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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: Vegas Shepherd Rescue’s mission is to provide lost, unwanted and homeless German Shepherds a safe and loving environment while they rest and recuperate with needed medical treatments and/or training while being rehabilitated to the point where they can be placed in forever homes.

Results: As of December 31, 2015, VSR has saved 356 dogs since our inception in 2012. Most if not all of them would have been killed had we not stepped up to save them.

Target demographics: We will not settle for mediocrity – not in our members, volunteers, facility or adopters. Our commitment to the highest quality of care for our dogs will not waiver. We will continue to educate and inform the general public and our followers with information to support the breed. Our love and passion for German Shepherd dog drives us to do what is best for our dogs. To treat each dog as if it were a member of our family and act in their best interest.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 356 GSDs were saved year to date since our inception in 2012. Most if not all would be have been killed had VSR not stepped up.

Geographic areas served: Vegas Shepherd Rescue’s mission is to provide lost, unwanted and homeless German Shepherds a safe and loving environment while they rest and recuperate with needed medical treatments and/or training while being rehabilitated to the point where they can be placed in forever homes.

Programs: VSR is dedicated to finding the positive in every negative situation that is thrust upon us. We build on those positives through hard work, compassion and a desire to stay optimistic, even in the tough times. We will focus on the tasks at hand. Our goal is to answer the question, “What can I do today to make a difference and help this dog?”.

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Fleur A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Vegas Shepherd Rescue is an amazing organization - clearly all the volunteers are dedicated to these pups!! My husband & I adopted Blitzen now named Zeke. He was one of the 5 reindeer puppies that needed a forever home!! We already had Roxy a white female german shepherd (4 1/2 years). She now has a BFF - thank you VSR!!
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Client Served

Rating: 5

Initially we had a home visit to make sure that our home and family would be a good fit to adopt a German Shepherd. We adopted a 4 1/2 years old German Shepherd. We met our dog one week ago today at a park with the entire family, including our little dog, Chopper. The rescue volunteers helped us transition by easing into the process with the entire family. After it seemed to be working out with all of our family members they transported our potential new family member to our house. Explicit directions were given to us to help with a smooth transition and to ensure that our new family member felt safe. They stayed until it felt like everything was calm for our new German Shepherd! Every day our German Shepherd is feeling more and more safe and secure. She was surrendered by her family of 4 1/2 years and she is needing a lot of attention to feel like she belongs. I know she is realizing that she has a new forever home.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the first time we have dealt with a rescue. I will say, all the people that volunteer their time are amazing. They are passionate about helping these loving dogs and I find it so heartwarming. They were helpful through the whole process and gave us recommendations and tips. When we met with the pup we knew he was meant for us. He was picked up by animal control and placed on the kill list bc he was shy/skiddish. It's crazy to think bc all he needed was reassurance and to know he is safe. He is such a good boy and I'm glad we adopted our fur-baby with VSR. They truly rescue those in need and help complete the lives of others.

bearlybrave

Client Served

Rating: 5

When our shepherd, Molly, passed away, our malamute, Chewy, was really lonely. I had been checking on shepherds at VSR for sometime when I saw Hobi, now Harper, and I fell head-over-heal for this sweet little girl. She and Chewy became the best of friends. When Chewy died, Harper was heartbroken and so back to VSR we went and evidentially came home with Seiko. We love both of these two amazing dogs. And we love VSR for trusting us with their beloved rescues.

And just one final note, rescues are not throwaways. Both of our dogs are dog blood donors, and we couldn't be prouder of that fact.

VSR has given us a precious gift which can't be measured.

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10

Client Served

Rating: 5

We lost our German Shepherd in July and our other dog was really missing her. However, she was also very picky. She has responded well to Harper (Hobi/Indy) and seems to sense that it will take time for Harper to feel truly at ease. She is already making herself at home as the picture shows.

When we meet with the folks at VSR, we were impressed with their process and how much they love what they do and how much they love the dogs.

Thank you VSR so much for giving us Harper.

2 Anthony P.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

After having adopted our Shepherd, Kona, just over a year ago, we have been involved with and follow, Vegas Shepherd Rescue. The commitment of the staff and volunteers is unsurpassed! Their team has inspired us to help and donate when possible!

It is because of VSR that hundreds of German Shepherds have been adopted. And in many cases these beautiful animals may have been euthanized! However, because of VSR they now live wonderful lives with families that will provide them a lifetime of comfort and companionship!

German Shepherds are a very particular breed. And, they are not the right pet for many families! The families do not realize the effort necessary to properly train and treat a German Shepherd. And when these dogs grow from cute puppies to adult animals, the amount of time, attention and exercise and training can be too much for families without German Shepherd experience. And subsequently, they are discarded or surrendered to shelters or the Humane Society.

The leadership team of VSR understands these needs. And with their years of experience with Germans they understand the needs of these dogs! They do not just randomly assign a dog for adoption, but they do their due diligence in selecting the right fit for the dog and family! The process begins with a pre-adoption application, followed up by a home visit. And they have a network of volunteers that check veterinarian records of current pets in the households of potential adopters! This is to ensure that the dog will be in a safe, pet friendly, environment for years to come!

While I can continue to elaborate on the reasons that VSR deserves "Great Nonprofit" status, their track record and reputation can speak for itself! By awarding the Great Nonprofit" status to Vegas Shepherd Rescue could save more live's of these beautiful animals by increasing the public awareness of the organization and perhaps look to adopt a German Shepherd!

Please feel free to contact us at anytime if you need any more information!

Thank you for your consideration!

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

Great organization - but not an easy experience. They are trying very hard to place their dogs in a good "forever" home. Not everyone will qualify. I have had my GSD just a week, but of course she has wiggled and "pawed" her way into my heart. She came to me as Gabi, but now she is "PAWS" for pretty paws. She has white feet, and she will give you her paws, no matter what. In my opinion this breed is the best and they should have the best homes. Kudos to Vegas Shepherd Resuce.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have now had my rescued German shepherd for 3 months and I could not be happier with him. I started thinking about adopting a shepherd when my pit mix started showing signs of old age and slowing down. After speaking with my vet tech, she turned me onto Vegas Shepherd Rescue and I am so glad she did. After turning in my application and got everything squared away, I met Kohl after he had been back with the rescue for a week. I fell in love him as soon as I saw him but I knew it was up to my pit mix, Butch, to make the decision. The decision was made when Butch went into the play crouch after meeting Kohl. Three months later, Butch and Kohl are an amazing pair and act like they have been brothers for years.
I could not be more happier with Kohl. The staff at VSR were nothing but helpful and wonderful to work with. Kohl still has some work to do to finish healing but he has been nothing but wonderful. Thank you for bringing this fur baby into my life VSR, you guys do amazing work!!

2 Megan D.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Where to begin, about two years ago, I had been weighing the decision to adopt and bring another dog into my family's life. I came across Vegas Shepherd Rescue, being a Shepherd owner before, and having Shepherd knowledge, there was no question about it. Well, when I reached out, the experience I had with this organization moved me in such a positive way, that I decided I needed, and wanted, to do more.
Fast forward 2 years later, I've been with this rescue, volunteering and making memories that will last a lifetime. I have made family here, and no words could ever BEGIN to describe the amount of love, hard work, and dedication this organization gives to these brilliant animals.
They go above and beyond what is ever expected of them, just to make sure these animals are given the utmost care, love, and potential to find their forever families.
To have the opportunity to be a part of Vegas Shepherd Rescue, and witness these animals go from the worst possible scenarios in their innocent lives, to opening up, giving their love, trust and respect to us, is the most humbling.
Our mission statement is,
"Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world is changed forever."
From my experience, it's the other way around; These dogs come into our lives, and change OUR world.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

the management, volunteers, and veterinary care for my dog were top notch. communications were excellent, the meet and greet went so smoothly and my dog, Mitch, who had been abused in his former home, was treated with such kindness and understanding, he was able to open up to me and my dog immediately and has made huge strides in just 2 weeks. I will always adopt from VSR in the future and always recommend to anyone looking for a GSDog.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first met Odin when he came through my work, he was getting surgery for a broken femur. His name at the time was Casper. I shot my husband a text message with Odin and I cuddling in his cage, and told him how much I wanted him. Later he asked me how badly did I want that white German Shepherd puppy? I was ecstatic! I immediately contacted the shelter once I learned he was through the Vegas Shepherd Rescue. They responded very quickly and we were able to set up our first meeting shortly after. You can really tell they care about these kids with how in-depth the process is, which I highly appreciate. Many people don't understand what they are getting themselves into when they take on this breed, they help find true good homes for them. I met up with Odin's foster mom after the house walk through went well and I was able to take Odin home shortly after. They kept up on communication, took care of his vaccines and got him microchipped. As well as his neuter when he gets a bit older. I could not give any higher praise to these amazing people I wish there was an option to give more than 5 stars because everyone here is a rockstar!

Thank you so much for giving me such an amazing baby to add to my family! I will always appreciate it! He has a bit to go to finish healing but soon him and my other German Shepherd mix will be running together.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have rescued our second pup from Vegas Shepherd Rescue and I cannot rave enough about how kind these people are. Their hearts are so full of love, giving each rescue pup the best possible chance at a loving life in a loving home. This rescue works hard at what they do and I feel so lucky that our home was chosen for two of the dogs. Pictured is our most recent adoption, Margo. We are so excited VSR saved her and we get to share her journey in her forever home.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

VSR is not just an organization looking to find homes for dogs. But they are a very dedicated group that does their due diligence to match the right pet with the right home.

Shari, Elizabeth, Tammy, Lindsey and all of the volunteers have their designated role in the adoption process. It is apparent that each one of these folks are passionate about their love of German Shepherds and their well being!

We initiated our communication with VSR through their website where there is a detailed biography of each available pet. Including numerous photos, links the the VSR facebook page, testimonials, and stories.

Because we saw the love and attention their available doge were receiving, we filled out the mandatory adoption application! The questions were thorough and informative. Once completed, they sent Elizabeth (who is awesome) to our home for a home inspection. They wanted to confirm that the yard met their safety standards! Once approved, the rest is history!

I could continue to go on and on about VSR . However, I hope the following photos will represent our satisfaction with our decisions to utilize their services! And our love of our new family member! Meet Kona!

If you are looking for a forever friend, please reach out to the VSR team!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have followed the Vegas Shepherd Rescue for a couple years and knew when the time was right we wanted to adopt through their organization. Recently our family made the last minute decision to adopt. We filled out the application on a Thursday night, received a response Friday morning, completed our home visit Saturday, and our meet and greet on Sunday. The communication was excellent, the volunteers were all very nice and very passionate about the rescue, the overall process was very smooth. We are very glad to be tied to this organization and look forward to supporting them in the future in any way we can.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was so lucky to come across the Vegas Shepherd Rescue! I had lost my 14 year old furr-baby last June and my Rhodesian (Wade) and I have had a void in our lives since then. I was blessed with Sully who has brought so much happiness to our home. He is such a sweet boy and Wade just loves his little buddy. Thanks again to everyone who was involved in making this happen!!

Len_

Client Served

Rating: 1

Been in contact with the rescue since early November, got application submitted and the house visit performed, everything good to go, just needed to find the perfect new family member. The criteria we were looking for was 6 months to around a year old. During our wait the rescue cam across a litter of puppies and offered one to us. We were very interested, just had to wait till they were 8 weeks old before we could choose they one being welcomed into our family. Time finally came, I jumped through hoops to make it happen on their time schedule, met with them and picked the one that would be coming to our home and then they got a bit crazy.
The day after we picked I decided to email them and find out the timeline on when they are bringing the puppy by, that's when we found out they "observed" something that didn't make them happy and they suddenly believe a GSD was not a good fit for us. Our family was very crushed at this time, and would like to know what was observed. No comments, they would not call me, and Tammy the cofounder said I should find a backyard breeder who doesn't care about the health of their dogs. What kind of Rescue organization is this? If there are legitimate concerns, and they cared about the breed and people, they would voice their concerns.
A little bit about me. Grew up with this breed of dog, have had 4 of them in my life. I'm not a first time dog owner. I actually believed in Rescues prior to this, and now I can only hope people don't buy into their stupidity.
Attached is an email between me and the rescue, one of their vague replies of not saying much and a pic of my daughter the puppy we thought was becoming our new family member.
We were one of the first to pic, I have a feeling that someone later on wanted the pup we picked and offered a sizable donation at my families expense. I don't suggest anyone do business with them till Tammy and Genie and no longer involved with this rescue organization

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently adopted a dog from Vegas Shepherd Rescue and am so grateful for this organization. They bent over backwards to make sure Y'mir was the right dog for our home - I was able to take my dog over to the rescue house for visits and the volunteers also brought Y'mir to my home to make sure he was comfortable. They are professional, caring, and take such wonderful care of the dogs they rescue. Thank you so much for giving Yukon a best friend!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing organization. We adopted one of our babies (Lucy) from them and now they've become our favorite charity in Vegas. They've save over 400 shepherds and have the best staff in NV. We'll be with them forever..

4 Vincent8

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very pleased with ruckus who I adopted about three months ago. The experience was efficient and thoughtful to make sure he was going to a good home. I saw ruckus on the news on a Saturday morning and he was home with me the following Thursday, so even with the home inspection and interviews ect it was a fast, professional process.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I could not be happier with Leo now named Rommell. The process was great because instead of just giving a good dog away to anyone there was a house visit a questionaire and a very accurate description of what the dogs are like. And I could not be more happy with Leo now "Rommel" he is adgusting to my house and my moms house and is very happy heading out to the park. I hope more people adopt from German Shepherd rescue even older dogs that deserve homes. Because my last Shepherd who I got from German Shepherd rescue went to the rainbow bridge in Feb I just wanted a dog a little younger than I wanted because he will hopefully be around. And Rommel is all I could have asked for

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had just lost my Lab to old age and was NEVER going to get a dog again. I made it 3 weeks, lol. I decided to adopt from a rescue and after researching several in Las Vegas decided on Vegas Shepherd Rescue. I filled out my application and made an appointment for my home inspection. Once approved I went to meet their dogs. I met and fell in love with beautiful boy who luckily for me had been returned. It was important to them to make sure he had the right fit so that this didn't happen again. They are very adept to the mental and physical anguish that some of these dogs have been through and are very careful with who they place them with. They were there for any questions and concerns I had and always available for help and guidance when needed. Dexter has come so far and is a truly wonderful dog. A lot of love, training and understanding and these rescues make for wonderful companions. I can't say enough how thankful I am that they are doing what they do. I look forward to adding another one to our family soon and will definitely be going back to Vegas Shepherd Rescue when we do.