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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 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.

Volunteer of the Month for January 2013 is Denise Williams!

Denise Williams

Volunteering with dog rescue has been one of my joys since I retired.  From the time I re-homed a spaniel mix that was thrown from a car (years ago) to my latest work with Golden State German Shepherd Rescue, I have had some of the most rewarding times.   Every time I hear about some lucky dog who has found a forever home, I realize how lucky I am to work with such a wonderful organization.

Over time I have been a dog walker at the shelter, a dog evaluator and training assistant, Board member, adoption counselor and now, an adoption coordinator.  I have also been involved with fundraising and event planning.

German Shepherds are an extraordinary breed of dog.  My parents had Dusty when I was born.  Rusty (rescue adoption) and Hannah are my 4th and 5th German Shepherds. 

I have also found, that the people who love GSDs are very special.  I have been so impressed with how much everyone pulls together to help these amazing dogs.  I feel very lucky to be able to volunteer with this organization.

Volunteer of the Month for December 2012 is Kelley Allison!

Kelley Allison

My fondness of German Shepherds began when my husband, Ted and I adopted our first GSD, Alex in December 1998.  Alex was in the shelter’s euthanasia room when he was rescued by a local rescue group at the last minute.  I then realized how important a rescue group was to saving dogs lives.  When we brought Alex into our lives, we realized we didn’t know much about taking care of a dog. With the help of the volunteers at the rescue, we learned a lot.  It was then that I decided to volunteer any extra time I had to help local rescue groups and use that information to help others.  Over the years, I have worked for several animal rescues and have been a home visit counselor, adoption and foster counselor, adoption day volunteer, a foster and a even a failed foster.  It has been such a wonderful experience to have placed many dogs that were in need of second chances into homes with great families.    

In July 2012, we were looking to add a GSD to our family.  We researched many rescue groups and came across Golden State German Shepherd Rescue Group.  I sent in my application to volunteer and possibly adopt and was immediately contacted by several volunteers.  We were looking for our second dog and knew it had to be the right dog, so we signed up to foster.  We ended up with Blackstone (now Smokey, pictured) who is by all accounts the perfect match for us; 2 weeks later Smokey became a permanent part of our family.  I would encourage anyone looking to adopt a GSD, to volunteer their time as a foster because it the best way to find your perfect match and help the rescue group at the same time.   

Working for GSGSR has been such a positive experience.  Volunteers are recognized for their hard work and efforts in helping with the organization.  They communicate well and are very respectful of the time you donate.  It’s amazing to me that such a wonderful breed ends up in the shelters so often.  It’s nice to know that I belong to an organization that really is all about helping the GSDs have a better life.

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