NHS in the News

Update on rescued German Shepherd dogs (scroll down for earlier postings)

Jan. 13 We had to shave Telluride’s long coat as the fur was severely matted. His skin also had abscesses that smelled like rot. Thankfully, he is on antibiotics & now feeling A LOT better already.

Please note, we cannot put anyone on a list for these dogs just yet, but assure you that they are making progress each & every day & soon will be ready for fosters.

We sincerely hope you understand & enjoy following along with their progress with us.

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HOW CAN I HELP?
If you would like to help our dogs get ready medically, physically & mentally, please consider a donation:

http://nassauhumane.org/donate/

Or assist with supplies via our Amazon Wish List:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/32EPSYMHGB8LT

We recently added treat feeders that help both these GSDs & all of our dogs learn its great when humans stop by their kennels (the picture is from another adoption center).

If you have room in your home now, please consider adopting or fostering one of our non-purebred dogs that are ready to go. They are just as loving & deserving:

http://nassauhumane.org/adopt-dogs/

Thank you again for all the love for our pets awaiting forever homes!

Jan. 10: Thank you so much for for the incredible outpouring of generosity. These donations not only help the German Shepherds, but all the other dogs in our care as well.
At this time, we are all set with food & linens & do not have room to store any more. We are so so grateful.
If you’d still like to give, we’ve added some “extras” to our Wish List.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/32EPSYMHGB8LT
Again, thank you!!

Jan. 10: Report from WSAV-TV, Savannah (see link below)

This is a valuable report to understand more about the German Shepherds & why they need time with us before we can list them for adoption.

It doesn’t mean that they will all have lifetime medical issues, but we do need time to really get to know them first, so they aren’t later returned or bounced around even more.

The most important lesson is not purchasing a puppy from someone you cannot see both the parents & the living conditions. Doing so 100% supports the neglect & abuse.

https://www.wsav.com/…/owners-who-say-they-ve-bo…/1695255126

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Jan. 9: Who is excited for his first bath (probably ever) & to not smell like a poop explosion? Goliath!

Please note, we cannot put anyone on a list for these dogs & do not yet know when they will be available. They truly need time to decompress & be fully medically/behaviorally cleared..even if you have a lifetime of medical & GSD experience.

We sincerely hope you understand & enjoy following along with their progress with us.

Jan. 8: Report in The Florida Times-Union

Jan. 7:  We are getting hundreds of calls & messages and we truly appreciate all of you caring!

We understand many of you have GSD experience, want to be first in line to get one, etc. We can’t wait until they are able to go into foster or adopted homes, but they need time to decompress & feel safe around humans first. 

Please watch our Facebook page & our website for their progress. We are unable to take applications or promise them to anyone until they have been fully assessed & medically treated. We hope you understand it’s in their best interest. 

Please remember, we have SO many other dogs (and cats) that ALSO need homes. If you have room in your heart & family now, please consider adopting or fostering one of non-purebred dogs that are ready to go. Adopting one of them allows us room to save others. They are just as loving & deserving. They can be viewed here: 

Earlier Jan. 7

NHS is assisting in a substantial rescue effort in Georgia to find homes for neglected German Shepherds. Hundreds of dogs, reportedly part of a breeding operation in central Georgia, have been rescued in a combined effort by several rescue groups. NHS staff traveled to the site Jan. 6 and brought back 5 dogs, and will transport more at a later date. Here are reports from First Coast News, Action News Jax and News4Jax. Please check our Facebook page for updates. Here are answers to the questions we’ve been asked most frequently:

1). HOW CAN I FOSTER OR ADOPT? WHY NOT TODAY?!
Thanks so much for your interest in adopting!
Please note, none of these dogs even know how to walk on a leash & all need extensive medical care. We can’t wait until they are able to go into foster or adopted homes, but ask that you watch this Facebook page & our website for their progress. We are unable to take applications or promise them to anyone until they have been fully assessed & medically treated. Calling us ties up our phone lines when other animals need us. Thank you for your understanding. If you have room in your home now, please consider adopting or fostering one of our non-purebred dogs that are ready to go. They are just as loving & deserving:

http://nassauhumane.org/adopt-dogs/

HOW CAN I HELP?
If you would like to help get them ready medically, physically & mentally, please consider a donation:

http://nassauhumane.org/donate/

Or assist with supplies via our Amazon Wish List:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/32EPSYMHGB8LT

CAN I COME GIVE THEM A BATH & LOVE?
We always need volunteers. But these dogs are huge flight risks. If they get off of a leash, they will be gone. We have many other dogs that have been in our care for months that would love such awesome attention though. Please sign up for our volunteer orientation here:
http://nassauhumane.org/volunteer/

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
This is a result of very irresponsible breeding. If you choose to purchase through a breeder, please research who you are supporting. Have you seen the parents in person? Are they used again & again to make puppies? Have you seen the property? Are they giving basic necessities of food, water, shelter & human interaction? No responsible, caring breeder sells puppies in pet stores or ships them off to anyone on the Internet.

HOW MANY DOGS ARE THERE?
There are two different rural properties with different amounts of dogs, totally close to 500. We went to the smaller property to assist with some of the 165. Our rescue partner Animal Aid USA is on the larger property & transferring others to us next week. All dogs are being removed as a group effort by multiple rescue teams. Please please be patient as we work through this situation.

Thank you again for caring. We could not rescue without you.

Earlier posts of NHS in the News

Our first “Deck the Howls” was such a heartwarming evening of sweet kids reading to our shelter pets!

We hope you enjoyed the 2018 Parade of Paws holiday dog parade in downtown Fernandina Beach! Pictures and video are available on Facebook:

Photo Album #1, click here

Photo Album #2, click here

Parade winners and more photos, click here 

Facebook Live video, click here

When the Murphy family adopted Hero from NHS, they had no idea that he would live up to his name. Now he’s not just their dog — he’s their hero, too. Please click here for their heartwarming story.

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Boss is coming to the end of his life, and he has won the hearts of the NHS staff. Come along on a special trip for our special friend. Please click here.

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The Rev. Liz Zivanov of Fernandina Beach joined us for Blessing of the Animals on Thursday, Oct. 4. That is the traditional date for celebration of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals. Rev. Zivanov is a retired priest from the Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii. She blessed shelter animals and individuals’ pets as well. We thank Rev. Zivanov, and everyone who has adopted or helped a homeless animal. The love and companionship of a rescued pet is a blessing every day.