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Last Call, Death Looms for Beautiful German Shepherd in Georgia

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Sophia P (162)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 2:12 pm
Coda needs networking to help save her life.

If you are interested in adoption, please call the shelter's Adoption and Rescue Coordinator Officer Berisko.

Iveta cer (41)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 3:15 pm
Poor dog i hope she will be adopted by lovely people to good home . Coda is beautiful , good luck sweetheart i wish to take you home . Thanks Sophia

Christeen A (369)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 3:27 pm
Please help this gorgeous dog. He needs love and care. Thank you.

Patrice M (84)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 3:33 pm
I sent this out to friends in Ga. on f'book. I asked them to send it out to everyone they know. I sincerely hope this helps.

Nicole W (646)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 3:39 pm
sharing, thank you Sophia

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 3:53 pm
So sad that so many millions of innocent animals are senselessly murdered each year. This surely would not be happening at this rate if puppy and cat Mills were to be banned. I pray these bans are in effect very soon.

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 4:23 pm
Coda is a beautiful girl, if she was close I would have her! I lost two of my Sheppards since last year & she would fit in with my two still with us even if they are much older then Coda 12 & 14 years old. I will forward to my friends.Thanks Sophia for posting Coda's story. Praying that she gets a forever loving home asap.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 4:30 pm
Thank you

naomi cohen (55)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 4:52 pm
we have to get this girl a home. noted, signed, shared. thank you, henriette. thank you, sophia.

Mary T (178)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 5:10 pm
Poor Baby Will share Coda on Facebook, Thanks Sophia.

Laura H (964)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 6:06 pm
PLEASE SHARE!!! Coda needs our help!!!!!!!!

I read the comments and there IS hope...
Please post any updates-thanks!

Darlene W (303)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 6:41 pm
I wish I were closer-I would take Coda in a heartbeat. My Shepherd 'Angel' had to be put down this summer for medical reason-she was 12--I miss her so. She was a rescue also. She was named Angel because of her condition when she was found. I love Shepherds and pray Coda finds a home.

John B (185)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 7:01 pm
Thanks Sophia for the link to the article and info provided by Penny Eims. Will be sharing immediately! Thanks to Dana H. for the heads up alert on this, Noted!

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 7:52 pm
I hope Cola finds a good home!! Thanks Dana for the forward!

divergent revolution (309)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 8:05 pm
Noted. She looks sweet.
Don't know anyone in Georgia.
Will spread the word though.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 9:32 pm
Thank you Sophia and Henriette for the forward.
I was following this pretty girl on facebook. Doing my usual pimping. She has rescue,, if anybody would like to adopt or donate for Coda,,, please contact Echo Dogs White Shepherd Rescue.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 9:39 pm
WOW, I just read the comments on the examiner. I copied and pasted the link for the rescue. So many generous donations. That will really help

Leslene Dunn (84)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 11:04 pm
Noted - one of the millions of poor animals that are in this position because of us. I have 8 rescues and would willingly take her if I could so that she too can experience what life she should be living, one with love, kindness and compassion - and lot's of spoiling. Please, someone, anyone, give her the home she deserves!

MmAway M (506)
Wednesday February 20, 2013, 11:33 pm
Prayers, not on Facebook nor near that area. I will attempt to contact friends that are close as well as on Facebook.

Migi H (19)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 12:07 am
Such a beautiful dog, I pray that someone will adopt her... as well as many other dogs that needs a home too!

Lynn D (0)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 1:11 am

Mónica Ayuga (109)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 1:42 am
Seguro que encuentra a su salvador, tambiťn hay gente buena en este mundo ! !

Ruth C (87)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 1:59 am
She is sooo beautiful, please someone save her for death!

Joy Wong (103)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 2:55 am
Hope Coda finds a loving home asap.

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 4:16 am
All animals deserve love, respect and care. Noted , Thanks .

Danuta W (1250)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 4:32 am

Ruth M (235)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 4:37 am
I really hope she find a great home! Noted

paula eaton (30)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 4:42 am
Please someone save this lovely baby. It is heartbreaking to know she will be murdered. Please post any updats. I hope she finds a home.

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 5:08 am
How dare people be so cruel to this lovely living thing?

Carol H (229)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 5:19 am
beautiful dog! noted with hope and shared!!

Laura H (964)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 5:35 am
I can't find an update; any news?
Still hoping and praying!

. (0)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 6:46 am
noted, so sad

Sandy Crute (119)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 8:16 am
Dear God, Please find Coda a wonderful home, & soon Lord! For this I am sooooooo grateful & so it is, in Jesus' name AMEN!!! God bless U Coda!!!

Dawn M (142)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 8:40 am
Sadly noted!

Gabriele R (26)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 8:44 am
Noted,I hope with all my heart that she finds a nice home.I would be so sad if she has to die.

Ela V (85)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 8:50 am

Sandi C (98)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 8:58 am
Theres too much of this going on lately.

Julie E (405)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 9:53 am
Noted, shared to fb, twitter and g+1. Thank you Sandy C for the forward.


Gina Caracci (219)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 10:24 am
Id take her but Im trying to find a new place and its hard enough with my big boy.
This is why I want my own rescue so I can save babies like her.
I hope she finds a forever home soon.

Petra M (259)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 11:11 am
She is sooo beautiful, please someone save her for death

Liliana D (125)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 11:15 am
Noted, thanks Sophia for the post, I hope and pray for a happy ending for Coda

Chrissie H (23)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 11:50 am
What a lovely dog,surely at least one kind person in Georgia would be willing to adopt Coda and give her a good home. Please don't let her die.

Elizabeth M (65)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 12:34 pm
May Coda get all the help needed to restore her health and may she be placed in a forever home! She is such a beautiful whit dog.
noted, and thank you for Coda's story Cher.

michelle t (41)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 12:43 pm
Surely some one with a heart who lives in the USA can adopt this lovely girl.
Don't let her be killed

Beth M (138)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 1:39 pm
Saw on website that if she is not adopted, she will go to rescue. Many people have pledged money to help this beauty! Hope that she finds a good home to call her own soon.

Suzanne L (99)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 1:51 pm
Coda is gorgeous. I hope & pray someone will step up to take her home.

Elizabeth M (31)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 2:02 pm
Will share, thanks Sophia

Gabriela Baldaia (104)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 3:01 pm
Hope she finds a loving home very soon.

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 3:05 pm
I do hope someone can give her a home Its so sad for so many animals that are unwanted Its time they started making it harder for people to get pets

noted Thanks

Marie Therese Hanulak (30)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 3:10 pm
I hope there will be a follow up telling us that some kind soul has adopted this beautiful soul. If I wern't so old I'd adopte her myself.

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 3:14 pm
Noted. Also shared on all the websites I am a member of. Thanks for posting Sophia.

Liz NO FWDS G (71)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 3:23 pm
Noted with hope in my heart that beautiful Coda will be found a loving home and to know love and kindness to be free to enjoy her life with someone who will really love and take care of her,she deserves to be happy and not put to sleep,thinking of all the other unwanted dogs and cats that are waiting for new homes too,so many unloved and unwanted innocent animals.Good luck sweet Coda.Thank you Henriette for the fwd and Sophia for the news.Liz Xx

Barbara K (60)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 3:28 pm
Hoping Coda finds a loving home soon.Thanks Sophia, and thanks to Alice D for the forward.

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 4:13 pm
I hope this plea find its way to someone in Georgia.

Julie O'Kane (0)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 4:51 pm
Noted, please, please, please may she find her forever home.

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 5:40 pm
noted sophy !!!!this dog is so beautiful!!!! i hope she find a good home for ever home!!!!!

Cathy Aronson (67)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 6:19 pm
Noted and shared.....sure hope this sweeties finds a forever home soon!

karen n (57)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 6:59 pm
with all the animal rescue organizations in this country,isnt there one out there that would take this dog?????-if u know of a local one where you are,why not e-mail them or give them a call,many of them are no kill shelters :)

Michelle S (462)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 7:01 pm

Friends of Oconee County Animal Control

Coda has been here at the shelter for quite a while and has only a few days or so before she will be gone.. so please call the shelter for more information and save this beautiful girl

Bio: Coda is a white shepherd mix, approximately 5-6 years old. She was surrendered to the shelter around a month ago- the beginning of the year. Coda is very, very sweet and is also very playful for an older girl! We have not tested her with other dogs or cats, but we will try to do a temperament test soon. She has had quite a struggle adjusting to the shelter life and is uncomfortable in a kennel.. She needs a home where she can run and be loved! Please help save this girl!!!


Michelle S (462)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 7:27 pm
I found the following German Shepherd rescue sites in Georgia and emailed them with an attachment of this post and the following information on Coda below. If you could all pitch in and email about Coda and attach this story to the addresses below it will drum up interest and someone will come for her rescue. I've done this before.....we've made it happen with Sarge and so many others.....but it takes a team effort! Please join me in emailing these rescues and any others in the country who may be able to help Coda! TY!



Please see the information on her below and
contact for rescue and adoption information. Michelle Sibinovic, Care2

Last Call, Death Looms for Beautiful German Shepherd in Georgia
Animals (tags: animaladvocates, animalrights, animals, animalwelfare, crime, dogs, ethics, pets, sadness, society, suffering, cruelty )
Sophia - 21 hours ago -
Unlike people, dogs are sentenced to death every day, even though they have done nothing wrong.

Coda is a beautiful, white German shepherd who was surrendered to the Oconee County Animal Control in Bishop, Ga. After being at the facility for too long, she was moved to the "Last Chance for Adoption," folder.

Information on Coda:

Age, 5 to 6 years
Breed - German shepherd
Temperament - according to shelter, no reaction to cats or dogs
Facebook thread here
Shared on the Friends of Oconee County Animal Control Facebook page:

Coda is a white shepherd mix, approximately 5-6 years old. She was surrendered to the shelter around a month ago- the beginning of the year.

Coda is very, very sweet and is also very playful for an older girl! She needs a home where she can run and be loved! Please help save this girl!!

On Saturday, a rather dismal update was posted for those who have followed Coda's saga:

We performed an entire heart worm testing on all our dogs the day before Coda's meet and greet. She was the only one to test positive.

It is also apparent that she is showing signs of hip dysplasia because she is in an advanced age group. We are sorry to bring you this news after all this time. Her treatment for heart worms would automatically be $350 and there is no telling for her hip dysplasia.

OCAC is a government funded facility and such a facility cannot give her the money for the treatments she needs. If there is a rescue that would be better equipped or better suited to give her the treatment, please contact Officer Berisko by next Wednesday. We are all so heartbroken that this had to occur and we deeply value everyone who gave Coda a chance.

Coda is still alive, but she needs help. Coda needs to be rescued by someone who can treat her heartworms and help support her aging hips.

Coda needs networking to help save her life.

If you are interested in adoption, please call the shelter's Adoption and Rescue Coordinator Officer Berisko.

James Merit (144)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 7:27 pm

Paul Girardin (126)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 7:31 pm
Noted & shared!

Thanks for sharing!

Mary Furlong (199)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 7:32 pm
Noted and shared in Karma Crossposting on Facebook.

Ram Reddy (7)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 7:44 pm

Thursday February 21, 2013, 8:29 pm
Noted, hope she finds a home. Thanks Sophia

Ncl L (2)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 9:09 pm
Thank you

Christine Stewart (134)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 9:27 pm
Thank you to everyone who is trying to help this sweet dog.

Nancy Billings (125)
Thursday February 21, 2013, 11:23 pm
Noted & shared ~ Thank you all for your Loving Hearts and for taking Action ! I Pray she gets a forever home SOON !

Gloria picchetti (304)
Friday February 22, 2013, 4:05 am
She's so beautiful. I hope she finds a home.

Many Feathers (139)
Friday February 22, 2013, 5:46 am
sadly and hopefully noted...

Cindy L (19)
Friday February 22, 2013, 6:02 am
Thank you - forwarded and hope Coda gets adopted

Ellen m (215)
Friday February 22, 2013, 6:43 am
I had shared Coda the other day, but just rechecked their page and this was posted a little after 6 yesterday....

Today is the deadline for adoption applications to be submitted for Coda! If no applications are submitted or approved then she will go to rescue :)


karen n (57)
Friday February 22, 2013, 7:35 am
Michelle s i hope people read your post and follow what you did-THANKYOU

Winn A (179)
Friday February 22, 2013, 10:28 am
Shared on facebook.

Sandi C (98)
Friday February 22, 2013, 10:28 am
wish I could.

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Friday February 22, 2013, 10:29 am
Sadly noted

Elizabeth Reynolds (60)
Friday February 22, 2013, 11:25 am
Augh, Coda is my perfect dog...but I live in MN in a 650 sq foot apartment with two cats and no dogs allowed. GRR, have shared with friends and hopefully someone can save her. Have animal rescue groups in the area been called?

Elizabeth Reynolds (60)
Friday February 22, 2013, 11:51 am
scratch that, found Michelle S's post at Thursday February 21, 2013, 7:27 pm and have emailed all the rescues in the organization. THANK YOU MICHELLE!

Michelle S (462)
Friday February 22, 2013, 12:48 pm
UPDATE! I got a response from one of the orgs in Georgia that "Echo offered to take her." I have no clue who "Echo" is so I Googled it and found "Echo" is a White Shepherd Dog Rescue!

I'm at work so can't get to the FB page to verify. I will try to contact Echo and send the information for Coda as soon as I get home. In the mean time, can the rest of you do the same?

Please copy and paste the news story with Coda's photo into an email message and send to the "Echo" White Shepherd Dog Rescue below. Please ask them if they have taken Coda or will take her! I would love to think this is a done deal, but all the message said was "Echo offered to take her" and nothing more. Please post any responses and updates here in comments as soon as you hear them! TY! Michelle


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Lisa Neste (206)
Friday February 22, 2013, 1:15 pm
Sounds good MIchelelle! I have shared on FB as well. Thanks for postingSophia!

Laura H (964)
Friday February 22, 2013, 3:29 pm
Fingers crossed!!!

Michelle S (462)
Friday February 22, 2013, 3:47 pm


"Yes, we have committed to her, Iím in contact with Crystal Berisko at the shelter."

History of Echo Dogs:

Who We Are
Founded in Cedar Lake, Indiana and operating nationally, Echo Dogs White Shepherd Rescue is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization comprised of a network of rescue volunteers throughout the US and Canada. We are dedicated to finding good homes and matching White Shepherds and White German Shepherds in need with loving people that will love their dog as part of their family. Our mission is to place homeless dogs into loving and permanent homes, to educate the public about the breed, promote responsible pet care, and to provide ongoing training support and advice to adopters after our dogs have been placed in their new homes. Echo Dogs White Shepherd Rescue is a foster home based organization. We do not operate a shelter. The temperment and behavior of each dog is carefully evaluated while they are in foster care so that we can match each dog with a home best suited to meet their particular needs. Dogs are also taught good house manners, given basic obedience skills, and socialized while in foster care.

How we started

Mark Echterling had been involved in many things with his white shepherds, Max and Shadow, including Search and Rescue, Dog Scouts of America (DSA), American White Shepherd Association (AWSA), and was always there with his talented dogs to help raise funds for needy organizations.

In late 1999 Mark founded Echo Dogs White Shepherd Rescue. The organization began in Cedar Lake, Indiana with about 5 people. Today EDWSR is nationwide, including Canada, and is growing more every day. Mark lost his year and a half long battle with lung cancer and passed away in September, 2004. He will always be remembered for his hard work with white shepherds. He will be sadly missed.
Take care of our babies who are at Rainbow Bridge Mark, we love you!

- EDWSR Volunteers

Where we get our dogs:

Most of our dogs come from animal control facilities (also known as dog pounds or "doggie jail"). They have either been found as strays or abandoned there by their prior owners. We also accept dogs directly from owners who no longer want them - most of the time, it's due to a change in their family circumstances and they find that the dog simply no longer fits into their plans, but sometimes it's truly an unfortunate set of events that require them to relinquish a beloved pet.

How do we choose which dogs we accept:

There are three main criteria we use to determine which dogs come into our organization for rehoming.

First, and most importantly, is the temperament of the dog. In an ideal world, this would be the only criteria we would apply to accepting a dog for rehoming. We try to get as good a behavioral assessment as we can prior to committing to taking the dog. If a dog is still with its owner, we require that the dog be assessed by a professional selected by us before we will agree to accept the dog.

Second, whether we have an open foster space available. This, sadly for many dogs, is simply a matter of lucky timing. We have no physical facility, so we have to wait for a dog to be adopted before we have a foster space available (although we dream of having a facility some day). Foster space is definitely the bottleneck in our ability to save more dogs.

Third, if we have a way to get the dog transported from where it is to where the foster home is located. We sometimes have a dog in one state, but the open foster space is in a different state. If we have volunteers to help transport, we have to incur expense to board the dog for at least two weeks, get its vaccinations and have a health certificate issued in its home state before we transport the dog across into another state for fostering. If we have the funds and volunteers available, we can save the dog.

Where are the dogs located:

Once a dog enters our program, he or she lives in a foster home. Our foster homes are in many different states. The dog lives as a member of the foster family until he or she is adopted. The foster parents learn all about the dog and can give potential adopters a detailed description of the dog's personality and quirks.

What keeps us going:

WE LOVE PHOTOS AND UPDATES! Hearing that our dogs are doing well and that you're happy with them is what keeps us going in this otherwise fairly grim business. Please keep us posted on significant events or just whenever you happen to think of it. We love to hear from you!

Laura H (964)
Friday February 22, 2013, 4:51 pm
Thanks for the update Michelle!!

Nikki B (129)
Friday February 22, 2013, 4:55 pm
What a good outcome. Yay!

Valerie V (8)
Friday February 22, 2013, 8:19 pm
Awesome!!! Thank you sooo much :D

Myraida Diaz (136)
Friday February 22, 2013, 8:31 pm

Yes, she made it!!!!!. That It's a good rescue. Fortunely, most of GA shelters permit adoptions outside state (others don't) and Thank God because GA is a high, high kill place.
Sheba posted by Sophia is out too and improving! She looks like a GS now. More colors on her cap! Still needs to eat better but is doing well. Rescue is a good one, finding good homes for babies!!!!! - But, not all rescues are good..! And not all help all the animals with the same interest!
Karen: millions of dogs and cats die every year because not all are GS or smaller breed dogs coming from puppy mills. Our real homeless, real needy ones die in far bigger numbers than those of certain breeds. No chance for them! No chance even having pledgings on their name!!! See the num of it bulls that die every day!! And Big, OLD, Pregnant etc..... No, not all dogs receive the same acceptance or are help by all the rescues with the same interest.Sad but true. Thank You Michelle. Noted

Nancy Black (308)
Friday February 22, 2013, 8:35 pm
Noted, tweeted Sad story and sad ending for a beautiful dog. Hope she gets an owner and a reprieve from this death sentence. God bless her.

James Merit (144)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 12:28 am
Woohoo, awesome news!! Thank you for the update Michelle!!

Sergio Padilla (65)
Monday February 25, 2013, 12:21 pm
Thank you!

Julia R (296)
Tuesday February 26, 2013, 12:42 am
Thank you so much Michelle for your conscientious follow-up on contacting Echo Rescue Group to make sure that they had rescued this beautiful dog! And thanks to those who posted Coda on face book! And a big thanks to Sophia for posting! This great news is wonderful to hear before I go to bed! And a big kiss and hug to Coda!

. (0)
Wednesday February 27, 2013, 10:01 am
Thank God. Wonderful news Soiphia and Philip for the fwd
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