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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 500 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 100 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.

Community Stories

86 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 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!!!

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!!!

4

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.

1

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!!

2 Jeanne K.1

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.

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

3

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.

6

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.

2

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.