Val’s Pals German Shepherd & Large Paw Rescue


We are a 501c3 Non-Profit organization working as a team consisting of volunteers who share a passion for saving the lives of homeless, unwanted, neglected and abused dogs. Our main focus is on Seniors, Medical Cases and Abused German Shepherds. We also handle other Large and Mix Breeds, those with medical issues and some often deemed “hard to adopt.” We work tirelessly to get the necessary medical treatments and rehabilitation these dogs need to where they are adoptable. We maintain a very thorough adoption process including reference checks and home visits to ensure each of our dogs are placed with the right family.

Recent Rescues

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but in the case of Hansel, that number seems small. The before and after photographs of Hansel tell a story of unspeakable cruelty but also immeasurable hope. Our rescue is inundated daily with requests to help dogs in need. These cases range in severity, but…
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Voyage Houston Interview

Voyage Houston did an interview with Vals Pals president Mike Hermon. You can see it online here

CJ – Sometimes you can’t say no

The work we do at Val’s Pals is rewarding but rarely easy. Our mission of caring for dogs in the most dire situations means we often see the worst cases of suffering and cruelty. Despite all the dogs we’ve treated, every now and then we come upon a circumstance of abuse so egregious that even…
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Recent News

Val's Pals GSD and Large Paw Rescue
Val's Pals GSD and Large Paw Rescue7 months ago
Sharing in hopes to find a foster or rescue for this pup. He was found by friends of Vals Pals alumni CJ. Please share.

Found in the Heights area

"This baby walked up to our friends house. No collar no tags and just found out no chip. Know of anyone who can foster. They are going to still attempt to find the owner in the neighborhood they just don’t have room for him or a kennel his size"

Comment or message and we can provide contact info if interested.
Val's Pals GSD and Large Paw Rescue
Val's Pals GSD and Large Paw Rescue1 year ago
As a community of rescuers supporting the greater Houston area, we see abuse, neglect and outright cruelty to animals every day. We often find ourselves wondering if our efforts are making a difference. We see so many cruelty cases. Often the perpetrator is not brought to justice, but sometimes they are. It's these cases that bring hope that the world is changing. We are witnessing more and more cases for cruelty or neglect being prosecuted.

The story of a dog named "Republic" is one such case. Republic was a starving and gravely ill dog whose owner, Donna E. Hubbard, tried to dump on the side of the road. Concerned citizens saw the crime, confronted Hubbard, and begged her to take Republic to a shelter. They also filmed the entire interaction. On the video, Hubbard begrudgingly agrees, tosses Republic's lifeless body into the back of her truck, and claims she will follow the distressed couple to the shelter.

While in route, Hubbard stops following the witnesses and finds another place to dump the dog. Realizing they are the dog's only hope, the couple then utilized the power of social media to reach out to the hundreds of rescue groups in Houston. Chip N Snip rushed to action and immediately set out to search for the dog. Fortunately, Chip N Snip was able to locate Republic and get her to a veterinary emergency center. After two full weeks in ICU, Republic recovered, but her story was only beginning.

The video presented law enforcement officers with enough information to investigate and present an animal cruelty case. Once the police were involved, they were able to uncover more information about Republic's owner as well. After the case was presented to the Harris County DA's office, they filed formal charges, and Hubbard was arrested.

It seemed as though Republic's owner would be held accountable for her crimes. Deborah Wrigley of ABC 13 was in the courtroom for the Probable Cause hearing. Following the reading of the charges against Donna E Hubbard, the judge says very clearly "Sounds like overkill to me."

"Overkill" is how the judge, Ronald C Nicolas, sees the charges. "Overkill" is the word he used to describe justice against a heinous case of animal cruelty. With a single word, Nicolas impeded the mission of the rescue world to end animal cruelty.

As we fight to better the lives of companion animals through better laws and continued efforts to rescue those in needs, it's important we have elected officials in place who share our compassion for these animals. It's equally important we have judges in place who will uphold the laws, regardless of their personal feelings. We cannot afford judges who view charges of animal cruelty as "overkill." The only "overkill" is allowing this to continue.

Republic's story is proof that sometimes speaking up is not enough. Sometimes we have to speak loudly. Ronald C Nicolas is an appointed judge. As a rescue community, we need to rise up as a single loud voice and declare these cases are not overkill. The Harris County District Attorney is willing to prosecute, so now we need make sure elected officials understand how strongly animal welfare will affect our voting choices. These cases are important not only to us but to the world as a whole. The inhumane treatment of animals reverberates through all of society. Holding people accountable for cruelty or neglect is crucial. We will no longer sit quietly and hope that justice will be served. We will demand it, and we will not stop fighting until we see change.

If you're asking what more you can do. #Speakup.
Report cases of suspected cruelty:

Speak to your elected officials, call them, emailing them, get out and meet them, let them know how important animal welfare is to you. Each of us has a chance to speak up and be a voice for those who have none.

Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) is a great resource for knowing what new laws are being pushed. They also provide scorecards of animal voting records during election season. Join their volunteer network.

In order to effect change, it requires us to be active. Republic and every other dog who suffers are worth it.
Val's Pals GSD and Large Paw Rescue
Val's Pals GSD and Large Paw Rescue1 year ago
Rescuing is difficult on the mind and soul. Our group was founded with a purpose and mission in mind, both we held to and took on some of the most difficult cases. We focused on those least likely to be adopted from a shelter and those whose medical needs exceeded the capacity of shelters.

Each dog we took on, found wide-ranging support from you, the public. It was through that support that we managed to keep going, keeping working to save the next one.

Behind the scenes, it weighs on each person differently, with the culmination the same.

We decided a few months ago to suspend operations, place all remaining dogs and take a break. Those of us involved in the day to day from the beginning needed a break from all the heartbreak and suffering.

As part of that, we are no longer accepting donations from Amazon Smile or other donation sources. It's not right for us to continue accepting donations when no new dogs are coming in. There are other groups like Chip N Snip, Grace Mercy Love German Shepherd Rescue, Shenandoah Shepherd Rescue , Sav-A-Pet Houston, Greater Houston German Shepherd Dog Rescue and Sauver Des Chiens who are having a huge impact on those in need.

Thank you for always supporting what we do and try to do. If you supported us, please give one or all of these groups a follow and your support.
Val's Pals GSD and Large Paw Rescue
Val's Pals GSD and Large Paw Rescue2 years ago
Harvey is available for adoption!! He's a sweet and very calm boy; he gets along well with everyone: kids, cats, dogs, and livestock.

If you're interested in adopting Harvey please apply using the link below!
Val's Pals GSD and Large Paw Rescue
Val's Pals GSD and Large Paw Rescue2 years ago
Who's looking forward to the weekend?? Waldon sure is!!
Waldon has gone from a feral dog to a happy, cuddly boy!! He is available for adoption!! Apply today!!