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 January 2012 is Seema Lohithakshan!
Seema says: "It is an honor to be a part of a group that selflessly devotes their time and energy into rescuing animals. I joined this group as I was impressed by their dedication and commitment to saving the lives of these helpless animals.
I got my first GSD in 1995, Stalin was 8 weeks old and was given to me by a friend in an effort to "convert me to a dog person" possibly because I wouldn't stop talking about my cats and kittens. Since my parents were looking for a dog, I took him home and since then I have not stopped talking about my dogs or cats. After I moved to North America I waited almost a decade to adopt a dog as it was never a good time or place. Bryan and I started visiting dogs at adoption days, animal shelters and the SPCA on a weekly basis to spend time with the dogs. Finally, at an adoption day in Walnut Creek, Bryan and I decided to foster GSD's. Our fourth foster Portia made us commit to her on day 3 with her sweet temperament and easy going nature.
At this point I help promote GSGSR by managing GSGSR facebook page and Rescue Me page, Bryan and I also work as fosters and adoption counselors. I truly believe that you can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals."
Volunteer of the Month for December 2011 is Eleza Kerfoot!
Eleza says, "My goal is to help make people's lives not only liveable with their dogs but enjoyable so that they will keep them and find the true joy in owning a dog once you get past the little frustrations that stand in the way. And to make those dogs without homes the best they can be to become more adoptable. They are all such great dogs, and with a little work they can be so wonderful! My favorite. personal experience success story:
Luke came out of a hoarders house in Loomis that had 80 animals. He came to me with such a great temperment for being in such an awful situation. A family came to look at him and I had him on a leash in the front yard and he walked up to one of their kids and rested his head into the kids shoulder, the kid wrapped his arms around Luke and I knew he would be going home with them. It is so rewarding to pull a dog out of a shelter and give them a bath, food, attention and a little training and find them a new home."
Volunteer of the Month for November 2011 is Angela Cantz!
I have always had an interest in German Shepherds because of their intelligence, strength, loyalty and beauty. Three years ago my parents took a trip to Arizona to visit their friends who had recently gotten a puppy named Brinks. While there they caught the GSD bug and brought home Brinks' brother Triton who is now a treasured member of our family. He is everything and more of what I had expected from the breed and knew once my boyfriend Randy and I got into our new home a GSD would have to be added to our little family. We first talked about getting a puppy from a breeder but after I attended a Pet Expo where the German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento had a booth set up we decided we would adopt. This is how I became involved with rescue. Following the Pet Expo, I searched online for Northern California Rescue groups and found GSGSR, submitted a volunteer form, and was immediately contacted by Chris one of our fellow volunteers/ members. The passion in her voice for this breed had me hooked so I joined the group and started out attending Adoption Days. Now I am volunteer, member, on the fundraiser gala committee, assist with social networking on our Facebook site, recently have become a foster mom, and hope to add adoption counselor to that list.
There are no words to describe how fulfilling it is to be involved with such a great organization that helps unwanted or mistreated dogs find forever loving homes. It's a great honor to work alongside so many amazing people that dedicate hours to saving this cherished breed.
Volunteer of the Month for August 2011 is Barbara Costello!
Barb says, "I got involved with Golden State rescue when I acquired Duchess, a 6 month old German Shepherd, extreme alpha female from my son. He got her as a puppy and she wasn't a good fit for a young family with a baby. Because of Duchess I met Shane Garrehy of Diablo K-9 who helped turn Duchess into a well-mannered young lady, and Shane introduced me to Dez Murray. I offered to foster a dog or two for Dez and it all began. I have fostered 12 or so dogs, all different types of personalities (but they have to get along with Miss Duchess who has strong opinions).
German Shepherds are such fabulous dogs and unfortunately, so many end up in rescue because people don't realize that they require a high level of dedication and communication. The devotion, partnership and reward that you get in return is worth every effort, but the German Shepherd dog is not for everyone.
The biggest reward in fostering is taking in a dog who has been through some hard times, making them feel welcome and secure, and watching them bloom into a fabulous companion. Finding the right match and the forever home for your foster dog makes it all worthwhile. I still get regular updates from some of my foster dog's new families.
I have to thank Golden State German Shepherd Rescue and especially Dez and Mike who do so much and make all of us volunteers feel so welcome." The photo shows Barb with her fabulous German Shepherd, Duchess, at graduation.