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Volunteer of the Month

Here are the Golden State German Shepherd Rescue Volunteers of the Month! We appreciate all of them for their tireless work.

Volunteer of the Month for May 2013 is Charlene O'Rourke!

Charlene O'Rourke

Growing up, I had all sorts of animals which set the foundation for me to become the animal lover I am today.  I learned about this group from my friend Kelley, who had recently adopted her GSD Smokey (aka Blackstone) from GSGSR.  She decided to volunteer for the organization and realized there was a shortage of fosters and adoption counselor volunteers in the South Bay and asked me if I was interested.  It sounded like it would be a good fit for me, so I tried it and I was hooked after my first home visit in the Los Gatos Mountains. 

I have had the amazing opportunity to foster five wonderful young dogs.  It has been rewarding to see each dog come into our home and grow into the special dog they were meant to be.  One thing that makes fostering so special is that I know we have a thorough adoption process which matches the right GSD to the right family.  Each of these dogs has left a special footprint on my heart and I would adopt each one of them if I could, but I realize that is unrealistic.  Although, I will admit that I shed a tear when each of our fosters finds their furever home.  One found their furever home with us and we have enjoyed Annie (aka Annabelle) ever since we adopted her.

I also enjoy being an adoption counselor as I have met some amazing families who are looking for that special GSD.  I love the fact that we have this connection and they trust me to help match their family and lifestyle to one of our special GSDs. 

I think GSGSR has such a wonderful group of volunteers with the same goal of rescuing a GSD, making their lives whole and finding that right match for them.  I hope my volunteering will encourage others to reach out to volunteer as a foster because without our fosters, we wouldn’t be able to save the GSDs that we do. 

Volunteer of the Month for April 2013 is the Military K9 Donation Volunteers!

the Military K9 Donation Volunteers

This month we are recognizing all the volunteers who banded together on their own to collect all kinds of toys, treats, vet supplies, dog beds, and dog supplies for Military K9 dogs in Afghanistan.  A military transport is going to transport the donations to the more than 60 service dogs on the base at Bagram, Afghanistan.  The donations were collected together at our April 6 Adoption Day in Blackhawk and filled the back of two SUVs.  Thanks for everyone who took a single request from a soldier for tennis balls for the dogs and turned it into this massive collection effort.  Just imagine the looks on the soldiers and dogs faces when they see all the donations they are getting.

Volunteer of the Month for March 2013 is Kathi Sheldon!

Kathi Sheldon

I have been an animal lover all my life, unfortunately we were not allowed to keep pets as children so it should not be surprising that I did not get my first dog until I was well into adult hood.  To be very honest I was afraid of dogs.

I first became involved in animal rescue 1999, while still living in the Bay Area. I joined a group of volunteers affiliated with Hayward Animal Service, mainly rescuing kittens, cats, and mixed-breed dogs.  It was at this time, while working in an animal shelter, when I first fell in love with German Shepherds, because of their intelligence, loyalty, and of course, their regal look.  What’s not to love?

In 2003, shortly after my mean Chow-Chow passed away, I adopted my first German Shepherd, Jewel from German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California I soon joined their cause and became totally “hooked” on the breed.

I have been working with Golden State German Shepherd Rescue for a little over a year.  My primary task is to conduct shelter evaluations, and coordinate transportation for the rescued dogs from Fresno to either Patterson, or to the Bay Area. In the past, I have introduced rescued German Shepherds to potential adopters, in the form of home visits and adoption counseling.  It is so important to ensure the new owners’ homes and lifestyles are adequate in suiting the needs of the dog.  I have also coordinated and attended many successful adoption events. Most of all, I love the hands-on feeling of a shelter evaluation.

When I see a dog go to a good home, knowing he or she will be loved and cared for, there is no better feeling.  I find it so rewarding to have helped save lives, achieving the ultimate goal of Golden State German Shepherd Rescue.

The verse below is what inspires me to rescue, I believe we were given stewardship of animals and their well-being is ultimately our responsibility.

Genesis 1:26 Then God said “let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, over livestock and all the wild animals and all the creatures that move along the ground.”

Volunteer of the Month for February 2013 is Julie Mussetter!

Julie Mussetter

I have always loved animals of all kinds, Thanks to my parents I grew up with dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, fish and horses so I knew at a young age animals, and especially dogs, were my passion.  I was in a shelter one day and saw what was to become my first German Shepherd, and my first rescue dog, Ripley.  I was amazed at how she transformed from her past life so quickly to a precious member of our family.  Within a few months I wanted to do more than just love on my own dogs.  I searched and found out about Golden State German Shepherd Rescue.  A few days later I started finding out what a wonderful organization it is.  The information I have received and help with learning more details about this breed is outstanding.  Being involved with likeminded people makes it so easy and a great experience.

I am amazed with each dog how they can come in scared and unsure and then with in a very short time they are looking at you with love in their eyes and are secure and confident.  Seeing them go to their forever home is a bit of a pull on my heartstrings but at the same time, it is a wonderful feeling.  I feel so blessed to be able to be involved with these animals and help make a mark in their lives and have them leave their mark in my families lives as well.

I LOVE fostering and look forward to doing shelter evaluations and help save as many lives as possible.  This has been a great opportunity for me as well as my 2 children and husband and we are better because of it.

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