Saturday, December 31, 2011

Wags and Wishes

Although Christmas has passed, each of the dogs in the GSROC lifeboat will continue to need support and care in the coming year. We are often asked what they need, and when we asked the dogs, this is the wish list they shared:

• Sponsors for individual dogs
• Frontline for Dogs and/or K9 Advantix
• Petsmart or Petco Gift Cards in any amount
• Rawhide chew bones (large)
• Rawhide chew strips (large)
• Dog treats -- healthy quality
• Premium quality dog food (e.g. Lamb and Rice)
• 22" - 24" choke chains for training
• Large and Extra Large Vari-Kennels
• Rolls of postage stamps (for mailings)
• Print and Copy Services
• Grooming services
• Advertising in various media
• Free or low cost spay & neuter surgeries
• Items for resale to benefit the dogs
• Garage Sale or Ebay items in good condition
• Heavy duty air purifiers for foster home use
• Volunteers to help spread the word
• Donations in any amount
• Links from your company or personal website to
• Office supplies (e.g. green portfolio folders, astrobrite paper, sheet protectors, brochure holders, etc.)
• Prepaid Phone Cards (for outbound calls)
• Prepaid Gas Cards (for veterinary transports)
• Desktop Copy Machine
• Erasable White Board
• Rolls of paper towel
• Puppy "Wee Wee" Pads
• Elevated "Kuranda style" beds for large dogs
• Martingale collars, all sizes
• Postage stamps and office supplies

Every donation is appreciated. Because GSROC is 100% volunteer-run, all contributions go to benefit the dogs. We are also thankful to those who share the link to the GSROC website through their social networks.

Is Your New Year's Resolution to Be More Charitable?

Ring in the beginning of 2012 by making a tax deductible contribution to the dogs of German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County. 

The easiest way to donate is to visit the website's donation page. You will find lots of resources on how you can give and contribute to these amazing dogs who have beat the odds and are on the road to find new and loving homes. 

If you have any questions, please contact German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County for further details. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Celebrate Adopt a Senior Rescue Pet Month!

The Ten Most Important Tips for Keeping Your Older Dog Healthy

1. Establish a relationship with the best veterinarian you can find. For most older dogs, it is advisable to make an appointment with the vet every six months. Your vet should be someone whom you trust and with whom you feel very comfortable.
2. Become informed about the conditions common to older dogs and the therapies used for them. Be alert to symptoms, bring them to your vet's attention promptly, and be prepared to discuss treatment options.
3. Feed your older dog the best food you can afford; consider feeding him a home-prepared diet and two small meals daily rather than one large one.
4. Don't overfeed your dog. Obesity will create health problems and shorten his life.
5. Consider the use of dietary supplements such as glucosamine/chondroitin for arthritis.
6. Give your senior dog adequate exercise, but adjust it to her changing abilities.
7. Attend to your dog's dental health. Brush her teeth daily and have them cleaned professionally whenever your vet advises it.
8. Tell your vet you wish to have your dog vaccinated only once every three years, as currently advised by the major veterinary associations.
9. Be diligent in controlling fleas and ticks, and keep your dog and his environment scrupulously clean.
10. Make your senior dog as much a part of your life as possible, and do all you can to keep him interested, active, happy and comfortable.
(Of course, these ten tips also apply in large part to young dogs, too.)
These topics are among those discussed in depth on the Senior Dogs Project website. See
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Friday, November 25, 2011

Are Dogs Good For Your Health?

As posted in
Feel like you ate too much yesterday? Looking to live life a little healthier today? Just grab your favorite dog, stroke her fur (lowers blood pressure), and take her for a walk (lots of benefits). Here’s a fun infographic showing how pets are good for your health. (I think I’ll try to stay out of the “death cat’s” way, though…)
Do you have personal experience with your dog helping your health in any way? Let us know!
(Infographic courtesy eBay Classifieds)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Celebrate Adopt a Senior Rescue Pet Month!


As part of Adopt a Senior Rescue Pet Month, please check out our video of some of our deserving senior dogs.  They are hoping to find a wonderful family in time for the holidays.   Many of them have lost their homes through no fault of their own - economic issues, death of their owners, family illness - all of these issues have impacted these wonderful dogs and they have lost the only family they have only known.   Please share this video with others who may be planning to add a new family member.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

November is Adopt a Senior Rescue Dog Month

Top Ten Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog*

1. Older dogs are housetrained. You won't have to go through the difficult stage(s) of teaching a puppy house manners and mopping/cleaning up after accidents.

Won't chew inappropriate items
2. Older dogs are not teething puppies, and won't chew your shoes and furniture while growing up.
Focus to learn 3. Older dogs can focus well because they've mellowed. Therefore, they learn quickly. 

Know what "no" means 4. Older dogs have learned what "no" means. If they hadn't learned it, they wouldn't have gotten to be "older" dogs. 

Settle in with the "pack" 5. Older dogs settle in easily, because they've learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack. 

Good at giving love 6. Older dogs are good at giving love, once they get into their new, loving home. They are grateful for the second chance they've been given. 

WYSIWYG 7. What You See Is What You Get: Unlike puppies, older dogs have grown into their shape and personality. Puppies can grow up to be quite different from what they seemed at first. 

Instant companions 8. Older dogs are instant companions -- ready for hiking, car trips, and other things you like to do. 

Time for yourself 9. Older dogs leave you time for yourself, because they don't make the kinds of demands on your time and attention that puppies and young dogs do. 

A good night's sleep 10. Older dogs let you get a good night's sleep because they're accustomed to human schedules and don't generally need nighttime feedings, comforting, or bathroom breaks.
*Adapted from Labrador Retriever Rescue's "Top Ten Reasons to Adopt a Rescue

Blizzard is a STAR!!!

Wow!  Week TWO and Blizzard remains our GSROC Roc Star! 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Blizzard is a STAR!!!

Blizzard, a 7 month old  GSD puppy is the most talked about GSROC dog this week!!  We can certainly undertstand why.   He is a beautiful white GSD with a soft, velvety coat.   He has a quiet personality until he feels comfortable and then his silly side emerges!  He is happily living with one of our foster families where he has made friends with his foster siblings and won over the hearts of all the people in the house.

Check out his page on our website. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Lots of ways to stay in touch with GSROC happenings!

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Check out the video of the 2011 GSROC R'octoberfest celebration

Our 3rd annual R'octoberfest alumni celebration was held recently.  Jon Provost was our guest speaker and shared details of his television and movie career.  Our raffle contest was a big hit - lots of great prizes including 2 Beachcomber bicycles.   The dogs also had a chance to win prizes - we had contests for longest tail, best trick and more.   Check out this video for details.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pet Costume Contest

We are having a Pet Costume Contest on our Facebook page and were hoping you could post the blurb below on your Facebook page and/or website.  Hopefully it will result in a donation!

Einhorn Insurance is having a Pet Costume Contest. Go to their Facebook page at!/einhorninsurance and post your favorite pic of your pet in a costume.

On November 2nd, they will choose the best pic! The winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to a pet store of their choice AND make a $40 donation to GSROC in your honor. Remember only one pic per person, so make it a good one :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 George Lopez

Richard Pryor Presents.......
Richard Pryor


An evening honoring Richard Pryor's dedication to animals, benefiting PRYOR'S PLANET & ARME!

Hosted by and featuring the amazing


and other great comics and celebs TBA!

Friday, DECEMBER 2nd, 2011
7:30 p.m.

8433 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
This is your HALL PASS! Be as nasty as you wanna be and feel good about it the next day!


It's all for charity!

Join some of the biggest comics of our time for a night you won't forget (or will you?!)!



More importantly, lots of booze, great food, amazing company and A-list comics all night long!


*Your donation is tax-deductible!


Sailor The Dog

Monday, October 24, 2011

Facebook - over 6000 Likes

GSROC if proud to have earned 6,000 page "likes" on Facebook!
If you haven't already "liked" our page, please do so today!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

As hard as it is to believe, beautiful, sweet puppies like Gage end up in public shelters all of the time.  Gage was one of the lucky ones who was rescued by GSROC.  He is an easy-going puppy and he takes direction very well.  Gage would love to have a dog brother or sister to pal around with--he loves to wrestle and tumble with his foster siblings.  Gage is approximately 5 months old.  He is neutered, current on his shots, dewormed and microchipped.  If you are looking for a loyal and affectionate forever friend, Gage is looking for you!  Visit for more photos and to submit your application for Gage!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Daily Kibble

Please choose 

German Shepherd Rescue of OC 
as your charity!

GSROC recognized as Best Way to Get a Pet in 2011

GSROC recognized as Best Way to Get a Pet in 2011

(Orange County, California) October 18, 2011 – German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County announced that it has been awarded 2011 “Best Way to Get a Pet” by OC Weekly Magazine, earning them recognition throughout Southern California as the premiere non-profit pet adoption agency.

OC Weekly chooses outstanding people, businesses, and organizations from Orange County in hundreds of categories to compile its prestigious “Best Of” list. Along with German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County to win the coveted award, other recipients included South Coast Plaza (Best Mall), Jered Weaver (Best Angels Player), Corey Perry (Best Ducks Player), Old Towne Orange Historic District (Best Residential Neighborhood), Avalon (Best Place To Get Away), and Crescent Bay (Best Beach in OC).

“We feel proud and grateful to have been chosen for this honor,” says Maria Dales, the organization’s founder and director. “Our volunteers work tirelessly on behalf of the many dogs depending on us, while upholding the highest standards of compassion and professionalism.  You can’t instill this level of dedication in someone—it has to come from the heart.  Individually and collectively, our volunteers are of the finest caliber, so it is truly rewarding to see their commitment acknowledged.”

Many other high-profile winners put German Shepherd Rescue in great company as it continues to reach out to dogs and fellow dog lovers alike. “If you are looking to adopt a canine family member and don’t know where to begin, visit our website at and get started on the path to finding a wonderful new companion,” says Maria.

German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County (GSROC) is a non-profit 501c(3) charity organization (EIN 20-3445479) dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing purebred German Shepherd Dogs that have nowhere else to turn.  It is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff, relying fully on private donations. Dogs are housed in boarding kennels and foster homes provided by volunteers. Last year, the organization successfully saved more than 350 lives; this year they are on target to place more than 400 dogs.  For more information, visit  or call 714-974-7762.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hugo Surgery Donations

Hugo needs our help.

Big ol' boy Hugo came to us from a public animal shelter, where he would have lost his life if we hadn't rescued him. At just three years old, he has a huge frame and should weigh around 100 pounds, but Hugo arrived underweight at 80 pounds.

He was with us for only 2 days when we received an emergency call from our boarding kennel: Hugo was vomitting blood! After a late night rush transport to the emergency vet and several diagnostic tests, we learned the cause of Hugo's distress: He had a large needle stuck in his stomach!

Thank you all :)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

OCWeekly Award Winner

Best Way to Get a Pet - German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County
If you're looking to get a new pet, why not adopt a dog rescued from a high-kill shelter or abandoned by its owner? The German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County, a nonprofit organization serving our area as well as greater LA, is dedicated to... see Article

Win 4 Tickets to Howling Hund Halloween Pawty

Hey Pet Place Fans,
now through October 26th,
“like” our Pet Place page (if you haven’t already!)
and post your photo of your pet dressed in a Halloween costume
and you can win admission and lunch for 4 people to the Howling Hund Halloween Pawty
being held on Saturday, October 29th from Noon - 4:00 P.M. at Old World Village in Huntington Beach.  The photo that gets the most "likes" will be the winner.  In the event of a tie, the Pet Place crew will decide the winner.
(Feel free to pass this on to other "animal-people")

Monday, October 10, 2011

October is Adopt-a-Dog Month
German Shepherd Rescue Orange County
Get the warm fuzzies with these Adopt-A-Dog Month® storiesA warm body next to you on the sofa on movie night. A jogging buddy on cool, damp mornings. An adoring face to greet you after a hard day at work. A constant companion through good times and bad.Dogs give you what you need, and during Adopt-A-Dog Month® you can give a homeless dog what it needs: You.

Go to your local shelter or to our online adoption center and find a lucky dog to bring into your loving home.

Already have a dog? Consider adding another one to your family. Or donate to help other dogs get the loving care and homes they need so much.

Adopt-A-Dog Month in October is brought to you by American Humane Association.


Celebrity Michael Rosenbaum (known for his role as Lex on Smallville) stopped by the GSROC booth with his rescued dog, Irv. Michael is a big fan of shepherds, and we are big fans of his new show, "Breaking In"!

Michael Rosenbaum, circa September 2010 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Kasey rescued today in Azusa

Just rescued TODAY! 
Meet Kasey, still groggy from his surgery. 
He needs a sponsor!  Visit to help!
We'll help him settle in at Azusa & will work to build his confidence.

Moscow Stray Dogs Master The Subway

Amazing. Many of the dogs are shepherd mixes.

Maybe that's why they are so smart :-)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

OC Fairgrounds Marketplace - Bob's Old Fashion Ice Cream

Saturday Sept.24 and Sunday Sept.25
OC Fairgrounds Marketplace
7AM to 4PM

Bring your friends!
Bob's Old Fashion Ice Cream,
Row E Aisle #3  
OC Marketplace
Orange County Fairgrounds
88 Fair Drive , Costa Mesa CA 92626

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Helping Hands for Animals - Sept.17th Grand Opening

Thrift Store at 2800 W. Burbank Blvd (map) in Burbank California will benefit German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County . Call the Thrift Store to arrange for Free Pick-up at 1-877-763-9685

Monday, September 5, 2011

Jayne Olderman “I’ve Got A Feeling (The Animal Rescue Song)" Orange County, CA

September 2, 2011…..Atlanta-based songstress and composer Jayne Olderman has “gone to the dogs” with her latest youtube release entitled, “I’ve Got A Feeling (The Animal Rescue Song”).

Rescued in 2010 by German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County, CA, Courage went from near death at 34 pounds to becoming a beloved companion weighing in at a healthy 100 pounds!