Monday, August 5, 2013


Ezra in the shelter
 What a difference a week makes!
The picture at the right is how Ezra looked last
week when he was in the shelter.
He was withdrawn, scared, depressed and he
stopped eating.

He has been in his foster home for just one week
but he is already eating better..... Foster Mom reports he ate 9 cups of food yesterday!
He still has a way to go but he is happy to receive
love and attention and enjoys having his ears rubbed.
As you can see from the pictures, he is getting along
well with the other Anatolians in his foster home.

The best news of all is that Ezra may have an adoption pending!  He just needs to get a little healthier
before we can send him on a transport.  Keep your paws crossed!

I received a lot of emails from people who were concerned about this big boy so I wanted to be sure to post an update so everyone can see how well he is doing.

Thanks for caring about him!
Ezra (r) in his foster home

Jesse, Hannah, Ezra and Orly (l-r)

Friday, August 2, 2013


Barris is a 2 1/2 yo neutered male Anatolian Shepherd Dog.  He was recently pulled from death row in a shelter.  He is friendly and laid back.  He is in urgent need of a foster home.
Please email us if you are interested in possibly helping this big sweetheart.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Remembering those we have lost this year......
"Heaven goes by favor.
 If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in" (Mark Twain)  



"RENA and BOZ"














Friday, July 5, 2013

Update on Bear!"

Back in January of this year, Bear's (formerly known as Bailee) owner left Georgia to pursue a new job and Bear found himself without a home.  Luckily for him, a friend of the owner contacted us, asking for help, and we set about searching for a new home.

Bear didn't have to wait long, though, before he soon found himself on the road heading to his new home in the Toronto Canada area.

It's been about 5 months since Bear has been in his new home and I wanted to share his update with you.  We can never get enough good news and "Happy Tails".  Hope you enjoy the update as much as I did.

Hello Everyone at NASRN and on the Bear Transport Team,

We just finished our Canada Day celebrations, and I know you are all preparing for your 4th of July celebrations, so I thought it an opportune time to send a few photos and let you know that Bear is doing just great!. We couldn’t be happier, and I think he’d say the same.

At his last routine visit to the Vet in late April/early May, everything checked out, and he was pronounced in excellent health. The Vet couldn’t stop smiling as he’s such an engaging character. He weighed in at 110 lbs., a little lighter than when he left GA, but she thought that was just a symptom of his youth, and the amount of exercise he’d been getting, particularly in this very long and cold winter/spring we experienced here. As the weather has warmed up recently he’s been a little less active (but only a little!) and I’d guess he’s easily back to his initial weight (if not higher) now, so don’t worry Jenny!

When he first arrived he was quite the digger and chewer (only outside). Of my  15 garden lights he chewed up 14 of them, and there were several large holes along the fence line where he liked to get comfortable. We have since allowed him to make a permanent “den” in a small space between the railing of our deck and the fence. It’s cool, and gives him a good vantage point to observe things, and it seems to have completely satisfied him.  I have to add a bag of fresh dirt periodically as he tends to rearrange it in all directions when he “makes his bed”, but it’s small price to pay. I’ve also replaced all the lights and he hasn’t touched them, nor has he chewed the railings and posts since the early days here.

He really does have the most delightful personality, or should I say personalities! With us, our friends and family etc., and with some of his playmates at the dog park, he’s just a big, loveable, goofy, playful guy who we affectionately refer to as “George”. When he’s on duty though, he’s all Anatolian and lives up to his name, Bear. He’s alert to any activity around the house and yard, loudly warns us, and loves to be told “good boy” for doing his job. His Bear side also manifests itself if he’s ever challenged by another dog, especially if it’s not neutered. That is the only thing we have to be watchful for, as he doesn’t hesitate to go from 0 to 100 in a heartbeat (as you clearly advised, Jeff). Other than that, and his penchant for bolting after every squirrel, rabbit, or other critter that catches his eye, even when on leash, he’s just an absolute gem! It’s impossible for us to look at him and it not put a smile on our faces.

I could go on and on about how we feel about him, but suffice to say there isn’t a day that passes without one of us looking at him and then remarking to the other “ I just love this dog”.  So again, thanks to all of you for helping to make this possible for all of us.

I’ve attached a few photos taken over the last few months; a very recent one in his den, and another peeking out from it; his first bath a few months ago; me in the Spring giving him a giant bone called Goliath; and a couple from a month or so ago with my sister’s Boxer (who knocked Bear into the pool twice!).

I’ll drop in again at some future date, but till then I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday. Happy 4th of July to you all!!!

Stephen and Barbara

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


Meet Miss Paris!  She is a pure bred, spayed, one- year- old female Anatolian Shepherd Dog.  Estimated DOB: 5/15/12.

Paris was turned into the shelter due to "landlord issues" and narrowly escaped being euthanized since she was an owner surrender.  Shelters are not obligated to hold owner surrenders so they are usually the first to be put down when they need to make space.

Paris is good with other dogs but has not been tested with cats.
She loves to romp and play with the male dogs in her foster home and should get along alright with a non-alpha female.
Paris is a young girl and has lots of energy so she would love to have another large sized dog to play with.
She has seen the cat in her foster home and has had
no reaction but she has not been in direct contact.


Paris is housebroken, crate trained, walks well on lead.  She is spayed and current on shots.  One of her hips is a bit off but we have had the xray evaluated by a vet and she said no surgery is necessary.  She will always need to stay on the slim side, however, and whoever adopts her will need to keep her on supplements.
She flies like the wind, though, and does not seem to be in any pain whatsoever.  This girl is a big puppy who's motto seems to be "Girls Just Want to Have Fun."  =D

EMAIL US for more info on Paris ASDRESCUE@GMAIL.COM


Thursday, June 6, 2013


Bonnie was purchased to be a livestock guardian dog but she is more interested in being with people than being with goats.  Because of this, her owner no longer wants her.
We are in immediate need of a foster or adoptive home for Bonnie.

She is good with other dogs, cats, goats and children.  Bonnie is a really sweet girl.  Her only fault is she loves being with people.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Gus' owner dumped him at the shelter for a very good reason...... he is too big.
Gus made the terrible mistake of letting himself grown into a 97 pound puppy.  We know it was wrong of him and he is very sorry.  But the damage is done.  He is already big and he can't change that now.
So Gus is looking for an owner that loves him for who he is and is ok with him being a large sized dog.

Gus is a really sweet boy.  He played well with the small terrier in his previous home.  He is housebroken and knows basic commands.
We are in immediate need of a foster or adoptive home.

Monday, June 3, 2013



Meet Maggie.  Her owner moved and gave her away to a "friend."  This "friend" has not dumped poor Maggie at a shelter and she is in need of either a foster or adoptive home ASAP.

We have no foster homes open!   Miss Maggie could really use a friend right now, as all of the humans in her life thus far have failed her.  Through no fault of her own.

Some information on Pretty Miss Maggie:

Maggie is a 4 yo pure bred spayed female Anatolian Shepherd Dog.
Maggie is friendly with adults but she has not been evaluated with children.
She has impeccable house manners, walks well on leash and knows basic commands. 
Maggie is very laid back and mellow at home and prefers to spend most of her time snoozing with one eye open while she watches the world go by. 
She is an excellent companion and guardian and will alert you to anyone around the property or house.

Maggie prefers to be the only dog in the house and also prefers a feline free home.  
She is in need of either a foster or adoptive home ASAP
PLEASE NOTE: We will always do our best to help with transport within 1,000 miles.

For more info please email us:

Monday, May 27, 2013



Tuesday, May 21, 2013


The bonded female pair is approx. 3 years old
Sweet, friendly and have not shown dog-aggression at the shelter.
They are both large dogs, standing appx 28" at the shoulder and are Great Pyrenees mixes.
Oreo is HW positive but can be easily treated with slow kill method which is just the cost of a bottle of ivermectin ($40).



Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sweet Miss Lilly
Please Submit your Pictures for the NASRN 2014 Calendar

Its that time of year again where we start asking you to get your cameras out and start snapping pictures of your Anatolian for the 2014 NASRN Calendar.
The pictures just keep getting better each year and we are really looking forward to what this next year will bring.   Information on rules and guidelines for submissions are listed below.  If you have any questions just drop us an email

Our calendar is one of our biggest fundraisers each year and we rely on all of you to help us to make this year even better than last year!!

 This year the deadline for submitting pictures is AUGUST 15th.
When taking pictures be sure to have your camera set to high resolution and make sure you send the picture in the largest file possible.  So many great pictures are excluded because they are not in a large enough file.  Pictures in small files will not print well and will be blurry and fuzzy.
So please be sure to send in LARGE file and do not crop or re size.

Please email all pictures to Carleen at   
Be sure to include your dog's name when you send in your pictures!!

We're always looking for:
  • Working dog pictures
  • Holiday pictures
  • Up close face/head shots...we love it when your dog is looking us straight in the eye!
  • Nature/outdoor pictures

  • Pictures with humans....this is a dog calendar =D
  • Yellow "flash" eyes.  Try to take your pictures flash free!!
  • Cluttered don't want to see dirty clothes, dishes, garbage, etc in the background
  • Out of focus photos
  • Costumes
  • Low resolution/small file.   Minimum requirement is 1200 x 1600
Pictures are chosen for
  • clarity
  • centering
  • pose
  • size for reproducibility/printing

Ive copied/pasted an article below with tips on taking great pictures of your pets.
  • Get your pet to look at the camera, preferably at eye level.
  • Try to shoot in natural light instead of relying on your flash.
  • Avoid heavily cluttered backgrounds; you want the focus to be your pet.
  • Beware of shooting in direct sunlight as it increases shadows.
  • If your pet is dark colored, take the photo in front of a lighter background.
  • If your pet is light colored, take the photo in front of a darker background.
  • You can better your chances of capturing a calendar spot if you take photos of your pet that represent different seasons.
Sam and Lilly

TIP #1:  Be flash free
Turn off the flash on your camera.  You don't need it and it flat-out ruins an image.  Freeing yourself from on-camera flash photography is the best thing you can do to create better images.  How, you ask, does a person capture their dog in a dark living room at night?  The simple answer is:  do not take pictures of your do in a dark living room at night.
We're talking about pictures you actually want to display, email to friends or enter in a calendar contest.
Wait for daylight and go outside where flash isn't needed anyway.  When you head outside, look for open shade.  A great spot is under a tree with just a bit of reflected light coming in an an angle.  Direct sunlight causes animals to squint, in addition to washing out their beautiful fur color.  Early morning hours or sunset are great times for pet portraits in beautiful light.
TIP # 2:  Turn to Treats
If your pet is treat motivated, picture taking time is perfect for bringing out favorite treats.  It's best to have a helper who can hold the treat above your pet's nose and drop it to the floor right before you snap the shutter--this will help ensure your pet is looking directly toward the camera when the picture is being taken.  A favorite squeaky toy can also do the trick for getting that "tilted head" that is so cute.
If you're looking for action shots. a tennis ball is a terrific prop.  Have your "assistant" throw the ball directly in front of your camera a few feet then get ready and get low.  As our pet comes rushing toward you, snap the shutter  making sure your camera is on a high shutter speed to freeze the action.
Most cameras have a "Shutter Priority" mode meaning you can set the shutter speed manually and the camera will adjust the f-stop.  On many cameras it is represented by a "T" on the mode dial.  I like 1/1500 of a second or higher when capturing action.
TIP #3:  Look Toward The Light
If you have your heart set on taking your pet's picture inside, choose a north facing window.  Window light is the best for capturing animals and people during daylight hours.  Make sure your flash is off.  Have your pet sit as close to the window as possible.  Sometimes moving their doggy bed to that spot will help.  Play the "treat game" and I think you'll be pleased with the images you take with just the available light.

For outdoor pictures the best lighting is in the morning and in the evening when the sun is lower in the sky.
Please send all submissions to Carleen:

Wednesday, May 8, 2013



 February, 2012:
Harry and Morry's former family moved and decided to take both boys to the shelter and abandon them.

Owner surrenders are the first to be killed at the shelter.  The shelter has no legal obligation to hold them and they need to make space to hold the strays, which they are legally bound to hold for a certain time frame to allow owners to reclaim them.

The boys were slated to be killed but we had no open foster homes so they were sent to a boarding kennel.  


Harry is a very handsome, outgoing and friendly boy.  He is a happy, playful and good natured pup who is good with other dogs and friendly with people.


He is more reserved than Harry but is a super sweet boy once he gets to know you a little.
He's a young pup, just barely a year old.

For more information on how you can help Harry and/or Morry, please email Janna:

Visit our website for information on adoption:

If you want to fill out an application, just send a blank email to 
and a form will automatically be sent to you.