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Our mission is to place rescued dogs into loving permanent homes, to educate the public about the breed, to promote responsible pet care and to provide advice and training tips to adopters of the breed. North American Dutch Shepherd Rescue is a foster based organization. We do not operate a shelter facility; all of our dogs live in a home environment until a permanent home is found. The temperament and behavior of each dog is carefully evaluated while they are in foster care so that we can match each dog with the home that is best suited to meet their unique needs. Our organization operates and functions through a group of dedicated volunteers spread throughout the US and are very limited in some areas but we try and do our best. Each individual has a unique personality and skill to help in the rescue of Dutch Shepherds.

NADSR Board of Director: CEO, Trudy Donais

Trudy brings her life-long love of dogs especially for the Dutch Shepherd, together with a 1991 diploma In Animal Science, 5 years Veterinary Assistant experience, a volunteer for the local Humane Society since 1997, and a 1999 graduate of the North State K~9 Academy where she completed a certification program under one of the United States best Training Directors, as a Master Canine Trainer in basic and advanced obedience, behavior modification, personal protection. She has owned/operated Weiss Hauzahn Canine Training since 1999. Trudy is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and is a volunteer trainer/foster for Friends of Animal Control. She and her DS, Nantan, have won several PSA competitions including those at the national level. Trudy is the first woman to ever become a PSA judge and she and Nantan are the first woman and DS team to ever compete at the PSA 3 level of competition.

NADSR Board of Director: Cheryl Kreinbring

Cheryl first became aware of the Dutch Shepherd in 2003 when her parents adopted a brindle-coated dog from a local shelter. Though this dog turned out not to be a Dutch Shepherd, this introduction to the breed and subsequent research prepared her well when, in 2006, she adopted Kaya through a local foster. Listed on Petfinder as having been bounced from breeder to family to shelter to foster, she was described as not having the work ethic desired by the breeder but as being an awesome, active companion. Shortly after bringing Kaya home, Cheryl found NADSR, where she is now active volunteering time for transport, home visits, attending local dog rescue events, designing educational materials, and managing items in the NADSR CafePress store. In 2008, she adopted Marley through NADSR, flying between Boston and San Francisco within 24 hours to bring him home. They enjoy frequent trips to Cape Cod where they visit with their DS pals, Skyla and Hanzee.

NADSR Board of Director: Traci Locke

Traci began her education and awareness of the Dutch Shepherd in 2006 as a protection sport spectator. She quickly gained experience and further insight while providing a temporary home for a female Dutch Shepherd between 2007 and 2009. While Traci also owned a Malinois/Dutch Shepherd cross breed and a Labrador, there was a distinct loss of spirit once the Dutch Shepherd was returned to its owner. She reached out to NADSR hoping to adopt a retired male, but quickly realized her passion was in fostering the dogs rather than in owning one. Traci signed up as a volunteer foster home in 2009 for NADSR and has since fostered many Dutch Shepherds for NADSR. Traci also operated a pet training and boarding business in her home for years, but has taken a break to care for her son. Her vast experience allows her to provide the Dutch Shepherd fosters with the right socialization, manners, and skill set needed for successful placement and transition into their new homes.


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