Elmo is an approximately 3-4 year old boy who was found in a California kill shelter. He had a bandage on his front paw when we found him (we were told a toenail had been removed), and a cut on his underbelly which was already healing. Because he had injuries, even though they were already healing, he was marked as "RESCUE ONLY," so that only a rescue could keep him off the dreaded e-list, and he was heading there fast.

Elmo's Shelter Video

We had absolutely NO room for another, but we couldn't say no to this sweet boy, whose only "crime" was having an irresponsible owner, and who is named after our favorite Muppet!


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Checks made payable to WGSDR may be mailed to:

White GSD Rescue
2807 W Michelle Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85053-1732
(No dogs at this location; mailing address only)


If you would like a tax receipt for your donation, your donation must be processed through CABRA (Coalition of All Breed Rescue of Arizona), a 501c3 to which we belong as a participating member rescue. You can send your payment to CABRA in one of 2 ways:

  • Check: Please make your check payable to "C.A.B.R.A." and mail to:

    c/o Bill Ferrell, Treasurer
    116 Pioneer Street
    Gilbert, AZ 85233
    Note on the check "For the benefit of White GSD Rescue (Elmo)"


  • Paypal or credit card: Please visit CABRA's website and click on the "Donate" button on the first page. PLEASE BE SURE YOU DESIGNATE YOUR DONATION TO GO TO "WHITE GSD RESCUE" and the dog's name ("Elmo") that you are donating for once you are logged into PayPal. Please note: Paypal will take a percentage of your donation and we will not receive the full amount.
To all of Elmo's faithful & generous supporters, we are eternally grateful...
Anne L
Cindy L
Kate R
Laura S
Rose O
Laurie C
Katie U
Rebecca P
Carole O
  Jill R
Karen A
Valerie L
Holly L
Gail R
Sally F
Andrea P
Irina T
  Linda B
Judith R
Camille B
Vicki W
Heather B
Dawn B
Tom H
Kathryn S
Anna B
  Sarah S
Anastasia D
Deede D
Carole T
Debra P
Leslie S
Anne L
Jenny's Cause for Paws

UPDATE 1/10: Thanks to our wonderful volunteer transporter, Tera, Elmo was liberated from the shelter this afternoon and delivered safely into the hands of our friends at Crossroads. He has a vet appointment already scheduled. In the meantime, we will be giving him time to decompress and enjoy his new-found freedom. According to Tera, "Heís nervous; hard to get a good pic. Heís confused but sweet. He has pretty bad calluses on his joints so he was probably a backyard dog, but he gave me kisses and he wagged a little bit. Not great on the leash but didnít fight me." We wish we could tell Elmo that his life has just improved 100% -- we'll just have to show him.

UPDATE 1/17: Elmo kept his vet appointment today. The vet said that Elmo was more like 10 years of age, definitely not the 3-4 years that we had been told, with multiple health issues, including the injury. He passed away under anesthesia.

All I can say is we tried, and he didn't die alone in a shelter.

If you have donated to Elmo's care and feel you would like a refund as we were unsuccessful in our attempt to give Elmo his forever, please email me. We are heartbroken ...

If you are interested in Elmo, please fill out our PROSPECTIVE ADOPTER'S QUESTIONNAIRE. You will be contacted by return email. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, please Email Nancy at WhiteGSDRescue@AOL.com. This questionnaire link is only for Elmo or other white German Shepherds on our site. WE WILL NOT CONTACT YOU until a questionnaire has been completed.

Please familiarize yourself with our adoption policies by reading ADOPTION BEGINS HERE. THANK YOU.