Coastal German Shepherd Rescue

Greta has been adopted! 08-06-2005

Female about 0 old.

Gorgeous, sweet, plush-coated Greta is in desperate need of a family who understands German Shepherds. She's so pretty, but she's obviously been very abused at some point and needs a special home with a little time and love to spend to help Greta understand that nobody will hurt her again.
Greta was originally transferred to the Mission Viejo animal shelter from a high kill shelter in Chula Vista, where she was scheduled to be euthanized due to lack of space at their shelter. She was wonderful at the new shelter, would eagerly go on walks with 50 different volunteers who walk dogs and was shown to many families and was quite sweet with them. She is about 2 years old and seems in great health. The Mission Viejo shelter spayed Greta, vaccinated her and then adopted her out to a very nice family. Unfortunately, the family brought her back and said she was great with the kids but seemed fearful of the man in the family and would sometimes go into the back yard and with a great deal of coaxing would refuse to come into the house.

She was adopted a month later to yet another family with 5 kids (she adored them the minute she met them) and a man and wife that live in Orange. A copious amount of advice was given and a description of the hiding and separation anxiety was relayed and a free training package was given and yet the family was sure they could tackle this and loved the dog. Within a week she began hiding under the bed and also would go into the yard and would not come in the house. The hiding under the bed was a problem because they seemed unable to get her to come out for 48 hours at a time.

The Mission Viejo shelter, witht the assistance of DAWG, secured a great trainer for Greta to attempt to solve her separation issues. At that time the trainer felt her issues may in fact have been caused by someone who was harsh with her and likely before she came to the shelter. Paul made great strides in getting her to go to a crate for sleep at night and kept a leash on her but at his place in a weeks time she was walking with head high, jaunting almost, even with traffic (big trucks) going by and was completely confident. She greeted strangers well and seemed to be making great progress. Paul worked with the family, however, they apparently did not want to deal with poor Greta any longer. She resumed hiding and they let her, never following through with crate training or leaving a leash on her until she worked through some of her fears. They also returned her.

The shelter has turned to us because they don't want to have to euthanize this beautiful girl. The shelter has secured funds to provide up to $200 in training fees with a trainer of her new family's choice to help Greta improve.

In the meantime, we are placing Greta in a foster home with kids, cats, dogs . . . and men! We will find out as much as we can about her while finding her the right home and also continue to work with her behavior.

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.