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Shenandoah Shepherd Rescue

Because Every Dog Deserves A Home

aka SSR   |   STEPHENS CITY, VA   |  www.shenandoahrescue.org

Mission

Shenandoah Shepherd Rescue (SSR), founded in 2017, is a 501c3, all-volunteer rescue focused mainly on rescue of German Shepherd Dogs (GSD). Based in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, we expand our reach to save GSD in heavily populated areas throughout the country. Many of our members have vast experience in dog rescue. Our hope is to help rescue, rehabilitate and re-home every German Shepherd in need. After years of dedicating our lives to other rescues, we decided to venture into our own rescue to expand our reach to places like Texas with a high population of homeless dogs & bring them to the east coast where they are more adoptable. We have a strong passion to help the breed believing that every dog deserves a chance at life in a good home, no matter where they come from.

Notes from the nonprofit

Shenandoah Shepherd Rescue (SSR) was founded in January 2017 and is a 501c3 Animal Welfare rescue focused primarily on the rescue of German Shepherd Dogs (GSD) & GSD mixes. Based out of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia we expand our reach & work to save German Shepherd Dogs in heavily populated, high kill areas in south Texas. SSR pulls the dogs that most other rescues can’t or won’t take. Most have medical issues, aren’t vaccinated, are heartworm positive, pregnant, needing costly surgery, etc. Once they are vetted in Texas & deemed fit for transport, they are then brought to Virginia to meet their foster. SSR is not a brick and mortar facility. Rather, we are foster based, meaning that every dog that comes into our care goes into a home environment, where they can be readied for a forever home.

Ruling year info

2017

Founder

Jennifer Aufdenberg

Founder

Kaitlin Vasquez

Main address

PO BOX 764

STEPHENS CITY, VA 22655 USA

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EIN

81-4746690

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In south Texas, there are more dogs dying on the streets and in shelters than there are rescues to save them. There is a significant need for additional rescue and shelter resources to support the stray and neglected dog populations in south Texas.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

South Texas Rescue Mission

SSR's mission is to make a significant difference through the rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption of German Shepherds (& friends) from South Texas.

Together, we can make a difference in the lives of the suffering street dogs in South Texas, where there are more dogs dying on the streets and in shelters than there are rescues to save them.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Shelter Animals Count 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of animals rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

South Texas Rescue Mission

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our mission is to make a significant difference through the rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption of German Shepherds (& friends) from south Texas. We aim to provide further support through education and spay & neuter initiatives within the local communities, with hopes to reduce the overall stray population in south Texas.

By building relationships with the local shelters and rescues in south Texas, we provide much needed relief support to the overburdened rescue and shelter communities. Through these organized partnership efforts, we're able to continue pulling injured dogs off the streets, out of the shelters, and into loving homes. By reducing the amount of unaltered dogs on the streets, we are making a direct positive impact on the community's future by reducing the number of strays that will roam the streets, end up in shelters, and suffer from neglect.

SSR's capabilities for enacting significant change is most notable through our fundraising activities, the passion of our community, and the selfless dedication of our volunteers and partner organizations.

Since its inception in 2017, Shenandoah Shepherd Rescue has saved over 2,700 dogs in need and brought attention to the desperate need for additional resources for the communities in south Texas.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Shenandoah Shepherd Rescue

Board of directors
as of 02/13/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jennifer Quesenberry Aufdenberg

SHENANDOAH SHEPHERD RESCUE

Term: 2016 -


Board co-chair

Kaitlyn Vasquez

SHENANDOAH SHEPHERD RESCUE

Term: 2016 -

Kaitlyn Vasquez

SHENANDOAH SHEPHERD RESCUE

Jennifer Quesenberry Aufdenberg

SHENANDOAH SHEPHERD RESCUE

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/13/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data