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Welcome to Shepherds Hope Rescue





Tank is a super hunky boy looking for a new place to park his toys!   It is with sadness we have to post him, but it's probably for the best. Tank was found last summer by good samaritans tied up in a dog park in Brooklyn.   He was emaciated, had a severe urinary infection and was extremely dehydrated.

We had a prior adopter who had recently lost her dog.    She kindly opened her heart and home to Tank to give him a forever home.  Unfortunately she suffered a serious back injury and had to leave her job.    Tank is just too strong for her to manage comfortably, so she has made the heart-wrenching decision to find him a more suitable home.

When Tank was originally found, due to his poor condition, the vets originally thought he was 7 to 8 years old.    Now that he's recovered and healthy as a horse, we believe he's not more than 4 years old.  He is a large-boned boy and extremely strong.    He does need some work on the leash.  He is a super-energetic boy who would benefit from having a large fenced in yard to run in and play.

Tank seems to prefer women over men.    As we don't know his background prior to being adopted, we plan to have him evaluated by a trainer friend to see if he was just being protective of his owner or he just does not care for men. 
We are seeking a home with no other pets, experienced German Shepherd owners and no children.    Although he has been good with his owner's grandchildren, he is a large dog who loves to show his love for those he cares about and he could quite possibly knock someone down.

Please fill out an application if you are interested in the very special boy.







Is a Foster Failure!!

Welcome Home, Zehpyr!



We are saddened to welcome Zephyr into our rescue.    This incredibly stunning boy was adopted as a pup from independent rescuers by a friend of one of our adopters.  She recently lost a brave 2 year battle with cancer.  We promised to help when the time came so he could stay with his mom until the end.  He is currently staying with friends of the family and we are honored to help him find a loving home because that's what his mom wanted for her beloved friend.  Zephyr is about 6 1/2 years old, is neutered and up-to-date with vaccinations. He loves to give hugs and is a very loving boy. He tends to talk back if you tell him something he doesn't want to hear!  He adores going for car rides, and if you give him an ice cream cone, he'll do just about anything.  Zephyr would do best as an only pet, and definitely NO CATS!

Zephyr did some obedience training in his younger days and does know a few commands in German.    He would do best with an owner with prior German Shepherd experience to help reinforce training he had before his mom took ill.   

Please fill out an application on our site if you are interested in this very special boy.



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


































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