Kelsey Von aka Vonnie

I Like Kitties!I'm ShySPECIAL UPDATE!

Please read this heartwarming story about James and a homeless dog.

“It all started around Sept 8th, 2010 when I noticed this tan shepherd sitting in the same spot for the 2nd day in a row next to a busy street in a commercial area of Norwalk where I work. I got in touch with a vet hospital nearby to see if they could contact an animal control/rescue for that area. I didn’t see the dog for a couple of weeks so I assumed the dog was picked up. One night when I was returning from my route I noticed in my headlights a reflection of a dogs eyes sitting in the landscape of my work. After work I drove up to the dog and it was the same tan shepherd from a couple of weeks before!

I contacted after hours animal control and they said they made two attempts with numerous officers to capture the dog w/no success. That’s when I contacted the vet hospital again to get in touch w/animal rescue organizations. Andrea, a Vet Tech was very helpful and she put me in touch w/GSROC (German Shepherd Rescue of OC). After numerous calls to other rescue organizations, Debbie of GSROC responded to my call on Dec. 12th.

While discussing a plan with GSROC to try to capture the dog, I noticed she was getting thinner and thinner. The weather continued to get worse with big rain storms coming thru. I continued to feed the dog along with another anonymous person. The security guards would keep me posted on the dogs location around the outside of the large facility. The dog would disappear for days at a time & would come back to two different areas of the facility.

As time went on, we knew the dog wouldn’t trust anyone enough to be captured. The dog would hear my truck and come out to get the food I left but never close enough. We all knew it was getting more desperate so GSROC decided to hire All City Animal Trapping on December 21st. They came to the facility at Noon during the storm and set 2 live humane traps. That night after work I checked the trap and there was the tan shepherd. With the help of a kind homeless man who offered the only garbage bag he owned to cover the trapped dog, we were able to load the trap in my truck. Just in time because a huge rain storm was just starting! GSROC told me to transport the dog to the caring staff of Yorba Regional Animal Hospital and we arrived at 3 A.M. Thank you to Debbie and GSROC for all they do. It was the most rewarding Christmas I’ve had in recent memory! James”

The homeless dog turned out to be a very good natured but frightened female shepherd. She’s extremely thin but surprising in good shape considering the elements she endured during the hot, cold and rainy weather. She weighed 46 lbs. and even though she’s a petite girl, she needs to put on around 15 lbs. She has beautiful big amber eyes and shows no signs of being a fear bitter, she is just fearful. Once we were able to move her from the emergency hospital to our regular vet, she perked up and rode nicely in the car. James feels that she was probably dumped by a long haul driver and the reason why she stayed in the same location month after month. She was waiting for her owner to return.

We also learned that she probably had a litter of pups but then spayed. We think she was cared for at some point. Vet estimates her to be approximately 5 years old, beautiful white teeth and big ears.

GSROC would like to thank James for saving this wonderful dog he fondly calls Vonnie. James you never gave up on her and due to your compassion and determination , Vonnie is safe, warm and happy.

If you’re interested in adopting her, please go to our website at and fill out the on-line application. You can also contact

Kelsey Von aka Vonnie
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Adoption Application If you are interested in adopting one of our dogs, you may submit an application online or via fax. If you choose to send a fax, please download the Adoption Application here in PDF format; fill it out and sign it. You can fax it to us at 714-773-9430.

Home Visit Prior to any dog going home, we do require a home visit to ensure that your environment is safe and secure. Once your home has been approved, the adoption can move forward.

Adoption Donation In light of the rising vet care costs associated with Giardia tests and boarding at vets, we are raising our adoption donation for adult GSDs to $395.00 starting on July 1, 2021

The adoption donations for other dogs will remain the same — $475.00 for purebred puppies, $375 for mixed puppies. (On a case by case basis, e.g. senior for senior, we will place a senior for $275.00 with a senior.)

This donation is tax-deductible as allowed by law and helps to offset the costs that we have incurred for the dog’s care and housing during his or her stay with our group. The minimum adoption donation does not entirely cover the investments that we have made in the dogs, so if you are in a position to give more, we would be honored to receive your additional donation. All adoption donations go directly toward the needs of our dogs.

All dogs adopted through GSROC are spayed or neutered, current on their vaccines and de-wormed. Because the minimum Adoption Donation rarely covers the costs associated with each dog, we ask that adopters who are in a position to give additional funds do so at their discretion.