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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 August 2013 is Warren and Melody Kostenuk!

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!

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.

Volunteer of the Month for June 2013 is Terri Brown!

Terri Brown

I have had dogs around my entire adult life.  I am very fond of the German Shepard Dog due to his loyalty, intelligence, and handsome profile.  We have an elderly (12 year old) German Shepard and wanted to have another in our life while Sadie was still alive to help with the training of the new addition.  I did some fostering in Spokane, WA where we moved from to live in my husband's hometown of Pacifica, CA but never had a connection to the dogs that came through our home.  I missed helping with the rescue so I went on line and got information on rescues in this area. That is how I came into helping with GSGS Rescue.  

I was not expecting to get so quickly attached to Dexter when he came into our lives through fostering. (our first foster).  He melted my heart.  Not only is he sooo handsome but he is also soooo intelligent and sooooo loving.  His eyes are like they are looking right into your soul and if he could talk he would be communicating with you all day long.  As it is he whines and makes sounds like he is trying.  My 9 year old and him play tug of war all the time and they love it.  He is a great addition to the family and fits in so well with our life style.

I just want to thank you all for the commitment the rescue makes to all these needy dogs so they can find wonderful homes and live the life they were born to live.  The photo is of Dexter.  Thanks again for this honor and look forward to doing what I can to help.

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. 

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