Coastal German Shepherd Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)3 public charity based in Orange County, California since 2004. We are dedicated to finding loving homes for abandoned German Shepherds in Southern California. Our Rescue exists solely because of your tax deductible donations, which support our efforts to save these very deserving animals. Please donate today and help us save German Shepherds.
Rocky Needs Immediate Surgery!
We were contacted early this morning by a local shelter to help with an emergency situation. Late last night a family turned their 10 month old German Shepherd Puppy into the shelter missing one of his hind feet. They claimed they didn't know what happened to it, but they thought he might have "eaten it". The puppy was obviously in dire straits and needed medical attention above and beyond what the shelter could provide immediately, so they contacted us to help.
We rushed to Rocky's aid, pulling him from the shelter and rushing him right to our vet. Upon examination, our vets discovered ligature marks in addition to the festering wounds. They believe that Rocky was chained up and the chain wrapped around his foot so tightly that he literally chewed his foot off to free himself from the confinement and the pain. He has a massive infection in his leg and the tissue is all necrotic. He will need to have his leg removed due to the damage and the infection.
The estimate for the full amputation surgery is approximately $2500. We not only need to raise the funds for his surgery and care, but we also need to find a foster or forever home for Rocky as well. He will need a loving and supportive home to recover and heal in. In spite of the pain and horror of his injuries, Rocky is a sweet and happy boy, grateful for the love and kindness that he is being shown.
We need your help to be able to get Rocky the life saving surgery he needs and to start a new life. At such a young age, poor Rocky has known tremendous pain and suffering that no dog, much less a baby should have to endure. Please make a donation today to help him heal and have a chance at finding the loving family that he deserves.
Life threatening emergencies always seem to happen at night or on weekends when our vets are closed. Unfortunately, last night night we were faced with a double challenge with our beautiful and pregnant Treasure. Heading into the last week of her pregnancy, something went wrong and we were faced with rushing her the vet at 1 o'clock in the morning.
Formally known as Savannah and rescued from the San Bernardino Shelter, things were starting to go right for our Treasure. She had been living in a field fending for herself when local AC officers were able to catch her and bring her to the shelter. She was pulled the first day she was available from her stray hold, so she spent minimal time in the germy shelter. Settled in to her foster home, she had recovered from her kennel cough and a recent vet check indicated that we were expecting 5 puppies in about a week or two.
Unfortunately, something went wrong with one of the puppies late last night and it either died or possibly the placenta separated early. Treasure had a sudden discharge, which is not uncommon, but, when she failed to progress to active labor, we were faced with having to get her emergency veterinary care. The emergency vet confirmed our worst fears- that most likely there was a puppy dead or stuck and labor had stalled. We had two choices: either wait and see if labor would start at some point and risk losing all of the puppies, and possibly our Treasure, or do an emergency c-section and save who we could. C-sections are normally expensive and the cost doubles at an emergency hospital. We were facing a life or death situation didn't have time to wait.
We went ahead with the c-section and the vet confirmed there was a dead puppy in the birth canal, but nowhere near being about to come out. They were able to deliver four good sized puppies and all were doing well this morning. We made the right decision and were able to save Treasure and four of her puppies, but are now faced with an extremely large bill that we have to pay today. We are turning to our friends and supporters to help us raise the funds we need to pay her surgical bill. Coming on the heels of our recent major emergency medical cases, we did not anticipate having another emergency to deal with so soon and really need your help. Please make a donation today. All donations are greatly appreciated and will go directly to this family's medical care.
You can use the Paypal Button Below to make a donation to help with Treasure's veterinary bills. We thank you for your support and appreciate all donations to help save this new family.
By joining our Foster Family program, you can offer the safety and healing environment of your home to a dog either waiting in a shelter for euthanasia or for rescue. The more volunteer foster families we have, the more dogs we can save from death in noisy, cold and uncaring shelters.
As a Southern California-based rescue, we make every effort to find LOCAL foster homes for the dogs we rescue. Unfortunately, though we appreciate the offers, we cannot send dogs out of state to foster.
Please fill out our online foster application if you would like to join our team of Foster Families and save a life by giving a dog in need a place to go!
Often, the decision to save a dog's life is determined by our ability to pay their medical bills! We have not been able to assist as many medical cases as our hearts have wanted to over the past couple of months due to a depleted medical fund. All too often, shelters in Southern California label a dog to be rescue only due to illness. This means the dog is not available for adoption by the public and their only hope for getting out of the shelter is a rescue.
Even more often, the dogs are released with a waiver of spay or neuter. This means that our rescue is taking on a dog that may likely be ill, is not altered and may not have its vaccines, all of which we are committed to taking care of. As an all-volunteer group that depends solely on donations, we now work even harder to raise the dollars to help these homeless pets!
While we have several high cost surgeries recently, just $25 can fully vaccinate one dog! $10 will cover one night of boarding. Your donation, combined with others, can help us put together the funds. Here's how your dollars can help:
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Cherese Mari Laulhere
Cherese loved her German Shepherd mix, Dudley. She always had a soft spot for animals and children. When she passed away in 1996, her family created a foundation so that her dreams of helping others could be fulfilled.
By supporting Coastal German Shepherd Rescue, Cherese has an opportunity to help the many loving German Shepherds like her beloved Dudley.
To learn more about Cherese and the organizations that she supports please visit www.cherese.org.