German Shepherd Dog News 2016
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The winter months are always hard for rescues as people tend to put off looking for a new pet until the clocks go forward and the weather improves. Having said that, after a quiet start in January, we have had a few good weeks for new adoptions. Of course, as one dog goes out, there always seem to be 2 more waiting to come in.
We are as always under pressure with the number of dogs in commercial boarding kennels where they will be housed until new homes are found. Our kennel fees are still the biggest expense for the rescue, so we are grateful to all those that support us with donations. Spare a thought again for those dogs that have been in kennels for over a year now as this is not the life for any dog - they need homes.
Please consider fostering for us as it is much better to place dogs in foster homes that put them in kennels where they will receive limited attention. It is also much easier to rehome a dog from a foster home than it is to rehome one from kennels as they are not stressed and we have much better idea of how well they adapt to home life. Spring 2017 Newsletter.
Spare a thought for the many dogs who have no homes yet and will be spending Christmas in kennels. For many of these dogs, sadly it will be their second Christmas in kennels which are not good for any dog, especially for a large breed like a GSD. Most of these dogs in kennels will have little chance of being rehomed until well into the new year, so we will have some pretty hefty kennel bills, keeping them safe and warm until they find new homes next year.
As an organisation that relies totally on donations to fund the work we do, we are very grateful to everyone that has made a contribution towards our rescue and I am especially grateful to all our wonderful volunteers who work so hard fundraising for the dogs. Even you online shoppers have contributed by shopping through Easyfundraising. Indeed last week we received a cheque for £721.51 bringing the total amount raised since we joined, to a whopping £11,478.75. So when the new year sales start or if you are booking a holiday, please don't forget to go shopping through Easyfundraising.
We are also absolutely delighted to announce that Support Adoption For Pets have informed us that they are awarding us a grant of £10,000 which is specifically to help towards the cost of our kennel bills. Whoop whoop. Read more.
The Southeast region is celebrating; they have a supermodel in the region! Some months ago they entered one of our dogs Lana into the Kennel Club Calendar competition.
The wonderful Dave (who also beautifully captured our kennels dogs to relaunch them on the website) did us the great honour of taking lots of pictures of Lana, who at the time was in kennels and needing a home. They didn’t think they stood a chance, but low and behold an email arrived to say that Lana has been chosen as a winner and her picture would appear as March in the Kennel Club 2017 calendar!
On October 22nd they went off to Excel London to Discover Dogs with Lana and her new owner (yes she got adopted too – double reason to celebrate!) as representatives of German Shepherd Dog Rescue. A fabulous day was had by all, and our very own supermodel lapped up the limelight like a true professional.
Wellanytimeit has indeed been a very strange year, not only for our weather but on the rescue front too. It's certainly been a bit of a roller coaster ride and it has been difficult to predict how things would go, given that they haven't followed the usual patterns. What we expect to be quiet months have turned out to be our busiest and vice versa. I had expected July and August to be quieter for adoptions because of the holidays, but that has not turned out to be the case. This, of course, is very good news for all those lovely dogs waiting for new homes, especially all those that have spent so long in kennels.
We do still have a number of older dogs who have been in kennels far too long because adopters want young dogs. One poor dog has been in kennels 4 years which is no life for him. Please spare a thought for our oldies and maybe consider adopting one, you will not regret it. It's not their fault they were discarded and they should not have to spend the rest of their lives in kennels because they are deemed too old. Many of these dogs have never had homes at all and any time they could spend in a home would be the best time of their lives. Read our latest newsletter.
Well, it has indeed been a very strange year, not only for our weather but on the rescue front too. It's certainly been a bit of a roller coaster ride and it has been difficult to predict how things would go, given that they haven't followed the usual patterns.
What we expect to be quiet months have turned out to be our busiest and vice versa. I had expected July and August to be quieter for adoptions because of the holidays, but that has not turned out to be the case. This, of course, is very good news for all those lovely dogs waiting for new homes, especially all those that have spent so long in kennels.
Lots more in our newsletter including how Joe Johnson competed in the gruelling Spartan Race in Edinburgh to raise money for GSDR. This event is a 22 kilometres mountain run through Penicuik in Edinburgh containing 25 obstacles ranging from 9-foot wall climbs to crawling under barbed wire, swimming across lakes and monkey bars etc.
Our NE team also had a brilliant fundraising day at the Kirkstall Festival despite the atrocious weather. Read more
In May and June we received a total of 112 dog rehoming forms, lower than previous years which is good. We also received over 400 adoption form applications during that period which sounds high, but I have to say that the quality of many of these potential homes is not of the standard we would like. It doesn't help that potential adopters put in multiple applications to many rescues and often our volunteers have their precious time wasted chasing homes that aren't prepared to wait.
The summer months will be busy on the fundraising front with many events organised and we hope that these will be well supported to help raise much-needed funds to cover our vet and kennel bills, which this year have reached an all-time high.
We are desperate for homes for our many kennel dwellers many of who have been cooped up for many months, several well over a year. It's awful to think of all these dogs in kennels, especially the older dogs who really do deserve to be in a home. Do you have a spare place for one of our gorgeous oldies? Enjoy reading our May/June edition of the GSDR newsletter
Essex Sponsored Walk Two groups set off, one completing the full 9-mile route and the other a shorter version. Both battled through wind and hail until the sun eventually made an appearance. There’s still some promised sponsorship to be collected but a quick count up so far totals an amazing .... £2800
After a very busy start to the year with January being a cracking month for rehoming, it has now gone strangely quiet which is not good given the number of dogs that we have needing homes. It's as if everyone is in hibernation so I'm guessing the late spring and the bank holidays have had a major impact and that hopefully, things will start to pick up again now that the weather has turned slightly warmer.
May the merry month of May be "Adopt A Dog' month and let's get some of these poor pooches out of kennels and into forever homes. More news
We have now reached an all time high with numbers of dogs in commercial kennels and we cannot sustain this in the long term. Also it is not good for German Shepherds to be in kennels for long periods, they need to be in homes.
Too many lovely dogs in rescue are being overlooked because they don't tick all the boxes. Dogs are sentient beings, not designer objects. If you are rescuing a dog, should size, colour or age really matter? We think not. One of the most infuriating comments we hear is that people only want young dogs because they don't want to lose a dog too soon. Okay, so what do we do with all the middle-aged or older dogs, leave them in kennels until they die? That is not rescuing………
Read more in the March 2016 newsletter
Well after a cracking start to the year for adoptions, things slowed down a little in February, although there was no let up in the number of rehoming forms coming through. Traditionally these first few months of the year are quieter and the cold, wet, windy weather hasn't helped much. March is usually the month when things start to perk up as the nights get lighter and the clocks go forward.
2015 was a good year for GSDR, we have grown and become even bigger and better which is all thanks to the hard work and dedication of volunteers. The signs are that 2016 is also going to be a very successful and busy year all round for GSDR, not only in terms of the number of dogs that will need our help, but I know that the regions have much planned to raise funds and create further awareness for the rescue.
Big Bad Busby Bear one of Sally's puppies, is now attending training classes twice a week and is taken into town 2-3 times a week to get him socialised. He is a lovely boy and a lucky boy so we hope there is a home out there for him where they will be prepared to put in a bit of extra work and continue with his training to help Busby overcome his issues. We think he is ready to go to his new home now. Read More in our newsletter
We took in a very cute puppy called Eddison on the 30th December who has epilepsy and was taken to a vet in Colchester by his owner to be PTS. He’d started to fit after his first vaccination but fortunately the vets rang our SE Coordinator to see if GSDR could help and of course, we did. Here is Eddison our epileptic puppy, pictured with Stevie Wonder our blind puppy.
Little Ed had a very rough time and we thought we might lose him, our biggest fear was brain damage. But with the wonderful help of Your Vets and following a short stay in the hospital, he has started to be a proper puppy again. He has been clear of fits for three weeks now and although he has what can be called "odd moments" he is doing well.
Nosodes from now, no more vaccinations! Read more in our January 2016 Newsletter