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  • Sophie - A Rescue Story

    Two months ago, Sophie, a 5-6 month-old German Shepherd, was turned in to the shelter by her owner because she couldn’t afford medical care. The owner said Sophie was attacked by another dog two days prior. She clearly had a broken front leg and over 50 puncture wounds. She was covered in dirt so the first thing done by our staff member Chelsea was bathe her. Despite the pain she must have been feeling, Sophie was so sweet and loving to everyone. Our kennel supervisor Jen took her to an off-site vet, Dr. Boyd, for X-rays and exam. He cleaned up her wounds and put her on pain meds and antibiotics. He said the infection was already setting in so she was probably attacked at least a week before being turned in. Our Rescue Liason, Susanne, reached out to Coastal German Shepherd Rescue OC ( They agreed to come get her the next day. They took her to their vet. She underwent surgery to repair her broken leg, along with the insertion of multiple drains. Coastal German Shepherd Rescue OC says she is doing amazing and is now ready to be adopted. Thank you Coastal German Shepherd Rescue OC and all our rescue partners for your support as we continuously work hard to Make a Difference One Life at a Time.

  • Luna Bear - An Adoption Determined to Happen

    In November, Nell was looking for the perfect German Shepherd mix. As she explored rescue dogs online Nell saw one-year old Luna Bear's post on our Facebook page ( and messaged about her. The biggest problem was about 2,000 miles. Nell lives in Chicago but wanted to adopt Luna Bear from our shelter, located in Apple Valley, CA. But with dedication and newfound love, a solution will always be found... Nell completed the adoption over the phone. Next she found a pet sitter here in Apple Valley to keep Luna Bear for 3 days until her friend, a transporter, picked Luna Bear up and took the sweet shepherd to her new home in Chicago. Today, Luna Bear lives with her new owner Nell and her boyfriend Justin, who adore her. She is currently being trained to be a service dog. Thank you, Nell, for giving Luna Bear a forever home.

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