Coastal German Shepherd Rescue

Faith has been adopted! 05-02-2009

Female about 0 old.

Faith was discovered in a remote, high kill shelter in Central California, our volunteers were taken aback by her photographs. A mere baby, she cannot fully use her hind end - she 'bunny hops'. In the shelter, she was kept in the night drop box so that she wasn't hurt by other dogs. With the help of New Beginnings for Animals (, she was transported and evaluated by a highly regarded orthopedic surgeon in Irvine .

Here is the good news...Faith's legs can be repaired with surgery. The X-rays show that her knee caps are on the outside of her legs, which doesn't allow her to have full motion. This could be genetic...or the subject of blunt force trauma at a young age. We can't bear to think of the latter, so we are hoping that her affliction is due to genetics. The surgeon assures us that she has every opportunity, with surgery and physical therapy, to live a full life with substantial range of motion. He wants us to schedule the surgery ASAP, her growth plates have yet to close and the timing is great for a solid recovery.

What is heartbreaking for all of us is that her surgery will cost nearly $4,000. With this surgery she will be able to function like nearly any young adolescent.

Faith is barely 8 months old and deserves a shot at a full, happy life. Her demeanor is such that she doesn't recognize that she is disabled - in fact, we should have named her Scooter given how quickly she hauls herself around. She charms everyone that she meets. We want to give her that opportunity to run on the beach, splash in the water, tear around a dog park...but we must have donations to help us reach that goal. It is our immediate goal to raise at least $2,000 to move forward with the surgery. The alternative is to euthanize her and deny her a chance at a long full life. Once you meet Faith, we are certain that she will grab your heats, the hugs you get from her eyes alone are priceless and this is with much discomfort from her pain.

Can you donate towards Faith's surgery and rehabilitation? Every single penny raised goes 100% to the dogs. If you, your friends, family, acquaintances can help us to help Faith, you can rest assured that every dollar goes straight to her medical fund. There are NO paid employees with the rescue, everyone is a volunteer.

Thank you for reading Faith's story. We look forward to providing updates regularly.

Update 11/16/2007:

Based on the incredible response we received, we felt comfortable enough to schedule Faith's surgery immediately and the surgeon cleared his schedule. The good news...she came through with flying colors. The bad news? They were only able to do one leg and the estimate has been adjusted to over $5,000. Thankfully, we have raised enough money to cover the first leg but we still need to raise the additional money to allow us to have her left leg repaired and the related physical therapy needed to allow her to lead a normal life. Faith faces a long rehabilitation - we are so touched by the caring of so many in such a short period of time!

Update 1/28/08:

Since the holidays, Faith has been working hard to rehabilitate her "new" leg!!! She attends two physical therapy sessions per week and inbetween her foster family helps her with daily exercises. Faith is up to twenty minutes on a treadmill and can fully extend her right leg during therapy. Nothing slows her down and she has a fiery little personality that has helped her survive and thrive.

We have just received clearance from her surgeon to have the second surgery which will be scheduled for early February!

Update 2/23/2008:

We are happy to report that Ms Faith has come through her second surgery with flying colors! Just two short weeks after surgery, she is standing a bit straighter and gaining strength in her hind end. We are looking forward to getting her back into physical therapy in the next few days - once her surgeon gives her clearance, she is back on the treadmill and stretching on her ball! Faith will start attending adoption events very soon!

Update 4/20/08:

Faith has been with us for several months and she is ready to go home! Both of her knees have been relocated, she has been through consistent physical therapy and she is strong and confident! Faith is looking for her forever home - she has a stong spirit that has allowed her to survive and thrive in adversity....she is smarter than a whip - most of the humans in her life have to constantly outthink her!

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.