Coastal German Shepherd Rescue in Need of Medical Donations for Derk the “Seeing Eye” Dog
04:16 PM, Monday, July 18
Coastal German Shepherd Rescue, an San Diego County nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue and placement of abandoned German Shepherds, is coordinating medical care for an 18-month-old winter white German Shepherd. Named Derk by his rescuers, the dog was saved by Coastal from a high-kill shelter, where he had served as a “seeing eye dog” for his kennel companion, a blind female German Shepherd named Alice. Soon after Coastal took custody of Derk, he was diagnosed with elbow dysplasia, a painful condition characterized by varying degrees of elbow incongruity, bony fragments (bone chips), and ultimately, severe arthritic change. Hoping to give Derk a second chance at a quality life, Coastal German Shepherd Rescue is coordinating a donation drive to raise funds for his medical care.

“After we took Derk in, it soon became obvious there was something wrong,” said Theresa Baltao, co-founder, Coastal German Shepherd Rescue. “He began to limp and cry. A visit to the vet revealed that during the growing process, part of Derk’s bone has broken off and is floating, separated from the rest of the bone. The only treatment that will enable Derk to make a full recovery is surgery. Without it, the best he can hope for is to have some moments free of pain to do what he loves most - make people laugh. We hope we can help treat his condition and provide him with the quality of life that he deserves.”

Derk is currently residing in a foster home in Carlsbad, but can be seen on Saturdays during Coastal’s adoption events at PetSmart in Encinitas. His surgery is estimated to cost $2500. If you are interested in making a donation toward Derk’s care, tax-deductible donations can be made online at Coastal relies entirely on charitable donations and the support of the community to fund medical care for the dogs it rescues. Derk will need a new foster home after surgery. If you are interested in providing a foster home or submitting an adoption application, please call (858) 779-9149 or e-mail Teresa Baltao at Coastal’s taxpayer ID is EIN 77-0645853.

About Coastal German Shepherd Rescue

Founded in 2004, Coastal German Shepherd Rescue is a Southern California nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing new beginnings for homeless German Shepherds who have been abandoned, neglected, abused, relinquished by their owners or just left at local shelters to await an uncertain future. Since its inception, the organization has placed over 1,000 dogs into permanent loving homes, while providing boarding, veterinary services and basic needs to dogs in its care. Coastal GSR is an all-volunteer nonprofit funded entirely by private donations and adoption fees. Coastal was formed to serve communities in the counties of San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. For more information, please visit

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