NHS in the News

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

April 9

We LOVE getting updates of our Alum. Juneau, one of the Shepherds from the cruelty case, is thriving in her new home. We even got a weight update that she is 68 pounds now!

April 5

Freya is ready to find a home, but she will need special attention from someone who knows German Shepherds and can work with her to give her the attention, training and love she deserves. If you’re interested in this big, beautiful dog, please call us at (904) 321-1647 for more information, or come on over with your family and other dog for a supervised meet-and-greet. She’s only about 2 years old, and she truly deserves a better life than the one she’s had. If you’re that special person who’s willing to help a special dog, please call us or come meet Freya! Update, 4/9/19: Freya has been adopted!

March 19 Happy Tails to Juneau!
Once part of a cruelty and neglect case, now a valued family member.
Officially adopted today!
Thank you to all who adopt, foster, volunteer, share, donate and advocate. It is because of you these stories are possible.

March 10 Life changing: Goliath is the first of our shepherds adopted (by his foster family)!

Feb. 16 Many have inquired about majestic Telluride. His hair is slowing growing back & he is getting a LITTLE more comfortable every day. He isn’t quite ready to leave our care yet, but we’ll keep you posted.

For those interested in fostering, stunning Hollywood (white) is still looking to learn about life in a home. This includes having a lot of patience & going SLOW. Unfortunately no kids, cats or small animals will work. He is just too frightened. Normal sounds & movements can startle him & cause him to want to flee.

Hollywood & his friends deserve to experience a home & love. If willing to try, please email foster@nassauhumane.org or fill out our application.

Feb. 12 We just received 2 more petrified shepherds, released from the horrible South Georgia breeding case.

They are as unsocialized as our original 5, yet feel more comfortable together. Please note, we don’t know if they are “bonded” yet or just get comfort from other dogs (vs people).

What should we name them? We lean towards “strong” names for these sad dogs. One is male, other is female.

Of course, any support is hugely appreciated. Please note, we have many many animals in our care simultaneously that also need assistance.

To donate supplies:
https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/32EPSYMHGB8LT

To help financially:
http://nassauhumane.org/donate/

We’ll absolutely keep you posted on their journey. It’s all up from here.

If interested in fostering one of the original 5 German Shepherds that we saved, please email foster@nassauhumane.org or download the app here:

http://nassauhumane.org/foster/

Thank you!

Feb. 7 Our first German Shepherd from the breeding/hoarding case is off to a foster home! We’re so happy for you, Goliath, and very thankful for this patient family. If you are interested in fostering, please submit an application: http://nassauhumane.org/foster/

Jan. 31 Juneau is progressing a little slower than the others. But, it’s still amazing to see.

When we first took in these dogs, Juneau absolutely refused to come out of her crate. No coaxing or even taking the crate apart worked. We ended up having to carry her in.

She still flattens on a leash. But the other dogs give her confidence & she is now lighting up when we hang out with her. Slow & steady, we see trust.

We’re going to keep Juneau with us a little longer. But if you’re interested in fostering Hollywood, Denali or Goliath, download an application http://nassauhumane.org/foster/ & email to foster@nassauhumane.org please.

For those who have inquired about our current shelter needs, anything off our Wish List is always appreciated:

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/32EPSYMHGB8LT

Thank you for caring about our animals!

Jan. 28 Exciting news! Three of our German Shepherds are ready to go into foster homes! Hollywood (white), Denali (sable), and Goliath (black) are ready to move onto the next stage and become pets.

We are looking for loving fosters with dog experience, that can help these GSDs learn what living inside a home is like. You will be crucial in teaching your foster that the world is not a scary place and that couches, car rides, and everyday household items are wonderful experiences. Please note:

· Candidates must live within 45 minutes of NHS.
· No cats or small animals please.
· Hollywood is too nervous for any children
· Denali & Goliath need kids at least older than 12.

Fosters need to be willing to:
· Use a crate when unsupervised
· Keep dog on leash, even in a fenced in back yard
· Bring dog to vet appointments in a timely manner

If you have your own dog/dogs, please schedule a supervised meet & greet to make sure everyone gets along. Once selected, we ask that the potential foster come visit several times to get your particular dog used to you & to ensure that it will be a good fit for everyone.

We will provide everything that you will need for them, including crates, leashes, food and supplements.

Foster applications can be downloaded here: http://nassauhumane.org/foster/
And emailed to: foster@nassauhumane.org

Thank you for understanding our precautions and wanting to help these dogs experience the good life!

 

Jan. 26 Denali & Goliath have made incredible progress walking on a leash. We hope to get them spay/neutered soon.

Hollywood & Telluride tolerate the leash, but still have to be coaxed to walk more than a few feet.

Juneau (not pictured) is finally taking food out of our hands, but no go on the leash yet.

This is a great example that all dogs are individuals & develop at their own pace. We love them along the way as they are.

Many of you have asked about any supplies we still need. Anything from our Wish List is sincerely appreciated for the GSDs as well as all our other pets waiting for homes:

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/32EPSYMHGB8LT

Thank you again for all of your support!

Jan. 19 Just some recent photos of our 5 GSDs: Hollywood, Telluride, Goliath, Denali & Juneau!

Each dog is making progress in his/her own way, some more comfortable on a leash or being touched than others. Most of the time, they will come up to greet us or take treats from our hand, which is such a happy moment.

They are all still huge flight risks, so must be kept on a leash, even in a yard, at all times. Please stay tuned as we will be moving the most social into foster homes soon.

We can’t thank you enough for the support for these special dogs as well as all of our animals.

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: 

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

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.