It’s time to start gathering items for 2014 GSRNE Live Benefit Auction! Hard to believe it’s been almost a year since our last auction, and we’re so looking forward to having a fun time again!

Click through to the Auction page and you’ll find all of the forms used to solicit donations and advertisements from businesses, dog clubs, family and friends, as well as the form we need you to fill out for your donation.

Mark your calendars!

Sunday, April 27, 2014
11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
1 Newbury Street
Peabody, MA 01960

The auction is a key fundraiser for GSRNE and we cannot do it without you!  

You can help by:

This year we will continue the tradition of holding two Silent Auctions and a very exciting Live Auction.  


On Sunday, April 26, we begin setting up around 9:30 am. All the tables and auction items have to be in place by 11:30 am when the first Silent Auction begins. After the auction, we need help to pack up and leave the auction room in order. It’s a lot of fun and there is a great sense of accomplishment to be a part of the day. In addition to the auction, we will have a sales table, a food table with sandwiches and chips and baked goods as well as a 50/50 raffle.

Bidding makes everyone hungry! If you can donate food or baked goods for the food table please email us at If you have items to donate, have any questions or if you can help in any area, please email

Enjoy the auction, bring your checkbook or credit card and bid high to help the dogs!



On Saturday, March 28th, we start the tagging party at 10:30AM and work until we’re done, which is usually around 5PM. If you’re unable to stay all day, please consider coming by for a couple of hours. Any length of time will be a big help! We DO take a food break in the middle of the day, and we each bring something to snack on or drink (fruit juice, soda, water, etc.). Please email to R.S.V.P. and let us know what food or drink item you’ll be able to bring. Each person can bring a small or moderate amount (2 bottles of soda, a large bag of chips, 1 kind of dessert, a few sandwiches, plate of cheese and crackers, etc). We put it all out, buffet style, and take about 45 minutes to reward ourselves with food (positive reinforcement!). If you are not able to bring food, we still hope you will attend. There’s always enough to share!

Tagging Party

Organizing Donations

What do we do at the Tagging Party?

All the donated items for the auction should be received by us by Monday, March 16, 2015. Once we have the items, we need to decide which go into the Live Auction (usually about 60 – 70 items), which go into the Yellow Silent Auction and which go into the Blue Silent Auction. We physically move all the items into their designated rooms. We then put a colored dot sticker on each item showing the Auction Catalog number assigned to that item. Items that do not yet have a description for the catalog need to have one written, so we need creative writers to do that on the spot. Eventually, all items will to be boxed up for transport to the Holiday Inn on the morning of the Auction!

Please let us know if you’d like to attend the tagging party by emailing us..

It’s a lot of work but we make it a lot of fun and it is a great way to meet other GSRNE volunteers!

What items are we looking for? German Shepherd items of course! Statues, rugs, throws, pillows, key chains, GSD notepaper, cards and paintings — just about anything goes as long as they are first quality and something that can be sold. 

Dog-related items do very well and don’t need to be German Shepherd specific. We are looking for dog bowls, cookie jars, leashes, collars, dog beds – all kinds of pet products! One-half to two-thirds of the auction items are pet specific and the good news is that if we receive too many of one type of item for the auction, they can be used for other events or even for our foster dogs. But we don’t leave out people! We have seen beautiful vases, jewelry, collectible plates, and baskets of products that anyone can use. Sports memorabilia items are also very popular, as are any kind of electronics. Come and see which items raise the most this year! Here are just a few samples from the more than 300 items that successful bidders took home from our 2014 Auction.

GSD Weathervane

GSD Weathervane

Basket of Goodies

Basket of Goodies

GSD Welcome Statue

GSD Welcome Statue

PLEASE complete a form for each item you donate. It really, really helps us to have the completed form at hand when we are preparing our Auction Catalog and your tax deductible donation receipt. We do need a separate form for each item you donate.  There are three ways to donating items to us: 1. You can bring items to the tagging party. 2. You can deliver them to one of our collection sites located throughout New England. Please email us at for locations. 3. You can mail your items to: 

P.O. Box 4063
Westford, MA 01886

Donations are accepted at any time but to ensure inclusion in this year’s auction and auction catalog, items should be received by us no later than March 16th.


Once all the items are received and organized, we will post all available items online so that you can plan ahead. We will have printed copies of the catalog at the auction. 

Business Advertising: You may advertise your business in our catalog to show your support and it also comes with online exposure. There are five options from which to choose ranging from $150 for inside the front cover (1 available) and $75 for a full-page size (7″ x 9.5″) ad to a copy of your business card (3.5″ x 2.25″ for $20. Click here for more options and information.

Individual Remembrances: You may memorialize a beloved pet. Happy occasions are also welcomed such as weddings, birthdays, congratulations, etc. Click here to learn more. Please click here for sizing and pricing information: 2015 Auction Catalog advertising info

Personal Donations  

Please fill out an Auction Donation form for your donated item. We need this form completed for each item. Select the link to the 2015 Auction Donation Form. The PDF file will download to your PC.  You can print as many copies as you need.

2015-Auction-Donation-Form.pdf (See Sample Below) 


Business Donations  

The following forms should be used to solicit donations from businesses. If you belong to a dog club, please ask them to support us by placing an ad or donating a gift.

Forms Coming Soon

16th Annual GSRNE
Benefit Auction 

Sunday, April 26, 201

Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites 1 Newbury Street, Peabody, MA 01960

 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  

Open to the public!  

Who knew helping a charity would be so much fun?

GSRNE’s 16th Annual Auction is Sunday, April 26, from 11:00 am – 4:30 pm. Some of the most unusual and treasured items will be auctioned off in our Live Auction and two Silent Auctions! There are also raffles, good food and our wonderful sales table where you can find GSRNE items and more.  Come early and bid often!





This benefit auction features everything a dog lover could need or want! Unique and unusual items will be  available featuring a German Shepherd theme – a rare opportunity for the German Shepherd Dog enthusiast to find so many collectibles at one time, in one place. This year we also have items galore for the human members of your family. Mark your calendar and plan on having a great time and helping out New England’s German Shepherd Dogs in need!

Having Fun

Enjoy bidding on (and winning) many terrific canine, non-canine and German Shepherd Dog collectibles. You can feel good knowing that you have helped pay for veterinary visits, medicine, surgeries, food and other expenses required to rescue German Shepherds from shelters and place them in loving homes or with the Working Dog Programs such as Search and Rescue, Coast Guard, State and Local Police K-9 units. Last year we were able to place many dogs but some required extensive medical treatment to give them a quality life. We are asking everyone to try and help out in any way they can.

Special Guest Tonka

Greeting Special Invited Guest Tonka

On Auction Day, we can accept cash, personal checks and credit cards for payment of your items.

Cash is appreciated for the food and sales tables. Please don’t forget to bring a little extra for raffle tickets!

How YOU Can Help!

Directions to Holiday Inn

GSRNE #263
2008 – 1/20/2015  

web_Dixie-19[1]“Dogs just know when their loved… even at the end, when their pain becomes too much to bear and we help them to find rest.”

It is with great sadness that we announce that ‘Dixie’ GSRNE #263 has crossed the bridge. Adopted in June 2009, Dixie was 11 months old when she came to GSRNE. She was a beautiful black and red, playful pup who had lots of energy. She was smart, full of life and had so many great qualities — she was truly a wonderful girl. Her life was happy, filled with many get-togethers in the warm summer months by her family’s pool and daily walks and errands in the car. Sadly at just six years of age, she was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and passed over the rainbow bridge on January 20th.

Hearing a beloved dog has Hemangiosarcoma is about one of the worst things that can happen to any family/dog owner. The decision to end a life is never easy. It takes much courage. it’s a very hard and loving decision – letting go of a pet that has given so much love and companionship. We always hope our dogs, once adopted, will live a long happy life and pass of old age. Our sweet Dixie was not one of them but, we are grateful she had six happy years. We love you Dixie girl! Till we see you again… wait for us at the rainbow bridge.

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Adopted on 06/07/2014


When Harmony’s owner surrendered her to a shelter, she was pretty fearful but would warm up slowly as she got to know her caretakers.  She enjoyed playing in a group of dogs and had lots of energy; but it became evident that her elbows would hurt afterwards.  An examination revealed the need for elbow surgery so that would not continue to happen.  Once GSRNE had a foster home available and agreed to take in Harmony, the surgery was performed and she was moved into a real home after four months at the shelter.Harmony

There were two other dogs in the foster home, and they helped Harmony to fit in and feel at ease.  She was on restricted activity while her elbows healed, and she grew to enjoy being handled and cuddled by her foster Mom and Dad.  Gradually, she was able to become more active and eventually was allowed to run and play the way she had been itching to do.  She loves to fetch a tennis ball and will run right back to you so you can throw it for her again.  Once she’s comfortable with a new person, she’ll show you her silly side and will wriggle and turn in circles during a good back rub.

Harmony needed gradual socialization around other people as she continued to learn that only good things will happen.  Attending a group obedience class helped her with that; she’s quickly learnt new things and already knows basic commands plus how to touch your hand with her paw on request.  She does enjoy getting treats, and they help her focus on the task at hand.  She is ready to meet the adopter who will show her patience and love and help her become the happy, silly, fun-loving girl she was meant to be.

UPDATE 11/01/13:  We decided to do a DNA test on Harmony to see what she may be mixed with and found that she is 3/4 GSD and 1/4 Finnish Spitz.  An interesting combination for her, and this girl is very sweet, goofy, and always happy!

Nova has found his forever home! This handsome boy with literally left on the street to fend for himself. Now he is with a loving family and having a great time.

#406 Nova














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