To all of our adopters, lovers of German shepherds and followers of NOGSR, I want to thank you for the continued support you give New Orleans German Shepherd Rescue. 2014 was a very busy and successful year for us. We started out with Benne (story below) and ended the year placing the sweetest female GSD named, Ruby, into the perfect home. Ruby was relinquished to a shelter because she "shed too much". In between, we rescued 39 GSDs from the LA/SPCA alone, four from the Jefferson shelter and several dogs were re-homed by us for their current guardians. Many of our rescues had serious medical issues such as broken bones(Jordan), emergency life-saving surgery (Benne),terrible skin conditions(Lilly and Shep), cancer (Simon) and 70% had to be treated for heartworms. We pride ourselves for doing everything medically possible when we take a GSD into rescue, but it costs tens of thousands of dollars each year to do that and since our adoption fee never covers our expenses for each dog we take into rescue, donations are needed so we can continue to save German shepherds.
I've never been great about asking for donations, but because I will not be able to self-fund NOGSR as much as I have in the past (we are now retirees), we will have to reach out to friends of NOGSR. We will be looking for individuals who might be interested in grant writing or helping us with formal fund-raising efforts. I'm excited about taking NOGSR to a new level and welcome any ideas anyone might have to increase donations, develop a more formal foster home program, set up a facebook page and any other ideas to make us better at what we do.
I love helping this breed. To me there is no greater joy than taking in a dog like Benne, getting him well and finding him the perfect home. It will be 13 years next year that NOGSR has been in operation and very soon, we will place our 1000th GSD. I wish that I could say that NOGSR is no longer needed and that we no longer have a problem with GSDs being abandoned or unclaimed at our shelters, but if this year is any example, it is getting worse not better. We will be here to help GSDs in our local area and with your help, we will even be a better organization than we have been in the past.
Finally, throughout the year we receive heartfelt messages from adopters letting us know that the German shepherd they adopted from us has gone to the rainbow bridge. Most of these dogs were adopted before Katrina so they had long and happy lives with their new families and we thank the wonderful adopters for giving these dogs a love-filled second chance. In loving memory, we said good-bye to:
Saint, Rambo, Archie, Cleo, Jasper, Lucky, Lucy, Hildegard, Rowen and Lucy Hirsh
Thank you all for loving this amazing breed of dog.
President, New Orleans German Shepherd Rescue
NOGSR IS STILL SEEKING DONATIONS TO HELP US PAY FOR BENNE'S MEDICAL EXPENSES. PLEASE SEE BELOW.
New Orleans German shepherd rescue is reaching out to everyone and asking for donations for Benne's surgeries. Benne is a K-9 who was retired from service in 2011 when he tore his Achilles tendon in the line of duty. Nothing was done to repair his leg and instead he was retired. His handler gave Benne away to someone who allowed Benne to get heartworms and escape his yard(twice that we know of).
Now fast forward to December 2013 and Benne is at the LA/SPCA after being picked up by animal control as a stray. His owner was found via the micro-chip, but although they claimed him in October, this time the owner refused to come and get Benne. Being injured, older and now heartworm positive, Benne was never going to make it to the LA/SPCA adoption floor and he most likely would have been euthanized if we hadn't taken him into rescue.
Two days after we rescued Benne, he had to have emergency surgery due to a ruptured hernia. His previous vet records indicate that a hernia was suspected back in 2011, but why it wasn't addressed then, I have no idea. Obviously, if it had, Benne would not have almost died when it ruptured.The trained eye of a vet tech at LakeView Veterinary Hospital noticed Benne was in distress and the amazing Dr David Kergoisen at MedVet operated on Benne on a Saturday afternoon and saved Benne's life. Benne had a hernia in his groin that had entrapped his bowel and caused strangulation of a significant part of it. Dr Kergoisen had to remove 10 inches of Benne's small intestine that was dead tissue. If we hadn't taken him on December 27th, Benne would have died at the shelter from this condition. This was a life-saving operation and I want to thank LakeView Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Kergoisen, Dr. Ralph and the entire team at MedVet for saving Benne's life.
Recovered now from his the hernia surgery, Benne had arthrodesis (ankle fusion) of his back right leg that suffered the torn Achilles tendon. Dr. Bordelon at MedVet performed the surgery on February 4th and he is very optimistic that Benne will regain good function of his leg. Benne is home now and has 6-8 weeks of kennel rest. Please send him healing thoughts.These two surgeries when totaled will cost NOGSR over $6,000.00 and we are seeking donations to help us pay for them.
Benne put his life on the line for the city of New Orleans and I am overwhelmed with joy that we saved his life and found him an amazing home. Little did I know that the day I walked out of the LA/SPCA with Benne, he would incur over $6,000 in veterinary expenses. I have absolutely no regrets and the thought that this proud service dog almost was euthanized is just beyond comprehension.
Benne was adopted from us by an officer who has trained and worked with K-9's. She knows all the German commands that Benne understands and she will keep him mentally stimulated and physically active in retirement. It is a match made in heaven. Although Benne is adopted, NOGSR is paying for both of Benne's surgeries.
New Orleans German Shepherd Rescue