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!!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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!
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 ♥
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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! :)
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!!
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 :)
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.
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!
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.
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.
No words describe the dedication that Jenny Cope of Give A Dog A Home German Shepherd Rescue puts into helping German Shepherds in need. She helps/save Sheps, that others have given up on sometimes with only hours to spare before being killed!,She works to find kennel space, foster homes, frequently with experienced handlers to help the Sheps gain the skills they need to go on & live a fulfilling life with a new family, and she matches Sheps with forever homes through adoptions. Can't speak highly enough of Jenny(Give a Dog A home German Shepherd Rescue)Jenny clearly puts the welfare of the dogs in her care first at all times in a thoroughly professional and efficient manner - would recommend without hesitation to anyone.
Jenny goes above and beyond to save sick and injured german shepherds,the love and care she gives these babies that no one else was willing to give is above and beyond she puts them first before her own needs and does this all on her own in between her studying, this lady truely is Amazing and has a heart of Gold,you just have to look at the happy pictures of the dogs to tell they are being well looked after and given lots of love,Love that no other person wanted to give them and turned them around from being scared and abandoned to being loved and confident and ready for their adoptive homes,to me Jenny is A guardian Angel to all the German Shepherds out there as she does this all on her own and could really do with more people helping her out if anyone deserves an award for what they do Day In ,Day out Jenny does x
I met Jenny Cope approximately a year ago at a tribute to fallen Police Officers and Firefighters event in San Antonio, Texas. I have volunteered at her Rescue. I have transported dogs for her either to a vet or bringing a dog to her from a shelter. Jenny gives her heart and soul for dogs and for the German Shepherd Breed. People have dumped dogs on her that were not shepherds and she still took them in. She has taken dogs that were very broken and given them new life via surgery. Anyone who does any work at a Rescue knows that this is not an easy life, but Jenny keeps sticking with it, when some would have given up. I applaud Jenny, some day when life allows, I will foster dogs for her and maybe adopt one from her. If anyone adopts a dog from this rescue they will not regret it.
I do not know this lady personally, but feel like I do! She works mostly alone to save the breed I love...One amazing lady doing the best she can, and doing it very well..
as a volunteer in the UK for German Shepherd rescue..I applaud this lady for what she does
As someone who has worked with numerous rescue groups and volunteered at multiple shelters since 2001, I wanted to take a couple of minutes to write a review on Give a Dog a Home, German Shepherd Dog Rescue and commend it's founder, Jenny Cope, for her hard work and dedication. I have followed this rescue on Facebook and their website for the past couple of years, and though I have nothing bad to say about any of the rescue groups I have worked with, this one goes the extra mile. Jenny doesn't hesitate to rescue dogs that most other groups would not even consider trying to save. She pulls from kill shelters throughout Texas and arranges transportation to either the rescue itself or to whichever of the several vet's she utilizes best fits the dog's individual needs (she has several specialists that she calls in when they are needed, as well as a local vet). Whether it is a pregnant mama dog, a litter of pups with serious health issues or a dog that is suffering from severe injuries or skin conditions, GaDaH rescue is ready and willing to do whatever is needed to help them get ready to live a better life.
Because we live several hours from the rescue, we are unable to assist Jenny as much as we would like. We have helped with some transports and arranging transports on the internet, as well as making some phone calls and sharing available dogs via FB and emails. We hope in the future to be able to help out more and would encourage everyone else to do the same.
Please think of this rescue when you are looking for your next companion - there are always some great dogs at GaDaH GSD Rescue!
I'm sure things started out right, reading the prior reviews. But I'm sorry there are major issues with this rescue now. How can one person properly care for 80 animals many of them that are sick by herself. Read her facebook page, she is majorly stressed.
We adopted a GSD from this group almost two weeks ago. I was aware of the skin issues, but was not prepared for the severely malnourished animal brought to my house. How could I not take this poor sweet animal. I felt he would die if he went back to this rescue. I have pictures of when he was pulled from the pound and when I received him three months later. It was my impression and experience that dogs should get better in rescue, not get worse.
We were in a one week foster to adopt situation. Three days in we PayPal'ed the $300 adoption fee, big mistake on my part. No further contact with this rescue despite e-mails, facebook messages and phone calls. Montgomery County pound did shots, micro chip, possible neuter. The only thing this rescue organization did was almost let this animal starve to death.
I see this rescue organization "Give a Dog a Home GSD Rescue" as like a bad puppy mill. If you keep supporting them they will continue. To GADAH, rethink what you are doing, you are way in over your head!!!! I've had lots of experience with GSD's and rescue. This place is not what it seems.
My family and I personally benefited. We flew down from Boston, MA and adopted a beautiful German Shepard puppy. I cant tell you how much I am grateful that they saved her from being killed. She is so smart, I am training her for service dog work and search and rescue!
Give a Dog A Home is an organization that really helps dogs and uses the donations 100% for the dogs.
Not for self needs. They post so all can see were donations went. I donated $ and items and saw this for myself. It was awesome to see the dogs chew the bones I bought : )
I encourage you to support this wonderful organization!
GADAH is a truly remarkable rescue organization because of the direct impact that Jenny makes to save the pups who would not have half a fighting chance if not for her. Many rescue organizations have dozens, some have a couple hundred volunteers, from which they can ask for resources and get assistance. This rescue handles countless GSD pups with a limited, seemingly skeletal core group of people to help. For Jenny to have started this non-profit and continue to take in the GSD cases that she does is really inspiring. I live in Virginia and even though this rescue is in Devine, Texas, I watch it closely to see if I can help in some way. I follow several rescue organizations and can say that few have as much spirit as GADAH does. Everything that GADAH does is for the best of the pups. I hope GADAH can continue to do the amazing work that it has done already for many years to come.