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King needs your help
Update 6/12/14  King is Home!!
We are very happy to report that "King Cody" has arrived safely to his new home.  His mom so named him that because according to her, "Cody is Ginormous!!"  The transport went very smoothly and they said that Cody was the perfect gentleman, very sweet and obedient and really seemed to enjoy the trip in his super, extra large luxuy accommodations.  Cody has been introduced to his new pack of 4 siblings and all is going well. Cody seems to have bonded really well with his older German Shepherd brother.  Who says GSD's don't know breed recognition??!!
Vanessa, Cody's mom, has had Cody tot he vet already to make sure he is doing well.  They are going to monitor him on his current medication and hepefully, he will be seizure free.
We would like to thank everyone for their kind words and good wishes for King Cody.  And a very special thanks to all those who donated tohelp pay the huge vet bills for Cody's care and his transport to his new home.  You have helped give Cody a chance at another wonderful and happy life.  Cody sends his love and thanks!!!  God bless you all!!
Cody giving a great big smile and happy to be going 
for another long walk with mom.

Cody relaxing in his new home and getting comfy after
his long trip
Update 6/3/14:

We are very happy to report that King's condition has been stabilized and he is
getting ready for his transport trip on Friday, June 6.   We
are all very excited for King and his new life.  We'll give you an update once
King arrives and gets settled in.  Paws crossed for our very sweet, brave boy.
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King is a very sweet 6 year old German shepherd who was about to be abandoned to a high kill shelter in NC. His family is losing their home and can no longer afford to keep him.  Shepherds Hope was contacted because if King was put into the shelter he would surely be killed because he has epilepsy.  King is such a gentle giant, he loves everyone and everything.  It would just break our hearts not to try to save this amazing boy.  
Now we need your help to raise some money for King's medical needs.  We have already done extensive blood work to determine the right dosage for his meds.  Seizure management is not a total science, the medications have to be adjusted and blood work done frequently to make sure the medication is not hurting his liver.  As luck would have it, King thinks he's a small dog and tried to wedge his way through a doggie door following some small dogs so he hurt an old injury of his knee so he was badly limping. We had x-rays done and it's to be determined if he needs ACL surgery or if laser treatments can be done.  ACL surgery is not always the best course of treatment for large dogs so we are going to send the x-rays to a specialist to see what they think.  
Please help us save King.  He is an amazing and gentle boy and we want to give him the great life he deserves.  Any donation for King's care and transport would be so appreciated.  

 King's Shepherd Saviors:



Rachel Calzaretta

Theresa Gerlich

Karen Lanzetta

Louise Kane

Margaret Nilson











A Second Chance for a "Throwaway Dog"
The stories of K-9 Winchester and K-9 Rex
WINCHESTER, one of our GSD's that we saved from the local shelter was scheduled to be euthanized.  He is now a K-9 in Philadelphia and has now become a celebrity.  We wish Winchester and his handler a Very Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year.  We are so proud!
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REX was at a shelter in CT and was scheduled to be euthanized.  In order to save him, there were so many people who worked extra hard to make this happen.  First, there was Julia, his foster mom, who immediately went to the shelter to evaluate him after we called her.  Upon meeting Rex, she couldn't let him stay there for one more minute, in fear of his being put down.  Julia called us and asked for our help in pulling him.  We told her to take him immediately and that we would find a good place for him.  Next were the police officers in NY who drove to CT to evaluate Rex and see if he was a candidate for K-9 work.  Then, there were all the phone calls and rejections we got because there were no spots open at the time for Rex, but we would not give up.  This led us to Bill V. and his team at the Parks Dept. who stepped up to take Rex and worked so hard training him.  Rex was truly a group rescue project.  He touched so many lives and everyone saw the potential and the goodness in him, enough for them, too, to want to help him.
One year later, we got this beautiful e-mail from Jacquie, Officer Knapp's wife thanking us for saving Rex.  Rex’s story is even more amazing because he had been attacked by a vicious dog while living with his first owner.  Rex required emergency surgery to save his life.   Physically, he recovered rather quickly, but mentally, he was left with many scars and became highly dog aggressive.  The K-9 trainers worked with him, training him to be dog tolerant but only under close handler supervision.  This is what makes this story even more amazing.  Please read Jacquie's letter and look at the wonderful pictures she sent:

Dear Donna:


It has been a year now since Rex became my husband's K-9 partner and member of our family.  It was a rough start, but he has adjusted well and I am writing to you to thank you for rescuing Rex.  As I sit here typing this message to you, he is sitting at my feet and it breaks my heart to think that he was deemed unadoptable by a shelter.  We were sent your Christmas newsletter last year a day before my husband was to pick up Rex.  Of course, we were very concerned about how he would behave and adjust to living with our family.  My husband was about to retire his K-9 partner (Noris) after working with him for several years.  Noris became a part of our family in 2005 when our son was 3 years old.  He loves Noris and they have been best of friends ever since.  He was expecting the same to happen with Rex.  Unfortunately, after reading about his behavior and past we weren't so sure.  Even as my husband picked him up, he was told he did not get along with any other dogs in the unit and growled at other officers.  Once he trusted us, he was fine.


That was last December, so let me tell you about Rex now.  He is best briends with our 10-year-old male shepherd, Noris, who suffers from degenerative myelopathy.  They play every day and Rex looks out for him.  When they go outside, Rex waits at the top of the stairs for him.  When neighboring dogs bark at Noris, Rex is there to protect him.  The first thing Rex does when he comes home from work is look for Noris.  Unfortunately, Noris is sometimes standing at the door and Rex knocks him down.  We just went on vacation for the first time since we have had Rex and we boarded both dogs at the animal hospital, a place where Noris has always gone.  We we arrived to pick them up, the ladies at the counter asked who we were there to pick up and when we said Noris and Rex, they said no.  In fact, one of them said she wanted to keep Rex.  He even was given a bath there.  The same worker said she would go into the kennel that Rex was in and just sit and play with thim.  Anytime Rex goes outside, we dry his feet before he comes inside.  He now stands there and lets us touch his back legs with no problem.  My son hugs and kisses him and plays with him all the time.  Again, it breaks my heart to think that he might not have been here if not for your organization.  Also, whoever came to the conclusion that he would make a good police dog was absolutely correct.  He is also so excited every day to go to work.  As soon as he sees my husband get ready, you can see Rex's excitement.


The change in Rex over the last year has been amazing.  Love and trust is all it took for him to let down his guard and be happy.  In fact, he wakes me up in the morning by nosing my pillow and when I pet him he moves to make my hand move down his back and scratch him right up above his tail, his favorite spot.  Amazing for a dog who didn't like to have his back touched, right?  He is definitely high strung and will lay right in the way, but he is part of the family.  Rex worked the Presidential Inauguration last year and continuously checks the monuments in DC.  A long way from where you found him.


Thank you for saving Rex and donating him to US Park Police.  We love him and couldn't imagine life without him.  Noris never had a friend before and when you see them, you would think they have been best friends for years.  I have even had people ask me if they are brothers.  I have attached a few pictures of Rex for you to see.  The first one, he is enjoying his Christmas present this year.  The next, is of him and my husband at work.  They were training that day.  Finally, a picture of Rex and Noris playing.  Rex is on the left.


Thank you and Happy New Year!




 Rex with his Christmas Present 2013

Officer Steven Knapp with Rex

Rex (left) with his brother Noris (right)
God bless you all. 



























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