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I am sending along a wonderful article written by Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue. They are one of the approved shelters working with the Miracle GSD Network. This article was posted by them back on November 13, 2013. I have added a few details that weren’t available at the time of that writing. Those details are inserted in bold italics.
We work with a wonderful team called the Miracle Group to save dogs from across the US.
It’s an amazing story.
It started in 2012 with a comment made in a Facebook PM by the eventual founder that went something like “wouldn’t it be great if we all contributed regularly to a fund that could be used to rescue a dog a month”. Such lofty goals!! A Dog A Month. It was that one comment to a handful of people with a dream to make a difference in the lives of a handful of dogs that launched the Miracle GSD Group – and there was no looking back.
On October 29, 2012, the Miracle GSD Group pulled Taylor and Laku, 2 GSD’s from Coachella heading to the safety of Southwest Michigan German Shepherd Rescue. Southern California dogs from a very full, high kill shelter safely transported across the country to a GSD rescue in Michigan that does not have the same overcrowding issues that California (and many other states) have. The funds that were needed to pull, vet, board for a few days then transport these 2 lucky dogs were from “pledges” made on each dog’s public post, with the Miracle Group members filling in the difference. And it worked! Those two dogs were adopted in to loving homes within weeks and SWMGSR wanted to know if they could get a couple more. Beautiful, loving GSD’s that were abandoned with little hope of surviving the overcrowded shelter life now being loved and spoiled in their forever homes. Yes, there were more, too many more.
The next month, November 2012 the Miracle Group pulled 13 dogs!! Three wonderful members of this group realized this could not continue without some serious organization and they got serious. New rescue partnerships were formed, “PLANS” were made and lives were saved. In July, 2013, the Group decided they needed a break. Nine months of chaos was wearing them out. They needed to slow down and take some time for themselves. That month they rescued 30 dogs! The most (at that time) in a month to date – on their break – because they would not say no to a dog with a PLAN. In one year the Miracle Group saved 226 dogs, pulled dogs from 37 different places in 6 different states going to 17 different rescues.
These three ladies give their time, their skills and mostly their love and devotion (all with no remuneration) to save these dogs. They have families, soccer games, hockey games, jobs, business trips, dogs to walk, yet they find the time to save so many lives and all three of them live on the EAST COAST. THANK YOU, ladies, for ALL you do, for those you have saved and those yet to be saved and thank you to all the members of the Miracle Group who pledge, share, pull, transport, foster, board and help support the Miracle GSD Group.
We are thrilled and honored to be a part of this amazing group.
If you would like to learn more about Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue (maybe you’re interested in adopting a family member?), please visit their website at: http://www.bayareagsr.org
Since this article was written, so many more dogs have been saved thanks to the combined efforts of the Network and their associated rescues. As of this writing, 574 dogs have been pulled from shelters and sent to rescues across the country. It’s so remarkable that such a small group can do so much good! I think it proves that if you really want to do something ‒ you CAN!
If you’re interested in learning more about Miracle GSD Network, you can visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/310605105708097/