Kendra Baker photosIn an effort to help save hundreds from high-kill shelters, abuse, neglect, and abandonment, Wilton resident Eleanor Sasso helps Passion Works Rescue, a Connecticut-based organization, train and find forever homes for German shepherd rescue dogs. Sasso, along with her 5-year-old German shepherd, Largo, Passion Works founder Tina Zinn and her sister Sonya Zinn, were outside Village Market on March 30, talking to people about the dogs. With the group were two adoptable German shepherds \u2014 a black 6-month-old named Pride, who Sasso said is \u201csweet and happy\u201d and gets along with other dogs, and a \u201csweet and gentle\u201d 2-year-old, long-haired shepherd named Kingsley. Passion Works process Sasso said Passion Works has \u201ca very unique\u201d rescue and adoption operation. \u201cI don\u2019t know anybody else who does this on the East Coast, but we have five or six people really looking out for what a family\u2019s specific needs and wants are in a dog,\u201d she said. Passion Works takes a number of factors into consideration when placing a rescue dog with a family, said Sasso, including \u2014\u00a0but not limited to \u2014 the ages and behavior of children and pets in a household. \u201cI look around for adoptive families, and Tina actually is the rescuer. She has people that we call \u2018pullers\u2019 and \u2018fosters\u2019 in California, which is where the dogs primarily come from,\u201d said Sasso. \u201cWe go to high-kill shelters and after we find out what a bunch of our families are looking for \u2014\u00a0color, age, gender\u00a0\u2014\u00a0we go and specifically look for a perfect fit for them.\u201d When a match is found, Sasso said, a puller will take the dog from the high-kill shelter and give it to a foster in California who spends two weeks figuring out the dog\u2019s temperament. The dog is then flown to Connecticut and Tina fosters and vets the dog for another week or two before introducing it to interested families. Sasso said \u201ca lot of Wilton families\u201d have adopted German shepherds. German shepherds Sasso said she trains and takes care of all dog breeds, but German shepherds are her favorite. \u201cThey\u2019re one of the smartest dogs around and they could be taught to do anything.\u201d They are good family dogs but they need proper socialization and training. \u201cThey need a challenge, they need a leader,\u201d she said, \u201cand they need to be acclimated and socialized from as early an age as possible to as many people as possible.\u201d Not only will German shepherds protect the family, said Sasso, but they\u2019re also \u201cfabulous with children.\u201d \u201cAs rough and tough as they look, when they get with a child, they just know and become so tender and gentle,\u201d she said. To learn more about Passion Works, email passionworksGSD@gmail.com or call 203-830-9774.