Girl Scout Troop Lends Helping Hand To Orphaned German Shepherds

Shoe drive for the dogs

What do Girl Scouts, shoes and dogs have in common? A shoe drive for orphaned German shepherds! The German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County has just kicked off their annual shoe drive and the local Girl Scout Troop #2460, from Irvine, has partnered with the rescue agency with a goal of collecting 2500 pairs of shoes which will be recycled to earn funds for the dogs.

The girls in Troop #2460 are not only helping the dogs, but they are working towards earning their Girls Scout Silver Award, which is the highest award that a Girl Scout Cadette can earn.

So far, the Troop has gathered 1,000 pairs of shoes! In a press release, Amber Weiser, a GSROC volunteer, explained how the shoe drive works:

GSROC will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected. Those dollars are desperately needed to assist injured, abandoned and ill dogs that enter the rescue when they have nowhere else to go at their time of need. Anyone can help by donating gently worn, used and new shoes at multiple locations to be announced.

She added:

All donated shoes will then be redistributed throughout the Funds2Orgs network of micro-enterprise (small business) partners. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs in helping them create, maintain and grow small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunity and jobs are limited. Proceeds from the sales of the shoes collected in shoe drive fundraisers are used to feed, clothe and house their families. One budding entrepreneur in Haiti even earned enough to send to her son to law school.

Most, if not all, people have extra shoes sitting in their garage or closet (admit it, you know you do!) and those items can be used for a great cause if they are donated. Weiser explained:

We raise money for the dogs at GSROC and we have the chance to help families in developing nations who need economic opportunities. It’s a win-win for everyone. By donating gently worn, used and new shoes to The German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County, the shoes will be given a second chance and make a difference in people’s lives around the world.

How can you help the Girl Scouts and GSROC reach their goal? Go through your closet and find those unused (gently worn) shoes that are cluttering up your personal space. Individuals in the area can drop off shoes (by Sept. 26) at the following locations:

Paws Chateau
7680 Talbert Ave Suite I
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Messiah Lutheran Church
4861 Liverpool St
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Berkshire Hathaway
5500 East Santa Ana Canyon Rd #150
Anaheim, CA 92807

Imperial Highway Animal Clinic
17455 Imperial Highway
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Not in the area but still want to help? Simply fill up a box or bag and ship them to our logistics partner:

German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County​
C/O CE Logistics
1080 Woodcock Rd
Suite 151
Orlando, FL 32803

The German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County is a non-profit organization (20-3455479) focused on rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming dogs throughout Southern California. Each year, more than 300 dogs are rehomed through their efforts.

Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.


  1. Ray & Sam Turnbeau says:

    We just dropped off our first load (contributions from our neighbors) at the Messiah Lutheran Church location and we should be able to collect and supply another drop-off before the fundraiser ends.

  2. TERRY FURLONG says:

    STEP UP.

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