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Happy Tails for a New Year
Recently adopted...
"Sammie" with her new people, Bob & Christine
Guy and his new gal "Lady"
Jeff & his boys "Jonah" & "Buddy"

2015: What a year.

We'd like to start out by saying thanks. Thanks to all the volunteers, supporters, fosters and adopters. Thanks to everyone that helped transport, manned our booth at an event, set up or took down at an event, donated items or crafts, did a home visit, processed an application, baked for our multiple bake sales, handed out flyers, donated a few bucks and the various other tasks that have helped keep our organization running. Because of you, we rescued 41 GSDs this year. So we say thanks, from the bottom of our hearts and on behalf of everyone involved in the Mit Liebe rescue group.

2015 was a challenge for saving dogs; lack of funding, foster homes, serious medical cases and a non-existent facility made it a real struggle to continue, but we survived - and saved a few dogs in the process. The infamous "dog flu" hit CACC in Chicago hard and state restrictions stopped us from rescuing many GSDs in Illinois. Unfortunately it also halted many other groups as well and many great dogs were put to sleep because of it. We also took in many "surrenders" this year. (What's going on? Why are people discarding their animals like old trash?) We also had a few pretty serious medical cases to deal with that drained any of our savings we were able to squirrel away.

Lewis kicked off the year with heart worm, Indy and Sadie had to spend a few weeks with our trainer, Loki had to be treated for many months for his mange, Sammie had her tail amputation issues, MoJo came to us with a leg issues that required surgery by a specialist, Buddy had broken toes that needed surgery and ongoing care until they were healed, and now Chester...our sweet little dwarf puppy with some pretty serious leg deformities that may require surgery to give him a pain-free life (more coming in the next newsletter on him once we have a update from the specialist). Not to mention all the others that have come to us with kennel cough or the ones that need to be kenneld at Liberty Canine Lodge because of lack of foster homes (they're so great to us, we can't thank them enough) or just the usual spay/neuter, vaccinate, heart worm test and micro-chipping all of our rescues receive. I'm not sure how anyone can get ahead in this world, let alone a non-profit.

For anyone that wonders where our money is spent, here it is. In 2015 we spent...
  • $21,000 in vet costs
  • $20,000 in food & supplements (fosters & permanent residents)
  • $1,600 in training
... $42,600 (not including additional costs associated with boarding or other misc. costs for our fundraisers or transport vehicle) and we only took in roughly $25,000 from adoptions, private donations and fundraising (we don't receive any government or state funding). The balance sheet isn't good, which is why most times we say we cannot help when we are contacted about dogs in California, Texas, or other far off lands and sometimes even close to home. We'd love to, but unfortunately we struggle helping the GSDs in our local areas.

Alas, we will move forward and will continue to rescue, because that's what we do! When funding is available, dogs will be saved. When funding is not available, we beg for help to save the ones we can. So for that, we thank you. To everyone that continues to give and for everyone else that continues to support us one way or another, thank you. Because of you we were able to save 41 GSDs this year, something we're pretty proud of and quite certain a few of you are pretty thankful for. Despite our hurdles, 2015 was a successful year for Mit Liebe GSDR, because of you. Thank you.
Recently Rescued

Watch Facebook for updates, or if interested in adopting, fill out an application on our website.

Volunteer Highlight:

Mark Griesmer, Shawano, WI

Many of you know Mark or have seen him at our events. He's a great volunteer, foster, transporter, and most importantly, he's a great guy. Mark helps setting up and taking down our events, fostering the young, and has built a mini-GSD retirement community at his home in Shawano where our seniors that have not been adopted are enjoying their golden years.

What many of you probably do not know though, is that for the past three years Mark has been living with two types of cancer and a slew of other medical issues. He doesn't let it slow him down or dampen his spirit - he's that kind of guy. He stays positive, upbeat and plans to make the most out of the time he has left by appreciating life and all that are in it. The cancer hasn't broken his spirit, but it has caused some financial stress for him and his wife, Marguerite. Since changing jobs, Marguerite will not have medical insurance for at least three months and they are using COBRA to keep Mark insured. However, the cost of COBRA coverage is $1,700 per month - something they just cannot afford. Who can now days?

So what do we do when one of our own has a problem? We get the help they need, no matter what it takes! We're asking for your help, for Mark. The kind of guy the world needs more of.

We've set up a gofund me campaign to help raise money to pay for Mark's medical insurance for the next few months.  We've also set up an amazon wishlist of items Mark can use at his house to care for the 10 +/- dogs Mark continues to take care of - some his, some Mit Liebe's and some for other people because they needed help and Mark was there to lend a hand.

If you'd like to mail a donation directly to Mark, you can do that as well:
N4145 Pine Ridge Rd, Shawano, WI 54166

- Thank you. From our rescue family to yours
Our Never-land spotlight this issue goes to.... Benny!
Benny is a very big boy that was rescued from Chicago and adopted a few years ago, but Benny had a problem keeping his mouth to himself. So alas, he's wound up in never-never land where he spends his time watching the cats and wrestling with Sailor and the rest of the misfit gang. If you'd like to let Benny know you're thinking of him, he mentioned a few items he, Sailor and the rest of the gang would like!

For those of you wondering, we are a no/ very low kill rescue and exhaust every effort or resource before one of our own has to be put down due to aggressive tenancies. Never-never land (the farm in Morgan, WI) is one of those resources that houses the GSDs that have been deemed "un-adoptable". Currently we are providing daily care for (5) permanent GSD residents. Space is limited, so this option is only considered for the extreme life or death cases.

Each newsletter we'll spotlight another "misfit" in hopes of educating everyone on all that Mit Liebe does for each dog in our temporary, or permanent care. If you'd like to make a donation towards our misfit gang of hoodlums, you can do so through our
Amazon Wishlist or by donating through our PayPal Donate link on our website.
We rescued MoJo in November from a high-kill shelter in Chicago and he ended up needing extensive surgery and care to repair tendons in his back leg. The surgery was a success but it's a long road to recovery. Fortunately MoJo has an awesome foster mom that takes excellent care of him (thank you Kathy).

You can read the full story here or if you find it in your heart to help, you can donate towards our gofundme campaigns for MoJo's vet care. Only $1,200 to go to meet our goal of $2,000!!
 
All donations are tax-deductible and can be made through our PayPal link on our website, or by mailing donations to:
 
MLGSDR | PO Box 376 Suamico, WI 54173
 

Fundraising and donations are what keeps the Mit Liebe wheels moving- thanks to everyone that continues to support our efforts.
Upcoming Events
  • [01/30/16] - Great Lakes Pet Expo (Milwaukee, WI)
  • [02/13/16] - Petco Meet & Greet (W. Mason Green Bay, WI)
  • [03/01/16] -  Booyah ordering begins
  • [03/12/16] - Petco Meet & Greet (W. Mason Green Bay, WI)
  • [03/23/16] - Spring 10 Week Obediance Class begins
Visit our website for more info.
Items For Sale: Purchase our wares at the upcoming Pet Expo in Miluwakee or by stopping by Liberty Canine Resort. Check out pricing on our website.
Volunteering Opportunities: Get started with Mit Liebe!

Have you ever wanted to make a difference in the world? Are you have a hard time picking a starting point or organization to volunteer with? You're in luck! Mit Liebe is always looking for interested bodies to help with a variety of tasks that help keep the rescue in business. 

A few examples of volunteering opportunites include:
  • Foster homes
  • Transport drivers
  • Crafters/ bakers
  • Event volunteers
  • Fundraising experts
  • Dog walkers (for our kenneled kids)
This past weekend we had a volunteer meeting to discuss the upcoming events of the year. We will be putting together a schedule and volunteer needs for each event. If you're interested in being added to the volunteer email list (separate from Anita's updates) send us a note and we'll get you added. Otherwise watch our website, Facebook or Anita's updates for upcoming volunteer needs.
SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER
SPRING OBEDIENCE CLASSES
- Open to the Public -
 
The 10 week spring session will begin on March 23rd and will be held weekly at the Southwest High School in Green Bay every Wednesday.
 
Wednesday March 23 | 6:00 p.m.
(
first night is orientation- no dogs)
  • Free for anyone that recently adopted from Mit Liebe (required as part of the adoption agreement)
  • $45 for anyone that has adopted from a rescue or shelter (doesn't have to be ML)
  • $90 for anyone else
All dogs need to be up to date on vaccinations.
To register, email ccgsds@aol.com
Help Mit Liebe! Save your aluminum cans and Purina Weight circles. Both are easy ways you can help make a difference. Contact Anita for info on dropping off cans, or send your weight circles to:

PO Box 376
Suamico, WI 54173
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