Westside German Shepherd Rescue of Los Angeles is a non profit 501(c)3, no kill rescue committed to saving
all types of German Shepherd Dogs from high kill shelters and adopting them to loving, qualified homes.

 
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Dear Westside Family,

The path to a Home of Our Own has been one filled with many hurdles! We almost lost our quest for a home to a developer offering more than twice what we could offer but, after a heart-wrenching 45 days, his offer fell through! We have guarded the money we raised so far as a deposit. We are still $65,000 short but didnít want to ask again if we didnít know for sure that we were in a more secure position. We are now officially in escrow. It is hard to believe we are getting so close to making our dream of so many years come true. The rescue building is simple but so functional. People come from all over, wonderful people opening their hearts and homes to help us save another life -- kind and good people helping us to get closer and closer to buying the building. It is the coming together of hundreds of caring people that makes this a legacy for saving lives for generations to come. We have one more hurdle to go and the dogs will always have a Home of their Own. Many of you have asked how much more we need to raise -- now we know. It is daunting, but we are hoping you all will rally again to help us raise the $65,000 and get us over our last hurdle so the dogs will always have a place of their own. Escrow closes in a few weeks, we need help and fast.

The rescue is working overtime, so consumed with all the dogs needing our help this summer and, as always, so many dogs coming in sick or injured. We are hoping our wonderful and generous Westside family will come to our rescue again for the sake of the dogs.

Our check for $33,000 started escrow!

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New dogs just arriving on a transport from the Central Valley.

Every summer is a challenge from people giving up their dogs, but it is at record levels this year. We arenít sure why, what changed, but we are squeezing in dogs everywhere we can in order to save their lives. We are a safety-net for so many city and county shelters, some large, some small and remote; these shelters are used to us being there for German Shepherds and mixes when they are out of options. The staff at the shelters we work with all year are actually begging us to take just a few more. We know that, come September when vacations are over and kids back in school, adoptions will soar and people will be welcoming these dogs into their hearts and homes. We just need to hold on a little longer to save their lives. We need help with the extra costs taking on new dogs brings.
Johann was from an animal shelter way up in the Central Valley in a farming area; we arenít sure how someone loses a puppy like this! We had so many applications for Johann that, after a few minutes on our web-site, we had to remove the post. Johann is now happily in his new home!
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City and county animal shelters have no options to help sick and injured dogs. Our philosophy is that we donít want a dog, who could have a wonderful life ahead of him if it hadnít been hurt or gotten sick, to die alone in the back of any animal shelter. We save a record number of dogs who need orthopedic surgeries, as well as dogs who have owners who donít want them if they have been hurt; Westside becomes their family and we can do this because of the generosity of people like you!

Misty was hit by a car and had 2 broken legs. She waited at a county shelter for a miracle. When no one came, Westside stepped in and provided her with the medical care and surgery she needed.

Cody was shot and left in a ditch, the bullets shattered one of his back legs. The shelter in the Central Valley suspected he was trying to catch a chicken, he was starving and a farmer shot him. Thanks to the expert surgeons at The Pet Care Center, Cody had a plate and pins added to stabilize the break, he was walking in no time. Here is Cody's new family!
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Juju and Bear lost their homes because the owner was deployed. Here they are starting their new life together!
Charlie was found by a Good Samaritan in the streets of Los Angeles with burns over 30% of his body. She took him to the nearest vet she could find who recommended they euthanize him. She left in tears. Thankfully someone gave her the number to Westside. We rescued Charlie and gave him the medical care he so desperately needed. He started to heal and learned to love and trust again. He was adopted by a wonderful family earlier this year.
When Beau was being lifted into the car for transport down to Los Angeles, he was bleeding so badly the trip had to be postponed! The animal shelter did what they could until we could get another transport for Beau. Beau spent months healing. Here is Beau leaving just a few days ago to his new home in New Jersey! His new mom thinks he would make such a great therapy dog! He knows what it is like to need some extra love to get through a trauma!
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One day Abby was in a high volume kill shelter. A few days later after being adopted from Westside, Abby is living her dream! Even lots of critters to chase!
At the age of 14, Lobo was turned into a very high-kill shelter in California by his owner. When we saw his video, we knew we had to save him. He had open sores around his eyes and his muzzle, was very underweight and had trouble walking. He went straight to our vet, Malibu Coast Animal Hospital, then into a foster home. He has completely healed and, thanks to your donations, good nutrition and supplements, he is running around and playing with the other dogs in the family. He has a special bond with the little Terrier mix -- they sleep next to each other every night. His foster parents fell madly in love with this sweet boy and adopted him!

Little did we know when a breeder brought us a litter of the cutest puppies, that they all had Parvo. The first one started showing symptoms of Parvo that night. One by one they all ended up in the hospital on IVs. Thankfully, because of your donations, they all recovered and one by one they went home to their anxious new parents.

GOING HOME - Our favorite part of the day!

Nothing puts a bigger smile on our face then our adoption photos.
The rescue itself has been full speed ahead: we are averaging between 80 and 90 dogs adopted every month to wonderful homes. Almost all the dogs were out of options -- we are their lifeline. Please help us continue to finish raising the funds needed for our $350,00 down payment to buy the rescue building; we have already raised almost $300,000. The purchase price is $1.1M. We only have a few weeks until escrow closes. There is aďgrandfathered inĒ kennel license. There is no place in the city like our rescue. We canít even imagine what would happen if it was taken away from us. The last months have been very stressful, not knowing our future. Now we are so close. Please help us get the rest of the way home! From the bottom of my heart, I thank all the incredible people who have gotten us so far!

Sending lots of hugs! Robin
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To send a donation by check, please send it to:
Westside German Shepherd Rescue
3016 S. Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007
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