Wednesday, March 28, 2012




Indy is a 1 year old male Anatolian Shepherd Dog who was turned into the shelter
by his 80 year old owner.  
Although he is a very nice boy he is too big for the elderly woman to care for on her own.
Indy is good with other dogs, cats and children.
He is housebroken and friendly.

He is currently in southern Indiana and we are in urgent need
of a foster or adoptive home

We will always do our best to help with transport within appx 1000 miles!
For more info please email Carleen

4/12/12 UPDATE:

First of all, we want to say that we are extremely thankful for the outpouring of care and concern for Miss Raine.  Thanks to the kindness and generosity of so many people, Raine is going to be able to have the necessary surgery so she will hopefully be able to live a normal life and not be in constant pain.

Today is a big day for Raine.  She travels to the specialist in Jacksonville FL for her consult.  She will spend the night and then have her surgery tomorrow.  If all goes well, Miss Raine will head back to Georgia on Saturday.

I will be sure to post updates as I receive news on how Raine is doing.  Thanks again for caring about this girl.
Please keep her in mind send "paws-itive" thoughts her way!

Meet Raine. She is a 4 year old Anatolian Shepherd Dog and this is her story.

Last December Raine's owner bought a gun and, on Christmas Eve, she shot and killed her husband while he laid sleeping on the couch.
She then called the police to turn herself in. In the 911 recording you can hear Raine barking in the background, obviously distraught.
Soon Raine's owner would be in jail and Raine would also find herself incarcerated.

No one knows for sure how it happened or when it happened but Raine ended up with a broken wrist.

Perhaps it happened while she was struggling while on the "catch pole" or perhaps it happened when she was being loaded or unloaded out of the truck. No one knows for sure how it happened but what we do know is that Raine went for almost two weeks with no medical attention for her broken wrist.

When Raine reached her adoptive home her new owner immediately took her to the vet for xrays. The vet informed her that Raine's wrist was broken and all the ligaments were severed or detached from the wrist bone due to a traumatic injury.

She wore a brace for awhile but it did not help her injury heal and instead rubbed a large and painful sore at the injury site.
At this point, she is still in a great deal of pain and is not able to walk without having her wrist buckle under her. After much discussion and looking into several treatment options, her vet feels surgery is the only real treatment that will allow Raine to walk normally and not be in constant pain.

The surgery is called arthrodesis. It is to fuse the joints in her wrist so that there is no flexibility in the joint. They also put in a bone plate for extra support while the body generates scar tissue around the damaged area.

Recovery time from the surgery is approximately 8 weeks. The bone plate is often removed after 1 - 2 years. She will always have a limp but the wrist won't continue to collapse & the pain will be greatly relieved. It should also straighten out her foot so that she can once again walk on the paw pads as opposed to the inside edge of her foot.

We are trying to raise $3000 so Raine can have this surgery and start to heal from this horrific ordeal. She still has a lot of fear and is terrified of almost everyone other than her new owner. This has been a very traumatic experience for Raine but hopefully, once her physical pain is lessened, she can start to settle into her new home and put this all behind her.

Please help us to help Raine. NASRN is a registered 501(c)3 non profit organization with no paid administration. 100% of your tax deductible donation will go directly to helping pay for Raine's surgery.

For more information on Raine and our fundraiser please email Carleen NASRN@NASRN.COM

If you'd like to donate to help us pay for Raine's surgery please visit our "Chip In" page


If you would prefer to mail a check instead of donating online please make the check payable to "NASRN"


PO Box 13667

Mesa AZ  85216

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


Drew is a young neutered male Anatolian Shepherd Dog cross.
He is appx 1 to 2 years old, is still very playful and puppyish
and is a very skinny 87 pounds right now.
He could easily stand to gain 20 lbs.
He seems to be good with other dogs  and is friendly with people.
He will do best in a home with another dog to play with or active owners.

For more info on Drew please contact Hether



"Spring" is male, he is the biggest and most outgoing of the three pups.
He needs to be the only male in the home.
"Summer" is a female
"Autumn" is a female
They will both do best in homes with no other female dogs.

These pups recently came into foster care and are starting to be more comfortable
with being handled by people.  Their original owner did not socialize them much
but they are very young and are making great progress.

For more info please email Carleen



Monday, March 12, 2012



NASRN is sending out a plea for foster homes!!   The most desperate dogs right now are in the Dallas Fort Worth TX area but if you live within appx 1000 miles of these dogs or any dogs, anywhere, we will always do our best to help with transport.

  We are currently paying to board nine dogs in this area right now.  The kennel is full for the next couple of weeks due to spring break so we are hoping there won't be any dogs on death row in a shelter because, quite frankly, we would have nowhere to send them.

We have absolutely "no" foster homes in the state of Texas.  None.  Zip. Nada.  
Considering most of our rescue dogs come from Texas, this is not a good thing!!
The only way we are able to save dogs in Texas is by paying to board them.  Unfortunately, adoptions are way down so some of them have been in boarding for months and months.
For example, Trapper, pictured above, has been in the boarding kennel since October!

We are desperate, people.  We can only board so many dogs and we're just about at that saturation point right now.

Many people ask what is involved in fostering so here are a few of the most common FAQ:

How does fostering work? 
Fostering is just like adopting, only its short term.  We ask the foster parents to treat their foster dog as if it were their own.  Lot's of TLC, of course, and if the dog is lacking in skills such as basic commands or walking on leash, and you are able to help teach these things, it will help boost the dog's "adopt-ability factor".

Does the foster parent have to help find a home for the dog?
No.  We will do that but if you want to post adopt-me fliers at your local Petsmart, Petco, vet, etc, we will help you do that.  But the foster parent is not responsible for finding a home for their foster dog.
When we have an application for the foster dog we will contact the foster parent and ask if they think it might be a good match.  Since the foster parent knows the dog first hand, we always want to know what they think.

How do I become a foster parent?
Applying to foster is the same as applying to adopt.  The first thing would be to fill out an application.  You can have an application automatically sent to you if you send a blank email to:

From there you will work with one of our Rescue Coordinators to find a dog that is a good match for you and is within transport distance.  Even if there isn't a dog near you right now, you can always apply and do the paperwork so when there "is" a dog nearby, you will be all set to foster!

Who pays the bills?   
NASRN covers all vet bills providing the foster parent notifies us ahead of time.  Most foster families pay for dog food but if need be we can help with that too.

What if the foster wants to adopt the dog?  
That happens a lot, actually, which is good and bad.  Its good because Doggy has a loving home but its bad because then we usually lose a foster home.   We usually give the foster parents first choice to adopt if they choose to do so.

Please help us spread the word!  Cross posting is appreciated!  We are in desperate need of help.
For more information on fostering or adopting please email Carleen at

The following dogs are all in need of foster homes.  They are all in boarding kennels.  Even though they are not facing euthanasia, they are still sitting alone, day after day, month after month, in a small, lonely concrete room.  All of them are in Texas with the exception of Sara, she is in Georgia.

Click on their names for more info and pics

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Its that time again where we are getting ready for our booth at the annual Phoenix Pet Expo.  We are in need of Anatolian owners who are able to bring their Anatolians to hang out at our booth for "meet and greet".   We usually try to have several dogs available and rotate "shifts" so no one has to commit to being there for a great length of time.

If you are interested in coming out or would like more info please email me at

This is always a really fun event and it gives the public a chance to meet these great dogs up close and personal!
More information is included below:

Phoenix Pet Expo 2012 is coming soon!

WHERE:  University of Phoenix Stadium

WHEN:  Saturday April 28 from 10 am to 6 pm

Shop * Learn * Play * Adopt
Tons of Exhibitors

Fabulous Prize Giveaways & Fun for both the Two-Legged AND Four-Legged

Adopt! Dozens of Rescue Groups and a Mega-Adoption Event

Discounted Vaccinations, Microchipping and Heartworm & Flea Preventatives

Free Nail Trims


Live Entertainment, Obedience Demonstrations, Author Readings/Book Signings

The Latest & Greatest Pet Products

Learn About Pet Care, Volunteerism, Grooming, Pet Behavior & Training, Traveling with your Pet,  How YOU Can Make a Difference, Different Types of Pets/Breeds, Veterinarian FAQ, Fun Activities for You & Your Pet

Saturday, March 10, 2012

 Elvis Goes To School!

Back in 2008 "Elvis", an Anatolian Shepherd Dog,
 was adopted by Jim Hart and his family in Rockford IL.
He is a super friendly boy and a wonderful "Goodwill Ambassador" 
for the breed.

Last week Elvis had the opportunity to go to school and visit some grade school children
who were learning about dogs and cats.

The kids were able to interact with Elvis and he got lots of hugs and petting.
Jim talked with the kids about Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, 
where they are from and what kinds of jobs they have.

 Jim and Elvis also took this opportunity to talk to the kids
about responsible pet ownership and how dogs end up homeless 
and in shelters.

After a Q & A the kids all had the chance to give Elvis a hug
and thank him for visiting them.

The visit was a big hit, of course.  
Who can resist a big ole' gentle giant named Elvis?
Great job, Jim and Elvis.  Its never too early to learn 
how to be a responsible pet owner and how rewarding it can be
to adopt a homeless dog in need.



Sammy and his 3 companions were found wandering on their own, 
either abandoned or lost.  
The person who found them has posted fliers far and wide but no one 
seems to be looking for them.
Sammy's companions went to Pyrenees rescue but Sammy is still in need
of a foster home ASAP.

Sammy is a young adult male, appx 12 months old.  He is very sweet and friendly 
with people as you can see in his pictures.
He was very tolerant with the 3 younger dogs he was traveling with, 
allowing them to climb all over him, etc.

Sammy seems to be in pretty decent shape physically
and he really has a super temperament.

The kennel we usually use to board dogs is full for the next few weeks 
so we have nowhere to send him.

Please let us know if you might be able to foster Sammy!
We will always do our best to help with transport within
appx 1000 miles.

For more info please email Janna

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Memphis TN area
Cicci is a very sweet and pretty 2 year old female
Anatolian Shepherd Dog.
She will be moving to her foster home in Oklahoma soon.
Check back for updates on Miss Cicci!