Coastal German Shepherd Rescue
Founded in 2004, Coastal German Shepherd Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)3 public charity based in Orange County, California. We are an all volunteer run organization, with no paid employees, and 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!

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Coastal GSR turns 15!

Coastal GSR turns 15!

Help celebrate our 15th anniversary with our biggest fundraiser of the year, Best Friends' Strut Your Mutt!

Thank you for visiting our Strut Your Mutt Team page. We’re raising money to help end the killing of pets in America’s shelters. And we plan on having a lot of fun doing it!

Meet Estrella, pictured in the photo above. In June, Coastal was alerted to an urgent case, Estrella, a tiny puppy (only 13 pounds), had sustained severe injuries to her hip and hind legs after being hit by a car. The shelter gave us two days to save her or they would euthanize. We had to help! Despite being in tremendous pain, Estrella smothered us with kisses and tail wags as her rescuers picked her up from the shelter to bring her to our veterinary team. X-rays revealed that the bottom of her femur and the top of her tibia on her right leg were broken. Additionally, the force of the impact not only dislocated her left leg, but caused the femur head to be pulled out of the socket, fracture, and push upward.

After two successful surgeries - one to repair Estrella's femur fracture and pin her tibial fracture and another to perform an FHO procedure on her left hip to remove the broken ball - Estrella is doing very well and recovering in a great foster home.

For 15 years, Coastal German Shepherd Rescue, a non-profit 501(c)3 public charity based in Orange County, has been dedicated to caring for and finding loving homes for abandoned dogs, like Estrella, in Southern California. We are an all volunteer run organization, with no paid employees, and our rescue exists solely because of your tax deductible donations, which support our efforts to save these very deserving animals. We save the unwanted seniors, the discarded dogs who need medical care, and so many more. In 2018 alone, Coastal was able to rescue and place over 50 puppies in loving homes, find forever homes for over 250 mature and homeless adult dogs, and care for approximately 100 additional dogs waiting patiently for their forever homes. Please donate today and help us save more lives!

Every day, nearly 2,200 dogs and cats are killed in America's shelters simply because they don't have safe places to call home. That number should be zero. That’s why our team is participating in Best Friends Animal Society’s Strut Your Mutt event to raise money for animals. But we need your help, too.

Please join us either by registering for our team or donating to one of our team members. Your donation is tax deductible and Coastal German Shepherd Rescue keeps 100 percent of the money raised after transaction fees. And the best part? That money will help save the lives of homeless pets.

Join us and Strut Your Mutt Support Coastal GSR in Best Friends' Strut Your Mutt Donate Twitter Facebook Instagram

Thank you for your support!

New Coastal Gear Available

New Coastal Gear Available!

We have an assortment of Baseball jersey shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, hats, and hooded sweatshirts. Sizes are small, medium, large, and extra large. All items are "unisex." Hats come in black with royal blue or turquoise logos or beige with turquoise logo. Sweatshirts are front zipper. Prices are:

  • Baseball Caps - $10
  • Hooded Sweatshirts - $25
  • Baseball Jersey - $15
  • Long Sleeve T-Shirt - $15

We also have ladies tank tops, and v-neck, short sleeve t-shirts in royal blue with red and white logos and men's short sleeve t-shirts in blue, sizes large and extra large.

To get your Coastal merchandise you can go to any of the adoption events, or you can contact She will let you know if she still has your size. If she does, you can Paypal the money to Coastal and she will send you your clothing or hat.

Giving Back

Save up to 60% on travel

We are so thrilled to be able to give back to you, our loyal supports who make this rescue work!

Our new Travel Portal provides you with a savings of up to 60% (seriously, 60%!) and access to thousands of hotel chains, airlines, and car rental companies and, while receiving huge savings on your travel needs, you'll be generating a contribution for rescue dogs with each booking. It’s truly a Win-Win and there is absolutely no cost to you- by signing up, you're just privy to the discounts! If you would like to know more about us and see what the buzz is all about, please click the link. Also, don’t forget to share your booking experience via our social media, we would love to hear from you and so will everyone else.

CharityRaggs Fundraiser

CharityRaggs Fundraiser to benefit the Coastal Dogs

Choose a premium dish towel (100% cotton 17" x 30" with hang loop) or a GSD Sling Tote Bag (6 oz 100% cotton canvas 16"w x 13"h x 12.5" opening) by CharityRaggs and 20% of your purchase will be donated to Coastal GSR! You can view all of the individual towels and tote bags on Coastal GSR's designated page

Support us every time you shop on Amazon

Shop on Amazon and support Coastal dogs

Support our rescue at no cost to you.

By using our link to shop on Amazon, they will donate a portion of your sales, allowing us to continue our work in helping dogs who are so deserving and very much in need. All you're doing is shopping like you normally would, only, by using our link, you're also giving back with the help of Amazon. Once you link your account to Coastal, all you need to do is go back to, when shopping online, and they will remember you've chosen to support us. We can't think of a merrier way to celebrate the holidays! 🎁❇️❤

We are always in need of leashes, collars, flea treatments, beds, etc., and appreciate all donations! You can view our Amazon Wish List here.

Support us by using

Shop and support Coastal dogs

Are you looking quality dog food at discounted pricing? supports rescues! If you sign up (new accounts only) through our link, chewy will donate $20 to Coastal German Shepherd Rescue OC. How nice is that?! You’ll get discounts if you sign up for auto shipping and you have total control of the dates (every month, every 2 months, etc.).

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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