Downeast Dog News

Rescue of the Month: Miracle German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Maine

Successfully Rescues, Fosters & Rehomes Shepherds
By Susan Spisak | Dec 01, 2017
Lester & Betty

When I rang up Tuesdi Woodworth, she wasn’t in her office--she’s the CFO for Front Street Shipyard in Belfast—instead, she was in route to a vet with an owner surrendered German Shepherd. She offered to call me back, and when she did, she told me all about her endeavor that she’s so passionate about, Miracle German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Maine and the road she traveled prior to initiating this 501(c) 3 foster-based non-profit in March of 2017.

She’s a lifelong fan of the breed, and when she lost her own Shepherd about five years ago, she searched the web for a new dog. Long story short, regional search efforts proved fruitless, but she found a Shepherd now named King in a Los Angeles shelter. With the help of a California rescue (and countless other hoops jumped through), he was transported to Maine to add joy to her life.

Navigating the world of Facebook, reading countless cross posts, and seeing the number of German Shepherds sitting in high-kill shelters in southern California got her thinking. Soon Woodworth and like-minded folks that she met on her adoption journey “started making a plan” and founded Miracle GSD Network in 2012.

This “informal” organization isn’t a rescue. Rather they navigate the “really complicated” California shelter system for their highly-scrutinized, approved rescues who want Shepherds for adopters in their own area. Miracle GSD Network coordinates efforts and counts on volunteers in rescues and shelters “on the ground” to pull these lucky dogs, assist with behavioral testing, get them fully-vetted and into a foster home, and arrange transport, and they the raise most of the funds to do it. Through their efforts, they’ve saved about 950 Shepherds from untimely deaths, and they’ve expanded their operations to save dogs from high-kill shelters in other states.

Woodworth knew Maine and the region needed a German Shepherd rescue, and with the timing finally right for her, Miracle German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Maine was born. And yes, they’re one of the selected rescues that is a proud partner of Miracle GSD Network--so many of their dogs come from those California high-kill shelters (or other states that they now serve). They also accept owner relinquished dogs as space permits. Each dog that comes into the program is carefully evaluated and then placed into foster care.

They’re choosy about who can adopt one of their dogs--Woodworth says this breed requires an owner who understands their disposition and traits. “They’re wonderful dogs,” she says, adding they’re great family dogs, incredibly intelligent, loyal, athletic, and very sensitive, but they can be high energy, may become bossy, and need lots of exercise.

Interested in adopting a dog from Miracle German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Maine? Fill out an app, expect a vet check, phone interview, and home visit. Once you pass those steps, there will be meet and greets with dogs that best fit your lifestyle.

Visit for an application and info on volunteering and fostering. Donations are always welcome.