Good Shepherd is a group of animal lovers who are dedicated to saving the lives of animals in need. We are a no-kill, not-for-profit organization based in Saint Louis, Missouri. We are licensed by the Missouri Department of Agriculture. We deal with adult dogs, puppies, kittens, and sometimes adult cats and we are non-breed specific. We get all kinds of breeds, purebred and mixed breed, so check back often to take a look at our available animals. Our animals are strays,owner turn-ins, and rescues from both local and out-of-state kill shelters where they would have been euthanized otherwise. All of our animals are housed in loving foster homes until they are adopted. Our goal is to provide each of our animals with a loving, PERMANENT home that will cherish them forever. We do this by carefully matching adopters and adoptees, and following up after adoptions to ensure that our animals are settling in to their new homes. We provide behavior and health advice for adopters. Public education is also a big part of our focus- we promote spay/neuter programs and responsible pet ownership.
Because we are an all-volunteer charity, all donations go directly towards helping animals.
ADOPTING A FRIEND
All potential adopters are required to complete an application and provide a veterinarian and personal reference. All adopters must be at least 21 years old. Renters are required to provide a copy of their lease agreement that states pets are allowed, or we must speak with your landlord. Our goal is to place each pet in a home where it will be cherished for the rest of its life. The adoption donation for cats and kittens is $125- this includes a spay/neuter surgery, all current shots and dewormings, a fecal, microchipping, a blood screening for FIV/Feline Leukemia, and treatment for any existing health problems. The adoption donation is $175 for dogs and $200 for puppies-this includes a spay/neuter surgery, all current shots and dewormings, a fecal test, microchipping, a blood screening for heartworms, heartworm and flea preventative, and treatment for any existing health problems, as well as covering the cost of supplies while they are in foster care. All of our animals are treated for fleas and ticks if needed, and are thoroughly examined by our vet. We strive to provide healthy, well-socialized pets. We thoroughly temperament test our dogs and our fosters help us determine the perfect type of home for each individual animal. If you would like to adopt one of our animals, please fill out our online adoption application. Our director will contact you shortly and guide you through the adoption process.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The best way to help needy animals is to become a Good Shepherd foster family. As a foster home, you open your heart and home to an animal that would not have had a second chance otherwise. Keep in mind that you save the life of every animal that you foster. Our fosters provide a warm place to stay, good food to eat, and lots of TLC. They help us learn more about an animalís personality and behavior and are valuable in finding a permanent home that is right for their foster animal. Without fosters, we simply could not operate. They truly are angels.
Why foster with us? Our fosters are dedicated volunteers and we respect them immensely. Good Shepherd provides transportation, crates, leashes, collars, food, and other resources to our foster families. As a foster, you tell us what species, size, breed, age, or sex you can take and we will match you with a compatible animal. Fostering is not a long-term commitment and the average time frame for adoption is 2-6 weeks, depending on the adoptability of the animal. Our animals are vet-checked before they enter a foster home and all are temperament tested to make sure they have stable temperaments. Fostering is so rewarding and so much fun. Please consider opening your heart and home to an animal in need by filling out our foster application. Please include your foster preferences/limitations in the comments box of the application. If you have any questions about fostering please send an email to Sunstar774@aol.com.
Another great way to help out is to donate. Our vet fees sometimes become overwhelming, and we rarely cover our expenses in full. Monetary donations are greatly appreciated. We also accept and appreciate donations of the following items: dog/cat food, crates(all sizes), collars, leashes, harnesses, dog toys, rawhides, kitty litter, carriers, and brushes. You can send monetary donations via mail and we will pick up donations of supplies, or you can drop them off at one of our events.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Did you know?
SpayUSA states if there were a 70% compliance rate on spay/neuter, there would be no need to kill any more animals. There would be enough homes for them ALL!
Quote of the month
You must be the change you wish to see in the world(Gandhi).
Saving just one dog won't change the world, but it sure will change the world for that dog!