Our Next Adoption Event is Saturday, Dec 7th
11am-2pm at the Encinitas Town Center!
Coastal German Shepherd Rescue of San Diego is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 certified non-profit organization (EIN 45-2899279) dedicated to finding loving homes for abandoned German Shepherds throughout Southern California. Coastal exists solely because of your tax deductible donations. Want to help a dog or puppy in dire need? Before you visit any other shelter or rescue, follow these links to view the dogs available for adoption from CGSRSD.
Duke and Scarlet’s Holiday Matching Fund
“Reflections on the past, Hope for the Future”
Thanks to the generosity of two supporters, in honor of Scarlet and in memory of Duke, we are kicking off our 2013 Holiday Matching Fund. From today through New Year’s Day, every donation will be matched up to $20,0000. Yes, $20,000. With your help, we can raise $40,000 to help the dogs of 2014.
As we begin preparations, we also pause for a moment to reflect on the past year. Thanks to the generosity of all of our supporters, the tireless efforts of our volunteers, and the many thoughts and prayers, hundreds of lives were saved. The rescue world isn’t limited to the bold and the beautiful. This year, the famous words of Lazarus resonated through the world of rescue, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me… I lift my lamp beside the golden door.", We had no golden doors to offer, but we welcomed many into open arms. We welcomed Nemo and Kimi. The once beautiful dogs had been so neglected that the sight of them would cause the strongest of men to look away to wipe away a tear. We welcomed little Dallas, who was brought to the shelter after being hit by a car. Alone and afraid, he cowered in the corner, afraid of everyone. Gem was saved from the shelter with only hours to live. She was so afraid, that her foster had to carry her into the house. Within a week, she gave birth to nine beautiful puppies. Today she enjoys every day receiving the love and attention she never had.
When Coastal rescues a dog, we make a promise to them to find their forever home, no matter how long that takes. For some it takes only a short time. For others it takes longer, and for some, we become their forever family. Auggie and Jazzy were given a second chance because of donations like yours. When Auggie came to us early this year, he was a sweet, vibrant dog who loved to chase his ball. Our hearts sank when we learned that Auggie had cancer. Volunteers banded together to give Auggie everything he needed. What he needed the most was a home. What he has now is a home, love, and a family that will be with him until the end.
Our sweet Jazzy lingered in the shelter. Each morning the shelter worker would be welcomed into the kennel area by the sounds of a clanging bowl. Jazzy loved to play and she would find any object she could to toss into the air just to catch it and toss it again. Jazzy’s only problem, she was not socialized with other dogs. That made it very hard to find a home. Volunteers never gave up, though. Jazzy was a favorite. She went to swim each week with her team of volunteers. She enjoyed their attention and their love. And then she found a foster home. Jazzy recently crossed over the bridge. When the word of her passing went out, there was not a dry eye in the rescue. Jazzy had been dumped in the shelter years before by an owner who was “finished” breeding her. Her life could have been over then, but it wasn’t. She enjoyed many more years, and then when her time came, she was surrounded by those who loved her the most. No family could have loved her more than her rescue family.
The stories of abandonment, abuse, and neglect go on forever. The shelters are full of dogs whose only chance for a tomorrow depends on us today. It is only with your help that we are able to continue rescuing dogs. As much as our hearts may desire, as strong as our resolve, as tireless as our efforts, we cannot do it alone. We depend on our angels for support.
Scarlet is a Coastal Alumni who has made a difference in the life of her mom, such a difference that she has offered a $10,000 matching fund, along with a special message. Duke’s memory lives on in the heart of his family. In his memory, his mom has offered a $10,000 matching fund. With your help, we can turn this $20,000 into $40,000. Please donate if you can. No amount is too small, together we can make a difference in 2014.
Scarlet's Message Duke's Story
HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS
The holiday season is approaching quickly. Preparations will soon begin for family gatherings. Thoughts will be of the smells in the kitchen, a warm fire, a cozy rug in front of the hearth. We remember the holidays of the past and smile with each memory and count our blessings. Sadly, for rescue, this is the hardest time of the year. Kennel space is limited, yet the shelters are full. Old friends are abandoned because their families have decided that they want something new. The pleas for help from the shelters have already begun.
We are, once again, asking for your help. With limited kennel space and overflowing shelters, we need temporary foster homes for the holidays. For some of our kenneled dogs already in rescue, this will be the first time they have ever been invited to join a family for the holidays. For dogs in the shelter, a foster home will mean they live.