Golden State German Shepherd Rescue (GSGSR) & German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County (GSROC)

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For those who wish to donate to a dog rescue during  Yoga and Pilatesthon Global Fundraiser we have now chosen a third and non-profit: The Golden State German Shepherd Rescue. Based in Northern California, this is the dog rescue for those who wish to support an organization near the Bay Area. For those in Southern California, you have the option of making your donation to The German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County. This is the 2nd complementary fundraiser for another animal charity under the Yoga and Pilatesthon Global Fundraiser benefit umbrella and is raising funds on behalf of Golden State German Shepherd Rescue, or German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County, both verified nonprofits.

The campaign does not necessarily reflect the views of the nonprofit or have any formal association with it. All contributions are considered unrestricted gifts and can’t be specified for any particular purpose. To donate to the Golden State German Shepherd Rescue, click here. For donations to the German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County, click here. Remember to keep a copy of your receipt.

Golden State German Shepherd Rescue is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. We are a small group of volunteers and have no paid staff, facility, office or kennel. Our volunteers are located mainly in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Our mission is to help German Shepherd Dogs in life-threatening situations, and to educate the public about this highly intelligent and versatile breed. Most of the German Shepherd Dogs we rescue come from the Northern and Central Valley regions of California .

Rescue is not simply taking animals out of shelters; it is also providing that animal with the opportunity through health care, behavioral and emotional assistance, to live out its life in a caring and loving home. Our goal is to find loving new homes for German Shepherd Dogs who are in need of a second chance; most of them have come from animal shelters in Northern California, where they have run out of time.

While we welcome the challenges that rescue work provides, it is not work we can do alone. We need help in the form of people and financial resources. Please consider joining us as a volunteer, a donor, or in any other manner in which you feel you can help. Your participation will be greatly appreciated by us, but – more importantly – by the dogs waiting for our help.


This handsome dog is K9 candidate Gunny who was rescued by Coastal German Shepherd Rescue of California. Gunny was spared from the gas chamber at a shelter shortly before he would have been put to sleep. He was mislabeled aggressive by shelter staff and was not made readily available to meet potential adopters. Fortunately, help came in time from a rescue.

German Shepherds face their own brand of discrimination especially from those unfamiliar with the breed.  These dogs were bred and developed to be working canines. As such, they are often in possession of strong protective instincts. German Shepherds tend to not trust strangers easily because of their natural guard dog nature. What is deemed as aggressive is usually a combination of the German Shepherd’s aloofness with strangers and their temperamental incompatibility with shelter conditions. Misunderstood, these dogs wind up in shelters and are euthanized.

If you want a dog that will be affectionate to a burglar then by all means get yourself a Golden Retriever or a Maltese, they practically like everybody and anybody, even those who mean harm to their owner. If you want a dog that won’t hesitate to protect you, stick with a German Shepherd. There are cars and then there is the Mercedes-Benz. Likewise, there are dogs and then there is the German Shepherd.

German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County (GSROC) is a non-profit 501(c)3 charity organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing purebred German Shepherd Dogs that have no where else to turn.

GSROC is an all volunteer organization with no paid staff. We are funded entirely by private donations and receive no government support. Dogs for adoption are housed in foster home situations and in private boarding facilities. Currently, we do not own our own kennel facility, but our dream is to have one some day so that we can eliminate the tremendous expense associated with boarding the dogs while they wait for their forever families.

Approximately 50% of the dogs that we rescue come to us directly from owners who are no longer able to care for them for one reason or another. The number one reason that we receive dogs is “Moving,” with the number two reason of “No time for” as a close second. Dogs also come to us when owners become ill or hospitalized, when owners pass away, when families lose their homes or lifestyles change.

The other 50% of the dogs in our care are plucked from public animal shelters throughout Southern California when no owner comes to claim them or when they are no longer wanted. We race to save as many of these dogs into our care as we can, however limited space and resources constantly make our task difficult.


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