Rettungs-Haus Shepherds, Inc.
A German Shepherd Rescue
If you are thinking about surrendering your dog, we urge you to please consider rehabilitation through training and our support network. If you choose to put your best effort into the greatest companion you will ever have, we promise to give you our best as well.
Rettungs-Haus Shepherds, Inc. was inspired by, and exists today, because of Jonah. Jonah pictured on the left was listed on Craig's List under a free add. He was listed as a shop/guard dog. He was purchased as a puppy and kept in a pole barn. He was never socialized, loved, or knew the soft touch of a human hand his entire life... until I met him.
I never feared Jonah. I unwrapped the chain from his neck and brought him home. His body abused, neglected, and frail; I cared for his wounds and loved him with all of my heart. My only regret is finding him too late.
I wish I had found him sooner, so I could have loved him longer.
Jonah passed away in my arms due to the severity of abuse and neglect he suffered at the hands of his people his entire life.
- Founder, Rettungs-Haus Shepherds, Inc.
"The neglect changes you. The abuse hardens you... The suffering breaks you. The ignorance angers you. The indifference disturbs you. The injustice destroys you. On a daily basis…your faith will be tested.
Your heart will be wounded... Your soul will be altered. On a weekly basis…you’ll question yourself. You’ll question your strength. You’ll question the world. On a monthly basis…you’ll fall down. You’ll get up. You’ll go on… On a yearly basis…you’ll look back… You’ll see faces… You couldn’t save them. You’ll learn to mourn. To grieve. To sob. You’ll learn to trust a little less. To do a little more. To fight a little harder. You’ll learn to try. To hope. To pray.
You’ll learn to fail. To succeed. To accept. You’ll learn when to hold on. When to give up. When to let go. You’ll learn who you are. What you stand for. Why that matters. Then… at times… you’ll forget why you matter. You’ll question what you’re doing. You’ll wonder if it’s worth it. But…here’s the good news… When you forget… When you question… When you wonder… All you have to do… Is take a look around… And you’ll see them. You’ll see their faces. You’ll see their smiles. You’ll feel their love. In their eyes, you’ll see their journeys… You’ll remember their beginnings…You’ll know how far they’ve come… You’ll remember when they didn’t know you… When they didn’t trust you…When they’d given up. You’ll remember how you healed them… How you loved them…How they loved you, too. And as you look back… You’ll want to move forward… For them… and because of them.
In your darkest hours, you’ll look around… To find the differences made…the hope given…and the lives saved… Because you existed. In those moments, when you look into their eyes…every doubt will be erased. Every question will be answered. Every worry will subside. Because in that instant…in each of your hearts… You both share the very same thought: “Every bit of pain was worth it…for this moment here with you.” And honestly…no matter what else happens… Those moments hold all the strength you need… To keep going. Rescue is a pain. Rescue is a joy. Rescue is worth it…because they are worth it. And that’s the honest truth."
~ Author unknown ~