GSD 2000 was formed in October 1999 and gained registered charity status in January 2000, hence the name GSD 2000. Before then, the founding members of the Charity were volunteers for another West Country German Shepherd rescue but, unhappy with the way that rescue was run, felt they could do very much better on their own to help unwanted, abandoned or badly-treated Shepherds.
The early days were tough, with no money available other
than from those who had started the Charity. Our chief fundraiser was Kathy Moyse, whose foresight and
enthusiasm enabled us to have our own charity shop.
Despite misgivings on the part of some of the Trustees
about this, it quickly became apparent that the shop
would be a real success, and it wasn't long before Kathy
decided to give up her job so that she could concentrate
on doing what she liked best - working in the shop and promoting the Charity.
Kathy was the driving force of the Charity, not just in the
shop but also in her enthusiasm and love for the dogs.
It was a very sad day when she was diagnosed with
terminal cancer in January 2003. She died on New Year's Eve
the same year - she was just 57 years old, the youngest and
most energetic of us all. She never stopped working for the Charity in those last few months, making sure that what
she had set out to do would continue in safe hands
Max came from HM Prison at the age of 12 months when
he was considered "unfit for duty" after breaking a leg
whilst being exercised. He is seen here with Kathy at the
Holsworthy Vintage Rally in June 2003.
Kathy was always the leading light of GSD 2000, and we must ensure the flame is never allowed to fade.
In January 2006, long-time Member Steve Hamblyn became Chairman, with his wife Julie becoming a Trustee. They held these positions for over 10 years before they both felt it was time to step down and hand over to someone else.
Their commitment to the Charity, and what they have contributed has been invaluable. They have fostered countless dogs, some for just a day or two, but mostly they have cared for our long-term "problem" dogs. Some of these dogs stayed for months at a time, and it is because of their efforts that these dogs have been socialised and made well and truly fit to re-home. Their kindness and generosity has given these "problem" dogs a second chance they otherwise wouldn't have had.
The Charity has also benefited from the use of their land, where we have held nine of our annual dog shows - huge events involving an incredible amount of time and effort on their part - not to mention the Christmas and Easter Fairs they have hosted.
Steve and Julie officially stepped down at our AGM in August 2015, but continue to be Members and help out whenever they can. We can only say THANK YOU for all they have done.