Welcome to Coastal German Shepherd Rescue of San Diego

Next Adoption Event: Saturday, April 19th, 11am-2pm At PetSmart Encinitas

Coastal German Shepherd Rescue of San Diego is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 certified non-profit organization (EIN 45-2899279) dedicated to finding loving homes for abandoned German Shepherds throughout Southern California. Coastal exists solely because of your tax deductible donations. Want to help a dog or puppy in dire need? Before you visit any other shelter or rescue, follow these links to view the dogs available for adoption from CGSRSD.


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Buddy's Journey to Safety

Buddy’s saga began a few months ago.  We don’t know how he ended up alone in a remote location of San Diego County.  We first heard of him a few months ago when someone called the hotline and said she had seen a German Shepherd sitting by the freeway, as though he were waiting for someone.  When we drove to the area, we couldn’t find him.  Then this past week, we got the news that he was safe.  Since December he has been surviving on his own, through the wet rainy winter and the hot temperatures we have had.  Two weeks ago, someone saw him again sitting by the freeway and was determined to help him.  Kids in the area told him that he was living near a homeless camp and when the people left, they left him behind.  This good Samaritan visited him each day but he couldn’t get close enough to catch him.     He began leaving food and water for him, but he still would only dance and bark for him.  He wouldn’t let him come close.  Finally, he got a humane trap and was able to entice him in.   He got him to the vet where he sat inside the trap with him.  Buddy got medical care and then his new buddy called us for help.  Buddy is now with Coastal.  Each day he is becoming more and more confident.  He is still afraid of cars.  When we go for walks after dark, he likes to lay on any little plant he can find, as though he is hunkering down for the night.  His friend visited him today, and for the first time, Buddy gave him a big thank you, a wet sloppy kiss on the face.  We are looking for a foster home for him now.   We will never know how such a sweet boy ended up alone in such a desolate area, but we are thankful that he survived and we are thankful to his friend who took the time to rescue him.   We are also thankful that he called us and that we were able to help.  It is because of your generous donations that we were able to help Buddy and  continue to be able to help others.    Any donation, no matter how small, will make a difference in Buddy’s life and many others.



The Inaugural Encinitas Mile

A great time was had by all! Here's some photo imagery with the "Parade of Coastal GSRSD Alumni" bringing the event to a triumphant conclusion! Thanks to everyone who competed. We appreciate your support more than you know. To the race organizers, DS Racing, LLC, thanks so much for the opportunity to work with you and your volunteers on this! Together we made a winning combination. And a super special "Thank You" to the awesome CGSRSD Volunteers who's hard work made the event a super smash!

Encinitas Mile 2015....Anyone?


“Why We Do What We Do”

Since time began, the question “Why?” has always evoked the rhetorical answer, “Why not?” or the humorous or non-committal response “Because we can.” In the world of rescue, a world where there are more heartbreaks and heartaches for the volunteers than the days are long, the answer to this question is many and unique to each and every one.

Why would a person spend countless hours every day of the week visiting a kennel to make sure that every dog gets a walk and a little taste of love? Why would someone who is retired spend each day fielding phone calls on a rescue hotline, trying to help people who feel they have no choice but to give up their dog, taking on the heartache of the families and the frustration of being able to do nothing in many cases? Why would someone hold a dog that they’ve tried to save in their arms as they breathe their last breath, dry their eyes, and begin all over again? Why would we swallow our pride and beg for money, only to turn around and beg again? Because, in the world of rescue, rescuing never ends.  As we always say, we are not here only for the young, the beautiful, and the easy to adopt. We are here to rescue, and that brings with it all kinds of challenges.


In just the last two months, we have had Ziggy, a 12-month-old puppy who was diagnosed with malnutrition, demodex and elbow dysplasia. His road to being a healthy puppy is slow and one step at a time. Through Coastal he has been able to get the necessary nutrients and gain the weight he needs. He has received medical treatment for his demodex and is now awaiting surgery for his elbow dysplasia. Cost for Ziggy’s surgery, $2700.

Read the full story of "Why We Do What We Do"....featuring Ziggy, Belle, Cisco, Rica and Liberty


Cisco's Pain

Happy Friday morning!  Unfortunately for Cisco, this is not a happy morning.  This beautiful boy is approximately 5-years old, and was turned in by his owner who was no longer able to care for him.  When Cisco was turned over to us, we were told that his only medical issue is that he has a limp that doctors were unable to diagnose.  Since joining rescue, we discovered that Cisco absolutely loves running around the yard chasing balls.  Unfortunately for him, the more Cisco runs, the more he limps ?  Our volunteers took him to our vet who determined that the ACL in his right leg is completely torn, and has been for quite some time.  Cisco needs immediate surgery to repair his right leg.  He has been in a lot of pain for a very long time, and we are determined to give this boy a shot at a healthy and active long life! We are reaching out to our loyal followers to help us subsidize the cost, and would appreciate donations of any size – even $5!

Update: Cisco has had his surgery. Cost of surgery $2800. Amount raised for surgery $2290. Amount still needed to pay his bill, $510. Seeing Cisco enjoy a pain-free life will be worth it all.



2014 Donations:
As a 100% volunteer organization, we depend on your contributions throughout the year. CGSRSD is a 501(c)3 tax exempt nonprofit. EIN 45-2899279.
If you prefer to mail a check rather than use PayPal, please mail your check to:
Coastal German Shepherd Rescue of San Diego
PO Box 722381
San Diego CA 92172

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