tremendous, positive impact this rescue has on so many lives but I will try. I have seen many, many animals go from starving, sick, neglected animals to loving, healthy, happy members of a family through the generosity, hard work and tender loving care of this rescue. Recently, I fostered a German Sheperd that was saved from Fort Worth Animal Shelter. He was extremely underweight and could not keep food down. The vet suggested that he be put to sleep because he was diagnosed with Mega-esophagus. Of course, Jenny the backbone of GaDaH, didn't even consider putting the dog to sleep and was more than willing to accommodate the dog despite his special needs. He is alive and well and will bring much joy to his forever family thanks to this rescue. This is just one story of so many! Rescue is hard, stressful, not always pretty and not always perfect. But I've never doubted the dedication and commitment of this rescue to do what is right despite how challenging that may be at times. As a foster, I have made wonderful friends and been brought together with others who love animals. Thank you GaDaH, all the fosters and most importantly Jenny for giving all you have to saves the lives of so many animals.

9

Volunteer

Rating: 1

When I started helping out with this rescue I absoloutley loved it and it completely took over my life I was doing everything I could possibly do to help. I helped at several events and helped with several events. Jenny is a VERY hard work and does amazing things for these dogs BUT I have since stopped volunteering. While Jenny does amazing things she is probably one of the rudest people I've ever met when you do something she doesn't like or agree with. Half the time she wouldn't even say thank you to me except when I did transports and it was just me and her alone. My mom came to one event and then stopped by another event for a bit to help out and both times she completely ignored her and never said thank you for helping after my mom worked her butt off at work all day but still managed to stop by and help. She also called my mom out and called her a coward after she BEGGED for fosters and we agreed but then she turned us down so my mom posted on Facebook and Jenny called my mom a coward even though my mom NEVER mentioned Jenny or the rescues name. She also called me a bad pet owner and belittled me for considering a medical issue with my dog and she kept badgering me on Facebook not letting it go and that is when my time with the rescue ended, I felt so disrespected and disgusted. She complains about "witch hunts" on her and people saying nasty things about her but then she does the SAME THING, very two faced if you ask me. Like I said she does a lot and works very hard! I'm not gonna take that away from her and make it seem all bad because without her so many dogs who are alive would be dead but if you volunteer here just be careful.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for an awesome rescue....Jenny Cope. Give a dog a home German Shepherd rescue. I have had the opportunity to help in the transportation of a few. Some from ACS, vets , and meeting some terrific people who have also help as we meet to continue the transportation to Jenny Cope. Many of them would not be rescued by any others due to their conditions such broken bones (legs, pelvis, dislocation of one or even both hips )and severe skins conditions, malnutrition and abused. The conditions have been very sad. Many are minutes from being put down. Yet Jenny gives these babies a chance for life. I have personally seen the transformation of these babies. Their eyes tell it all. Their tails wagging, some who had no hair now with hair as well as those with the skin conditions all cleared up. Unfortunately by looking into some of their eyes there had been abuse. Yet once with the work that Jenny does there is trust again. Jenny works so hard to find great homes not for just dogs but to be part of a family. I have never met such a dedicated women who has given so much of herself to ensure the well being for the beautiful babies.

4 Davida X.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sadly, one of the most noble breeds, the German Shepherd Dog, is no stranger to death row in kill "shelters". In fact, GSDs are the 3rd most oft killed purebred dog in one of these facilities. I network GSDs nationwide and believe me Texas certainly has a large number of GSDs on death row at any given time. Some are adopted, some are rescued, but far too many are murdered. Interestingly though, there's a subset of GSDs that we see in Texas that have a chance at rescue. These would be the hardship cases, the dogs that no other rescue will touch. Dogs with not just broken hearts and broken spirits, but broken bones to match. Some are dying from kennel cough or pneumonia. Some can't even move from paralysis. Some have skin conditions rendering them bald and leathery. Some have gaping wounds with festering infections. Time and time again I've seen these hopeless cases scooped up by Jenny of GaDaH. Without Jenny and GaDaH there'd be nope hope for these tortured souls. There is nothing more gratifying than seeing an 'after' picture of a dog who has been rescued by Jenny and in her loving care...the difference from the shelter picture is astounding. Jenny is often the only hope, the only bridge to life for these creatures. Thank heavens for GaDaH, a GSD in Texas' best friend.

3 Marina6

Donor

Rating: 5

If you ever want to meet a tenacious "chick" - this is your gal. Her love of GSDs and especially those that are the very weak, hurt, injured, and then some....there is just no comparison. When death is looking those poor souls in the eye....she's there...And one of my most rambunctious GSDs - the one and only Cesar - comes from her. We both spotted him in MS - but, she managed to get him (before I even knew of Rescues) --- and now, he is here-- with a bunch of others - and through her toughness and fighting spirit for these poor abandoned "guys" and "gals" -- I now too, have my own Rescue. She is truly a heroine for all those that she has saved, is saving, and will save.......! Here' s to Jenny! :)

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first saw the GaDaH facebook page it caught my eye as they were looking for someone to transort a dog from Houston to SA as I live in Sugarland I thought to myself your a animal lover believe in rescue hmm this sounds interesting, so started my journey because from that first FREEDOM RIDE had me hooked!! Jenny met me in SA and one look at her and you can just see the love and care for the fur babies she has, if you follow the progress of the pups many of them have surgerys in which fund raising must be done.

Many hands go into the ship with the captain leading the way but one thing is clear these dogs are all safe and sound when they are at the rescue Jenny works very hard,long hours why? you might say well as someone who also adopted a GSD ZACH from GADAH one look in his eyes when he plonks his big head in my lap yep thats the answer............... thankyou too all the volunteers and of course Jenny!!

5 C'Lina S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One day I just stumbled across GaDaH's Facebook page and was immediately welcomed to the pack by Jenny and other volunteers. It's been a great warm welcoming and it's been a blessing to be a part of a rescue that strives to be THE BEST!!! I cannot imagine what it is like to see first-hand how injured these dogs are when they're first rescued. Whether it be physically or emotionally I have no doubt it can take a toll on a person to see them hurt. However, Jenny continues to push forward and do what is best for these loving animals. She does not stop because she has a headache or upset stomach, this lady crazily pushes further/harder. Through her videos/photos we're able to a part of their journey even though some of us are miles away.

This is taken from the American Kennel Club website regarding the GSD:

"...this dependable breed is more than its 9-to-5 job"........"The breed is approachable, direct and fearless, with a strong, muscular body."


I believe those words also represent Jenny :)

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Jenny Cope while rescuing for another group. I have since come to know her and have helped in the past with adoption events. She has a huge heart for GSDs. She also expanded that heart to include several mixes. She goes above and beyond to help the dogs no one else will help. She will rescue dogs that have horrible medical conditions and give it her all and then some to try and save them. Some times the only thing she can provide them with is love and compassion as she holds them as they cross over the bridge. She will search out specialists for rare conditions. She works tirelessly in her efforts to save these dogs from kill shelters. She has worked her magic on so many dogs and continues to do so. Unlike many rescues it is mostly just Jenny. She has more energy and compassion then several people combined. I am not sure how she manages but she continues to amaze. In a perfect world she would have unlimited help and finances. But she fights on and on to do the best for these precious babies.

3 Stacy47

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jenny goes above and beyond for the love of these dogs. She takes the dogs that someone else would look at and say are hopeless. Injured, sick, abused, neglected, it doesn't matter. Jenny somehow makes them whole again. I'm so very proud to be a small part of this rescue - for me it is a privilege to help in giving these dogs a second chance. THANK YOU Jenny for all you do. Those little beating hearts in GSD bodies are forever grateful!

3 Teal Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Two years ago I made a donation to honor the loss of my sister-in-law's GSD, Marie, to GaDaH-San Antonio. The donation was to help a young male who had been hit by a car, his pelvis shattered, and left for dead. This organization and it's tenacious founder, Jenny Cope saved this dog's life and made sure he and another of her rescues had the life they deserved in a fantastic home. I have witnessed Jenny nursing distemper ,every type of fracture, joint issue,skin disorder, and neurological disease one can name in veterinary science over and over again. She literally takes the dogs no-one else will; over and over again. Even if a dog is healthy enough when it comes to GaDaH-SA, he is heartbroken when he come to Jenny, as no Shepherd can imagine its family giving him to a shelter. Jenny Cope provides the love, care and " find that forever home "commitment to their well-being; which every dog wants and no German Shepherd Dog can live without. Jenny has assembled a valuable team of equally passionate and capable volunteers and together they are of immeasurable value to the German Shepherd Dog and those who love them. This organization not only saves dogs: it lifts us all up as human beings we should all strive to be.

5 Todd28

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I adopted two rescue dogs from jenny cope give a dog a home .Jenny runs a top notch GSD rescue. She is a very dedicated , hard working , professional and above all, LOVING GSD rescuer .Her dedication to this cause is amazing, and ultimately her life's cause.We are very impressed with MS Cope and her GSD home for lost souls looking for their forever home.