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.

3 Years Strong!

RSGSR just turned 3 years old! Over these 3 years, many WONDERFUL people have become part of this organization, allowing it to grow and thrive. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the friends, donors, adopters, and volunteers who helped get us from our launch 3 years ago to where we are today.

An example of what our supporters can do happened last Friday. Last week, networkers on Facebook and email had been trying to get our attention about Buckaroo and Cheyenne in Vermillion Parish, beautiful dogs who were out of time. We felt powerless to get them out, since our usual intake team was either out of town, sick, or stuck at work and unable to take half a day to drive there and back.

We were nearly ready to give up....and then help arrived. The shelter staff at Vermillion Parish Rabies Control worked hard to facilitate this rescue, even sending videos of the dogs' behavior. They stopped everything to try to get us the information we needed, since one of the dogs was scheduled to be euthanized that very day to make space for all the new dogs coming in. A local rescue, Volunteers at Animal Aid of Vermillion Parish, handled the paperwork with lightening speed and helped with the pull fee. A new volunteer, Frannie of Service Dogs of Acadiana, stepped up to do her first transport, on very short notice. Our friends at Cypress Lake Animal Hospital generously agreed to receive both dogs, straight from the shelter, so that the dogs could get needed vet care. Best of all, two terrific, experienced foster homes offered to to take on these dogs and foster them, sight unseen, so that we could bring them into our rescue.

Buck and Cheyenne are wonderful dogs, and someday they'll bless families that adopt them. They are able to look forward to that future because all of these people pitched in to be part of saving these dogs' lives. Each link in the chain was vital to the successful rescue. Thank you to everyone who made this improbable, long-distance rescue happen in the nick-of-time!

We look forward to three more years of friendship and shared service on behalf of the dogs we all love!

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.