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Simply Shepherds Rescue is an all-volunteer non-profit companion animal rescue organization working in the South Suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Our primary focus is on rescuing abandoned, neglected and homeless German Shepherd Dogs. We provide education to the public about responsible pet ownership in socializing, training and caring for their family companion. We work hard in finding the perfect match for our dogs and their new permanent loving homes.

We do not have a shelter so we depend on loving foster homes to provide a temporary sanctuary for our animals in need.  We are comprised entirely of experienced volunteers united and inspired by a common compassion for all animals. We depend solely on donations and adoption fees to help us save the animals that come into our care. Each orphaned animal we help is provided proper veterinary attention and then is placed into our foster program.  Our foster program is the key to helping a homeless animal become a loving pet.  Some of our dogs need extra special care and attention to recuperate from medical, mental, or physical neglect and some just need to regain their confidence and trust in people.  All of our dogs receive TLC and basic family member training.


What is fostering?  Fostering is a second chance.  Sometimes it is the only chance

We have the knowledge, the tools and many other resources to help these wonderful creatures.  What we don't have are enough foster homes.  Can you open your heart and your home and become a foster?  Please contact us to find out what you can do to give a dog a chance.

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood! And a fabulous day for two (2) of our shepherds.

On Friday, Oct 18th, both Jack and Gracie each had a FHO hip surgery.  When we went to pick them up on Saturday, we received some wonderful news. 

Jack on having his second hip surgery was showing remarkable improvement on the first hip and the doctor told us that he will do even better with the second hip.  He will walk and run more and most of all…. He will be pain free.   His foster/adopter family is dedicated to his rehab and his canine pal, Radar was happy to see him come home.

Little Gracie, who has won the hearts of many with her charm and friendly loving demeanor, has faired even better!  After looking at the x-rays, and after the surgery, the doctor told us that she only needs one hip done.  The left hip is positioned well and will be fine.  This is was wonderful news and that means once Gracie is through her rehab, she can get on with the silliness that makes her a delightful shepherd.  Gracie is still looking for her forever home and we will see that the best of the best will be selected to welcome her into their home.

Simply Shepherds Rescue wants to “THANK” everyone that made these 2 surgeries possibly.  Being a small rescue, we don’t always have a lot of shepherds in foster. Those in our care, are guided into becoming good shepherds and those in need of medical assistance are helped.  This help comes from each and every person that crosses are path.  Yes, it truly is a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood!




We who choose to surround ourselves
with lives even more temporary than our
own, live within a fragile circle;
easily and often breached.
Unable to accept its awful gaps,
we would still live no other way.
We cherish memory as the only
certain immortality, never fully
understanding the necessary plan....

--- Irving Townsend ---



Jun 1, 1997 – Dec 27, 2010

My dear sweet friend, companion and right arm as a foster dog mom, is now at peace in heaven sitting with God and his furry angels.  She came to me as a foster dog at 2-1/2yrs of age.  She had issues, but it became clear that no matter how hard I tried to get her adopted, she had picked me, to be her mom and best friend.  Through the years we took dozens and dozens and even more dozens of classes. Greta earned her Canine Good Citizen title and titles in Rally O.  Even at 10 + yrs of age, she took agility classes. She was a great asset in helping me with all the foster dogs (even the hooligans) in showing good manner and respect so they too could find their forever home.



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