We were forced to close our intake in October, simply due to the sheer number of dogs needing help ... but then we saw this video:

You would have to have a heart made of stone to watch this and then turn away. We didn't ... can you?

Denver (who was named by the Rescue Coordinator at the shelter), was found as a stray and brought into the shelter on Halloween.

He was scared but allowed himself to be handled without any problems at all. Shelter staff thought he would do better by himself, so they didn't even give him a kennelmate to keep him company. So, he waited out his hold period alone, hoping that his family would find him. When his hold period was almost up, without even one inquiry, it was obvious that his family wasn't looking for him or at least hadn't looked hard enough to find him. Shy dogs don't stand a chance in a shelter; they're usually the first to be put down, simply because they don't show well to the public and don't get adopted, thus taking up much needed space in the facility.

Our hearts just broke for him

Click to help Denver via Paypal:


Checks made payable to WGSDR may be mailed to:

White GSD Rescue
2807 W Michelle Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85053-1732
(No dogs at this location; mailing address only)


If you would like a tax receipt for your donation, your donation must be processed through CABRA (Coalition of All Breed Rescue of Arizona), a 501c3 to which we belong as a participating member rescue. You can send your payment to CABRA in one of 2 ways:

  • Check: Please make your check payable to "C.A.B.R.A." and mail to:

    c/o Bill Ferrell, Treasurer
    116 Pioneer Street
    Gilbert, AZ 85233
    Note on the check "For the benefit of White GSD Rescue (Denver)"


  • Paypal or credit card: Please visit CABRA's website and click on the "Donate" button on the first page. PLEASE BE SURE YOU DESIGNATE YOUR DONATION TO GO TO "WHITE GSD RESCUE" and the dog's name ("****") that you are donating for once you are logged into PayPal. Please note: Paypal will take a percentage of your donation.
To all of Denver's faithful & generous supporters, we are eternally grateful...
Kate R
Helen S
  Rebecca R
Gloria C
  Deede D   Jay M   Kathryn A

UPDATE 11/7: Thanks to Joe, Denver was picked up at the shelter this afternoon and is safely tucked away at Crossroads. According to Joe, "Denver is already adjusting well. He is relaxed in the kennel, moving around and barking (silly boy). He ate his dinner too!"

We're going to use this as Denver's "BEFORE" photo ~ we can't wait to post the "AFTER"

UPDATE 11/17: Thanks to a little help from our friends, Chuck & Jon, at Husky Camp Rescue in California, Denver arrived safe and sound in Phoenix this afternoon. He is just a baby; barely a year old. He has a face that will melt your heart. We're going to give him some time to settle in, hopefully find a foster home for him and begin his long road to rehabilitation and a new life.

Adoption fee to be determined.

If you are interested in Denver, please fill out our PROSPECTIVE ADOPTER'S QUESTIONNAIRE. You will be contacted by return email. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please Email Nancy at This questionnaire link is only for Denver or other white German Shepherds on our site. WE WILL NOT CONTACT YOU until a questionnaire has been completed.

Please familiarize yourself with our adoption policies by reading ADOPTION BEGINS HERE. THANK YOU.