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Welcome to Shepherds Hope Rescue


We have a bit of both exciting and somewhat sad news to share with you!


Since 2008 Shepherds Hope Rescue has had the privilege of rescuing and adopting German Shepherds to wonderful, loving homes in the tri-state area. For a small rescue of just two people, we believe we’ve done a fabulous job!


Since our Donna J. relocated to the Carolinas a few years ago, we have found distance made it too difficult to effectively continue in this manner. So we are very pleased to announce that Donna is forming her own rescue, Blue Moon Shepherd Rescue. We are so excited for this new venture!! She will concentrate on the North and South Carolina area. Jeannie will continue operating Shepherds Hope in the NY/NJ area. Although we will not officially be together as one rescue, we will continue to network closely.  The friendship, love and support we have shown each other over the years will continue, and the bond will never be broken.


We thank you for being part of our journey and hope you will show support for both our rescues. Having two great rescues to help save this breed we all love so much will be even better. 


With very best wishes to our Shepherds Hope family, friends and wonderful supporters for a great year.   


Donna and Jeannie

Gentle Haley



Update:  January 26, 2019

Haley is doing really well.  She runs and plays like any other shepherd.  What a very happy girl she is.  Haley is learning about toys and beds.  She romps outside with her tennis balls and does barrel rolls when she catches the ball.  Haley is with her new foster mom and she is learning about cats.  We have a great home for her but Haley must get along with 2 indoor cats.  The training has been slow but Linus the training kitty is doing his best to get her ready.  Stay tuned for more updates.







Haley is doing really well and getting around with ease. She is able to go up and down stairs like a champ. Yesterday she had some visitors and was so happy for all the love and attention she received. What an amazing and sweet girl she is. A huge thanks to those who donated to help her. Your kindness has helped her on the way to the wonderful life she deserves! Stitches out in another 10 days and this sad chapter of her young life will be behind her.



UPDATE!!!!  12/19/2018


Haley’s surgery went very well. Here she is ready to go outside. What a brave and sweet girl💕💓. A few weeks to heal and she will be looking for her new forever home!









In the spirit of the holiday season, we are hoping for some angels to help our sweet girl Haley, a one year old German Shepherd.  She was found in a field with a horribly bloody back foot.   After being brought to the local shelter by her finder, she was seen by a vet who, after cleaning the wound, found half her back foot was missing.  We believe it must have gotten caught in a trap.  The vet wrapped her foot, put her on antibiotics and pain medication.  Because Haley was at high risk of euthanasia, we just had to help.

We are continuing her basic medical care but Haley needs to be seen by a specialist to determine what would be best for her.  Through x-rays the vet will determine if a prosthetic is an option or if Haley may need an amputation (see example of surgery photo below).  

We desperately need help with Haley’s medical bills.  We are estimate they will be upwards of $1,500.   Won’t you please help us provide the medical care Haley needs so she can live a happy and healthy life?  She is very sweet and gentle and has been through so much in her young life.  Any donation, no matter how small will be so greatly appreciated.   We are reaching out to our Shepherds Hope family and friends first, and will also be starting a GoFundMe page within the next few days.


Example of amputation surgery





Haley's Supporters:

Susan Burns

Sue and Steve Cattieu 

Christine Bates

Judith Hubbartt

Carol Skaziak, Jason Walters and the Throwaway Dogs Team

In loving memory of K9 Kanon 

Kimon Retzos

Enis Moran

Cyndi and Fred LeCompte

Terri Gerlich 

Todd Haines

Caroline Dowd Ward

Deborah Van Cott

Nancy P. Carpenter

Melissa Bitting
Brenda Vesligaj

Melissa Locke

Linda, Phil, Princess, Teddy & Cell Okun

Nike Dwyer
Janice Driscoll
D. Michelle Renick
Michael Glasser

Jimmy & Jayne Salvato

Lisa Crocker

Eric Sale

Joanne Sale

Kristen Kastrinos

Jimmy & Terri Cumbie




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Thank you, all, for your continued support!


Remembering Cruz



It is with the deepest sadness that I share with you the passing of Cruz.  He was part of the Fabulous 5 Pack, plus one.  The Fabulous 5 were the best dogs I could ever had wished for.  They helped train all my foster dogs and Cruz became the plus 1 when I tried to adopt him out twice and he was returned twice in less than 24 hours.  He proved the be the greatest challenge to the Fab 5 and he was their greatest triumph.  I guess you can say that Cruz chose us and wanted to stay and be a part of the Pack.


Cruz had been struggling with problems with his back legs for 2 years.  He had bad hip dysplasia when I got him, over 8 years ago, but DM had taken over in the last 5 months.  He needed help going up and down steps and then he needed help getting up. He was having terrible allergies and was treated 3 days ago with a new auto-immune booster drug that seemed to work well but he was still uncomfortable.  You could tell there was something more going on.  Then he wouldn’t eat, even his most favorite cooked foods.  He never stopped panting and his huge body would heave up and down and he would almost shake.  It hurt to watch him breath.  In just 2 days he stopped eating and wouldn’t get up to go outside.  I could see in his eyes it was time.  I couldn’t watch him suffer any longer.  I wanted him to be out of pain.

So today at 10:30 he peacefully went to sleep and finally the pain went away.  I cannot believe how much we miss him.  Everyone seems lost.  He was such a presence in our house, the anchor, the ever present presence that made our house seem like a home.  In his last few years Cruz became a real huggable love.  No one could resist petting or snuggling him.  And he loved that.  The most difficult dog I had ever encountered had turned into an amazing dog.  He truly became a gentle giant.  You couldn’t walk down the street without people stopping to say how magnificent he was.  He truly was a one in a million dog.


Now Cruz has gone over the Rainbow Bridge and has joined the Fabulous 5, where it all began.  The circle of life is complete.  I look up at the moon each night and think of my Fab 5 and now I will think of Cruz, too.  I tell them I miss them and love them and I will be with them soon.  But first I have more GSDs to save.  


Please give your loves ones a hug and tell them how much you love them.  It can happen so fast and those memories you make will last a life time.



Rest in Peace, beautiful baby boy.  My heart is broken……

Donna J.



Max, Cruz, Sable, Dutch, Rolphy, Valentine



In memory of Cruz

Terri Gerlich







UPDATE:  McFly has been ADOPTED!!!!  



We’d like to welcome McFly to our Shepherds Hope family.  McFly has had a very sad start to his young life. His father locked him in a tiny crate and put him in a closet and then shot himself. Five days later Mc was found in the closet beyond traumatized.


After 2 weeks in the shelter the staff decided that he could only be taken by rescue or put down. We just had to take him and give him a chance.

Here’s Mc on his ride home, a bit confused and sad but glad he is going to a home. At 1 1/2 years old and only 41 lbs. he is very emaciated so we are feeding him special food and small meals.

Next stop the vet for a full medical check up and another bath.

We’ll keep you posted on his progress. Despite everything Mc has been through, he is very sweet and wants to trust and love again. Baby steps. 



McFly Supporters:


Aubrey Graf Daniels  


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