German Shepherds are NOT pets. They are protectors, defenders, and loyal to the end. German shepherds are NOT for everyone. Especially those who cannot match their love and devotion. Sadly, for a senior German Shepherd named Zorro, he was given to such a family. Zorro was dumped at a kill shelter until he was rescued by the German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County (GSROC) but needs substantial assistance in the form of donations to get better before he finds a new forever home worthy of him. This is the dog’s story:
Recently, we received dozens of requests to rescue a despondent senior dog who had been abandoned by his family in a high kill shelter. The dog was estimated at 8 years old, but the years had been hard on him.
What was once a magnificent and noble shepherd was a shell of his former self–a rack of bones dotted with patches of dry, brittle fur. Legs that once took proud strides were stiff and weak from poor care. Ears that once stood tall were oozing from infection. Eyes that once sparkled were dim from despair.
The financially prudent decision would have been to turn away, leaving this elderly gentleman to spend his final days in a cold cement cell and move on to help a younger, healthier, more marketable dog. But something about this boy’s face was so gripping that it was impossible to ignore his plight. Defying practicality, we swooped in to rescue him.
We have named our gentle giant Zorro–a bold and charismatic name for a dog whose boy and spirit need rejuvenating.
Zorro has arrived at our veterinarian, where he will need the following:
– a series of medicated baths for his skin and ear infections;
– surgery to remove a dangling mass from his chest
– a blood test and xrays to determine his overall health
– extraction of several infected, broken teeth
Preliminary estimates put his expected care costs at $2500, which does not include the cost of nightly boarding until he finds a loving home of his own.
We are asking our fellow animal lovers to help us return Zorro to good health and provide him with ongoing comfort. Whether your gift is $1.00 or $1,000, it will be deeply appreciated by Zorro and all of us at the rescue.
Zorro has just arrived from an overcrowded animal shelter where he was passed over for adoption despite his loving personality. Zorro’s health has been badly neglected, but his gentle nature still prevails. He is approximately 9 years old and looking for a forever or foster home. GSROC is raising funds to help him get the medical care that he needs. He’s positively precious!
German Shepherds have saved the lives of soldiers, rescued people trapped in disaster areas, lead the blind, selflessly supported people as a service dog, and keep the streets safe as K9s. This is the breed that was created to be your best friend, your guard dog, and the first to attack anyone who means you harm. Without the German Shepherd the world would be much less safe. There isn’t a day that goes by that a German Shepherd guardian doesn’t have a reason to say danke schon Deutschland fur mein Deutscher Schaferhund. To have them as a pet is a big responsibility and it is tragic that one family got a dog they never deserved. For more information on Zorro and other German Shepherds at GSROC please visit their facebook page or click here for their website.