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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.

Simply Shepherds Rescue is a small all volunteer rescue in the southwest suburbs of Chicago.  We have wonderful volunteers, friends, adopters and support from the local Petco – Oak Lawn, local shelters and our veterinarians.  The Happy Tails stories from our adoptions warm our hearts and souls tremendously.
We have taken on 9 hip dysplasia surgeries, perianal fistulas, IMHA (blood disorder), heartworm treatment, and other medical issues.  All of these costs have been paid in cash through generous donations and hard work from our volunteers.
Now we are faced with another new challenge for a young pup, Tigger.  Tigger is approx 1yr old and was an owner surrender to a local shelter.  Handsome boy with lots of love to share. Yet his previous family did not do right by him, other than giving him up.  We believe he had limited exercise and lots of crate time, not to mention poor nutrition. This being said, he has not developed proper muscle, tendon, bone structure in his front feet/legs.  In the second picture you can see the extent of the elongated paw and bend, practically a flipper for a foot.   He does not walk well and if he chooses to run, it’s more of a hop with the front legs.  If left untreated, as he gets older, there will be considerable amount of pain, thus shortening his life.  
We are here and dedicated to help correct his condition and give him a better quality of life.  What will this entail?  X-rays, leg braces, therapeutic swimming sessions, exercise, nutrition supplements.  We are not sure if surgery will be required; need to see x-rays to determine condition of the leg bones.
We are looking for a foster home to help with the treatment and exercises that Tigger requires. If someone could volunteer to pick and take Tigger to his swimming sessions, that would be great.  Cost of treatments, xrays, supplements to be paid by the rescue thru donations and fundraisers.
Estimated costs associated with Tigger’s treatment: Approx $2500.00.  This would include swimming sessions at $100.00 a ½ hr, supplements - $50 a month, X-rays $250.00, medical visits and possible injections $500.  Surgery could come to $1000.00 per leg is needed.  Tigger is one delightful and special boy that deserves a chance to have a better quality of life… We want to provide that. 
Fundraiser information to follow.  Donations, please contact our rescue.




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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