Red Stick German Shepherd Rescue

Red Stick German Shepherd Rescue is an independent rescue organization dedicated to helping find forever homes for German Shepherd Dogs in the southern Louisiana area. We are an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.


Meet Nick, the intended beneficiary for our jambalaya benefit sale last weekend. He's the latest dog RSGSR pulled from a local shelter--and he desperately needs your help.

He's a sweet, gentle 6 mo. old pup who was nearly mauled to death by other dogs. Then he was dumped by his owner in a public shelter, with the expectation the severely wounded, dying pup would be euthanized for free by the shelter staff. There are enough suspicious circumstances to make our stomachs turn.

Instead, a caring shelter vet called us for help. Nick's little body already reeked of infection and was full of dead tissue in his wounds. He was barely conscious, and we weren't even sure he'd survive the ride across town to our vet. Luckily, he got to our rescue's vet in the nick of time--thus his name.

He's already had the first of many surgeries that will be needed. The damage is extensive, and he has already lost part of an ear that was full of dead tissue from wounds. He has a long, long road to recovery. His jaw was so swollen that he couldn't eat, so he was syringe-fed by the compassionate staff at the clinic. He lapped his food up eagerly, grateful for the care. He's getting better, day by day. His jaw swelling is down, and he's now eating on his own. He is going to survive.

Nick wants to live. He has shown a sweet, gentle temperament in the clinic, so he deserves everything we can do to help him pull through. Despite it all, he still likes other dogs. He's also showing that he's still got the personality of a sweet puppy.

Nick's vet bills are expected to be several thousand dollars. We can't undo the agony he suffered, but we can at least give him a chance at having a happy, healthy life in the future, and knowing what it means to be safe and loved. Our jambalaya sale was less successful than in the past because of the terrible weather. We thus need to keep raising money for Nick.

If you couldn't come to our jambalaya benefit sale, please consider donating online in any amount through PayPal to, or by mailing a check to:

PO Box 80224
Baton Rouge, LA 70898

What We Do

Whoever said "money can't buy happiness" has never paid a dog adoption fee

We are dedicated German Shepherd Dog owners who donate our free time to save homeless German Shepherd Dogs in Baton Rouge and the larger southern Louisiana area. We do it because we love the breed. We do it because there are too many wonderful German Shepherd Dogs who have been failed by their owners and left to die in the streets and at shelters. We do it because the dogs need our help.

We foster dogs in private homes. We try to get to know the dogs, think about the kind of home they would do best in, and get the word out to the community that beautiful purebred German Shepherd Dogs are available to adopt.

If you want to adopt or if you can foster, walk dogs at the shelter, attend an adoption event on a Saturday or Sunday with an adoptable dog, or help us get the word out about these dogs in need, please contact us.

How to Adopt

We place German Shepherd Dogs in loving homes. If you are ready to make a commitment to make a friend for life, we want to meet you!

  • Complete an adoption application. We will route the application to the appropriate place, even if you are interested in a shelter dog. The application will help us get to know and the kind of home you will provide. Then we'll give you a call and talk by phone. We are very flexible about many aspects of the application -- but there are a few things that we expect from adopters.

  • We review adoption applications carefully, evaluating the unique circumstances of each prospective adopter. We'll talk to your vet reference to understand the kind of care you provide to your animals. We'll talk with you, and we'll visit your home. We'll try to get to know all that you would offer a dog before making a decision on your application. Not all applications are approved, but applicants offering great homes often find the approval process very easy and supportive.

  • We do not place dogs in homes where they will be exclusively "outside" dogs. We want them to be part of your family. German Shepherd Dogs were bred to be with their human-shepherds and families, and they need human companionship. They bond very deeply with their people. They tend to develop behavior problems when left alone outside. Frankly, we think the Louisiana heat and humidity is too much for this heavy-coated breed in the summer too. You wouldn't want to sit outside in South Louisiana in August wearing a heavy fur coat, and neither do they.

  • We ask that you commit to keeping the dog on heartworm preventative. It costs as little as $5 per month, and is available from your vet, online vendors, or even Walmart's pharmacy. In Louisiana, dogs who are not on heartworm preventative will get heartworm disease and may die from it. It's easy to prevent.

  • We ask for a commitment to completion of a basic obedience training course with a trainer of the adopter's choice. (We're happy to offer trainer recommendations, if needed). We have found attending and completing a good obedience class has a profound effect on the quality of the bond between rescued dogs and new owners. It forms a solid foundation for a great life-long relationship.

If you aren't sure whether you are ready to adopt, please consider fostering a German Shepherd Dog. Some of the best adoptions are "foster failures" -- where a foster home falls in love and decides they can't imagine their lives without this special dog.

Adopt a Pet!

Help save a life and adopt a rescue pet. All they need is a change of luck to be someone's forever companion!

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If you have some free time, we would love your help. You can foster, help with adoption events and much more. You choose.

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Donate Money!

No free time? You can still help! No donation is too small, even a few dollars will make a rescued dog's life better.