About Shepherd Help and Rescue Effort
Shepherd Help And Rescue Effort, Inc. is made up of a group of animal lovers who have fallen in love with the German Shepherd breed. Each is a volunteer, donating their time, money and skills to the rescue of these amazing dogs. S.H.A.R.E. volunteers come in all ages, shapes and sizes, just like German Shepherds do. They raise money to pay veterinary bills, they do dog food drives and collect towels and blankets, collars and leashes. Volunteers work at Farmers Markets and other places S.H.A.R.E. pitches its tent to educate the public about the kill shelters and try to find loving homes for these beautiful animals.
S.H.A.R.E. currently works to rescue German Shepherds and German Shepherd mixes from the Miami-Dade area, especially from the Miami-Dade Animal Services, a high kill shelter. Most of the dogs rescued are on their last day before being put to sleep. These dogs are often rescued right from the euthanasia room. Many of the dogs have special needs and require medical treatment. Some need treatment for Heartworm, some have Orthopedic issues often from injuries sometimes inflicted by their former owner, and one was even shot!
German Shepherds generally don’t do well in a shelter setting. They are a breed of dog that thrives on human interaction. They need love and affection to be happy. S.H.A.R.E. tries to place each dog with a foster family who will not only feed and care for and train the dog, but will play and cuddle and lavish the dog with love. S.H.A.R.E.’s ultimate goal is to find permanent homes for each dog with an appropriate family. Rescued dogs are adopted by families who have a family structure that matches the needs of the individual dog. Some dogs do not do well with young children, or need to be in a home with no other pets. S.H.A.R.E. takes care to place each dog with a family that is the right family for that very special dog.