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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 April 2014 is Pam Eisele!

Pam Eisele

A love for animals has been part of my life for as long as I can remember.  It led me to shelter work and then into veterinary medicine.  I have had a very interesting and rewarding career working with all kinds of animals:  small and large, domestic, zoo, wild, and avian.  My husband, John, and I have also shared our home with many beloved pets.  Among all the great dogs that we have had, the shepherds are definitely among my favorites.  I love them for the same reasons you all do - for their intelligence, loyalty, beauty, athleticism,  “joie de vivre”, and heart.  There is just something amazing about a good GSD!

When I retired, I wanted to volunteer to help people and animals in places where my experience would be utilized.  My first major project was as a Breeder Caretaker for the Canine Companions for Independence.  John was a huge help with this work and together we started 5 litters of retriever puppies in their lives as service dogs.  When we finished that work, I wanted to get back to German shepherds because I was missing them so much.  My previous shelter work had made me acutely aware of how many wonderful animals there are in need, waiting for a home and people to love them, so I was interested in trying to help with the problem.  I combed the internet for months, looking at GSDs and rescue groups.  

It took me awhile, but I eventually found my way into GSGSR.  I am so glad that I did!  I love working with this group of fine, dedicated people.  And I am constantly impressed with the dogs that we bring into our program.  The combination makes our adoption days lots of fun, which is a bonus!  My program niche is mainly fostering.  I really enjoy working with the dogs and helping them find homes, and meeting the people who adopt them. I also help out by making jewelry for fundraising.  This is a great group and everyone has something to offer!  Thank you so much for this recognition!

Volunteer of the Month for March 2014 is Vicki Benevides!

Vicki Benevides

I first volunteered with GSGSR to help heal the grief of losing our beloved GSD Max to cancer.  I have always loved German Shepherds and even though I wasn't yet ready for another dog, I wanted to help other GSDs find a good home.  My husband Bill and I started with fostering and because of family constraints needed to discontinue that type of support so we now transport and help at adoption days.  We both feel the need to support this great organization in the pursuit of of helping to unite wonderful dogs with good families.  We hope to be able to foster again in the future but for now this allows us to support and be in contact with GSDs and the other great volunteers at GSGSR.

Volunteer of the Month for December 2013 is Betsy Grajeda!

Betsy Grajeda

I have been volunteering with GSGSR for just a few months now on a regular basis.  I started out by fostering; first Eric Clapton (Oliver) and then Danke (now Charley).  As a twice foster fail : )…I wanted to do volunteering in some other way and thanks to Kelley Allison she asked me to be a transport coordinator for GSGSR.  I also have done some transport myself and look forward to helping out within GSGSR
as opportunities come up.
I have always loved German Shepherds for their intelligence and loyalty and am really happy to be able to be part of a rescue that appreciates German Shepherds for the same reasons as I do.  I look forward to meeting many more of the volunteers at future events as well as the great dogs just waiting for their forever homes.

Volunteer of the Month for October 2013 is Roberta Simpson!

Roberta Simpson

I began as a volunteer for German Shepherd Rescue in 2000. I have had German Shepherds in my life since 1969 when we got our first puppy. My dogs have taught me about the breed’s intelligence, loyalty and athletic abilities. Their natural working ability and inquisitiveness are a great combination. It is amazing to watch a Shepherd transform from a working state of mind to a playful companion in the blink of an eye. “Sharing my life with a German Shepherd completes me.”

As a volunteer of Golden State German Shepherd Rescue, I enjoy serving as an adoption counselor, adoption day dog wrangler, and adoption questionnaire manager. It is a pleasure and a privilege to volunteer for GSGSR, and to help Shepherds find the secure, loving forever homes they so deserve.

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