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March 18, 2022

New Mission and Board Members for Golden State German Shepherd Rescue

Golden State German Shepherd Rescue (GSGSR) today announced a refined mission to primarily serve the Central Valley area of Northern California, and to be supported by a new slate of Board members. The rescue previously covered a wider geography that included the San Francisco and East Bay areas.

“The San Francisco Peninsula and East Bay have several fantastic rescue organizations serving the needs of shelters in those areas. However, the Central Valley has a widespread geography and population that’s harder to serve,” said Jayne Goad, President of GSGSR. “We will focus our efforts in this underserved Valley area, to make sure these dogs are not left behind.”

The Central Valley in Northern California stretches from Modesto to Sacramento, and will include Tracy, Manteca, Lathrop and Stockton. GSGSR previously extended its efforts all the way to San Francisco, which puts more stress on volunteers travelling for rescue-related activities.

“We want to be an effective and efficient rescue in the Valley,” Goad added. “We will also partner with other Northern California rescues to save dogs whenever we can. With a strong volunteer base in this area, we will be equipped to do that.”

GSGSR continued to meet their goals for rescuing dogs throughout the pandemic, even with the loss of regular Adoption Day events at various pet supply stores. They relied even more on social networking to place dogs in foster and adopter homes.

There was a surge in adoptions at the beginning of COVID-related lockdowns, but now the shelters have filled up again as people return to full-time work.

“We need more foster homes,” said Goad. “That’s always been the challenge in getting dogs out of shelters before they are euthanized. It buys time for us to vet them, assess their temperament and get them matched with the right adopters.”

The new GSGSR Board includes individuals who are well-networked in the Valley area. The new board includes returning members Jayne Goad and Marsha Beatie, and adds new Board members Michelle Onesky, Nicole Lloyd, Jill Alchorn, David Goad and Steve Onesky.

GSGSR salutes retiring Board members Joan Cannelli (President and Co-Founder), Mike Clausen and Max Hozven.

Outgoing President Joan Cannelli added "We are grateful for all the support we have received during our time with Golden State and for all the wonderful people we have met. Thank you to all the volunteers, philanthropists, shelter partners, & adopters that we have worked with over the past 13 years.  We are proud of the accomplishments that we have made since operations began in 2009 and wish GSGSR to operate with continued success."

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