How it all Started
It Started on 11th October 2009, I went to Bastrop Compound, Texas, and adopted Zena & Zeus, two skinny, under-nourished, abused, scared, German Shepherd pups.
Zena & Zeus a few weeks after being with me. Still very scared, I couldn't look at them without them cowering. They didn't know how to play with toys, it was so sad.
However, seeing them develop, get healthy (which took lots of vets visits), give lots of love and attention, they learnt to trust and became the most amazing dogs ever.
Seeing how they was, to what they developed into made me want to help more animals, so I started to foster. Then, at the end of 2010, I decided I wanted to start my own small home-based rescue - and so "Give a Dog a Home - San Antonio" was born. It was 100% due to ZENA & ZEUS.
From "Give a Dog a Home - San Antonio" to
Give a Dog a Home - San Antonio, German Shepherd Dog Rescue"
"Give a Dog a Home, German Shepherd Dog Rescue"
“Give a Dog a Home, German Shepherd Dog Rescue” (GaDaH) is a home based animal rescue, whose ultimate aim is in helping to save the lives of homeless and abandoned animals throughout the State of Texas. Animals mainly come from local animal shelters, and owners who can no longer care for their pets.
Working closely with animal shelters, and other local animal rescues, the aim of “Give a Dog a Home, German Shepherd Dog Rescue” is to help secure San Antonio as a no kill city, and saving more animals, by providing them loving, safe temporary care until a, suitable forever home can be found.
“Give a Dog a Home, German Shepherd Dog Rescue”, strongly supports spay and neutering programs, and works with other organizations to promote, and provide education on spay/neuter programs, heart-worm preventative, general animal care, and other necessary programs.
All “Give a Dog a Home, German Shepherd Dog Rescue” animals are spayed/neutered; DHPP vaccine; micro chipped; rabies vaccination; de-wormed, heart-worm tested if old enough and any other known ailment treated.
“Give a Dog a Home, German Shepherd Dog Rescue” is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non profit organization.
I have worked with puppies, and adult dogs, but my main passion and love is for the German Shepherd Dog, and so decided to follow my passion and become a German Shepherd Dog rescue.
All dogs live inside my home, along with my own 6 German Shepherds, all of which were also rescue dogs. Every effort is made to make sure that any dog we place is thoroughly evaluated for its temperament, health, physical soundness and overall adopt-ability. If we or our vet suspects hip, joint of bone problems we ALWAYS have radio-graphs done and if surgery is needed then they have their surgery. However, not all disease or illness show symptoms and some dogs have very high pain thresholds so cannot guarantee perfect health.
We care about our dogs and our adopters and we do our very best to make sure that the dog is right for the adopter and in good condition
It is so easy in this voluntary work to want to help all animals and take on more than can be handled, and I have occasionally fallen into that trap, but by sticking to saving from kill shelters this frees up space so strays can be placed and hopefully adopted from there.
All rescue dogs and puppies are socialized with my pack and other rescue pack dogs. This enables them to learn "dog behavior" so they are familiar with other dogs body language which is very important. All too often dogs are seen charging at other dogs in dog parks, wanting to be playful, but showing aggressive body language, which often leads to fights, all because they had not been socialized.