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 October 2013 is 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.
Volunteer of the Month for September 2013 is Christine Carey!
I first became aware of German Shepherd Rescue in the summer of 2002 when I was looking for a dog to adopt for my dad. We had always loved GSDs, and were taken with the breed's intelligence, work ethic, and regal presence. So I searched for German Shepherd rescues online and came upon (Golden State) German Shepherd Rescue. They had a banner on their website that said that they desperately needed foster homes, and would I consider opening my home to a rescued GSD? Being a dog lover and always wanting to help an animal in need, how could I not?
I attended the next adoption day, and met some of the most wonderful people I had ever come across…Dez, Mike, Chris M., Jayne N., Katie T., Monica V., Michelle P., Denny….they all have had a great influence on me and all are still very much involved with German Shepherd Rescue. They are my heroes. But back to how I became involved….
I told them that I was interested in fostering, and that afternoon a very nice volunteer came over to do a home visit. I was approved, so I took home a foster dog that day. Bubs, as he later became known, had been found wandering the streets of Stockton, and landed in the Stockton shelter. GSR volunteer Katie T. ‘bailed’ him out, and he ended up coming home with me as my first foster dog. He never left.
Bubs had terrible separation anxiety, but in time we solved the problem and he became a happy, well-adjusted member of the household. He blossomed into an absolute gem, and was a wonderful part of our pack. We had many great years together until he passed away in 2008 of cancer. I still miss him terribly, but the memory of him brings me joy.
I volunteer with GSGSR so that I can help to rescue more of these wonderful creatures. Early on in my GSR volunteer days, I fostered quite a few dogs, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was often challenging, but so gratifying knowing that I was making a difference in the life of a dog who otherwise most likely would have met a cruel fate.
My lifestyle is much different now, and I am no longer able to foster. These days I help out as a Foster Home Recruiter and Adoption Counselor in the Petaluma/South Sonoma County area/North Marin County area. I am happy to do this because in some small way I am making a positive difference in the world—most certainly in the life of a dog and the people who will love him/her.
Volunteer of the Month for August 2013 is Warren and Melody Kostenuk!
We have been volunteering off and on for the last 10 years. Warren has always loved the breed since he was a young boy and Melody has always wanted to volunteer with helping dogs that need to get out of the shelter and give them a 2nd chance at life.
We share many hats such as meeting potential adopters during home visits and adoption days in Danville, transporting dogs to different locations and working the hotline phone calls on Sundays and Mondays. We used to enjoy fostering until we miserably failed with our boy, Ero who we adopted during the most recent Maddie's Adoption Day a few months ago.
The dogs we've fostered and the ones who became members of our family have brought us much joy but we really like working as a team with all the other great members of GSGSR. Working at an adoption day never seems like work but more like getting together with great friends who all have the same ultimate purpose in mind - taking great dogs from the shelter and putting them in the best homes we can.
Volunteer of the Month for July 2013 is Cindy Todeschini!
“May I be the kind of person my dog thinks I am”
I have had dogs all my life but my first experience owning a German Shepherd wasn’t until 1997 when my husband and I were looking for a dog after my Lab had passed. Steve wanted a German Shepherd and I wanted a Lab, what was I thinking. We compromised on a German Shepherd/Lab mix named Miya and from that moment I was hooked! Miya has since passed but my love for the German Shepherd has remained. I currently have 2 females, Yuba and Sasha and both are rescues. Yuba is from the Yuba County Animal Shelter and Sasha is from GSRNC.
I have been volunteering with GSGSR for only few months and I love it! It is a rewarding experience to be involved with an organization that rescues this amazing breed. I became involved with GSGSR because my husband wouldn’t let me adopt another GSD. Since I was unable to adopt another GSD I felt the next best thing was for me to help someone else to adopt one of these wonderful dogs that need a home. Under the guidance of Chris Morris & Christine Carey I have attained the role of adoption counselor for GSGSR. I have completed a couple of home evaluations and have seen and felt the joy upon of the adoption of their new German Shepherd. I also attend the meet and greets in Napa and speak with the public about the rescue, the breed and my girls. (Who doesn’t like to talk about their furchildren?)
GSGSR has been a wonderful experience for me. Meeting and speaking with people that are as passionate about this breed and their dogs as I am. I hope to have a long relationship with GSGSR and to expand my knowledge of the German Shepherd breed and this organization.