Sometimes people amaze us ~ sometimes for the good and sometimes for the bad. One look at Katie, dumped at a kill shelter after recently having a litter of pups, told us that her human (and we're using that word loosely) used her as a puppy factory, probably breeding her before she was a year old and continuing to breed her until she wound up in this condition. She was literally giving her life to her puppies, litter after litter. What made her human finally stop and give Katie up, we can only guess ~ possibly her litters were getting too small to make it worth their while? We'll never know, but we're thankful they did.

We spotted Katie on a website and knew she stood little, if any chance of getting out of the shelter alive. Adopters passed her by in favor of chubby puppies or younger dogs. Her intake date was 2/21; on the 23rd she weighed 29 pounds!! We knew we had to act now in order to save her life.

From Margret at the shelter, "She's gained 3 lbs and is now 32.1 lbs. She ate 2 cheeseburgers with me and was very sweet. She was timid at first but then became curious about things, even dug out the cheeseburger paper and started licking it. After about 10 minutes in the yard, she actually sought out affection and petting. I've sent a video ... I hope this helps." Thank you, Margret, it did help

Shelter video courtesy of Margret

The more pictures we saw, the more we realized how urgent she was

Please help me...

Exit photo ~ look at those nails!!

According to transporter, Tera, "She is scared, but very sweet…." Thanks to Tera, Katie is safe and in good hands at Crossroads where she will remain until transport can be arranged for her.

Katie's exit from the shelter video

Upon her pull, our facebook friend, Kathy J wrote: " Hi Everyone, its ME! I'm alive and well. A nice lady came today to pick me up. She said I had a "rescue" pull, whatever that means. But it must be a good thing because the next thing I knew I was out of my cage and out the front door! OK I'm not the prettiest girl on the block (well maybe I am) because I turned a few heads and the rescue said, 'she needs out now!' This poor girl is a mere 32 lbs; she did gain some weight in the shelter. But look at her spine, her ribs, her hips. Not to mention the udders! CAN we say puppy breeder! Well this girl will not have pups again and she will gain weight and she will be healthy. She is as sweet as they come. I want to give credit to Margret (rescue coordinator) as I grilled her nonstop with questions. Margret went out in the yard with Katie and got pictures and video and fed her cheeseburgers! Margret was off today but I'm sure she will be happy to know Katie is in great hands with White GSD Rescue. Thank you, Nancy! Thank you Tera Terrillo Borden for always being there when called. Thank you to all of you for networking her and to the shelter for caring for this sweet girl."

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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 (Katie)"


  • 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 ("Katie") that you are donating for once you are logged into PayPal. Please note: Paypal will take a percentage of your donation.
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Life is looking up for little Katie

UPDATE 3/2: Thanks to long-time foster mom, Betty, for stepping up and offering Katie a home to go to upon her arrival in Phoenix. Betty will take care of Katie, fatten her up and get her ready for her spay surgery. Once spayed, if Betty is ready, willing and able to let her go, Katie will be available for introductions and adoption.

UPDATE 3/11: Little Katie arrived in Phoenix today. Once Betty returns from out-of-town, Katie will be joining her in her home. She needs to gain some weight before she'll be ready for her spay surgery, and we know Betty's just the right person for the job.

Adoption fee to be determined.

If you are interested in Katie, 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 WhiteGSDRescue@AOL.com. This questionnaire link is only for Katie 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.