The Hoffer Family Foundation Inc. (a 501C3) founded South West Florida German Shepherd Rescue in 2007. Our Rescue implemented its program in early 2008. To date in the past 11 years as of May 2019, we have adopted out 1150 pure bred German Shepherd dogs and about 15 not so pure bred, but tremendous 3 and 4 legged friends. We operate the rescue with dogs received from shelters and from owner turn-ins. We are now on a National web site www.Adopt-a-Pet.com please visit that site as well. Click here for a short video on our rescue.
These dogs primarily come from an area just south of Tampa, to just South of Naples Florida including DeSotc County and the LaBelle area, although we have take some from Miami. Our Facebook page is SWFLGSD-RESCUE. We post all info on the rescue there as well as on the site.
To take in discarded or turned-in German Shepherd Dogs, give them a positive environment, healthy food, medical attention, socialization and lots of love and understanding in order to find them new forever homes in our local communities and throughout the State. We are breed specific but at times fall in love with a dog or two that are mixes of GSD's, but that require and are deserving of our help.
We seek qualified families and individuals who wish to own German Shepherd dogs. If you wish to adopt, please send us an email to schedule a qualification interview in Punta Gorda FL. You can also download and fill out an application on line and PDF it to us. The interviews are held at our home in Punta Gorda or at the home of a board member possibly closer to your location. Our ideal adopter is someone who has had a GSD in their past and knows the breed. We seek people who believe in training and the proper care of these great dogs. We especially want people who get dogs from us to dedicate the appropriate time and resources to train and socialize the dog.
Our adoption process begins with an interview based on the information we gather from your applications. We will ask you about your current pets, if any and we will ask you for evidence of their up to date vaccinations, your vets name and number, your track record in keeping animal shots and registrations up to date, your training experience and about your commitment. We will ask to meet your entire family and anyone else that lives in the home with the dog. We will also ask that if you have pets, that you bring your dog here to meet his new friend.
We will require that you sign an agreement regarding the care of the dog you may be given as well as a liability letter indemnifying The Hoffer Family Foundation and GSD Rescue from any liability or legal issue surrounding any dog received from us. We will ask that upon adoption that you provide your vets name and address and phone for verification purposes.
RELINQUISHING Fees and Details:
BEGINNING JUNE 1 2018 OUR NEW ADOPTION FEE IS $350 EFFECTIVE 6/1/18 but our Senior for Senior's program reduced the cost for dogs over 7 years adopted to folks over 65, to $250.
We charge $225-$350 for any dog we take in as surrenders from owners based on the medical condition of the dog. If the turned in dog is not spayed or neutered the cost to take in a pet from an owner is $350 for a male or a female. If the dog is fixed and up to date on shots, the turn-in fee is $225. IF THE DOG IS HEART WORM POSITIVE AT THE TIME OF TURN IN THE FEE IS AN ADDITIONAL $350 to treat the disease.
At the point when dogs are surrendered to SWFLGSD Rescue we require all medical records be given to us along with any chip registration information and numbers, complete shot record and the contact detail on the vet who administered them. We do require a current heart worm test paid for by the owner prior to turning the dog over to us.
When you receive a dog from us he or she will have all shots, be spayed or neutered and will have a chip. If any of these things is not done at the time of pick up we will arrange for that item to be done at Gulf Coast Humane in Ft Myers at our expense. Money we take in can be paid to us in cash or preferably in two checks; one made out to the Gulf Coast Humane for $150 and the other to Southwest Florida German Shepherd Rescue for $200 PLUS THE COSTS OF ANY COLLARS OR LEASHES OR FOOD YOU PURCHASE FROM US. The Gulf Coast Humane is a 501C3 charity as is our rescue, and the 'donations’ (fees paid for the dog) are tax deductible. We will distribute $150 to the Gulf Coast Humane and $200 to the rescue. Those funds remaining after expenses are donated to the Ya Ya Girls Back Pack Kidz or one of our four other local charities.
We will always take one of our rescue dogs back at any time however we will only offer a refund in the animal is returned to us within 14 days from adoption.
We strongly recommend researching the breed before deciding on a GSD. Once you have adopted a dog, we recommend a qualified socialized training program and not an individual trainer. This training will insure a bond between you and your pet and it will give you the tools you will need to have the best experience with your pet possible. Remember nothing is more stressful than having an animal you love be out of control, unruly or unsocialized. You can read more about the breed and training on this site.
It is important to note that we are not in the pet business, but rather a rescue. When we get dogs we do our best to find them qualified adoptive families. We do not seek out dogs to rescue nor do we take every dog that comes to us. We are very dog choosy and take dogs in on temperament and not cosmetics.
If you are RENTING YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET A DOG FROM US unless there are special circumstances such as renting from a parent..
We will never ask that you take any dog, but rather show you what we have in our system and allow you to decide after a family meeting.
One final note. My time and that of our foster volunteers is extremely valuable, as is yours and your families. If you make an appointment with any of us we expect that you will keep it. If you are going to be late, we expect a call at 941 575 0243 or at the number provided at least a few hours before your appointment. Even if you are just running a few minutes late, a call to tell me your ETA is expected. Do NOT TEXT US, place a call. If you are a no show with no call, please understand that we will no longer keep your application as active.