My name is Gus!

German Shepherd Dog/Belgian Tervuren Mix Dog for adoption in Sautee, Georgia - Gus
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Charles Smithgall Humane Society

Facts about Gus

  • Breed: German Shepherd Dog/Belgian Tervuren Mix
  • Color: Black
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
Gus was adopted from our shelter in Jan 2015. He was initially relinquished in 2014 when his 2 legged companion since puppyhood, settled locally and Gus was not allowed in the apartment. Confused and missing his friend, one year old Gus tried to adjust to the world of concrete and chain link. Shelter friends did their best to provide him with the friendship he so desperately missed.

After a 9 month wait he was delighted to join a family in Jan 2015 and he was off to live the good life where he stayed firmly by the sides of his people where he could reassure them of his love for them. Naps were taken on his favorite spot, a big comfy recliner where he could be seen on his back with 4 feet up, tongue lolling from his mouth as he engaged in doggie dreams, secure in his life. Recently a health crisis with a family member brought much of his outdoor activity to a halt and is causing a move to a much smaller home, both factors felt not to be in the best interest of Gus. In keeping with our requirement to have our alumni returned to us if rehoming is needed, Gus made the 4 hour journey back to the kennel he left behind 21 months ago. Back to a vinyl cot, back to feeling the heartache of family loss. He is a beautiful boy who once again finds himself alone and not understanding what has happened.

Gus is a 3.5 year old solid black German or Belgian(Tervuren) Shepherd mix whose coat is thick but not long. He has been an indoor dog and is perfectly house trained, reported to never have accidents in the house. He has been command trained though he does have his spells of listening only to the doggie voice in his head. Loves to run. Adores all people and children. He seemed most bonded to the male figure in his household. One of his greatest joys was to ride in the front seat of the family pickup truck. He loved going on outings and family trips. Gus weighs 53 pounds, is fully vetted and was returned with all of his vet records and "personal items".

Adoption fee for Gus is $100. To submit an application and read about our adoption procedure, go to: .

Charles Smithgall Humane Society (CSHS) is a "No kill" shelter which provides quality care, spay/neuter-all vaccines-deworming-vet exam-standard disease testing and for dogs-monthly prevention heart worm treatment. The facility usually is operating at capacity with a list of animals waiting for space to open. Adoption hours are Tues-Sat 10-4 and Sun 1-4. Contact or visit CSHS, 4823 Helen Hwy. 75N, Sautee, GA 30571, 706-865-4135. The shelter is located 3 miles south of the alpine town of Helen in the NE mountains.

About Charles Smithgall Humane Society

About Our Shelter...

Charles Smithgall Humane Society (est 1994) is a small no-kill shelter which utilizes our adoption center, social media and offsite events to seek safe and appropriate homes for our residents. Our mission is to provide safe sanctuary and all standard preventive care procedures and veterinary services to the dogs and cats of our local communities Intakes are primarily owner relinquishments with some animals accepted from animal control when space is available. All potential adopters must be evaluated through our approval process. We are funded 100% by donations and fundraising events. With the exception of 2 kennel managers, our operations are totally managed with volunteers. We are always in need of donations and volunteers. We appreciate the sharing of our pets on social media as most of our adoptions have resulted through the resources of the internet.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Our Adoption Center is located at 4823 Helen Hwy (75N), Sautee GA 30571. We are 4 miles south of the alpine town of Helen in the NE GA mountains. We are closed on Mondays. Operating hours are Tue-Sat 10-4 and Sun 1-4.

Our Adoption Process...

Our adoption process begins with the submission of an application which is used to gather information and initiate conversation with the adopting person/family. The form also assists us with assessing the environment for suitability and safety in the placement of our residents. The application is the first step in the approval process, followed by veterinarian reference check, landlord approval confirmation if relevant and a home visit which may be done physically or virtually depending on the distance from the shelter. The approval process can be initiated either before or after a visit to the shelter to visit our residents. The application for dogs is located on our Facebook page at: . For cat application, go to: . The forms will be automated for online submission through a new website currently under construction with an anticipated launch date of no later than Nov 2016. Requirements for adoption are specific to the needs of the animal in addition to standard checks for safety issues. Adopters must come to the shelter once approved to take their adopted pet home. We do not ship nor do we transport. Submitting the form is neither a guarantee of adoption nor an entitlement to "first come,first served" in the selection process of safely and appropriately placing our residents. Decision to approve/not approve an adopter(s) is based on the needs of the dog, not the needs of the adopter. The application should be downloaded before printing. The completed form can be returned through Facebook Messages, emailing to: or delivery to the shelter. The process usually takes 1 to 3 business days but can be slowed by not completing all of the questions, difficulty in reaching people relevant to approval and scheduling a home visit. Our residents must be returned to us at any point in time if the adoption is no longer suitable/safe for the pet or circumstances have changed to where a new home is needed. A contract must be signed to complete the adoption process. Standard fees for dogs are $100 and for cats $85. Some fees are subsidized in various amounts as low as $25 (minimum allowed subsidized fee) for dogs and $20 (minimum allowed subsidized fee) for cats . All of our animals are spay/neutered, have age appropriate vaccines and are free of internal parasites. Dogs are tested for heart worms and put on monthly prevention. Cats are tested for FIV/FeLV.