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 CallTotal of each type
Owner wanting to surrender dog79
Owner with behavioral/aggression questions12
Owner with medical questions11
Owner out of N.E. area4
Friend calling on owner’s dog2
ACO/Shelter wanting to place dog73
ACO/Shelter with behavioral/aggression questions1
ACO/Shelter out of N.E. area20
Citizen reporting stray dog3
Citizen reporting dogs in shelter15
Citizen reporting abuse, cruelty, neglect3
Person looking to adopt out of N.E. area1
Adoption calls forwarded to adoption folks56
Volunteer calls forwarded to volunteer folks13
Financial calls forwarded to Treasurer11
Donation calls to donation folks17
Other Rescue (s) looking for help12
Misc. calls45
Lost dog4
Working Dog Related8
Event Related forwarded to Events Team23
Total Monthly calls/emails413



Adoption Hotline Information
Total of each type
Calls received732
Number of applications sent251
Disqualification reasons:
–No fence181
–Children <7 years old44



Home Visit Information
Total of each type
Adoption applications received84
Home visits completed56
Dogs adopted in 201115



Foster Hotline Information
Total of each type
Calls & emails received95
Number of applications sent14
Process placed on hold60
–No fence (in need of homes with fences)
–Fostering for another rescue
–Waiting for response from inquirer
Declined due to GSRNE requirements & policies5
–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 reasons27
–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 Homes3



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
New Hampshire3
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 care4.5 months
Total dogs adopted20
Average age of dogs at time of adoption4
–Oldest dog2
–Youngest dog73
Average number of dogs per month1.6
Most dogs adopted in one month4 (June and August)
Least dogs adopted in one month0 (Sept. & Oct.)