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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: German Shepherd Safe Haven, Inc. is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Public Charity dedicated to finding loving forever homes for abandoned German Shepherds. Our main goal is to rescue, train, rehabilitate, and re-home German Shepherds from shelter environments and from owner surrenders. Our secondary goal is to provide education to the public on the temperament, personality, and life span of the breed, as well as the importance for owners to spay and neuter their dogs. We believe that matching each dog’s temperament and personality to a family’s needs is fundamental to creating life-long relationships where the dog is not just a dog, but a valued member of the family.

Programs: 2011 was our first full year of service. We adopted out 21 german shepherds. Other animals were pulled from shelters in southern california and placed in foster homes until they will be adopted.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 1

Hi! My name is Shane. or should I say, was Shane. I am a 3 year old german shepherd. Who better to write a review of this rescue! I may be young, but I have been through a lot in my short life. I was adopted last May and I thought that I had found my "forever home".I had a new mom and she and I bonded quickly. We went on fun trail walks, made lots of friends, and had lots of hugs and love and belly rubs. Life was good for both of us. But five months later,the day came for us to say goodbye and for me to go back to the rescue. My mom assured me that it was not my fault, but the fault of the rescue. You see, my former foster dad wouldn't let us be. We were just fine on our own and didn't need his interference. The only way my mom could extricate herself from his hostile manner was to surrender me back to the rescue. How truly heartbreaking for both of us! The best interest of the dog? Really? It's not easy being passed around and renamed. I know my mom wrote to their board outlining her experiences in an attempt to reclaim me, but they never had the courtesy to reply. So, we both lost in the end! Not only is this rescue not acting in the best interest of the dog, there seems to be no regard for the person on the other end of the leash! I would rate this organization a minus five stars.

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gofetch 12/31/2015

I did not know Seth (Shane) the dog could write a review.



Rating: 5

I'd spent the majority of my adult life doing Collie Rescue. I had my own rescue for several years before eventually merging it into an all-So. CA inclusive Collie Rescue and becoming a member of their board of directors. I finally retired from rescue in 2008, ready to enjoy life, feeling I'd done my fair share of animal rescuing. A few years later I became aware of GSSH and met Tom Williamson. I was so impressed with the organization and the way it was run, I called Tom and offered our services to do "emergency, short-term fostering". Needless to say, before we knew it, we were much more involved than we'd ever planned and found ourselves adopting Wrangler, an absolutely fantastic, approximately 7 month-old, male Shepherd. Wrangler went through training and is now a certified service dog. This was not what we'd planned for our retirement years, but fate intervened and Tom and GSSH worked their magic. After all my years in rescue, it's not difficult to determine the good rescues from the bad and even easier to recognize those that are absolutely terrific. German Shepherd Safe Haven is absolutely terrific! They take the time to work with their rescued dogs, find the perfect adoption matches and follow up after adoptions are finalized. They've earned and deserve every 5-star review they receive.