A German Shepherd dog rescue based in Newport Beach is in the running to win $5,000 to help save more at-risk dogs.
German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County is one of 25 organizations vying for the $5,000 prize in the Facebook Dirty Dogs Contest. Piper, a dog rescued by GSROC, is the online face of the non-profit group hoping to help win money for the orgnization that saved her from a public animal shelter.
"This money will help German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County care for more German Shepherds that have been abused or abandoned," Jennah Laranjo, the group's spokeswoman, told Patch. "It will help pay their medical bills to get them rehabilitated and trained."
Piper was rescued by GSROC in September and suffered from pneumonia and a serious skin infection that caused her paws to swell to three times their normal size and required her to be hospitalized for 30 days. Had it not been for the intervention of GSROC, Piper would have died in the animal shelter, Laranjo said.
The family that fostered Piper has made her a permanent part of their family and entered the Facebook contest to hopefully make it possible for GSROC to save more dogs like Piper.
To help GSROC secure the $5,000, log onto dirtydogscontest.com and vote for Piper via Facebook daily through Friday.