Coastal German Shepherd Rescue

Luke has been adopted! 08-29-2009

Female about 0 old.

Luke and his sister Leia are an older pair of stunning Shepherd-Chow mixes whose sad story is all too common. Long neglected by their indifferent owners, animal control finally came upon them as strays. Refusing and unwilling to claim their dogs, the owners essentially abandoned them to their fate. They surely ignored the certainty that older dogs are often first to be euthanized. The shelter held out hope for this sweet pair, however, but for weeks they sat and wasted away. The odds turned when a kind volunteer reached out to Coastal, and Luke and Leia were brought into foster care. They came in hobbling and weak, straining even to stand up. Their coats were matted and filthy.

After a little TLC, what we found was a pair of striking beauties. They’re stronger, vigorous and active now, ready to live the life meant for them. Luke is the easygoing one of the pair, and is simply a loveable 90 pound teddy bear. On meeting Luke, you’ll find his smile won’t leave his face as long as you don’t. He lives for petting, and happily emits a variety of little grunts and whines in appreciation. Luke gets along with most every dog, and walks great besides you on the leash. Like his sister, he’s got a Chow purple tongue, and medium coat, but everything else is GSD. No Chow aloofness here, just a gentle giant.

Sometimes people are hesitant about adopting older rescue dogs, thinking that they’ve ‘missed out’ on the dogs’ youth. In most every case, the entire lives of these dogs have been uninterrupted stories of loss, loneliness, callousness, and/or cruelty. Sadly, the only thing their past has given them is a yearning for happiness. In adopting an older dog, you’re starting them on a way of living they’ve never had before - you’re giving them the prime of their lives.

The minimum adoption donation for adults is $375 and the adoption donation for puppies is $500. This amount only partially covers the cost of veterinary care, boarding fees, and other miscellaneous expenses involved in the temporary care and adoption of our dogs and is tax deductible when permitted by law. The adoption donation provides that all dogs will be spayed or neutered, receive current vaccinations, and are microchipped. If not, arrangements will be made on an individual basis ( i.e., puppies who will need to be altered by 6 mos old). Special consideration may be given to those willing to adopt older dogs or dogs with physical problems.