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

Successfully Rescues & Rehomes Shepherds
By Susan Spisak | May 01, 2021
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“I work really hard with every individual to get the right dog for them,” said Tuesdi Woodworth, founder of the foster-based Miracle German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Maine, on matching each approved applicant with the pet best suited for them, their family, and their lifestyle. Part of that process is to thoroughly understand each dog’s personality traits, with the foster’s input, so she’s confident of her placements.

She initiated this 501(c)3 corporation in 2017 – she’s a longtime rescue advocate and lifelong lover of this breed. The nonprofit is based in the Midcoast/Belfast area, and takes in regional owner relinquishments as space permits. (She acknowledged it’s rare for a Shepherd to end up in a Maine shelter.) Most of her efforts focus on purebred Shepherds and mixes thereof from high-kill shelters in California. That said, she doesn’t turn her back on canines in need from other areas. She estimated that she rehomes approximately 20 to 40 rescues a year.

Woodworth, who has a busy career as CFO for Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, understood the importance of having essentials in place before going live. While she had experience helping other animal nonprofits, the first few things she did for her own initiative was to file the 501(c)3 and other necessary import paperwork, find a trainer, and secure competent foster homes.

Each dog that comes into the rescue is carefully evaluated, then placed into a foster home. “I have six to eight amazing fosters,” Woodworth shared. They’re key to molding the dogs into the best version of themselves. “A lot of these are backyard dogs,” she explained. “They’re not turnkey.” The fosters are involved in housebreaking, crate-training, and working on basic commands. While she’d love more fosters, they must live within 90 minutes of Belfast so she can be hands-on as needed. (If you’re interested, fill out an application at miraclegsdmaine.org/foster.)

Interested in adopting a dog from Miracle German Shepherd Dog Rescue of Maine? Know that Shepherds are incredibly intelligent, loyal, and can be sensitive and/or protective. (Woodworth stressed that these are not across-the-board traits, each dog is different.) The younger ones are high energy and require plenty of exercise and ongoing socialization. Visit miraclegsdmaine.org/. Fill out an app, expect a vet check, phone interview, and home visit before a meet and greet. (Pandemic protocols will be discussed when contacted.)

Woodworth’s thankful for her consistent volunteers and local supporters, from those who walk the boarded dogs (if the foster homes are full), to those who show up at events. She specifically mentioned being grateful for the rescue’s big backers, Lake St. George Brewing Company, Front Street Pub in Belfast, Tito’s Vodka, Max and Neo, the “amazing group” who donates collars and leashes, and to the individual who often donates necessary heartworm and flea/tick preventatives.

If you’d like to aid her efforts, monetary donations are welcome to cover the sizeable medical expenses, and high-quality bagged kibble is always needed. Besides new fosters, a volunteer website guru who can aid her in revamping the site would be greatly appreciated. Contact her at miraclegsdmaine@gmail.com.