White German Shepherd Rescuein partnership with
Southwest German Shepherd Rescue
Journey to Forever
By Bert Haagenstad
March 16, 2023
Found on the street, homeless, hungry, and maybe sick.
Or worse dropped off by his family for being old or unwanted.
Shivering in a cold strange place that smells of bleach and other dogs that overwhelm him. The endless barking day and night. Wondering what happened -- what did he do wrong to be put in such a place?
What will happen? How many days until he feels the needle that takes him to sleep forever?
Or, will he be one of the very few to be found by someone looking for a new family member or maybe a rescue that understands the need to help him. Do they know his breed and are they good at finding just the right home? Will he be lucky enough to be placed into a forever home where he will find that he has a new family to be a member of?
In reality, once lost or turned away from their family and left with a broken heart, dogs go into a self-protective shield. Once they realize they don't need to be afraid anymore, their true personality blossoms like a beautiful rose. A truly awesome experience to witness ... the journey to a forever home.
All animals adopted through WGSR are spayed/neutered, up-to-date on shots, and microchipped. All dogs are hands-on evaluated. We are a foster-based rescue and all dogs live in private homes prior to adoption. We DO adopt outside of the State of Arizona, but you must be willing to travel to Arizona to meet a dog (and us). Home visits are required and may be accomplished by a local rescue or a video call with one of our staff members. We DO NOT transport (via air or ground) our dogs to their new homes. The adopters are responsible for coming to Phoenix, meeting the dog and then taking him or her home with them.
These are all purebred German Shepherd Dogs...why do they all look so different?
Because they are! There is a tremendous degree of variation within this breed, which is why we go to such lengths to ensure that the dog in which you are interested is, indeed, the right dog for you, your household and your current lifestyle. GSDs vary in structure, type and temperament, contingent upon the lines from which they were bred, coupled with their level of training and socialization. While you may prefer a certain "look," take care to make temperament, drive levels and the dog's history, the most important factors in choosing the right companion...we do.
WHO WE ARE
Partnered with Southwest German Shepherd Rescue (an Arizona 501c3 tax exempt corporation) and a participating member rescue of CABRA (Coalition of All Breed Rescue of Arizona, also a 501c3 organization), we are a small group of individuals dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming white German Shepherd Dogs into their forever homes. First and foremost, we are all about the DOG. We do not place a dog into a home just because we need to make space for a new rescue. We put the dog's best interest at heart at all times and will not place a dog into a home that is not suitable.
Adoption fees vary with each dog and typically range from $150.00 to $450.00. They are set, taking into account the dog's age, training level, medical condition(s) (if any) and other factors. Some dogs require that hundreds of dollars and many weeks, even months, be spent before they are ready for adoption; others do not. Adoption fees are used, not only to rescue and place the dog you are personally adopting, but to aid in the future rescue and rehabilitation of other deserving dogs. Adoption fees are necessary; without fees our rescue efforts would quickly come to an end.
Our greatest expenses include the cost of gas, microchips, vet visits & surgery, blood work and lab fees, medications, vaccinations, dog food, collars, leashes, crates & toys, websites, domain names and ISPs, and sometimes we even have to pay adoption fees to rescue a dog. Office expenses add up as well.
Rescue is an expensive undertaking, both financially and emotionally, and is motivated solely by our passion for German Shepherd Dogs.
We are volunteers. We volunteer our time (countless hours every day), and we are by no means wealthy. We do not make a profit and seldom break even. Adoption fees come in and go right back out to the next rescued dog.
Before emailing us to inquire about adopting a dog, please visit the AVAILABLE DOGS PAGE on our shared website with Southwest GSD Rescue and fill out a Prospective Adopter's Questionnaire, found on any of the white GSDs bio pages. Once a questionnaire is submitted, you will be contacted (usually within 24 hours) to set up an introduction with the dog(s) that you are interested in if they are a suitable match for you and your family.
FINDING YOUR WHITE GERMAN SHEPHERD A NEW HOME
No fee is charged to a surrendering owner; however, a donation along with a surrendered dog is VERY much appreciated in helping to defray the costs of finding & placing your dog in its forever home. All owners are required to sign an Owner Surrender form prior to placement.
For more information on rehoming your white German Shepherd:
Thanks to adopter Michael,
Our founder was the recipient of Channel 5's
"Pay It Forward"
Thanks to a nomination from adopter and volunteer Traci,
Nancy was also presented with the Qwest
"Something Good Spirit Award"
by KTVK Channel 3!!
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"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion." Author Unknown
Dr. Sarah Wooten has recently written a free online guide to encourage potential pet owners to adopt shelter dogs. She named this eBook Adopting a Shelter Dog, The Official Guidebook. In this free guide, she offers professional advice on things like selecting a shelter dog, preparing your home, making them feel welcome and so on. If you click on the link, you can check it out.
We are extremely proud to announce that our very own "Carson," rescued by White German Shepherd Rescue in 2004, was inducted into the White German Shepherd Dog Club International's HALL OF FAME for his bravery in saving the life of his family.
Read About Carson
Once I was a lonely dog, Just looking for a home.|
I had no place to go, No one to call my own.
I wandered up and down the streets, in rain in heat and snow.
I ate whatever I could find, I was always on the go.
My skin would itch, my feet were sore, My body ached with pain.
And no one stopped to give a pat, or to gently say my name.
I never saw a loving glance, I was always on the run.
For people thought that hurting me was really lots of fun.
And then one day I heard a voice, so gentle, kind and sweet,
And arms so soft reached down to me and took me off my feet.
"No one again will hurt you" was whispered in my ear.
"You'll have a home to call your own where you will know no fear."
"You will be dry, you will be warm, you'll have enough to eat
And rest assured that when you sleep, your dreams will all be sweet."
I was afraid I must admit, I've lived so long in fear.
I can't remember when I let a human come so near.
And as she tended to my wounds and bathed and brushed my fur
She told me 'bout the rescue group and what it meant to her.
She said, "We are a circle, a line that never ends.
And in the center there is you protected by new friends."
"And all around you are the ones that check the pounds,
And those that share their home after you've been found."
"And all the other folk are searching near and far.
To find the perfect home for you, where you can be a star."
She said, "There is a family, that's waiting patiently,
and pretty soon we'll find them, just you wait and see."
"And then they'll join our circle they'll help to make it grow,
so there'll be room for more like you, who have no place to go."
I waited very patiently, the days they came and went.
Today's the day I thought, my family will be sent.
Then just when I began to think It wasn't meant to be,
there were people standing there just gazing down at me.
I knew them in a heart beat, I could tell they felt it too.
They said, "We have been waiting for a special dog like you."
Now every night I say a prayer to all the gods that be.
"Thank you for the life I live and all you've given me.
But most of all protect the dogs in the pound and on the street.
And send a Rescue Person to lift them off their feet."
~ Author: Arlene Pace
(As of January 23, 2023)