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Six years ago today, Shepherds Hope became a non-profit organization! Although we both had been doing GSD rescue for many years as independent rescuers, in 2009 we decided to take the plunge. We have adopted many dogs over the years, but our mission has always been to find the best fit possible for every dog and adopter. We will never be a big rescue and do our best with limited resources, but we believe every Shepherd is special and deserves a loving and caring home where they will thrive.
We've met so many wonderful adopters and made some amazing friends who have shared our triumphs and frustrations. Thank you to all of you who have supported us both financially and emotionally. Your kindness and generosity has helped us through these years together. Thanks for coming along on the journey with us. God bless you all.We love you!Donna J. & Jeannie
Penny just chilling at work with her rope toy!
Wow, 60's and sunny. Lucky Penny!
Hanging out at work, playing with a few toys. We are having some supervised non-muzzle time!
Doesn't she have the best face?
I hear you are prepping for snow! Good luck!! I would not be happy with that ... My shaved hip would be cold!!
I am doing better and eating more. I am SO ready to lose this muzzle. :( Mom says I have to wear it a few more days until the staples come out. This sucks! It's hard to give kisses thru the muzzle. Mom calls it my party hat...not funny! Everyone, please be safe.
Thank you for saving me.
Hugs and kisses (through my party hat for now),
Here are some pictures of our Penny. You go, girl!!!
This morning was better for Penny and the appetite enhancers are working.
Penny had a rough day today so she had to go back to the vet. She wasn't eating very well and has slowed down a bit. The vet ran some more blood work and it turns out she is more anemic than she originally tested. It also showed that the hookworms are still there. They gave her another dose of wormer and they believe the hookworms are worsening the anemia and the surgery has put more stress on her already frail body. They are changing food tactics and giving her only dry kibble because she keeps eating around all the special yummy food and just wants the dry food - go figure! They also gave her some appetite enhancers to make her want to eat. All the pain meds and antibiotics could also be making her stomach a bit wonky too. She is down to 31 pounds. Bandages were changed, still pretty oozy, but that's to be expected. POOR LITTLE GIRL!
So, Penny is now back home and resting on her triple layer fleece comforter. Penny's foster mom took off her muzzle and after dinner put down a huge comfy blanket and sat down on the floor. Penny crawled right up in her lap and fell sound asleep. Not much else to do on a rainy and freezing night. Penny's favorite pastime is to get pet and snuggle. She is probably still decompressing from all those days on the run and in pain.
Sleep well, sweet Penny, we got your back!
1/22/2015 Penny has Left the Building
Penny, groggy after her surgery.
Penny has left the building!!! The video below is Penny at the vet's office a few minutes before she left. She and Inga, the vet tech, have formed such a wonderful bond. Penny is doing OK; she ate a little this morning and is moving pretty well. Animals are amazing. Who would believe this sweet girl had gone through a major leg amputation and a spay yesterday morning? The vet would like Penny moving slowly and adjusting. We'll keep you guys posted.
Thank you again to all of Penny's wonderful supporters that helped make this happen. Isn't Penny the sweetest and most courageous little girl? Who could not squish her up??!! And the whole time she was wagging that magnificent tail. She is so happy for any love and kindness she receives.
WE LOVE YOU PENNY!
Click on the camera and check out the video of Penny as she left the vet's office. What a sweet baby girl'
1/21/2015 Penny Update
Penny underwent surgery today, her right rear leg was amputated and she was spayed. She is recovering well, she is alert and calm and a bit wobbly on her feet as you can imagine. Although she had gotten used to walking on three legs, she needs to learn to balance all over again with the change. We’ll find out more about her in the coming weeks, but right now we know she loves people and children and really loves attention. The vet decided that a basket muzzle was a better choice for Penny than the collar. They didn't want to panic her with the collar and she is so weak they didn't think she could support the collar with her frail body. She is accepting the muzzle and has had a nibble of food and a bit of water.
We’d like to send a big shout out to Rocky Point Veterinary Hospital and their staff for the wonderful help and care they are giving our Miss Penny!! Penny will take some time to recover. Once she does, we’ll be looking for her forever family so she will never know suffering and pain again.Please keep Penny in your thoughts and prayers for a quick and easy recovery. Thank you all for your incredibly generous donations to help Penny. Penny is so lucky to have such wonderful Guardian Angels to help her claim her new life. Penny's best days are ahead…we promise!!! We'll keep you guys posted and try to get a video of our girl as soon as she is able. THANK YOU ALL SO, SO MUCH!! We could not have done this without our Shepherds Hope Family!!God bless you all!Penny's Original Story
A rescue friend of ours in NC received a desperate call from a small rural shelter begging for help with a German Shepherd that had just been brought in by animal control. The GSD was a young and very friendly dog, but came in with a horrible leg injury. She was taken to the local vet to be looked at...it was not good. He said the leg had to be amputated or she had to be euthanized. The small shelter did not have the resources to treat her, so they quickly reached out to see if a rescue would take her. The shelter manager said that in spite of all her pain, the dog was very sweet and was wagging her tail and giving kisses. The owner was located through the rabies tag but they did not want her. We took one look at her sweet face and knew we had to give this girl a chance at a better life. She had NOT given up, and has a strong will to live and we were going to help her!
We named her Penny. This little girl is an emaciated 11 month old female, weighing in at a mere 38 pounds. We do not know what happened to her leg. She may have been hit by a car, she may have gotten tangled in a piece of farm machinery, or possibly attacked by a larger animal. The vet, upon examination, was shocked to learn that this was an old injury probably one month old. Her lower leg/paw was dead, only hanging on by skin and tendons and it flopped around when she moved around. Although instinct allowed Penny to try and lick it clean, considerable infection had set in. The suffering Penny must have been endured over this long period of time had to be extremely painful.
Penny is currently on antibiotics for the severe infection and we will be getting her to surgery this week as soon as she is strong enough. We are trying to raise money for Penny's surgery and after care. If you can help us help Penny, we would be very grateful. Please pray for Penny's recovery. What a brave and sweet little girl!
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Will you be a sponsor and help Penny with her surgery and after care? Just click on the Shepherd Savior icon below and help us make 2015 the beginning of a new life for Penny. Together, we will show Penny we will NOT give up on her!
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Thank you.Dogs don't have to be perfect to be WONDERFUL
People often come to us to adopt the 'perfect' German Shepherd.
They want them young, trained, and good with kids, cats
and dogs. Most dogs who come to us have been neglected and unwanted and need training, love and patience.
Older and special needs dogs are usually not considered for adoption.
But every once in a while we get a surprise, and we'd like to share
these stories of some wonderful dogs and the
incredible adopters who saved them. Jodi's Story A friend in Cape Cod asked us to keep an eye out for a German Shepherd for her friend who was not experienced in owning a Shepherd but was willing to learn and would provide a fantastic home. We thought a nice, easy Shepherd mix would be a good match. That very night a rescue friend in NC sent a Craig's List posting of the most pathetic Shepherdy-looking girl who was 9 years old. Her owner was moving and couldn't take her along. If a home was not found in 2 days, she would go to the shelter. As most of us know, a 9 year old dog in a southern shelter would never make it to the adoption floor. Our friend Veronica went to meet Jodi and found her to be a bit shy and scared but warmed up after a bit. Veronica said she was too adorable and sweet to deserve the fate coming her way. Veronica brought her home, and within a day, Jodi was running with the pack having a grand old time. No trace of the scared and reserved dog of days ago. I thought she would be a great fit for the adopter in Cape Cod. I contacted her, sent pictures and videos and she fell in love immediately. Before Jodi could be transported she needed a full medical checkup and we prayed that she would be heartworm negative. To our happy surprise she was, but her teeth were a complete disaster. So after extensive dental surgery, shots and spay, Jodi was ready to embark on her transport adventure to Cape Cod. The moment Margaret met Jodi, it was love at first sight. Now these two are inseparable and Jodi even gets to accompany Margaret, who is a real estate agent, on house showings riding happily in the back seat. They enjoy early morning walks with the local pack to watch the sunrise - what more can a girl want! We are thrilled we were able to help a wonderful dog like Jodi. It was a group effort, working with a sister organization to find a home for a senior girl. We can't thank Margaret enough for opening her heart and home and giving Jodi an amazing life. Jodi has added so much joy to Margaret's home and the lovefest goes both ways! Jodi has so much love to give her mom, and her kitty brother and sister now share her brand new pink bed. Jodi is a little bit of a thing at 40 pounds, and Margaret laughs saying she is so glad she got the extra large dog bed. Life is good!
Hope's Story Hope and her daughter Jenna were abandoned at a local animal hospital and we were contacted for help placing them. Upon meeting Hope, it was clear she was used as a breeder dog because of her physical condition. But even sadder was her mental state. As with most breeding dogs, they are locked in crates and have little physical or emotional contact. Hope was painfully shy and preferred to stay in her kennel rather than than venturing out. Seeing and feeling grass for the first time was almost a painful experience. She also had been yelled at and was hand shy. We knew Hope would need a very special family to help her learn what love and kindness was. As luck would have it, there was a wonderful family waiting for Hope who really wanted to RESCUE a dog. They were not looking for a perfect dog - they wanted to save a life. So mom, dad and kids came to meet Hope, who at the time was called 'Mommy dog.' With the help of some hot dog treats, 'mommy dog' warmed up, but was still painfully shy. She had that 'deer in the head lights' look, not understanding what was happening with all this touching and petting. Mommy dog didn't understand what affection was and that it was good. She allowed handling but seemed to be waiting for something bad, like being hit. It brought tears to my eyes to see this beautiful, sweet girl, try to trust and love but almost afraid. After a few minutes, it was quickly decided that Mommy dog would become the new family addition. Since additional medical care was needed, she could be brought home the following week. Family negotiations began to chose a name. Everyone had ideas but could not agree until the name 'Hope' was suggested, and then it was unanimous. We were told later that part of the reason for her name was to honor our rescue. As it turns out Hope was perfectly named. After her first week, she accompanied the family to pick up her human sister at camp, where she is a counselor for autistic children. Hope greeted the children in her calm, gentle manner. There's been talk that maybe she will become a therapy dog. A few weeks after getting Hope, the family was scheduled to take a trip to Florida to visit their grandmother. Initially they were going to fly but didn't want to leave Hope so soon, especially because she was making some progress learning to trust and love. So the family drove down together and had a wonderful visit with grandma. Hope even made some new friends! Thank you to Vic, Lori and family for opening your hearts to a very special girl and for truly wanting to rescue a lost soul and make her love and trust again.
Hope's first bed.
King Cody's Story:
Our rescue friend Veronica in North Carolina contacted us about King, a very sweet Shepherd boy with seizures. His mom was losing her home and could no longer afford to care for King, and he needed to find a home quickly or he would be left at the local shelter. It's a well known fact that southern shelters are high kill and a dog like King with special needs would never stand a chance and would be euthanized right away.
Veronica was desperate to save him. We reached out to a friend with a soft spot for older and special needs dogs. We sent a few pictures of King and asked if she was interested. She was so touched by King's story and his sweet face that she said she would take him.
First task to was get King's seizures stable enough to be able to make the trip from North Carolina to Maryland. A few days before he was ready to go he was limping badly and required x-rays. The x-rays revealed he twisted his ACL and needed rest to heal so his trip was delayed. Finally, after much waiting and hoping, King was transported to his new home and his new mom, Vanessa. After a few days of being introduced to his new pack, King settled in very well. Vanessa decided to change his name to Cody and she lovingly calls him "King Cody" because, as she states, he is 'gynormous!'
Our heartfelt thanks to Vanessa for opening her heart and home to a great boy like King Cody with special needs. He is an incredibly sweet and gentle boy and didn't deserve to die because of his condition. It takes a very loving and caring person to give a home to a boy like Cody. Vanessa, we will be forever grateful for your huge heart. Thank you!