To Quote the King, "Let me shoot a seven with every shot". GSDRGA and our new additions have been singing along since last weekend.
Life can change with a roll of the dice. GSDRGA Foster dogs Ballon, Rocco, Itty, Chelsea, Hannah, Bliss, Sadie, Xena and Aashka got lucky and were rescued on 4/23/16. They were used for breeding their whole lives. The breeder had been in business over 10 years, so that means thousands of puppies were produced. At least one litter, maybe 2, was produced each year, by each female.
Several months ago, the breeder died unexpectedly. He was widowed for years, so his children inherited the property and the business. Sadly, there were financial and physical difficulties that were inherited along with the property. If payments were not made, the bank would foreclose on 5/1/16. At that time, all dogs and occupants had to be out. We got there just in time. The children had no education outside of working in the kennel. So, when their father died they were suddenly in charge of business operations, and quickly found that there was little money in the bank accounts, and, the property was already behind in payments. There was little choice for them, the business had to close. That's where GSDRGA stepped in to help get the dogs new, forever homes.
Before rescue, our " Operation Lucky Seven" dogs lived in 10x10 kennels on a concrete slab, with a dog house in each enclosure. The policy of the kennel was that dogs were not taken out of the kennels for any reason, except to take them to the female kennel for breeding. That meant no playtime, going for walks or cuddle time, like our pet dogs do. Once a dog became too old for breeding, they were never taken out of their kennel for any reason, life was solitary confinement. There was no social play area for them to run around, and they received no exercise or training. To be clear, these dogs lived their entire lives in that 10x10 without any way to get the daily exercise or stimulation they need to thrive. With the exception of Ballon, none of them had any toys to play with; Ballon had one Kong that he was heavily dependent on to stay calm. Their diets were low grade dog food, and were not fed enough to stay at ideal weights. They were underweight and some had developed skin problems. Our volunteers saw them eat their own feces due to hunger.
GSDRGA volunteers immediately took the dogs to Acworth Animal Hospital for vetting after we rescued them. Overall, they were fairly healthy, considering they were not well cared over for the past several months. They are all underweight. The females all have extra skin and room in their bellies, and their uteruses were fatty and misshaped from continuous breeding. One dog has Pannus (dry eyes) and may eventually go blind since it was not treated for so long. Another had a problem putting weight on her back leg, which could be due to an old injury. One long haired dog was not groomed, so her fur is matted, and will need to be shaved. Another has flea dermatitis and hair loss. During spay surgery, we discovered Bliss had a mammary tumor, and it was removed. We also discovered Aashka was bleeding, and had a very bad infection in her uterus, Had we waited a few more days, the infection would have spread, and she may not have survived. Aashka truly rolled a 7!
The initial vetting was about $110 per dog, which is $990, almost $1000. Adding in about another $125 to spay/neuter each dog, is another $1125, bringing our goal to $2115. The dogs will go to foster homes after the surgery, so they can live life like a normal dog. They have adapted to home life quickly
Yes, Operation Lucky Seven was successful, and these dogs can begin their journey, but we need your help! Please consider sponsoring our Lucky 7 in any way you can. GSDRGA funds are low caring for the dogs already in our rescue who are ill or receiving Heartworm treatment. Donations can be sent to GSD Rescue of GA at PO Box 785, Roswell, GA 30077-0785 or donate online below. We are a 501 c3 organization, all donations are tax deductible.
Big thanks to our volunteers Katie & Walter, who got up at the crack of dawn to start these dogs on their journey!
Lucky Dog #5!! Sadie is a sweet lady. While she may appear to be aloof at first, once she warms up to you then she's your best girl! She has an independent spirit but enjoys getting attention. She has learned to climb stairs, chase a puppy for fun, run after a ball but hasn't mastered bringing it back. She stays by your side on long walks off leash. She gets along with all other dogs. Even at ten years of age she is beginning to act like a four year old and I believe she is loving it! She is smiling and enjoying rolling on her back. She is a doll. Sadie is fully vetted, spayed, microchipped, and ready to find a wonderful forever family. Is it you? Apply below.
Meet Itty! Itty is the sweetest guy, and he is amazing with other dogs and kids. He is starved for attention, and wants nothing more than to be by your side. He is learning how to play with toys, and it is sinking in for him that he is safe and won't have to worry about being stuck in a kennel for the rest of his life - we swear he's telling us thank you, with sweet nudges and kisses every day. He is doing wonderful in his foster home, and has already picked up on some commands, house training, and walking on a leash. You will notice his shorter tail in the photos - Itty lost the end of his tail last year due to a snake bite - so he wants you to know that the items on your coffee table are safe from long GSD tail swipes!! Itty is 6 years old, and acts like he is around 2 or 3. He has lots of energy and would love a home with kids and dogs to play with!! You can donate towards his vet care or apply for adoption below.
Mia is your typical 16 month old GSD in many ways. She loves to play ball and drops it easily. She's always up for an adventure, be it a hike, a trip to the pet store or hardware store, running around the backyard playing with her 3 foster sisters, or just a walk around the neighborhood. Unfortunately Mia wasn't socialized with people or dogs outside of her owners home so she was very fearful of everything in her situation there. She was so scared that she stopped eating and just laid in a ball in her cage wondering why she was abandoned by her family. The shelter reached out to us and explained what her situation was, immediately GSDRGA sprang into action to save her. Since then Mia ha been working with one of our amazing fosters to learn how to interact with all animals, as well as how to meet new people. Mia's foster has sent in her most recent status update and it is such an amazing change in this sweet girl.
"Her 3 foster sisters are helping her along with dog socialization and she's been great meeting other dogs of all shapes and sizes. Her foster sisters were quick to accept her as a part of the pack and she them. Meeting new humans is an ongoing process and would need the human(s) in her permanent home to continue to work with her. She is a little insecure when first meeting someone, but will sit and take treats, and will also fetch and drop the ball for them as well. The more time she spends with new people, the more curious she gets about them. The more you tell her 'Good girl', the more confident she becomes."
Mia would do well in a home with another dog so she can learn from watching interactions, but will also do fine alone with a family that will continue to work with her. Are you the right forever home for this sweet girl? If so, get your application in quickly by clicking the button below.
Meet Tank, he is looking for his new forever home for the holidays. He came to us from Paulding County after his owner passed away. He just turned seven, but definitely doesn't act like it. In fact, if you didn't know his age you would think he is around 5 years old. Don't let the younger age fool you, he is a very laid back fellow. I know you are wondering why he's named Tank, well he weighs in at 108 pounds. The funny thing is he doesn't know it, his favorite thing to do is curl up with you on the couch and lay his head and front paws on your lap. He is dog and cat friendly, loves to meet new people, and looks forward to his evening walk around the neighborhood.
His ideal forever home would be with a family that has a member that is home during the day, or somebody that is retired. His previous owner was retired so Tank was with him throughout the day and needs the same stability. If you're looking for a laid back and affectionate boy, get your application in quickly by clicking on the button below.
This poor girl was found in a trap by a rural shelter, covered in fleas and ticks, most of her fur gone but sweet as sugar and happy to be with people. It's astounding, how resilient these dogs are, despite what they have been through. Look at her now! Her fur was missing due to allergies, but after being treated she is ready to be a model. Just check out her pictures below, she's red carpet ready. Grace is ready for adoption. She gets along with dogs and loves people. Get your application in below if you are ready to add this beauty to your family.
Thanks to all Grace's supporters, including CWD Nero
Meet Ziva! This 12 month old, spunky, good time girl is looking for a family that loves to have fun! Ziva is intelligent, friendly, and enjoys life to the fullest. She’s quite the little firecracker and loves to meet new friends of both the two and four legged variety! She has recently undergone hip surgery but that hasn’t slowed her down one bit. She still runs and plays with the best of them (although sometimes her running looks funny as she still is recovering and tends to run more like a bunny than a dog!) Her favorite activities include walks (she’s already mastered leash walking), water (in her dish, in a pool, from the hose…), and playing with her foster brother. But at the end of the day, Ziva loves nothing more than cuddling with the people that love her.She is up to date on all her vetting, house trained, good with other dogs and some cats (depends on the cat!), and is an all-around great puppy. She would do well in a home with or without other dogs and with children (probably best 5 or older as she is a puppy and would tend to knock smaller kids over). Want to make Ziva a part of your family? Fill out an application below.
Meet Rosie, our recent addition and cuddle bug baby. Rosie is a 12 week old playful and frisky sweetie who will melt your heart. A smart quick learner, she is already crate trained and house broken. She loves squeaky toys, playing with other fur kids whether feline or canine and taking many naps throughout the day.
She was found on a country road all by herself. We are not sure of her background, or if/what she is mixed with.Rosie would make a great little sister to a home with a current family pet. Her current size leads us to believe she will be a smaller framed dog.
Get your application in quick for this little girl because she won't be available for long.
Meet our newest rescue family member, Squire. A shelter near the coast found him abandoned and wandering in a creek bed. These are the after-grooming pictures, his beautiful long coat was very mussed and tattered when we first saw him. He came to us severely underweight (hard to tell with that fluffy coat!), with a swollen abdomen. After being evaluated by one of our vets, he is being treated for a prostate infection and heartworms. His treatment is expected to cost around $1,200. Please consider donating toward his care - every little bit helps! You could also sponsor part or all of his treatment in honor of your pup, or a GSD-loving friend or family member. Squire has the sweetest temperament in the world, and he's great with other dogs and kids. He can't wait to get healthy and find his forever family!! Thanks for considering a donation to our rescue.