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South Texas
Rescue Mission

our focus on the rio grande valley


Take a moment to imagine an area where countless injured, starving, and suffering dogs wander the streets every single day. They desperately seek out food and water - but often never find enough to survive.  Dogs lay dead and dying on the sides of the road, they crawl into fields to die of starvation or thirst, and some meet even more gruesome ends we will not put into words.


This absurdity sounds like something that happens in other parts of the world - not in the United States. 


The unfortunate reality is that this very tragedy plays out day after day... dog after dog... in our own backyard. 

GSD in the valley

OUR Mission. OUR Purpose.

Texas has one of the highest shelter euthanasia rates in the United States.  With thousands of stray dogs living on the streets, low spay & neuter rates, and an overburdened shelter system, these dogs desperately need help. Our mission is to make a significant difference through the rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption of German Shepherds (& friends) from South Texas. 

they need your help.

Dog in cage

Shenandoah Shepherd Rescue focuses on saving the lives of abused, neglected, and abandoned dogs in southern Texas. This means that a vast majority of our dogs come from the Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio, and Houston areas.  In order to transport these dogs safely to Virginia, they are required to go through a minimum two week quarantine in Texas, either in a veterinary boarding facility or in a foster home.  During this time, they receive basic veterinary care and are evaluated for any illness or injury.  Once they've been through quarantine, they are evaluated by a DVM for their health certificate - then it's all aboard the transport van!

Quarantine boarding - when not done by a foster - can cost upwards of $1,000 per dog. Transport fees range from $250 - $350 per dog, too.  This doesn't include their veterinary care, preventatives, food, etc! 

overcrowded & underfunded shelters are drowning in dogs - with no signs of slowing down.

Unlike many local organizations, Shenandoah Shepherd Rescue does not get State or Local funding. Adoption Fees, along with donations from dog lovers (like you) are necessary to help us cover every SSR dog's costs.  Please consider helping us continue giving a voice to the voiceless, and saving these precious souls who cannot save themselves.

by focusing our rescue efforts on the rgv, we give voice to the voiceless and save these precious souls who cannot save themselves.

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