That’s why I’m excited to announce the Front Range German Shepherd Rescue (FRGSR) is the recipient of HeidiTown Gives Back this February. FRGSR incorporated as a nonprofit charity in 2006, although they had been helping to rescue and rehome German Shepherds since the early 1990s.
The founders knew there was a need to help German Shepherds that were being dumped in shelters each year. Unfortunately, the need for FRGSR service may grow. I recently read that German Shepherds are the second most popular dog in the United States right now, and this worries me. The breed’s popularity means that more people will get German Shepherds without knowing enough about the breed.
These dogs are highly intelligent and they need A LOT of attention. Our dog, Xena, was a terrible puppy and tested me at every turn. We stuck with it and today she’s an amazing dog, however, I have no doubt that many others would not have kept her.
German Shepherds are super smart and this is why they are used as guide dogs, police dogs and search and rescue dogs. They are are working dogs, bred to do a job. If you don’t give them a job (or enough exercise) they can become unruly or even neurotic. My dog is convince her job is to protect me; even if I’m in the shower.
This brings up another breed trait; German Shepherds like to be near their human at all times. We joke that Xena believes we are her flock, but the truth is that not everyone likes a dog that follows them to the bathroom. I can’t stress enough that German Shepherds are not suited for every home.
FRGSR believes that each dog has unique qualities and they want to match those dogs with the right home – that is their mission. They are not a shelter, but instead foster the rescued shepherds in the homes of volunteers. They are in constant need of volunteers to help with fostering, transport, adoptions, etc.
They have rehomed 800 dogs, and without volunteers and help from individuals like you, they would cease to exist. If you are interested in adopting a dog, volunteering or giving a donation, please go to Front Range German Shepherd Rescue. You can also join them on Facebook here.
Please, please share this blog post with any friends who may be fans of this wonderful, awesome dog breed.
HeidiTown Gives Back is a campaign I started in January 2012. Each month a Colorado nonprofit of my choosing receives a free ad space and a write-up here on the blog, along with occasional mentions in social media throughout the month. This is my way of using my platform to try to do a bit of good in this crazy world. I love pets, so many of the HeidiTown Give Back charities are pet-related. To be considered email me at TheMayor@HeidiTown.com.