Volunteer of the Month
Here are the Golden State German Shepherd Rescue Volunteers of the Month! We appreciate all of them for their tireless work.
Volunteer of the Month for April 2015 is George Marenin!
German Shepherds have been a part of my life since I can remember. I was 5 years old when my parents adopted our first dog, a white/black German Shepherd. Since then I have had the pleasure of owning three more. I love this breed and am impressed with their intelligence, loyalty, companionship, and their unselfish ability to love. Last year I had to put my 15 1/2 year old Shepherd to sleep and decided it was time for me to volunteer for a GSD rescue. I met several GSGSR volunteers and was sold. I have been fostering since July 2014 and fell in love with my third foster, Samantha, and adopted her. I am again a proud owner of a long-coat Shepherd and I will continue to do my part to help save these awesome dogs one at a time.
Volunteer of the Month for January 2015 is Want to nominate someone?!
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Volunteer of the Month for October 2014 is Sarah Antal!
Rescued animals have been a part of my home for as long as I can remember. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a home which embraced all life and instilled the passion to save animals. German Shepherds have always had a place in my home, as well as many other breeds and sizes. I love GSD’s for their unrelenting admiration of people, willingness to work, versatility, and pronounced personalities. I could never imagine my life without at least one.
Volunteering my time to this magnificent breed is a way for me to give back the joy these dogs give to us. My own dogs and my foster dogs unselfishly give their love, understanding, and friendship to anyone whom will accept it. There is no greater gift then to be accepted wholly for who and what you are.
I adopted our Loki from GSGSR in 2013 and not long after that my adoption counselor asked if I would be interested in fostering. Along with my own four dogs, we always have a foster or two. I am fortunate enough to have a confident pack that embraces the new dogs as one of their own. I look forward to many more great years with GSGSR and seeing this group save many more GSD’s.
"The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog. A man's dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master's side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer. He will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings, and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens." -George Vest
Volunteer of the Month for June 2014 is Yen Lau!
I've always loved animals but was never fortunate enough to have one to call my own. "If I can't have one in my home then I'll help them find a home of their own." That was the conclusion I came to and as soon as 2012 faded away to 2013, I had the strongest urge to start my volunteer work; something I was not able to do when I was younger. Even now, I sometimes wonder if fate had anything to do with it; that it pushed me in this direction for a reason.
A month into my volunteering with GSGSR, a close relative of mine passed away. I wasn't prepared to deal with the grief and everything else that comes with the passing of a loved one. But every time adoption day rolls around, it was like a gulp of air I desperately needed. For a few hours, I didn't feel weighed down by the sadness and heartache. Being around the GSD's relaxed my mind because at that moment, my focus is on them, nothing else. I think I can safely say the GSD's helped me get through a tough time in my life. I didn't bond with any particular dog at the time but simply being around them was enough for me.
On a happier note, it's been wonderful to meet so many dedicated volunteers and know that so many out there care about the well-being of these animals. I've been impressed by the amount of work that goes into rescuing and the commitment our volunteers make to help the dogs get to their forever homes. It has and continue to be a real joy to work with the dogs and everyone in this rescue and I'm so honored to be volunteer of the month.