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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

98 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!!!

2

Donor

Rating: 4

I discovered Give A Dog a Home on Facebook. Jenny, the founder, is doing a terrific job of rescuing, getting dogs healthy & socialized, & finding forever homes. My husband & I have helped with transports as well as donations. This rescue deserves funding & any help it can get.

1 Donna137

Donor

Rating: 5

I stumbled across GADAH earlier this year. As a life long GSD owner, (I have loved many) I was completely awestruck by Jenny's devotion to the breed. She is completely selfless in her efforts to pull dogs literally at death's door at shelters, to rescue, vet and rehab dogs that others would deem too expensive to take on and to love, feed, home and care for these dogs until proper homes can be found. She is one in a million. People want to help, but rarely go to the extremes that Jenny does. I have limited funds at my household, but I donate whenever I can. I know that every little bit helps. If someone is looking for a GSD to rescue, please go to her website and fill out an application. She has many wonderful dogs looking for families to love and to be loved by.

1 Cindy113

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have personally picked up and temporarily fostered a pup from the Irving shelter, Jesse, for this rescue. And am an avid follower of this rescue on face book. Love the pictures, videos, stories, and following along with these pups journeys.
Jenny is simply amazing! I am in awe of this lady's commitment, love, and drive for this majestic breed. She has saved so many wonderful GSD's and mixes from shelters all over Texas that would have otherwise been euthanized. She is candid, blunt, and is a no nonsense type of lady. I like that about her.
She takes on all kinds of urgent care pups, ensuring they are well taken care of, and have every chance at a normal, healthy, life. And not just the cute cuddly babies some rescues tend to only care about for a quick turn over, although she has some of those too. And she does most of it, all on her own! She gives everything she has, each and every day to keeping these pups healthy, safe, and loved.
She is truly an inspiration, and any pup in her care is very lucky! You can't ask for a more socialized, and well rounded pup then the ones Jenny has. She always has about 40 pups, of all ages and various medical needs, that she cares for every day, from sun up to sun down. Yes, she is very picky about the homes and people her charges are adopted to, ensuring they understand the breed, and that every pup gets the best possible home. And that is exactly as it should be!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I adopted a 4 month old puppy from Jenny. He is absolutely one of the best dogs that I have ever had. Without Jenny and everything that she does our puppy Kaiser probably would have been put down. Especially since his previous owners gave him up because he bit them. Before we adopted Kaiser we had been following Jenny at Give a Dog a Home for about a year. We had previously adopted a GSD from another rescue the year before and we were looking to adopt another GSD. Every time we met Jenny she was nothing but kind and very helpful. She completely understood that we were looking to adopt another dog, but at that specific time we weren't ready due to still having a little over a year left in our apartment. She was never pushy and we never got any guilt trips from her. As soon as she got Kaiser we knew he was the dog for us and the timing was just perfect. I contacted her and got a response within a reasonable time frame especially with her being a student. She told me everything I needed to fill and get to her. We filled out and got all the paperwork into her. Within 2 weeks we were having our meet and greet. Jenny is absolutely wonderful!!! We are very pleased with our whole experience with Give a Dog a Home, German Shepherd Dog Rescue

Allison37

Donor

Rating: 4

I stumbled upon this organization by accident while surfing Facebook. I have always done volunteer work on my spare time, and now with some changes in my life I have more spare time and means to donate to worthy causes. Though Jenny is sometimes a little scattered or frustrated her efforts day and night to these animals is impeccable. I know that my donations go directly to the animals, and I have enjoyed seeing the successful placement of so many fur-babies.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jenny is wonderful at what she does I go down to help much as I can. The dogs help me to keep going I have PTSD and the give a dog a home has made my life so much better I am so greatfull to Jenny and give a dog home for being my life saver.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jenny Cope goes above and beyond, caring for dogs that would otherwise be PTS. She expertly nurses them back to health and gives them all the love and care one person can. She works so hard to save these precious souls! And she diligently makes sure they go to good homes.

Maggie Arnold

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This Rescue goes over and beyond to save the dogs. They practice professionally with patience and determination to do what it takes to get through paperwork, roadblocks and setbacks while the whole time thinking about the animals. Its truly a rescue that is dedicated and focused on saving lives.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I really do not know how one woman can do as much as Jenny does by herself. She has saved dozens of dogs with her own heart, strength, home and some help from friends. I have never personally met Jenny, but I have donated to the rescue many times and helped transport dogs for the rescue. If you donate to GADAH, you will be able to see exactly where your money is going and follow these dogs on their journeys. I completely support GADAH and Jenny.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my Service Dog Jena from GaDaH and I am glad that she had been saved so that I could adopt her. I am glad that GaDaH is there to save these animals and provide them with another chance. Any time I run into someone looking for an adoptable GSD I point them to her site.

1 Jan_42

Donor

Rating: 5

Jenny at Give a Dog a Home is amazing. She gives many dogs a second chance. Ones that no one else steps up for. She gets them the care they need, provides love, shelter and a stable pack. When she adopts the pups out, she makes sure the pups and new family are well suited and does not hesitate to take a pup back "home" should the fit not be perfect. If I could, I would volunteer. She does so much with so little in the area of volunteers. I donate when I can and urge others to support her and Give a Dog a Home. You will be hard pressed to find anyone else with the compassion that Jenny has. She puts her heart and soul into the pups and it shows.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found out about Give a Dog a Home GSD rescue by searching online and eventually 'liked' and followed their Facebook page. My husband and I were looking to possibly adopt a rescued German Shepherd and not long after following the facebook page, we found our new GSD family member! Not only does Jenny work tirelessly to rescue and care for all of these beautiful animals, she also spends time to make sure that each dog is placed in a good home.

2 Heather131

Donor

Rating: 5

I love that Give a Dog a Home GSD Rescue goes above and beyond helping the sick and injured dogs that many other rescue turn their back one. They have repeatedly pulled dogs from the DFW metroplex that have needed amputations and extensive vetting and rehabilitation. I will continue to support this rescue and all of their efforts to rescue the underdog. Thank you to Jenny and GaDaH

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had followed this rescue for about a year and half, and then one day I decided that I needed to do more to help them out. I contacted Jenny and have helped organize transport runs, answering facebook questions for rescue followers and potential adopters, and assisted with emails to get pledge sponsorships honored. I have also transported a few dogs and some dog food for Jenny and the pack. My first transport was a sweet boy, Jesse, who has since been accepted into the Shepherds for Lost Sheep service dog training program. He will become a service dog for a soldier with PTSD. Jesse is not the first of the rescue pack to be trained for this role, and he will not be the last either. The second transport I completed was for Harley. He is a dutch shepherd that was hit, run over, and dragged by a 4 wheeler. GaDaH stepped up and put a rescue tag on him at the shelter to save his life and get him the treatment that he needed. Harley had major injuries and ended up with surgery to repair his broken upper and lower jaws, another plate to repair a broken facial bone, and a plate to repair his broken pelvis. Many pet owners, nonetheless a rescue, would not pay the over $4500 to fix this sweet boy, but Jenny and Give a Dog a Home, German Shepherd Dog Rescue did. She takes in many "hopeless", sick and injured dogs and provides them with the medical care, love, and life that they so deserve no matter the cost to her financially or personally. This rescue does not give up on a difficult case and will exhaust every option for care and treatment to get a dog happy and healthy. I cannot say enough good things about this rescue and hope that you will find it in your heart to check them out and help out however you are able!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met Jenny years ago when I wanted to adopt a GSD. She checks out families and gives advice whether a GSD would be a good match for the household. At that time her assessment was right. I am full time military and would not be able to exercise the dog enough for the breed. I appreciated her frnakness

Jenny is a fantastic and caring person. She is willing to give all her time to her GSD's without regard to her well being. The dogs always comes first and she is committed to giving time to saving more GSD's even if she has too many rescues. There is always a place for a GSD in her pack . Jenny has also saved other breeds so they could live.

Being stationed in Afghanistan, I have had email chats with Jenny about a GSD as a service dog for PTSD. She has been so helpful in her answers. I plan on getting touch with her when I am home again.

1 Heather117

Client Served

Rating: 5

We receive GSD from Jenny's Give a Dog a Home - GSD Rescue all the time for use in our program. We train GSD for the Shepherds for Lost Sheep, Inc. The dogs we have received from GaDaH have been phenomenal. There are many veterans that have been given their life back because of Jenny and her dogs.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a GSD owner and live in the Dallas area.Im always helping friends find GSD or adoptable dogs in shelters. I just love the dogs that this rescue has saved and try and promote them to the public.Thank you all for what you do love watching the videos of the dogs , they all look so happy and healthy despite being in a rescue.

3 Jodi15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jenny came to me while doing some behind the scenes research on German Shepherds in San Antonio. The rescue, Give A Dog A home came up when I typed in German shepherd in San Antonio. I was beyond thrilled. I had learned that she had been in rescue for about 6 months to a year I believe it was. I then showed my husband and it was following her that gave us the courage to check into adopting. After going to help where we could at events, we became thrilled to do whatever we could to help her save the dogs she needed us for. First was a transport from Austin. Then one from Houston. Wherever she needed us we would try to be there. Now, I feel like the rescue is our family. Every time Jenny asks We look at our schedule and if we have the slightest chance of opening it we do just for her. Jenny brought us to find our little girl Akasha. One adoption event after another this gorgeous tan pup kept stealing my husbands heart. Constantly pulling at him saying take me take me. Finally, at the dog show, he fell into her plea and as always he couldn't say no. Neither could I. The moment between them has never stopped and its the best thing seeing both of them together. All because Jenny didn't give up and saved Akasha were we able to add her into our home and hearts. The work Jenny does, the time she spends, and the life she bears is remarkable. This rescue is not only the best I have ever seen, but the best I have worked with. Now, fostering Frodo and bringing him into the family life with us and getting him out of his scared shell has added to the experience of how fantastic, amazing, and exceptional Jenny and Give a Dog a Home is. Without her, the world of uncertainty for almost all the hard case pups would be unbearable. Every pup has its story, and Jenny, no matter how bad the situation, seems to make that story come alive into a fairy tale of happiness. Every dog she has saved has gone through something. Some were told to die because they were just that sick. Others were just abandoned. All were pulled from DEATHROW. And all have been given a new life and a new hope! Thank you Jenny for getting the second and third opinions, for giving second chances, and most of all for keeping this magnificent breed alive. You are the most admirable person with the most admirable rescue. Thank you!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege of working with the rescue by pulling dogs from area shelters and providing temporary foster care until transportation can be arranged from the DFW area. Jenny works tirelessly in the efforts of providing a 2nd chance for these wonderful animals some of whom have been injured or were sick. She has a heart as big as Texas and works extremely hard to find forever homes for the dogs that come through her rescue.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first came into contact with Jenny when I was looking to adopt/rescue a senior GSD. I had a female GSD for 13 yrs. and know and understand what the seniors are all about. After my experience with my Dutchess, and knowing how so many do not want to deal with older dogs, I decided that I wanted to help the older pupdogs in their later years.
Come to find out, Jenny did not really have the opportunity to deal with the older dogs; but, ... she did take in all the GSDs that others seemed to turn their back on. Mattered not how dire the pupdog's situation was/is, she would take that dog and do everything in her power to make that dog "whole" again, or as whole as the pupdog could possibly be ... then the daunting task of trying to find homes for these pupdogs.
At this same time, I had recently retired and was doing volunteer rescue pupdog transports. My first transport I committed to was taking a pupdog all the way to Utah. A transport from TX to Utah would require a whole lot of different people pitching in, ordinarily. Me, being the person that I am, love driving, love being on the road, thought a trip to Utah would be most awesome. So I took probably 90% of the legs myself, accompanied by my darlin' daughter.
So after this initial transport, I starting looking to see where else I could help out. (Aside from the GSD, I also have a love for the pit bulls and Akitas).
I ended up doing a transport for Jenny Cope and GiveaDogaHome helping get a dog from the DFW area to San Antonio. After I researched, I found that I had already contacted her about the possibility of adopting a senior.
The hubby and I did the transport, met her at her vet's office, as she was picking up a couple of her pack that had received treatment, one of them being an amputee. We dropped off the momma GSD and her pups and visited with her a bit, and the tripawd ... the rest is history.
This woman sacrifices her own personal life to give life to unwanted GSDs. She had a most beautiful home (with restrictions on dogs) and chose to move to the semi-boonies and live in a "wizard-of-oz" falling down around her, type of home so that she could save more GSDs.
We ended up adopting 2 of her pupdogs to add to our pack, we go and help her with building and repairs, and patching, whatever we can help with.
Jenny is amazing!!! Her love for the GSD is not to be rivaled.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Give a Dog a Home is a wonderful rescue, run by a totally devoted rescuer.