Struck by a truck in April 2015, a 9 month old German shepherd dragged himself over a mile before collapsing in a field. A good samaritan discovered him and rushed him to the vet, GSROC (German shepherd rescue of OC/association of German shepherd rescuers) learned his pelvis was fractured in 2 places and his tail broken, he had a deep, long wound to the inner thigh and a degloved scrotum, it was suspected he had been impaled on the truck's bumper..GSROC took over fighting for him as the team of vets gave him round the clock medical care...despite his horrific injuries he is friendly, trusting and doing well within his new adoptive family and will celebrate his 2nd birthday on July 11, 2016. This group has the finest animal loving and caring volunteers -you couldn't ask for more professionalism and compassion.
I’ve volunteered with GSROC since adopting my first [amazing!] dog from them. Since then, I’ve fostered two puppies, both of whom became foster failures. The dedication of their volunteers is astounding and inspiring. These good people give up their weekends to bring dogs to adoption events, even when it means spending many hours in blistering heat. Or rain. Or cold. They’re willing to drive to distant shelters to save dogs who will otherwise perish. Many of the dogs they take in are the ones in greatest need - the ones who require expensive medical treatment and the ones who will take extra time, patience, and love to recover from their sad, often horrific, pasts. GSROC never gives up on anyone. For dogs lucky enough to end up in this safe haven, bright futures lay ahead.
I became a volunteer for this organization after I adopted my first German shepherd from them. He had been in a boarding kennel located a great distance from my home. Someone had driven all that way to bring him to an adoption event in Orange County because he had a chance at finding a home that day. I was so impressed and deeply moved by these people’s passion and dedication.
Our volunteers have saved terrorized dogs dodging cars on freeways, regularly pull dogs slated for euthanasia at our many overcrowded shelters here in Southern California, and take in dogs who simply have nowhere else to go. We find homes for approximately 400 dogs per year.
Running a large and multi-faceted rescue requires more than just passion and dedication. It also requires organization, professionalism and efficiency. We have that in our director, Maria Dales. A former business executive, she sets very high standards in every aspect of the rescue.
Our animals receive good medical care, training, and whatever else is necessary to ready them for adoption. GSROC maintains rigorous standards for potential adopters, and we work very hard to make good matches between our dogs and adopters to ensure permanent placements. Fundraising to make all of this possible is never ending, and the number, variety and originality of our fundraisers is very impressive.
GSROC is the probably the best run and most successful rescue in our state, and quite possibly, the nation.
So this may be a biased review. I have fostered for this rescue for just over a year now. We have fostered close to 40 puppies in that time. These pups have all had the best of care and placed in the best homes. We have never wanted for anything for these babies. This is a fantastic rescue organization. We have also had the pleasure of keeping in touch with many of the forever families. These pups have been placed in the best homes and that is due to the diligence of this organization.
I am also a "foster failure" twice over. Two of the pups we fostered decided that our home would be their forever home. So I have had the experience on both sides of this organization. It has been and continues to be a great pleasure.
Great organization. GSROC is like a big family that works 24/7 to ensure the safety of many animals in need and giving new a new chance in life. Its amazing to witness how dedication, love and effort transform these animals from shy unwanted to beautiful, proud and amazing pets. All the dogs are carefully assessed and the potentials families are evaluated to ensure both dog-family are a good fit. This is one of the most professional and dedicated organizations I have had the opportunity to volunteer.
Tireless, dedicated and selfless are only three of the words that describe this incredible organization. To see a group of people work so closely together to achieve one goal, saving as many dogs as possible, is inspiring. I have both volunteered and adopted from GSROC and I can honestly say this is an incredible team of people. The dogs that come into the arms of GSROC are fortunate indeed as they will receive the best fosters, medical attention and lots of love and care.
I have been a volunteer for this group, more commonly known as German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County (GSROC), since 2005. I had never intended to become a volunteer for them. We just sought them out to adopt a dog. We were in search of a German Shepherd and at a humane society event we met a lady who had a wonderful GSD and she told us that she adopted through GSROC. I had never even heard of rescues before. Our experience with working with GSROC volunteers was so wonderful we started donating money on a regular basis to help dogs needing special vet assistance. After a few months of "just" being a donor I made the leap to being a volunteer. The dedication, hard work, and compassion displayed by all the volunteers is contagious. After just few months of volunteering all I could think was, "How can I not be a volunteer for this group?" They are amazing. I am constantly wowed by each volunteers commitment. The make you want to work even harder! And they do it for one reason and one reason only, to help dogs in need of loving and forever homes. They are all so inspiring!
I have been volunteering with this organization for almost 10 years now, and have adopted three dogs from them as well. I have seen all facets of the rescue world during this time, from rescuing dogs from the shelters, to accepting owner surrenders from families that can no longer keep their pets, to taking rescued animals to vets when they need medical attention, to walking the dogs to get them fresh air, as well as conducting home visits to ensure that our dogs are going to go into a safe and loving environment after all we went through to make sure they are safe! There is no better reward then when these dogs finally get a forever home. None of this would be possible without the constant work behind the scenes, and the leadership provided in this organization. Time and time again I see our volunteers drop everything in their own lives to get these dogs safe, or rally together to raise funds for a dog that needs medical attention. There are a lot of rescues out there, but the Association of German Shepherd Rescuers, AKA German Shepherd Rescue of OC is tried and true. It is an inspiration, and I expect I will be volunteering with this organization until I am no longer able.
Being a volunteer for this organization is a very rewarding experience. One time I went to pick up a dog at a shelter, but when I got there, they told me he was not adoptable because he was sick ; they did not know I was from the rescue. I called my contact and she called them and they released the dog to me, and I immediately took him to one of their wonderful vets. The shelter was going to put this little puppy down, but because I was there his life was saved. He has grown up to be the most beautiful and loved dog.
My family is proud to volunteer with such an incredible group of people who go above and beyond saving the lives of animals.
I am writing about this group as both volunteer writer and donor. Although I live in Canada and this group is based in Orange county, I have written on-line articles for them about their rescue dogs and helped produce pamphlets as well. I think that says enough in itself that someone such as myself from outside the country would invest time and effort as a volunteer . I have done so because I am so incredibly impressed with their professionalism, commitment, follow-through and caring about each dog that they rescue. I frankly can not find a group of similar quality to compare them to.
I have written for this group and been able to know first hand their incredible rescue successes for roughly three years. This rescue exceeds all my expectations for its organization, dedication, compassion, and consistency. I am amazed at this group of people who really care and work hard together every week-end year round to orchestrate adoption events. Even on Christmas Day, they managed to rescue a sick dog!! Remarkably, this past year they have found great adoptive homes for over 400 German Shepherd dogs, including those that were sick, abused, and neglected as well as handicapped or senior dogs.
I adopted a dog from this organization several years ago and was so impressed and happy with my experience that I soon became a volunteer. They really do right by the dogs they bring in to the rescue., they get veterinary care, heathy food and volunteers get the dogs out for walks several days a week. They carefully place each dog in a home where it will become a member of the family. They rescue senior animals as well as puppies. The dogs go to obedience classes with a volunteer and every weekend dogs are brought out to a meet and greet at a local pet store. A group that really strives to carry out its mission of helping animals in need.
P.S. just adopted my 2nd dog from them a few months ago!
I adopted a dog from German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County in 2009. I had such a good experience that I became a volunteer in 2010. First, I was a recipient of the dedication and commitment that this organization demonstrates every day with every dog and every adoption. Now I help carry out these same values. GSROC is a wonderful place to adopt the right dog AND has been such a rewarding place for me to invest my time.
I am both a donor and volunteer with this group. I have been in the rescue world for 25 years in many other groups, and have yet to find one that measures up to this one. This group goes into some of the worst shelters in Southern California and takes out not just the young dogs, but the injured, the sick and the old ones - the ones that many other rescue groups pass by because of the cost of caring for some of these dogs. This group does not. They are rescued, rehabilitated and placed in loving homes. No dog is ever placed in a home that has not been thoroughly checked out and visited by one of the many experienced volunteers. I am proud to be a member of this "pack" of volunteers who give their hearts and devotion to this group and to every dog that is rescued.
A wonderful group of volunteers, who's dedication to a good cause is amazing. I have been with the rescue group for 8 years and still amazed of the hard work and dedication of its members! It is a pleasure working with people who are giving and always willing to help and share. People who are inspiring and uplifting. Our cause is important and essential. On top of being surrounded by special, positive people, belonging to this group is fun and rewarding :)
I am an adopter, volunteer and board member. I adopted my first dog from German Shepherd Rescue Of Orange County when they were first created and have adopted many more since then. I became a volunteer after I had adopted a couple dogs and realized what a quality group this is. I am proud of the work they do and to be a part of it.
I am both a volunteer and a client served, which I think has given me an even better understanding of how this amazing group of people work together for the good of the dogs in their care. I had been a volunteer with GSROC for 10 years before I actually adopted two dogs as pets for myself. I have witnessed genuine concern for both the dogs and the potential adopters, a desire to educate that surpasses any organization I've served with, and an unyielding commitment to the successful placement of all dogs in the program. This no-kill, all-volunteer rescue struggles for funds like all charities, but we are able to accomplish miracles every day through the generous support of our partners and friends.
My husband and I were first introduced to Association of German Shepherd Rescuers, Inc. in the summer of 2011 when we were looking to add a 2nd dog to our family. All the volunteers we interacted with were wonderful. You could tell that they all truly cared about the dogs they were trying to find homes for and the future dogs that they could help. Each person took the time to help us find the right match as well as provide us wtih as much information about the breed, specific dogs and resources that were available to us. They kept in touch with us as well in the weeks and months after the adoption to check in and provide support. It was because of these interactions that I have decided to volunteer with this organization and help care for the dogs that are looking for their forever families and homes. This is truly an organization with a lot of heart!
I adopted 2 dogs from GSROC and was so impressed with their caring, responsible organization that I decided I wanted to be a part of it. Working as a volunteer gives me the opportunity to make a difference not only in the dogs' lives, but also to work with the wonderful people who open their hearts and homes to give these animals another chance at a happy life. For whatever I have given as a volunteer, I have been given back a hundred times!
German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County is a wonderful organization! It is run solely by volunteers and donations, and the group does such a great job rescuing last-chance dogs, providing for their physical and mental health needs, and getting them into great homes. They truly care about the dogs, and are very careful to have the right match between dog and prospective adopter. I feel they are the best place to adopt a German Shepherd in southern California.
I've been volunteering with the German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County for less than a year. In this short time, I've seen SO many dogs go to wonderful homes. Some, even after careful screening, weren't the magic fit we hoped they would be. This rescue follows up and makes sure EVERYONE is happy with the matches they facilitate. If a match isn't right, they keep trying until they find the right one. And the hard to home dogs aren't given up on. We keep working with them until we break through all of the neglect and abuse from their past.