Sylvester's Haven

We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the well-being of German Shepherd Dogs. Our mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, train, re-home and provide sanctuary to German Shepherd Dogs in need of help. We are a no-kill organization.

Sylvester's Haven was born out of the desire to do better. Too many rescues won't rescue dogs with behavioral issues as they don't know how to deal with them. Too many rescue organizations still advocate that dogs showing aggression can't be changed and should be euthanized. Often times this is sold as the 'the most humane thing to do'.

Sylvester's Haven's founder, Ralf Weber, is a certified dog trainer and behaviorist and specialized in the rehabilitation of aggressive and fearful dogs. The rescue is named after his own, loyal German Shepherd, Sylvester. Ralf rescued Sylvester from a shelter, rehabilitated and trained him and eighteen months later Sylvester was certified by the AKC as a Canine Good Citizen. Sylvester's Haven is about what is possible; not was is fast and easy.

Presently Sylvester's Haven operates as a foster network and helping dogs is restricted by the number of available foster homes but things are changing. We are in the process of developing our own rescue facility with training and rehabilitation capabilities and once complete it will set a new standard in how dog rescues should operate. With a focus on the well-being of the dogs and what is in their best interest. Where decisions are made based on facts rather than opinions and personal preferences.

For our Donors: 501(c)(3) Determination Letter

Our Dogs

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  • Traveling with Your German Shepherd
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  • Max (adopted)

    This is Max he was adopted at 7 years old from a shelter (not us). He was healthy and happy. The adopters clearly...