Since we last checked in with German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley, they've been quite busy— they now have 501(c)3 status (a big milestone in any rescue's history, especially for purposes of tax-deductible donations!), and they've helped get many dogs who landed in shelters to safety with new families. Brian Foran, who runs the program and its sanctuary, has rescued and placed dozens of dogs a year since 2001. Unfortunately, a lack of foster homes limits GSRSV from rescuing more dogs from shelters. These days, especially with the preponderance of house foreclosures, GSRSV is kept busy helping owners who need to find new homes for their dogs. With its Program Dogs option, GSRSV evaluates and spreads the word about the dog, who remains in his or her original home until the right adopter comes along.
A great foster-home success story is Maya, now 4 years old. This girl came into rescue with a severe case of separation anxiety, but after much work by her foster family, she is now unfazed by long absences from her people, such as a normal work day. She's great with kids, loves to go on hikes and enjoys the active life, but also has good house manners and enjoys a quiet snuggle at home. A big dog, she's not a good candidate for a home with cats or small dogs.
(A great way to help support GSRSV: tell your friends to subscribe to the DogTrekker newsletter and designate GSRSV as the recipient of the $1 donation we give to rescue for each new subscriber!)