Help Us Help More Dogs

Petco Grant Opportunity

Help Make All Shepherd Rescue‘s Holiday Wishes Come True.

Adopters are invited to share how their adopted pet changed their life for a chance to win a $100,000 grant award for the animal welfare group they adopted from and a $1,000 Petco gift card for themselves!

The Petco Foundation, in partnership with Petco, will be granting Holiday Wishes in the form of more than $750,000 in grant awards to qualified animal welfare organizations. This contest is designed to help the animal welfare organizations save more lives during the holidays and year round. All Shepherd Rescue has the opportunity to receive the grand prize of a $100,000 grant, or a series of finalist awards ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. Anyone who has adopted a pet can submit a story to the Petco Foundation’s Holiday Wishes campaign, giving the organization they adopted from a chance to win one of several grant awards. A full list of prizes is available at

All Shepherd Rescue is asking any person or family who has adopted a pet from the organization to share their story to give All Shepherd Rescue the opportunity to win a Holiday Wishes grant. Petco will also award the person who submits the winning story a $1,000 Petco gift card, giving them the chance to spoil their adopted pet. People who adopted a pet through All Shepherd Rescue are invited to share a story of how the love of their adopted pet brings more joy to their life each day, and how the love of their pet changes their life in a big or small way and makes it better (limit 500 words). Submissions should include photos and/or video that help tell the story. The deadline to submit stories for a Holiday Wishes grant is October 15, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. CST. Adopters are encouraged to visit for more information and to get started as soon as possible. The winning organizations and their featured pets will be announced in December. For more information about the Petco Foundation Holiday Wishes campaign visit

Please use contact email: when you submit your story.

Thank you.


May I Go Now?

May I Go Now?

Poem by Susan A. Jackson


Dogs Live Such Short Lives

“Dogs, lives are short, too short, but you know that going in. You know the pain is coming, you’re going to lose a dog, and there’s going to be great anguish, so you live fully in the moment with her, never fail to share her joy or delight in her innocence, because you can’t support the illusion that a dog can be your lifelong companion. There’s such beauty in the hard honesty of that, in accepting and giving love while always aware that it comes with an unbearable price. Maybe loving dogs is a way we do penance for all the other illusions we allow ourselves and the mistakes we make because of those illusions.”
― Dean KoontzThe Darkest Evening of the Year

The Good, the Bad, and the Holidays

Grief is a very personal experience.

If you are experiencing grief that has become difficult for you to manage, please contact your doctor or get in touch with a local mental health care provider. Grief may be an individual experience but you do not need to struggle with it by yourself.

We know that losing a beloved pet can be extremely difficult, no matter what the circumstances. We are deeply sorry for your loss. May you find peace in your own way in your own time.


Laurel Lagoni, M.S.

It’s the holiday season and, for Emma and thousands like her, it comes with a mixed bag of emotions. On one hand, the holidays bring excitement and the anticipation of celebrations spent with family and friends. Yet, for Emma, the season also triggers feelings of loneliness and regret. You see, two years ago in mid-November, Emma’s beloved cat Sandy died.

Many people who’ve lost a pet around the holidays experience strong grief or “anniversary” reactions during the days, weeks, and even months leading up to, as well as following, the anniversary of their pet’s death. If you’re having an “anniversary” reaction, thoughts and emotions similar to those you experienced when your pet died may get ‘triggered’ each time the date rolls around. In the midst of an “anniversary” reaction, even grief that is several years old can get ‘stirred’ again, prompting you to revisit your memories in…

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German Shepherd dogBelow are some Maryland organizations that are working to help those suffering from domestic violence protect themselves and their pets.



Program: Safe House Program
Organization: House of Ruth Maryland
Contact: Janice Miller, Director of Clinical Services
2201 Argonne Dr.
Baltimore, MD 21218
410-889-0840 (administrative line) or 410-889-7884 (24-hour hotline)
Fax: 410-889-9347

Chesapeake City/Elkton

Program: Domestic Abuse Assistance
Organization: Cecil County SPCA, Inc.
Contact: Jeanne Deeming, Executive Director (have a social worker contact the SPCA to make arrangements)
3280 Augustine Herman Hwy.
Chesapeake City, MD 21915
410-398-9555 or 410-885-2342
Fax: 410-885-2910

Partnering organization: Cecil County Domestic Violence/Rape Crisis Center
Contact: Debby Chapin, Domestic Violence Advocate
P.O. Box 2137
Elkton, MD 21922
410-996-0333 (24-hour hotline)
Fax: 410-885-2910


Program: Pet Safe Project
Organization: Domestic Violence Center of Howard County
5457 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 310
Columbia, MD 21045
410-997-0304(administrative line) or 410-997-2272 / 800-752-0191(24-hour hotlines)
Fax: 410-997-1397


Program: Safe Pet Sheltering Program
Organization: Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence
Contact: Jeanne Yeager, Executive Director
P.O. Box 5
Denton, MD 21629
410-479-1149 (administrative line) or 800-927-4673 (24-hour hotline)
Fax: 410-479-2064

Hartford County

Program: Safe Haven for Pets
Organization: SARC-Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center
Contact: Amber Guthrie, Safe House Supervisor
P.O. Box 1207
Bel Air, MD 21014
Fax: 410-838-9484


Organization: TurnAround, Inc.
Contact: Intake Coordinator
401 Washington Ave.
Suite 300
Towson, MD 2120
Fax: 410-377-6806

For other states please click here.

If you are a member of another organization that is working to end the abuse and have resources for those with pets, please contact us so that we may update our list.

Thank you.


Odessa Finds Love

Odessa Finds Love

Another one finds a home…another one finds a home…Yay yaaaaa. All right!


Koda Finds a New Home.

Koda Finds a New Home.

Another successful Courtesy Post listing. We are happy to report that Koda has found a new home. Good luck to Koda and his new family.

Hunt Valley PetValu Grand Opening

Hunt Valley Pet Valu was a lot of Fun!

german shepherd adoption

ASR at PetValu Hunt Valley Towne Center

Lots of people, dogs, a few cats (cat rescue was there, too – as well as a bully breed rescue)……….Cats relocated because the barking scared them half to death :)…..All in all it was a fantastic day!  Bright, sunny, windy and a little nippy – but doable –  ;)  We were all outside as this was a grand opening and they had lots going on.  Hot coffee, muffins, cookies and drinks were provided for all…..It was great!

GSD needs a home

How do you do? Pleasure to meet you.

Our representative dogs – Greta and Storm rocked!  Both were beautiful and well behaved, and got lots of attention. Many thanks to Patty and Gary……Patty was the perfect hostess and Gary was a real trooper and brought Storm.

Storm being the gentleman at the new Hunt Valley PetValu

Storm being the gentleman at the new Hunt Valley PetValu

Not every one is a fan of doggie kisses…:)

dog kissing baby

“Looks like you’ve got a little jelly on your face…let me get that for you.”

Come join us for SANTA PHOTOS on December 14, 2013

For $10 you will receive a color photo set in a festive holiday frame.  Additional color photos of your entire family will be available for purchase.

Stop in to meet some of the volunteers, learn more about our rescue and help out some homeless dogs!

You are welcome to be in the picture with your pet.

We encourage you to make this a family photo!

  All proceeds will benefit All Shepherd Rescue!


Holiday Photos Are Coming

Holiday Photos Are Coming

Your Pet(s) Photo Taken with SANTA PAWS

For a $10.00 donation, you will receive

A Print in a Festive, Holiday Frame



You can get both a picture CD and one print for the discount price of $15!

Come and have your pet’s picture taken in plenty of time to use for your holiday card! People are also welcome to have their photos taken with their pets.

Several dates and locations available:

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Annapolis PetValu – November 23, 2013 – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm – Annapolis, MD

Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard – December 7, 2013 – 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Dickerson, MD

Tecla’s K9 Academy – December 8, 2013 – 11:00 – 4:00 pm – Ellicott City, MD

Hunt Valley Towne Center – December 14, 2014 – 11:00 – 4:00 pm – Cockeysville, MD


Our Newest Courtesy Listing Dog – Arko

Our Newest Courtesy Listing Dog - Arko

Arko is a young male seeking a new home.