Not very long ago a woman named Elissa Powers was living in South Florida and was trying to rescue German Shepherds from one of the nation’s highest kill shelters, the Miami-Dade Animal Services. Coincidentally, Cathy Matuella was living thousands of miles away in Nebraska and believe it or not, Cathy was doing the exact same thing from the same kill shelter. Very often they would each be working separately to rescue the same dog.
Luckily, Elissa and Cathy met on Facebook and connected in a way that only true dog lovers could, while rescuing German Shepherds. Both Cathy and Elissa even sponsored dogs for other rescue organizations. Both women worked tirelessly, often through the night, coordinating rescues of dogs who were about to be euthanized. They organized transport for the dogs, found each dog a place to stay with a foster family or in a kennel and had veterinarians examine each dog. Each paid for all the services the dog needed, assuming full financial responsibility and trying to find adoptive parents/families for each dog.
For over a year they each worked separately and together to rescue German Shepherds. It was then that they decided they should organize their own German Shepherd rescue organization. They did their research and found out there were no other German Shepherd rescue organizations in South Florida. They officially incorporated in August 2011.
How did S.H.A.R.E. become S.H.A.R.E.? That’s an interesting story. A woman named Jodi adopted a young heart worm positive female German Shepherd from Elissa and Cathy. Jodi put a message on her Face book page requesting suggestions for a name for the new organization. A Facebook “friend” suggested S.H.A.R.E. – Shepherd Help And Rescue Effort! Cathy and Elissa loved the idea, and so the official name of the organization became S.H.A.R.E., Inc.