December 2021 Charity Spotlight
At the end of every month, we donate a percentage of every sale to an animal advocacy group. This month, we chose to donate to Big Cypress German Shepherd Rescue!
Big Cypress German Shepherd Rescue’s mission is dedicated to the rescue of homeless, abandoned, abused, unwanted, and neglected German Shepherd dogs and puppies. They work to rehabilitate each dog physically, medically, and emotionally with the goal of placing them in appropriate homes where they can thrive as loving and loyal companions, typical of this noble breed.
Michelle Delaney combined her lifelong passion for dogs and a 28-year career as a firefighter/EMT into a successful dog training business endeavor. With her public servant’s heart and her expertise as a professional dog trainer, Michelle founded Big Cypress German Shepherd Rescue in 2015. A devoted advocate for animal welfare, Michelle dedicates her personal time and resources to address behavioral and malnutrition issues while also helping to rehabilitate dogs so they may be adopted into new fur-ever homes.
Big Cypress German Shepherd Rescue serves as a no-kill shelter for at-risk German Shepherd dogs and puppies. In addition, Michelle and her team of volunteers educate the community regarding the importance of spay and neuter, vaccines, nutrition, and the importance of training.
Most dogs enter the rescue through shelter transfers when foster homes are available. Big Cypress German Shepherd Rescue has rescued and placed dogs from as far away as Puerto Rico. They are able to do this with the help of organizations like Pilots N Paws using a "multi-leg" system. The trip is sectioned off into "legs" with approved transporters volunteering for each leg. One trip from El Paso, TX to Naples, FL involved 23 legs!
Volunteers are the heart and soul of most non-profits, and Big Cypress German Shepherd Rescue is no different. The rescue relies on foster families and other volunteers with a variety of skill sets to ensure successful placements of German Shepherds in suitable homes.
Pictured: Chloe, the first dog rescued by Big Cypress German Shepherd Rescue
If you are looking for a way to help homeless dogs, please consider reaching out to Big Cypress German Shepherd Rescue. When you save the life of the dog you foster, you are also saving the life of the dog whose spot opened up when you took in your foster. If fostering is not possible, there are many other ways to help including dog transport, adoption events, administrative assistance, dog walkers, and more.
Through our monthly spotlight articles, 4Knines strives to shine a light on nonprofits doing incredible work in their communities. We hope you will join us in contributing to the efforts of Big Cypress German Shepherd Rescue.