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South West Florida German Shepherd Rescue

South West Florida German Shepherd Rescue:

Erik Hoffer | (941) 575-0243 |

Shelzsmide K9s works with a number of rescue groups in Southwest Florida. Over the years we have worked closely with South West Florida German Shepherd Rescue in helping to train some of their more challenging dogs for placement in a new home. If you’re considering adopting a GSD, we would love to introduce you to Erik Hoffer of South West Florida German Shepherd Rescue.

Erik has been running South West Florida German Shepherd Rescue for seven years. Prior to that, he has an additional 18 years involvement in dog rescue and training. Erik first got into rescuing dogs when he lived in New Jersey. He would use his own pets, a German Shepherd and a Golden Retriever, to do therapy visits at nursing homes and schools. His work didn’t go unnoticed and he was soon asked to help train shelter dogs. Erik fell in love with the German Shepherd breed and has made a commitment to do whatever he can to help the big, lovable creatures.

Erik pays for as much as he can out of the Hoffer Family Foundation, but also relies on the Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County to help with some expenses. The generosity of fellow pet lovers has helped him take care of and successfully adopt out 471 German Shepherds to date just in Florida and another 50 in New Jersey.

Erik is involved with a number of local organizations, including:

Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County
Peace River Dog Fanciers, Inc
The Back Pack Kidz
Harry Chapin Food Bank

How can we help?

Like many rescue organizations, Erik appreciates the generosity of fellow animal lovers. He is always willing to collect Martingale collars, leashes and Costco Salmon and Sweet Potatoes dog food. Other food brands are appreciated as well and help wean dogs off their current food to the Costco brand Erik feeds his rescue dogs.

If you would like to donate money, please send your check made payable to the ANIMAL WELFARE LEAGUE, 3519 Drance Street Port Charlotte FL 33980.

Please write in on the memo line: donation for German Shepherd Rescue so the funds can be correctly allocated.

Rescue Spotlight

german shepherd rescue jake
Jake, who is nine years old, needs a forever home. Jake will be one of the pets included in Pet Day this Saturday at Fifth Third Gateway Shoppes in Naples from 10 am to 1pm.

Click here to meet Jake

Click Here for info on Saturday’s event
(August 9th 2014)

2 replies
  1. Ireneo
    Ireneo says:

    I have watched your video when i was tanniirg my near one year ancient German Shepperd mix and she is doing fantastic. We just picked up a pit bull mix all white with blue eyes… low and behold our poor girl is deaf. We were wondering if you have any suggestions. She gos into feeding frenzy panic mode when we do treat tanniirg. Were also not sure how her sight is doing. We plot in taking her to a teacher but need a quick start for “no” and potty tanniirg… any thoughts will help.

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