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My name is
Ashley 2602!

Posted 1 year ago | Updated 11 hours ago

My basic info

German Shepherd Dog
Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg) (when grown)
Pet ID

My details

Checkmark in teal circle Good with kids
Checkmark in teal circle Good with dogs
Checkmark in teal circle Purebred
Checkmark in teal circle Spayed / Neutered
Checkmark in teal circle Has special needs

My story

Here's what the humans have to say about me:

Ashley has experienced more challenges than most dogs go through in their lifetime. She was very happily owned when her owner suddenly passed away. After his passing, Ashley spent a lot of time crated and became very fearful of the world. Luckily, her late owner’s will had an estate set aside for her and required her to be sent to a no-kill rescue. 

Ashley was brought into SSR and put into foster care. She was slowly coming out of her shell when she spontaneously ruptured a disc in her back while running around in the yard, leaving her paralyzed in her backend. Ashley now had to be expressed daily, picked up to be moved around, and endure a lot of veterinary procedures. She eventually developed pressure sores on her hind legs that became infected. Along with being paralyzed, Ashley was facing amputation as well because of these sores that would not heal despite months of bandaging and wound care. 

After almost a year of non-stop vet appointments and worsening conditions, SSR found a new vet to transfer Ashley too that would try new treatments. We were also able to find a new foster with most availability to care for a special needs dog and take her to her appointments and do her bandaging. 

After less than a month of being under new care, Ashley began to heal and started thriving. Her pressure sores are healing and she will soon no longer require wound dressings! She also started a new physical therapy regime and her reflexes in her back legs are getting more prominent. We are even getting her a custom made wheelchair for her to run around in! 

At one point, Ashley’s condition was so poor that euthanasia was being discussed. We are so happy to report that we found an unimaginable solution for her so she can enjoy the rest of her years! Ashley now spends her days running through fields in her wheelchair, attending sporting events, and going on walks in her stroller. 

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If you are an approved adopter and are interested in this dog, please let your case worker know. If you are not yet an approved adopter but are interested, please complete an adoption application!

If you are viewing this animal on Petfinder, please see our organization’s Petfinder home page, linked below (on mobile) or to the right (on desktop), to read about our adoption process and to start your journey!

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March 1, 2024, 11:05 pm
Shenandoah Shepherd Rescue

Contact info

Pet ID
PO Box 764, STEPHENS CITY, VA 22655

Their adoption process

Additional adoption info

The first step to adopt one of our dogs is to complete an adoption application. Once you have submitted your application, a volunteer with call your personal and veterinary references. Following references, SSR will send out a volunteer to conduct a home visit and meet any members of your household. We come to your home and further discuss the adoption process.

The adoption application will let us know a little bit about you, your home, your lifestyle and what you are looking for in a companion. Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to fill out our application to adopt one of our dogs. Your application will either be accepted or denied after the volunteer submits a home visit report.

There is a non-refundable application fee of $15.
Our adoption fee is $300 for dogs aged 6 and under.
Our adoption fee is $225 for dogs 7 and up.

Adoption application

Go meet their pets

Once we begin holding adoption events we will feature them on our website. At this time we do not have any upcoming events.

More about this rescue

Shenandoah Shepherd Rescue is an all-volunteer rescue focused primarily on the rescue of German Shepherds. We are based out of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, but expand our reach and work to save German Shepherds in heavily populated areas throughout the country. While our rescue is a new organization, our volunteers have been rescuing German Shepherds for many years. Our hope is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome every German Shepherd in need.