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 dogs 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 more lives!

Saturday Oct 10
Strut Your Mutt!!!!!
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Lake Forest Petsmart
Saturday Oct 24
Lake Forest Petsmart
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Join Us For "Strut Your Mutt"!

Strut Your Mutt fundraising walk!

Register today for this fundraising walk with your dog!

Helping the broken and the voiceless every day. That is what we do. We are a proud participant in Strut Your Mutt and we need your help to continue helping those that have no other options.

There are a couple ways you can support our fundraising efforts. One way to help is to join our team and get sponsors and walk with us. To join "Team Coastal", you can register for the October 10th walk online by clicking here! If you just want to help support our fundraising efforts by making a donation you can add your pledge here!



Yogurtland Fundraiser!

The Miraleste Intermediate School Leadership class put together a fundraiser to benefit Coastal GSR, because they're awesome!!
Want a sweet way to support our Rescue efforts? Come by Yogurtland in San Pedro, Thursday, 10/1/15, from 4:00pm - 7:00pm. They are located at 1000 N. Western Ave. San Pedro CA 90732. Thanks to the Marauders, 15% of all purchases between 4 & 7 will go to Coastal!



Baby Puppy With Parvo Needs Help!

Trooper needs your help!

We can't stop, the need for help never ends.

This little baby was at the OC Animal Shelter and showed signs of parvo. He had to be rescued ASAP or he would have been euthanized, as the shelter couldn't jeapordize the other animals. We couldn't say no.

We need a village to rally around us and this little pup.

He's a little Trooper!!

Trooper needs your help!

Our sick puppy, now named Trooper, is with our vet. They are running tests and getting him started on treatment. He is not feeling well at all. We do not know how long he has been sick, so we don't know if this was caught early or not. We are hoping and praying that he will rally and be strong!

Can you help? We know how much it costs to save a parvo pup and we have done it many times in the past because we have awesome and AMAZING supporters. Let's do it again! We would love your thoughts and prayers. Donations for his care can be made through the secure Paypal link below. All donations are appreciated and help us make a difference.

Rest In Peace Patton!

Patton needs your help!

Your life mattered! We are sorry we couldn't save you!

Patton is in critical condition. He needs every healing thought and prayer you can send. We also need your help to fund his life saving care. He is fighting to live right now and we want to give him the very best chance.

Poor Patton has had a very rough life. This handsome boy is only 3 - 4 years old and looks much older. He lived with a family in Tijuana and apparently they kicked him out into the street because he was sick. Defenseless and weak it appears he may have been attacked by other dogs. He was finally rescued off the streets by a good Samaritan and brought to a local vet until a rescue could be found.

Please help Patton!     Patton needs your help!

We saw his heartbreaking pictures and have been trying to get him to one of our vets for diagnostics and treatments which took longer than anticipated. Unfortunately his health has continued to deteriorate and when he finally arrived at our vet he was so sick he was in what they consider Critical Condition.

Please help Patton!     Patton needs your help!

They took him right into the back to stabilize him on fluids and access his condition. What we know right now is he has two tick borne diseases and is severely anemic. We have started medications and transfusions and are hoping and praying he is strong enough to make it through. We made a promise to help Patton and he will receive whatever treatment he needs to recover. This poor guy really deserves a break, life has been very unkind to this sweet boy and we want to give him a shot at a new life where he will never know cruelty again.

Update 9/09/15  7:00 pm:
Patton is doing slightly better this evening! Our vet started aggressive treatment this morning and we think he was showing some improvement by the afternoon. They also discovered some festering wounds under his arm and around his elbow which have now been drained and cleaned. These badly infected wounds appear to be from an animal attack and might have been the reason for him showing signs of sepsis. Hopefully with aggressive treatment of the wounds, his overall condition will continue to improve. These slight improvements give us reason to be hopeful he can recover!

Update 9/10/15
We just heard from the vet this morning. Patton is still stable and blood values are showing improvement thankfully. He has several different things going on in addition to the 2 tick diseases.

It appears his body was attacking his red cells after the transfusions so this had to be mediated and now appears under control. While he can't have any more transfusions, he was given an iron supplement and his red count has actually increased a couple points.

He also has festering, infected, deep wounds in his front legs from apparent animal bites, which were part of the reason his blood values were showing signs of sepsis. Getting these cleaned and medicated is now allowing the fluids to help flush the toxins out of his body. Cultures will help with identifying the correct antibiotic to treat the infections.

His prognosis is still very guarded, but the vets are happy with the improvement as of this morning. It is sad to see such a regal proud dog fall into such dire condition. Thank you for all your support, Patton still has a long way to go, but we appreciate all the support of his treatment and care.

Thank you to those who have donated. We can sure use the help. Patton's medical care will likely be between 3-4k dollars. That is a staggering amount but he is worth it if we can save him and give him a great life!

Update 9/11/15
With a heavy heart we are very sad to share that Patton passed away late last night. We knew he wasn't doing well, but we didn't give up on him. We told the vets to keep trying as long as he was. In the end, his body was just so weak. Between the tick diseases and infections he just couldn't fight any more.

One of our friends, Jordan was visiting with him at the time and he passed away in her arms. Jordan said she could tell how special he was the minute she met him. She was petting him and holding his head in her lap. He looked up and her and drew a breath in and was gone.

While we couldn't save him, he didn't die on the streets alone. He knew kindness in his final days and was surround by people who loved him and were trying their hardest to help him recover. We appreciate all of your help and support over the past few days with our effort to try to save Patton. This is not the outcome we wanted, but Patton is at peace and is not suffering which is all that matters. Fly free sweet boy! You touched the hearts of everyone who met you. Your life mattered to us and you will be remembered!

If you can help us help Patton, all donations are urgently needed and greatly appreciated

We Need A Foster Home For Bruno!

Bruno needs a Foster Home!

Bruno has finished up his inkennel training and is now in need of a foster or adoptive home! Bruno has a strong desire to work, he is highly intelligent and very trainable. Bruno is eager to please and loves to be exercised! Bruno will run thirty minutes on the treadmill and then come back for more! He needs an active home who would love to take him on hikes, runs and continue working his obedience training. He does require an experienced shepherd person who has an active lifestyle and with the desire to continue advanced training. Bruno will quickly form a strong bond with his person and will focus on the task at hand. Bruno does best when he gets his mind and body challenged. Bruno loves other dogs and he ideal home would have another dog or two for him to socialize with. He would laso be fine with cats with the right introduction, rules and boundaries. Bruno is housebroken and sleeps inside on a dog bed. He loves to be with his people!

If you don't have solid experience with large breeds, preferably German Shepherds, Bruno is not your guy, but if you are looking for a fun, active boy, give Bruno another look!

If you can foster Bruno, please contact us and complete our online foster application!

Foster Homes Needed!

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!

Special Funds Needed!

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!

How Your Dollars Help!

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:

  • $100 - will fully vaccinate four dogs
  • $300 - will pay a month's boarding for one dog
  • $500 - will spay or neuter four dogs


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In Memoriam

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.

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