Missouri German Shepherd Rescue
Love In Action - Restoring Hope for German Shepherds
an IRS 501(c)3 non-profit organization
IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN ADOPTING A GERMAN SHEPHERD.....
...... WE HAVE OVER 50 WONDERFUL ADOPTABLE DOGS in our program who are just waiting for their lifetime families! They were all discarded by their owners for reasons such as 'moving,' 'having a baby,' 'doesn't fit our lifestyle anymore,' and other excuses. Help show one of them that many humans really are committed to their pets and love them for life!
CHECK THEM OUT AT https://tinyurl.com/MOGS-Adoptable-Dogs or click the link for "Available Dogs" under "Adopt" on the menu at left.
*** ATTENTION ***
THE GSD CRISIS IS GETTING WORSE!
THE OFFICIAL EPIDEMIC
OF HOMELESS GERMAN SHEPHERDS CONTINUES!
HUNDREDS OF UNWANTED GSDs ARE IN NEED.
We love to report success stories and celebrate each one. But in 2018 we officially declared an epidemic is underway. Every single month we had large increases in the number of pleas we got to take in GSDs. In 2019, it's kept getting worse and worse. The horrendous puppy mill bust in Georgia of 350 GSDs is the tip of the iceberg. Expect the horrors to keep coming.
GERMAN SHEPHERDS ARE IN A STATE OF EMERGENCY!
We tried to tough it out in the first half of 2018, hoping the deluge was temporary. But we finally had to face the truth: unwanted and homeless GSDs are dying by the thousands in the U.S. Every month the number of GSDs being dumped grows.
In January 2018 requests to take in dogs started to skyrocket. By May 2018 we got more than 30 requests each month. By August 2018, it grew to 50-80 requests each month. In just one 48-hour period, we got 13 requests. And 2019 has not slowed down. In just a few days in September we've been asked to take in over 20 dogs.
And it’s not just MOGS. Shelters and groups in California and Texas have organized massive efforts to send hundreds of their GSDs to other states around the U.S. A South Dakota shelter called desperately looking for rescue for a big male – they had already tried rescues in Colorado, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa only to be told the same thing by everyone: “We’re overwhelmed, we’re overflowing, you can try us again later.” A vet in central Kansas told us, “So it's not just us? We feel like we’re failing the german shepherds here. At least now we know why.”
It’s everywhere. IT’S AN EPIDEMIC.
We’re overwhelmed and so are all the other GSD rescues. We rescues can not possibly absorb the huge number of dogs in trouble. Yet endless requests keep coming from all directions – local and far-away shelters, owners, finders, concerned citizens, neighbors, people who get a free dog and then can't handle it. More and more owners decide their dog no longer ''fits'' with their schedules or ''lifestyles''. Most dogs need retraining, many need serious rehab, others need extensive medical care.
A CALL-TO-ARMS: ALL GSD LOVERS ON DECK!
WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO SHOCK US ALL INTO ACTION?
The dogs need all hands on deck to survive.
The time for “Maybe I can help later” is over. THE TIME IS NOW. If we’re to save these dogs whose lives are at risk because of heartless humans, we ALL have to actively step up and be their champions.
All GSD lovers need to step up. DO SOMETHING. ANYTHING. NOW.
Tomorrow is too late.
Many dogs will be out of time by then.
They will be dead because humans didn't care enough.
And they will leave this world unloved, unwanted, terrified, in pain.
We don’t have all the answers, but here are a few things you can do RIGHT NOW:
WE CALL ON ALL GSD LOVERS FOR ANY AND ALL HELP.
We beg you! Come help us save as many as we can of the thousands of GSDs who die in this country every year.
Pray for our beloved breed. Pray for every one of the hundreds who are being neglected, abandoned, and dumped every day. Pray for the ones who are safe in a home today but will be thrown away next week and end up on death row.
Then get to work to save them.
TOGETHER WE CAN BECOME A GSD CRISIS RESPONSE TEAM.
Together we can work miracles.
HERE ARE A FEW EXAMPLES OF WHAT'S HAPPENING -- IT HAS TO STOP!
|Caesar was an 8 year old German Shepherd who was dropped at a city shelter by his owner, who claimed Caesar was a "stray." He had been a chained outdoor dog and was comatose, almost totally frozen from subzero temperatures, starved nearly to death, had a badly injured back leg, an extremely painful back end, mild hip dysplasia, no teeth, a sunken eye, almost no fur, heartworm disease and cancer. Wonderful vet Dr. Brad Twigg at Plaza Vet Clinic graciously stepped up to foster him initially, making all the difference in the world during those crucial first months. Our dedicated volunteers walked him daily, took him to rehab appointments, and eventually fostered him. Caesar's final months were spent in the most loving of all possible foster homes, with a doggie buddy he loved dearly, until he lost the fight with cancer. WE LOVE YOU ALWAYS, CAESAR - you are our light and inspiration. You came to us at Christmas and left us at Easter. We're grateful to have had the privilege.
Max is a gorgeous 1-year old stray whose front leg was sheared completely off by a car moving at a high rate of speed. The driver didn't bother to stop and his leg was never found. Fortunately the friction cauterized the wound or he would have bled to death in minutes. Animal Control found him, took him to the shelter, and notified MOGS. We immediately took him into our program and rushed him to our vet for a 3+ hour surgery. The rest of his shoulder joint was surgically removed in order to have enough skin to close over the massive, gaping wound. As a young dog he was very active and we were afraid he would keep reopening the wound, so we enlisted a dedicated group of "Max-Sitters" -- volunteers who sat with him during the day to distract him. They helped him heal quickly and well. After hundreds of hours of Max-Sitting and thousands of dollars, Max was happy and healthy, and we found him an incredible family with a doggie sister where today he's loved, treasured and living it up! ENJOY EACH SECOND, MAX! You went through hell but you got your heaven on earth and we love you.
|Buddy was a 9-year old senior dog who was owner – surrendered to a shelter because the owner didn’t want to deal with his medical issues.
Once in MOGS' care, we immediately began treatment for severe dysplasia in both hips, severe arthritis in his left knee, injured paws from overgrown nails, and epilepsy with active, untreated seizures. He had several broken and missing teeth from chewing on his heavy chain. Buddy had also been starved and was massively underweight. In most cases, this is a death-sentence. But MOGS stepped in and gave Buddy 18 months of a perfect life in a loving hospice foster home. Sadly, he passed away in December 2018 from torsion. RIP, BEAUTIFUL BOY. We love you forever.
|Xena is an extreme cruelty case that came to MOGS after two weeks in intensive care at a shelter. At intake she weighed just 35 lbs out of an expected 70+ lbs, and had a severe head tilt from a lifetime of pulling on the 3 ft heavy chain she was forced to live on. She had puppies, slept, lived, ate, pottied, and almost went crazy for 6 years on that short, heavy chain. She slept and lived in the mud, snow, frozen ground, and heat -- with no shelter or food, unable to get out of the elements. We don't know how she survived. She had an embedded collar, severe spondylosis, double hip dysplasia, arthritis in her knees, broken and infected teeth from chewing on her chain, severe fly strike to both ears, double ear infections, pneumonia, and Stage 2 heartworm disease. But once she arrived at MOGS, her life changed forever. We treated all her conditions one at a time, and although she was initially dog aggressive she finally came to love her dog siblings and rowdy play as well as her human family. Her joy in life is amazing and she has forgiven humans for torturing her. After spending 13 months in a loving foster home, Xena found a forever home in January 2019. She now has with a fantastic forever family who fell in love with her and made room in their pack just for her. ROCK ON, AMAZING XENA! You have a huge piece of our heart.
Every year the number of cruelty and neglect cases continues to rise. In 2017, 2018 and so far in 2019, over half the dogs taken in by MOGS were victims of this terrible trend.
Want to help? Be part of saving lives? There are many ways you can.
There are hundreds of other animal's out there right now,
suffering in silence, with no one to help them.
Please be proactive - actively look for any animals that might need your help.
SEE SOMETHING, DO SOMETHING! BE THE RESCUER IN 2018!
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