& Dad~ All I need is:
- as much love as you can
give me. I promise I'll give you ten times that amount in return!
- a regular trip
to the vet to keep me healthy
- water - water - more
- nutrition - the best we
can afford please
- safety (leash/fence)
- training - activity for
- heartworm/flea &
tick prevention & regular trips to the vets
- exercise -
exercise - more exercise - activity for
- grooming - you'll
notice right away if something's wrong
- ID - so I'll never be
- spay &
someday there won't be unwanted pets dying every day in shelters
~With All My Love~ Your New Rescue Dog
How To Adopt A New Friend
If you are interested in adopting
a new family member from our organization, please complete the online
adoption application. This is the fastest method but if you prefer, you may contact us by
e-mail so we can send
you an application.
adoption fee of $100 to $250 is based on each dog and it's needs. Senior dogs, special need
dogs and senior citizen adoptions are $100; all others are $200-$250. The adoption fee helps
cover expenses for the dogs while in the rescue program including the vet check, vaccines,
heartworm testing, stool check, spay/neuter plus other necessary veterinary care and training
to get the dog ready for adoption.
must submit an application before an appointment is made to come and meet the dogs.
We work BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
Our Mission and Objective
To find loving forever homes for adoptable German Shepherd Dogs
placed in shelters, strays and owner turn-ins. Provide needed medical care, training and
rehabilitation to neglected, abused or sick German Shepherd Dogs until they are ready for
- Lower the number of unnecessary euthanasia of healthy, adoptable pets.
- Inform and educate about responsible humane treatment of animals and the importance of
- Bring attention to the plight of shelter pets in animal control facilities.
- Work toward insuring law enforcement agencies prosecute to the fullest extent of the
law, persons found guilty of cruelty and inhumane treatment of animals.
Who We Are
The TBGSR is an all volunteer non-profit pet
rescue organization for German Shepherd Dogs. We are supported by private donations, adoption
fees, fund raisers and bequests from individuals and businesses. All of our pets are
spayed/neutered prior to adoption. They are up-to-date on all vaccinations and heartworm
negative. We are dedicated to helping our adoptable animals find good homes where they will be
safe, well cared for and loved for the rest of their lives. Caring for these animals allows us
to learn more about their personalities and helps us to place them in a home best suited for
Donations and Volunteering...
Tampa Bay German Shepherd Rescue welcomes
volunteers who wish to help. We are always in the need of foster homes to house dogs while
going though medical care while getting them ready for adoption. We have a list of items that
are on our wish list: Check them out and please do what you can!
Anyone wishing to make a donation toward our
rescue efforts can do so by sending a check to Tampa Bay German Shepherd Rescue at the
Tampa Bay German
11904 Mc Mullen Loop
Riverview, FL 33569
To all those that have donated funds to help with
vet bills & expenses and all those that have opened their homes to foster, we can not
thank you enough. You are true heroes!
Temporary Foster Homes Always Needed
When our facilities are full, this means we have
to turn down worthy candidates and can not pull dogs from shelters because space is at such a
premium. All dogs are spayed/neutered, wormed, treated for fleas, vaccinated and on heartworm
preventative. We provide a crate, leash, collars and food.
If you have the time, the patience and loads of
love to spare, we need you to help us brush up the skills that make these dogs
adoptable loving pets. PLEASE
EMAIL US for more info.
Loving Foster Homes
Donations to our vets (heartworm treatments, spays/neuters, emergency
surgeries, heartworm and flea preventative & medications)
PetsMart gift cards to get supplies as needed
Iam's, Eukanuba, ProPlan or Nutro Large Breed Dog Food
Throw rugs 24" x 36" up to 48" for the crates
Someone to make crate pads
Gift Cards for gas stations for transporter
Is The GSD The Right Breed For You?
German Shepherd Dog (GSD) is a wonderful breed, but it is a "high
maintenance" animal not suited for everyone. If you are unfamiliar with our
favorite breed, please take the time to educate yourself about it. You can start right
here by reading the following.
Why a GSD May Not Be
the Dog for You"
German Shepherds require a serious commitment. Many of
the dogs that come to rescue organizations have no training. It is
important that the new family puts time and effort into training their
These dogs have a high energy level. The very energy
that allows these dogs to be police, search, guide and herding dogs is
often the reason these dogs are surrendered. If you're looking for a
couch potato you may want to consider a different breed.
German Shepherds are highly intelligent. If they are
not given a job to do they will often come up with their own.
Like any dog, the German Shepherd is a social animal
and needs to be part of a family. The loyalty that endears this breed to
many requires that it not be banished to the backyard.
German Shepherds are large dogs. The number one reason
given by people surrendering German Shepherds is moving. Usually
apartments do not welcome these dogs. If you don't know where you will
be a few years down the line it is not the right time to adopt.
These dogs shed non-stop.
They can be vocal, often whining and barking to
communicate. If left alone for prolonged periods of time they may become
If you don't like doggy smell, consider a different
breed. Also, bathing can be challenging due to the dog's water-resistant
A German Shepherd must respect its owner. This is not
accomplished by heavy-handedness; it is only achieved when its owner
treats the dog with equal respect.
These dogs originated as herding dogs. It is a heritage
they carry still. Keep this in mind if you or your neighbors have
livestock. Remember that in the state of California a dog harassing
livestock may be shot.
- Julie Connolly for German Shepherd
Here to VOTE FOR US every day!
Salute to our
In a world where most
families considering rescue automatically think of adopting a puppy, we rejoice each
time a senior dog is placed! And considering the pros and cons, why wouldn't anyone
prefer to share their home with an older dog?
- No potty training...
- No accidents to clean up...
- No trips outside to do their business every 2 hours...
- No chewed shoes, table legs, or worse...
- Already know their Doggy Manners...
- Daily exercise requirements are less demanding...
- Calmer and generally less disruptive...
- Just as loving...
- Just as lovable...
- Bond just as quickly with their new loving family.
Senior dogs want nothing
more than a warm pair of feet to lie next to, a snuggle with their favorite people
from time to time and a forever family to love. The dogs pictured here are all living
happily ever after. Thank you to all that have opened their hearts & homes to
these wonderful older babies!
are always needed for
medically needy rescues
And please remember that in Florida
is a year-round responsibility.
We're all living happily ever after!