Coastal German Shepherd Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)3 public charity based in Orange County, California since 2004. We are dedicated to finding loving homes for abandoned German Shepherds in Southern California. Our Rescue exists solely because of your tax deductible donations, which support our efforts to save these very deserving animals. Please donate today and help us save German Shepherds.


Foster Homes Needed!

Foster Homes Needed!


By joining our Foster Family program, you can offer the safety and healing environment of your home to a dog either waiting in a shelter for euthanasia or for rescue. The more volunteer foster families we have, the more dogs we can save from death in noisy, cold and uncaring shelters.

As a Southern California-based rescue, we make every effort to find LOCAL foster homes for the dogs we rescue. Unfortunately, though we appreciate the offers, we cannot send dogs out of state to foster.

Please fill out our online foster application if you would like to join our team of Foster Families and save a life by giving a dog in need a place to go!


Thanks For Helping Us
Make These Miracles Happen!

Over  400 orphans found news homes in 2013!


Thanks to our generous friends and supporters in 2013, over 400 deserving souls were saved from shelters throughout Southern California, with more than 300 dogs spending the holidays with their new families As we enter our tenth year as a rescue, we wish to thank our faithful donors, adopters and volunteers for their generosity and acts of kindness. Without your support, Coastal wouldn't still be in existence and able to save the lives of dogs from newborn puppies to seniors!

26 litters of puppies were saved!

2013 was a dynamic year and, we saved well over 400 dogs. That includes 26 litters of moms & pups that were saved because folks stepped up to foster. They generously opened their homes to these little families that take so much work and love to raise and place.

Many seniors found loving homes to live out their golden years in 2013!

We are proud to say that we also saved many senior dogs this year because you cared and sponsored or stepped up to foster seeing the value in saving a dog well past it's prime. We are happy to say many of these seniors have found adopters who opened their hearts to a grey muzzle that may not be with them for the longest time, but still have a lot of love left to give!


Thanks to your support, many severe medical cases were able to be successfully rehabilitated. Broken legs, horrific skin conditions, eye issues, ear infections, pneumonia, distemper and parvo, to name a few. Our medical partners have been indispensable in helping our most serious cases.

Thank you for caring and supporting Coastal German Shepherd Rescue. With your support, we are able to continue this never ending mission of rescue! We hope to save even more lives in 2014 and help find these lost souls the happy ending they deserve!



Special Funds Needed!

Often, the decision to save a dog's life is determined by our ability to pay their medical bills! We have not been able to assist as many medical cases as our hearts have wanted to over the past couple of months due to a depleted medical fund. All too often, shelters in Southern California label a dog to be rescue only due to illness. This means the dog is not available for adoption by the public and their only hope for getting out of the shelter is a rescue.



Even more often, the dogs are released with a waiver of spay or neuter. This means that our rescue is taking on a dog that may likely be ill, is not altered and may not have its vaccines, all of which we are committed to taking care of. As an all-volunteer group that depends solely on donations, we now work even harder to raise the dollars to help these homeless pets!

How Your Dollars Help!


While we have several high cost surgeries recently, just $25 can fully vaccinate one dog! $10 will cover one night of boarding. Your donation, combined with others, can help us put together the funds. Here's how your dollars can help:



  • $100 - will fully vaccinate four dogs
  • $200 - two pallets of dog food to feed 70 dogs for two weeks
  • $300 - will pay a month's boarding for one dog
  • $500 - will spay or neuter four dogs


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In Memoriam

Cherese Mari Laulhere

Cherese Mari Laulhere was beloved by many. She was born on September 17, 1974 in Long Beach, California and at the age of 21 her life was tragically and unexpectedly taken on March 27, 1996 in Agra, India.

A foundation in her honor has been established. Cherese's parents, brother and close friends are committed to keeping Cherese's memory alive through donations to causes that she was passionate about.