Annual Report 2011

German Shepherd Rescue of New England, Inc.

Annual Report 2011




Each year, in January and July, our Board of Directors meets in order to review all aspects of GSRNE.  We take a look at the statistics of dogs who have been in foster care, those adopted, length of stay in foster homes, how much was paid out for food, vet care and other expenses.  These are always our biggest expenses, and we rely on a variety of ways to raise the money needed to cover them.  In this annual report, we’ve put together a pie chart to illustrate where the money came from in 2011.

The fundraisers we hold are always a lot of fun, as well as a lot of work; and last year they brought in 30% of our income.  The other 70% comes from General Donations, Corporate Donations, GSRNE merchandise sold, Memorial Donations, Adoptions, Memberships and Events.

We’re proud of the way GSRNE functions, with time and talents donated by our volunteers and no building to require upkeep and take money away from caring for the dogs.  When you look at the pie chart of expenses for last year, it’s obvious that 82% of the money we paid out went directly for the dogs.  That covered vet care, medications, dog care (boarding, training, grooming), food and supplies.

It wouldn’t be possible for us to bring into GSRNE every German Shepherd who needs help, but we do work with a variety of ages and medical conditions.  We could find homes for more dogs per year if we just took in young dogs with no issues; but our policy has been to provide a safe haven to the dogs most in need.  Sometimes, that’s a dog like Izzy, who had been living by her wits and had many fears to overcome.  Sometimes, it’s a senior like Angus, who was living in a garage and desperately needing someone to care.  We also bring in easy-to-place dogs like the black GSD pups; but our mission is not just about how many dogs can we rehome in a year.

In 2012, we’ll continue working to help those German Shepherds who need us most and to grow the income side of our balance sheet so we’re able to do that.   Your participation and support is crucial!

Karen McCall, President


GSRNE Income 20112011 Income Pie Chart

GSRNE Expenses 2011Expenses 2011


Type of Call Total of each type
Owner wanting to surrender dog 79
Owner with behavioral/aggression questions 12
Owner with medical questions 11
Owner out of N.E. area 4
Friend calling on owner’s dog 2
ACO/Shelter wanting to place dog 73
ACO/Shelter with behavioral/aggression questions 1
ACO/Shelter out of N.E. area 20
Citizen reporting stray dog 3
Citizen reporting dogs in shelter 15
Citizen reporting abuse, cruelty, neglect 3
Person looking to adopt out of N.E. area 1
Adoption calls forwarded to adoption folks 56
Volunteer calls forwarded to volunteer folks 13
Financial calls forwarded to Treasurer 11
Donation calls to donation folks 17
Other Rescue (s) looking for help 12
Misc. calls 45
Lost dog 4
Working Dog Related 8
Event Related forwarded to Events Team 23
Total Monthly calls/emails 413



Adoption Hotline Information
Total of each type
Calls received 732
Number of applications sent 251
Disqualification reasons:
–No fence 181
–Children <7 years old 44
–Other 256



Home Visit Information
Total of each type
Adoption applications received 84
Home visits completed 56
Approved 37
Dogs adopted in 2011 15



Foster Hotline Information
Total of each type
Calls & emails received 95
Number of applications sent 14
Process placed on hold 60
–No fence (in need of homes with fences)
–Fostering for another rescue
–Waiting for response from inquirer
Declined due to GSRNE requirements & policies 5
–Pet(s) not spayed or neutered/not a breeder or competing
–Current pets unmanageable/aggressive/not friendly
–Yard not suitable for a pet
–Did not agree with GSRNE policies
Declined for other reasons 27
–Decided that a GSD wasn’t the right fit
–Adopted from another organization
–Decided fostering was not for them
–Inquirer was directed to Adoptions or Intake
Approved Foster Homes 3



As volunteer coordinator, I have interviewed 309 volunteers since I began coordinating 6 years ago. It’s been a privilege to “meet” many talented and willing people. Not all these people were able to get involved. Some lived in areas where we don’t have a lot of members to train and include them. My hope is that someday we’ll have thriving teams throughout New England so no one is “lost”. I have added new people to my team and will keep expanding until every person who wishes to help us has a job! Thanks to you all for making GSRNE a great group of dogs AND people!


New for 2011
Total of each type
Massachusetts 20
Connecticut 6
New Hampshire 3
Vermont 3
Total new volunteers

New coordinators and assistant coordinators added

–Dee Zaccagnini, Foster Home Coordinator

–Tina Russo Asst. Foster Home Coordinator

Thank you to our evaluations, foster homes, hotline teams, transport teams, home visit teams, adoption teams and many others supporting volunteers who made the placement of each dog possible.


Average length of time in foster care 4.5 months
Total dogs adopted 20
–Male 12
–Female 11
Average age of dogs at time of adoption 4
–Oldest dog 2
–Youngest dog 73
Average number of dogs per month 1.6
Most dogs adopted in one month 4 (June and August)
Least dogs adopted in one month 0 (Sept. & Oct.)


–Samson 310
–Sable 311
–Sarge 312
–Lady 313
–Chance 314
–Loden 315
–Vader 316
–Buddy/Bogey 317
–Sam 318
–Kurt 319
–King/Murray 320
–Jarvis 321
–Dug/Disco 322
–Eli 323
–Bishop 324
–Sadie 325
–Izzy 326
–Mona 327
–Jake 328