German Shepherd Rescue of BC
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GSRBC is an organization of volunteers whose mission it is to rescue and rehabilitate homeless German Shepherds, while promoting and educating on the German Shepherd breed and responsible pet ownership. GSRBC only takes the dogs that “have no one else” and for whom we are their last resort. If they can be easily and/or quickly adopted from the shelter, they don’t need us. However, if they have health or behavioural issues and/or don’t ”show well” in the shelter, these are the guys and gals we get. Each of these dogs comes to us in need, often from situations beyond our comprehension.
GSRBC was formed in June of 2004. We were incorporated with non-profit status on October 29th 2004 and received federal charitable status in Canada on April 1st 2005. We do not have a shelter. We use an outreach program where all of our dogs are housed in foster homes across British Columbia. We depend on our wonderful extended family of fosters, volunteers, adopters, and supporters to carry on in our mission. Everyone one with GSRBC is a volunteer and no one is paid to work with the dogs. Every bit of time and effort dedicated to this organization comes from the hearts of our volunteers and their unwavering love for the German Shepherd Dog. Without them, we could never continue.
We have been asked on occasion, why we are dedicated to the German Shepherd breed. Our response is this: German Shepherds are among the most popular breeds to own. Unfortunately, they are also one of the most misunderstood breeds, which results in a correspondingly large number of these dogs ending up in shelters and pounds. Very often in a shelter situation, GSDs do not ‘display’ well and quickly become unadoptable.
As a breed rescue, we know our breed well. We are experienced with their health, nutrition and temperament needs. This ensures that when we are matching a dog to an adopter, we are able to make the perfect match every time.
Our one and only objective: to rescue, and make each dog whole again, to help them find safety and love in new forever homes. GSRBC has helped more than 200 dogs since its inception, and we always stand behind our dogs. Additionally, by educating and re-homing well-adjusted dogs, we have helped the GSD become better understood and, as a group, the dogs benefit from the reduction in short term homes and homelessness.
Our project benefits not only the dogs, but also the community at large; GSRBC ensures that any dog with aggressive or fearful tendencies is rehabilitated before being re-introduced into the community. Our mission is not to just pull dogs from shelters and flip them into unsuspecting homes, but to work in the best interests of both our dogs and our adopters. We believe in full disclosure, and will always give all the information to our adopters. We will not put dangerous dogs into the public, and will take back any dog we have placed – at any point in their lives.
As many are aware, rescue is a costly endeavour, and GSRBC’s situation is no different. Given that every dog that comes into our care requires some type of veterinary attention and/or behavioural rehabilitation, our bills just keep growing, and this doesn’t even include the day to day expenses of food and boarding. Although each dog is different, the total expenses for one dog is about $4000, with some incurring vet bills of at least this much.
So what would $15,000 mean to GSRBC? In order to achieve our goals, we require significant funding, and can only obtain so much from our group of loyal supporters. As a result, we are in desperate need of additional funding from other sources. Although we understand that we cannot help every dog in need, with additional funding, we hope to assist many more dogs than is currently possible. In essence, $15,000 means fewer dogs in the shelters, and more educated people in the community. The result: any dog lover’s dream
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