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.


Shepherd Help And Rescue Effort, S.H.A.R.E.

     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.


About Our Founders

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.