German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento
Valley (GSRSV) is an organization dedicated to finding good homes for German
Shepherd Dogs (GSDs) at risk of being placed in shelters, or who are already
in shelters and possibly facing
euthanasia. GSRSV is an independent rescue organization operated by one
individual: Brian Foran (myself, left with Sierra, Aug 2008). Though countless volunteers and
benefactors have supported--and continue to support--GSRSV, I run and
primarily fund the program, as I have since February 2001.
a downloadable brochure describing GSRSV (Adobe Acrobat .pdf format, 321
KB, published Sept 2010), click here.
to Feb. 2001, GSRSV was the rescue program of the German Shepherd Dog Club of Sacramento
Valley. I volunteered for this program beginning in November 2000 by
fostering dogs and eventually developing this Website. Weary of five
years of rescue work, the woman who ran the rescue program for the breed
club asked if I would take it over, and I did so on February 1, 2001. From
that point on, GSRSV was an independent organization no longer affiliated
with the breed club.
GSRSV's original focus was
rescuing dogs from shelters, and the vast majority of the dogs I've
rescued have come from shelters. (See the Rescue Records from 2000 to the
present year in the menu to the left.) However, beginning in 2006, I began
an effort to reduce the number of dogs that I personally care for. Because
there are so many GSDs (and, of course, other breeds) in need of rescue at
shelters, the only way to downsize was to stop taking in so many dogs from
those shelters. However, I also receive numerous calls from individuals
who need assistance in placing their own GSDs or GSDs that they have
found, and I wanted to continue helping these dogs out. So now, my primary
focus is on finding homes for other people's GSDs, while I continue to
assist GSDs and GSD mixes in Sacramento-area shelters by posting them on my
Website--and occasionally rescuing them.
How does GSRSV work?
GSRSV is essentially a fostering agency. I
am not a
shelter, and though I do have a facility to keep numerous rescued
dogs, I do not have the means to accept dogs on a "drop off"
basis. When I rescue a dog, I either keep it at my rescue facility
in Pleasant Grove, or bring it to a foster home. Unfortunately, very few people are
committed enough to foster dogs, which limits the number of dogs that I can
rescue. If you are interested in becoming
a foster caretaker, please let me know! The dogs at GSRSV's rescue
facility live communally, without cages (except when eating), and nearly all
are welcome in the house 24/7 via a dog door. I try to provide as much of a home
environment for the dogs in my care as possible while I seek to find them permanent
homes. Foster caretakers do the same.
The other way that GSRSV
assists GSDs and GSD mixes is by placing the dogs through its rescue program
while their guardians continue to provide care for the dogs. I refer to
these dogs as "program dogs." (See the page "How to Place a
Dog through GSRSV.")
Why Does GSRSV Rescue
so Many Mixes if it's a German Shepherd Rescue?
Though I got involved in rescue because of my love for German Shepherds,
at heart I'm a dog lover first, with German Shepherds simply being my
favorite breed. Some of my favorite dogs have been GSD mixes, and they
actually have some advantages over purebred GSDs--primarily the lack of congenital problems
common to GSDs such as degenerative myelopathy and hip dysplasia.
Further, most of the existing GSD rescues focus solely on purebreds, which
leaves the poor GSD mixes in the lurch. I fill that gap.
Region Does GSRSV Cover?
GSRSV places dogs throughout northern California and western Nevada, but
does not exclude people who live even further away from adopting. I
encourage prospective adopters who are a significant distance from GSRSV to
work with their local rescue groups first to find the dog that they are
By far the largest GSD
rescue organization serving the Sacramento area is German
Shepherd Rescue of Northern California. I encourage you to check out
their Website and adoption events.
Can I Make a Tax-Deductible Donation
Yes! GSRSV received it's tax-exempt
status [501(c)(3)] from the IRS on March 23, 2013, retroactive to February 14,
2012. From that date forward, all donations made to GSRSV were
tax-deductible as allowed by law.
GSRSV's Federal Employer
Identification Number is 68-0477661.
Can GSRSV Use
Yes, but not at my rescue
facility itself. I have many dogs at my rescue facility, and they all live
communally. This creates quite a "critical mass" of energy when
visitors come. Most people find it overwhelming to come to my place and
help out, so I've resigned myself to the fact that I need to take care of
the dogs on my own.
Occasionally, I attend a
large adoption event such as Pet Expo, and always need volunteers for
those events. I would like to take part in regular adoption events at pet
stores, but due to the remote location of my rescue facility, the
logistics are very difficult.
I can use
volunteers to assist with fund raising, especially now that GSRSV has
obtained tax-exempt status w/ the IRS. If you would like to help out in
this regard, please contact Brian at 916-655-3125 or firstname.lastname@example.org.