I will be running the LA Marathon (my first marathon!!) as a charity runner, and am fundraising to support Westside German Shepherd Rescue (WSGSR) - a non-profit, no-kill shelter located in Los Angeles.
I first learned about WSGSR a few months after the heartbreaking loss of my first German Shepherd. I didn't think I was emotionally ready for a new dog, but one look at Anton von Bremen (love the names WSGSR comes up with for the dogs) and that all changed. Anton was found wandering the streets, and WSGSR pulled him from a city shelter the day before he was scheduled to be euthanized. Sure, he was kind of crazy and drove me nuts at first, but after a few months, I knew I needed him just as much as he needed me. Less than a year after he came come with me, he passed a certification test to be a therapy dog. He is now year 2 into his therapy dog "career", and I am so grateful to WSGSR for rescuing and matching me up with my goofy, sweet, gentle, loving boy.
Having done some volunteer works with WSGSR, I can personally attest to the organization's passion for saving dogs (and not just German Shepherds; I've seen Labs and even a Chihuahua on occasion)! There are many dedicated volunteers that open their homes, wallets, and spend countless hours helping the dogs in need. I know first-hand that all of the money goes directly toward helping the dogs, and am honored to do my very small part in helping raise funds to help many more dogs in need.
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