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German Shepherd Safe Haven Inc

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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.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I fostered German Shepherds with German Shepherd Safe Haven for almost two years, until I was forced to stop due to relocating. What a satisfying experience it was working with such a quality organization! Tom, who runs the rescue, is totally committed to the cause of saving and finding homes for the German Shepherds. I always felt he was behind me and available for anything including advice, veterinary services, medications, training... Since I have moved I enjoy watching his Facebook page to see the inspiring stories as he helps these dogs. I continue to try to assist in the form of financial donations to this wonderful organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fostering German Shepherds with GSSH for a year and a half. What a wonderful organization!! Tom, who runs GSSH, is 100% dedicated to his mission of saving these dogs. Anything I have needed has been immediately provided- vet visits, medications, advice, or supplies. He always responds promptly, and is interested in how things are going. Our community is so lucky to have Tom and the German Shepherd Safe Haven!!!

3 Dawn161

Donor

Rating: 5

We adopted a german shepherd named Chanel from German Shepherd Safe Haven Inc. It has been a pleasure to be part of this rescue family. From picnic outings to rescue events to educate the people about how important forever homes are to our animals in need. This organization truly is from the heart and we enjoy the facebook events they bring us a daily smile... Keep up the awesome work!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

GSSH - such a caring and loving organization! They put their whole heart and soul into their work for these beautiful dogs. Love GSSH!!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since GSSH was formed in 2010, Jen and Tom have worked diligently almost every day, to put together a Top Rated German Shepherd Rescue in the United States, as rated by GreatNonprofits thru 2015, and are working toward that achievement again in 2016. Not to bad!!! As to one of the many reasons why they have earned this top rating status, please check out the very special GSSH Forever Family stories at

http://germanshepherdsafehaven.org/category/forever-families/

It’s important to note, they have done all this without any monetary compensation for themselves. Instead, they rely exclusively on their great volunteer family that continues to grow each year, generous donations from others that share their German Shepherd Rescue Mindset and some Great Corporate Sponsorship's that all contribute to keeping the GSSH stated mission alive and well!

http://germanshepherdsafehaven.org/about-us/our-rescue/

If your looking to give back to your community by volunteering for a Top Rated German Shepherd Rescue in the United States, Go To the GSSH Website and complete an on-line application! Tom and Jen will welcome you with open arms!
If your looking to donate the change in your pocket or a few dollars more, it is so very much appreciated by this Great Nonprofit organization! Their website has a number of options you can choose for making a financial donation!
GSSH also reaches out to the generosity and support of corporations. If you own or are a part of a corporation that would like to learn more about a GSSH corporate sponsorship, please consider giving the Rescue a call to learn more about the mutual benefits involved! THANKS!!!

I am very proud to be a volunteer and donor for GSSH!

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Donor

Rating: 5

There are almost 2 million Nonprofits in the United States today that are seeking donations and volunteers for their special cause.
How do you determine which ones to donate to? Or volunteer with?
Organizations receiving the Top Rated Nonprofit Award from Great Nonprofits, is what many donors and volunteers look for today before they make these important decisions.
This award is one of the most trusted seals of approval any nonprofit can receive and it has to be earned. Under 1% of nonprofits nationwide have been able to achieve this Top-rated status.
When it comes to animal welfare nonprofits, no organization does it better than Tom and Jen’s GSSH. They receive this Top Rated Nonprofit Award from Great Nonprofits year after year.
Here is one story of many as to why this is.
In the last year, their organization rescued Sammie, a very sweet and loving female German Shepherd puppy from a high kill shelter in LA, CA. After being rescued, Sammie was diagnosed with Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency, (EPI). Sammie’s Pancreas is unable to produce the digestive enzymes needed to break down the food she eats. She was rapidly losing weight no matter how much she ate.
Jen, GSSH co-founder, quickly became an EPI specialist and put Sammie on a specific food regimen that included necessary enzymatic additives that eventually helped to stabilize the weight loss. Each Sammie meal requires half an hour prep time. Jen showed great patience, understanding and provided some very special love while taking care of Sammie. Sammie responded and has now put on a lot of the lost weight and looks great. She is now ready to be adopted by her future forever family.
Sammie’s special diet has come with a monthly price tag. Great organizations attract some great volunteers. And GSSH volunteers, Ehab & Mary, stepped up and are currently sponsoring Sammie.
Again, this is one of many inspiring stories why GSSH is among the very Elite in Nonprofits.
A great organization for your donation and volunteer consideration

12

Donor

Rating: 5

GSSH is the most dedicated, compassionate group. They always have the German Shepherd's best interest first and foremost - they are the best!

12

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor to this organization since 2011. I have to say what attracted me to this organization is their dedication to the dogs. Some organizations you see out there it is all about stroking their personal egos and seeing how many dogs they can place in a year. Rescuing can be very challenging at times and sometimes you can be jaded and your mission might be steered in the wrong direction. Not GSSH they are all about the well-being of the dogs and nothing else. It is all about quality of placement of the dog, not quantity of dogs placed. They are a foster based rescue and know their dogs very well, when you know the dogs it is a lot easier to place them in a home. I used to donate to a couple other GS rescues and after seeing how GSSH operates, they are by far the most professional and the most welcoming group of people out there. If you want to donate to a reputable organization that actually treats their dogs as the center of attention. This is the one!! I am lifetime donor!!

13 Lynn81

Donor

Rating: 5

GSSH is the best local nonprofit organization. You won’t find a more dedicated, professional and passionate group of people. My husband and I went to their annual picnic and it was awesome! What was so special was to look around and realize that all of those dogs had been saved and were in wonderful forever homes. My husband made the comment, “Boy I’ve never seen so many happy dogs in my life.” I’d say the “humans” were pretty happy too, knowing that they had made a difference as well.

7

Donor

Rating: 5

I've often witnessed of the great improvement in health and welfare of the German Shepherds between the time they are fostered until the time they are placed in their forever homes. I believe what drives this organization more than anything else is the best interests of their dogs. As such, I feel confident my monetary donations are spent wisely to the benefit of this awesome breed.