Olivia was turned in (wearing her backpack) to a high kill shelter in California in late July by her owner, who stated that he had "no place to live." At first, Olivia was completely overwhelmed by the shelter environment. After several days, she mustered up the courage to poke her head out, but that was all. Someone took the above photo of Olivia in the shelter and it went viral!

This was Olivia when she first arrived at the shelter ...

She wanted nothing to do with anyone

After several weeks, she mustered the courage to come out, but not for long

We received dozens of emails and facebook posts on this girl, but we didn't have a square inch of room. Due to her avoidance of human contact, Olivia was labeled, "Rescue Only," which usually doesn't give a dog much time in such a high kill shelter. But, someone was watching over Olivia as she was still alive when we were notified about her almost 3 weeks after her intake date. Our facebook angel, Kathy J, didn't take NO for an answer and contacted the shelter for information. Pledges were coming in for Olivia, but when you don't have any room, it's not a matter of pledges. In fact, for us, it's never a matter of money.

When we saw the video of Olivia actually coming out of her kennel and wanting so badly to make contact, we had to say yes. Our thanks go out to Tina from ARK who arranged Olivia's release, and to our ever faithful transporter, Tera, who went to pick up Olivia even though she had just been informed that her mother-in-law had passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Tera, on your loss.

Click to help Olivia via Paypal:


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 (Olivia)"


  • 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 ("Olivia") that you are donating for once you are logged into PayPal. Please note: If you use a credit card, Paypal will take a percentage of your donation and we will not receive the full amount.
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To all of Olivia's faithful & generous supporters, we are eternally grateful...

Olivia is now safe and sound at Crossroads, pending transport to Phoenix as soon as possible. According to Tera there were no issues with Olivia whatsoever -- no growling or trying to bite, nothing, even though she was obviously very scared. The difference in Olivia after leaving the shelter was amazing.

Olivia all loaded up and ready to leave the shelter

Arrival at Crossroads
Look at that happy face!!

UPDATE 9/8: Olivia is settling in slowly but surely. She is due to be spayed on Wednesday, 9/11, and will be brought to Phoenix in the next couple of weeks.

Adoption fee to be determined.

If you are interested in Olivia, 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 Olivia 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.