Success Stories

This is what we are all about. When we place a dog in a great home, everyone in the rescue is elated. Nothing feels better than helping our dogs on their journey to find a forever home where they can love and be loved.

We thank every one of our adoptive families for opening their hearts and homes to our dogs.

These are the most recent MAGSR Success Stories. Success Stories reported prior to 2016 can be found here.

Posted: 09/08/2019
Nadja NKA Greta
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Our Greta has brought so much joy to our home!  We first met her at one of MAGSR’s Open Houses and our first impression was that she was so sweet!  After just 11 short weeks, she is settling in nicely and has become quite a “Daddy’s girl” too!  We cannot believe the changes we have seen in her in such a short time.  She loves to be brushed and her favorite place to relax is on the kitchen tile, although she also loves to lay at our feet.  Some noises still upset her, but she calms down much quicker these days.  She is halfway through her basic obedience classes and is learning quickly!  We are so blessed that Greta also picked us to be her family.


Posted: 09/06/2019
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When we saw a picture of Nia in the local news, newly rescued from a Georgia puppy mill and taken in by MAGSR, we knew we had to give her a chance.  That was eight months ago and just as we have seen the little waif in the picture bloom into a magnificent dog, we have been overjoyed to see the development of her personality as well.  We have hope for her future and in doing so, we have gained a renewed sense of purpose in ours, in that we reached out to an animal in need with no guarantees but have had joyous returns.  She has always been curious and it is rewarding to see her mind at work as she explores her surroundings and learns new things.  A goal is to expose her to as many happy and stimulating interactions as possible, not only to build trust and confidence, but just because we hope she will enjoy them.  Her dignity and beauty never fail to attract attention when we take her for walks or training sessions in a local park.  She has proven to be very trainable and is a pleasure to be around.  She loves car rides, her pool, being brushed, and playing with toys in which she has to figure out solutions.  Challenges persist but each day, we see progress.  She has been a Blessing and a joy for us.  We can’t imagine life without her.

Posted: 09/04/2019
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We lost our GSD in April and then heard about the #ga38strong.  During an open house in May Trudi picked Jay and that was all it took. She needed him and he needed her to help getting over the lost of King. Over the course of the last four months she has made so much progress although there were weeks where Trudi would take one step forward and two steps back. Everyone's patience has paid off. She is now house broken, less skiddish and is starting to finally enjoy the life a dog should have. Trudi enjoys her multiple mile walks a day which she gets to spend bonding time separately with Dad and Mom as well as sitting outside watching the bunnies and deer. She doesn't bark much and we are still working on the bonding so that she will spend time with us in the house. Her comfort zone is upstairs in our bedroom suite. That is where you will find her most of the time hanging out. Trudi is such a sweet and gentle girl who has so much love to give on her own terms. She can be lovey with kisses when she wants. We love her to pieces and would never trade her in for the world. So sad that any of these pups had to go through such an experience but we are glad that she is in our life.

Jay, Mary Ann and Trudi Pierre


Posted: 09/02/2019

It’s been a year since we adopted Gemma – our 2nd from MAGSR.  I wanted to share a photo from the day we adopted her and one from today so you can see how far she has come.  When I had her to the vet for her annual visit she weighed in at a healthy 85 lbs!  She still has her skin problems so she stays on meds all the time.  She has moved with us into our new home with a much larger backyard and continues to do well.  She is a fabulous dog!

Posted: 09/02/2019

On March 16 of this year, we adopted “Zotta” renamed Chance, a beautiful white GSD! Very skittish non trusting and always ready to flee! Well it’s been almost six months now! He has learned to trust to love and to play with toys! All these are a first for him! He also wags his tail now! It hasn’t always been easy. There has been ups and downs along the way, but when he looks at me with stars in his eyes,rolls over for me to rub his tummy, I know we are on the right path! He listens well. Walks perfectly on a heel comand, better then our neighbors dogs! Gets compliments by people when I walk him! “He really listens to you”! Sometimes cars stop, roll down the window, and tell me what a beautiful dog he is! We are a work in progress! Have to confess we do spoil him at times, but it’s hard not to. Structure and patience are the key! The love part just comes natural! Chance is my fourth GSD over the years, but my first rescue! Can’t imagine life without my wonderful Georgia boy!!!

Posted: 09/02/2019

Today marks 6 months since we adopted our little girl. It's been a learing curve for all of us for sure. To say I wasn't apprehensive at all the day we brought her home would be an understatement. There were plenty of tough days with her and there still are sometimes, but we wouldn't trade her for the world.

Why are we so thankful we took a chance and adopted her? She is smart, sassy, sweet, snuggles on her terms, and she knows how to make her presence known.

She likes to be on her long lead, laying on the front porch with her big brother's Nate and Diesel. She will poop now when the trash man goes by on Friday instead of shaking and bolting to the house. She prefers just being around her brothers, my husband and I. We have left her crate door open over night a couple of times without issue. We also leave it open during the day when we leave, but won't be gone for a super long time. She picks at Diesel, but follows and learns from Nate. She has chosen my husband as her human, but she will love me on her terms and when it is feeding time for sure. She is all about her schedule and does not like it being messed with. She still barks at noises, but we are working on it. We still take her to the trainer, and she still has a way to go but the apprehension I once had has been erased.

If given the choice to adopt her verses a non GA38, we would choose her again and again.

Actually, if we didn't have 3 German Shepherd's already we would adopt another GA38.

Posted: 08/21/2019
Kona Kona Kona

We have had our Big Baby (my nickname for her) for two years now. She will be 3 in December and is such a joy and is so smart! She loves to play and can spend hours playing catch. She will literally throw her ball back to me after she has caught it. She knows a number of commands and has great manners. She loves to learn, to play tug of war, and she invites herself into our elderly neighbor’s house to check on them and leave. No seriously, if someone is by their front door, she will run over to go inside and run to the back bedroom to check on “Pop” (the elderly gentleman) and then comes out! She is full of love and truly believes she is welcome anywhere she goes. She brings us so much joy and is my number one snuggle buddy. Our older dog (13) has a new found energy and loves to play hide and seek with her. Thank you for our Big Baby, my light, my joy!

Posted: 08/01/2019


Woof - Finn is my name and fun is my game!

I turned 1 year old in July.  I am maturing a bit and losing some of my puppy craziness.  My parents are delighted.  I am a good listener and come really fast when I am called.  My Mom always rewards me with a tasted snack.   I play very nice with all the neighborhood dogs.  I love car rides especially when we are going to the dog park or training.   And my parents think I am very smart. One night I quietly alerted my dog sitter something was wrong in the neighborhood.  A group of 4 people were breaking into cars.  All were arrested.  But when it comes to neighborhood bunnies, deer, and squirrels in my yard -  I bark loud and clear - what fun it is to let everyone know of these visitors.  When the day is done - I give my parents big, wet kisses good night and snuggle in between them for a restful sleep. 

I hope all my litter mates are doing very well.

Posted: 07/31/2019

Juno, aka "Primrose"  - Adopted September 3rd, 2013


Juno has been a blessing in my life. After the loss of my first German Shepherd - Juno came to the rescue and made my life complete again. We now live in Florida where Juno enjoys swimming in the ocean and catching frisbees. She even has a feline adopted sister she loves. She is spoiled beyond belief!!! I work from home so she is with me 24/7 pretty much. Juno is sweet as can be, affectionate, loyal, loves people, smart, and is behaved and obedient off-leash. Not sure what she is a mix of - but, something very unique. 100lbs of awesomeness! Juno may be the most beautiful dog in the world. She gets attention and stopped everywhere she goes with me. 


Thank you MAGSR for everything!!! 


Posted: 07/31/2019

We have had Zeus and Athena for almost six months.  The pups came into our lives when we were devastated after losing our German Shepherd Malibu.  She was the love of our lives and battled lymphoma like a true shepherd...valiantly.  She was also from MAGSR.  Zeus and Athena are wonderful and make us laugh all the time.  Athena is clearly the Alpha.  What is Zeus’s is hers and what’s hers is hers.  Sometimes she scares her brother who in turn tries to get on my lap.  They are affectionate with us and each other.  Athena loves wagging her tail; while Zeus is more stingy with his wags.

You have to earn his wags.  They were a bonded pair when we got them but have relaxed and do not need to be in each other’s sight anymore.  They have come a long way and trust us.  They are fantastic with our kids.  They love playing with toys and ripping and racing around our house.  They are typical shepherds and are highly protective of our house, yard and people.  Thanks MAGSR for bringing them into our lives.  We are so very grateful!



Posted: 07/30/2019

“Harp!” is a trip! At 5-months and 33 pounds, Harp just graduated “Puppy Kindergarten” with flying colors. 
Thank you, MAGSR!
Harp rocks!!!

Posted: 07/30/2019
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It has been almost 6 months since we adopted Blue. He is such a gem, we love him to pieces! He has adjusted well and even graduated training! 

Posted: 07/26/2019

We adopted Jazzmin on March 18, 2017.  The first day she was at our house - 5 hours after adoption, she snuck through the door and ran away.  We were heart broken.  We were unable to locate her until 9:30 the next morning and she pranced home on the leash like she was a queen.  She was very skittish and was definitely afraid of men more than women.  Coming from a high kill shelter, she truly had a terrible life.  It was months before she would even come to me.  My wife was more fortunate, Jazzmin befriended her and would come to her, etc.  After almost 2-1/2 years, she and our other rescue Beau, (formerly Boyka, adopted 4-9-2018) are best friends and love to play in our yard.  I am attaching a video of both of them fetching a lacrosse ball.  Jazzmin is the dog with the floppy ear.  They love to run and once finished, Beau will go for a swim in our pool.  We are grateful for all that the volunteers at MAGSR do to help the dogs.

The Brady's

Posted: 07/04/2019
Macklee (aka Francis)

Happy 4th of July from the Warner Family!

Miss Macklee has been with our family for 4 months now, and wow has she has she gone through a number of changes in that time!

As you can see in the pictures, she now snuggles in our bed with us and her big brother Nate. Every morning whil I get ready for work, she lays there with Nate and my husband and goes back to sleep. On the weekends, she and her brothers all snuggle in and we have what we call Shepherd Snuggle Time!

I recently purchased dog ice cream treats, she is a big fan! Well after I taught her that she can't eat the plastic dish!

She is all about routine, and if we are out of routine she let's us know!

She is our little firecracker for sure! We continue working with her trainer to build her confidence. We let her crate door open sometimes when we leave for short periods of time. Typically we come home to her on the couch or in her crate. She knows very simple commands and is doing well.

All in all, we are so thankful for our sassy, sweet, loving little girl!


Posted: 06/25/2019

Astrid (preciously Cora) was adopted 6/22/2014. She is the best friend of our now 10 year old daughter, likes dogs & people & cats, and often gets complimented on her behavior.  She also is not a fan of any delivery people, ever.  She likes riding on a paddle board, snow, fetch, and laying on couches and beds.  She’s an amazing dog!


Posted: 06/17/2019
Nia Nia

We went to the park today for a walk. Ann wore her Georgia 38 shirt from Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue. It has the names of all 38 German Shepherds rescued from the Georgia Puppy Mill and taken in by MAGSR printed on the back, including Nia's.


Look at how thick and fluffy her tail has gotten!


Posted: 06/17/2019

Gus became a big brother late last year and has taken his roll very seriously! He loves his baby sister so much. Gus still loves running and playing outside, going for walks, and playing fetch. He’s a huge 90 pound boy who loves to cuddle. He’s the best pet we could ever have hoped for


Posted: 06/13/2019
Emilia Emilia

Emilia it settling in nicely. She loves her dog brother and sister so much but her sister is her best friend. They do everything together and if we call one they both come running. We go to training every week to help her be a good dog and we can wait to see what the rest of the year bring her.

Posted: 06/11/2019

Lager's human sister was born this past March and he has been amazing with her!

Posted: 05/26/2019

I'm emailing with a great update on Takoda, adopted August 2018.  He had heartworm at the time and went through his treatment between August and November.  We just had his 6 month post-treatment antigen test and it came back negative, he is officially cured!  To celebrate, we introduced him to the beach on his first trip to the Outer Banks.  He loved walking, playing, and napping in the sand, wasn't too keen on the waves this year, but he had a great time!