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How to Adopt a Dog from GSRSV/Adoption
What's New on the GSRSV Website?
Dogs Available for Adoption through GSRSV
Dogs Available for Adoption from Other
Area Rescue Groups and Individuals
Dogs Available for Adoption through Owner Placement
How to Place a Dog through GSRSV
GSRSV Picture/Story Scrapbook
Is a German Shepherd the Right Breed for You?
Other German Shepherd Rescue Web Sites &
GSRSV's 2019 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2018 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2017 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2016 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2015 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2014 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2013 Rescue
GSRSV's 2012 Rescue
GSRSV's 2011 Rescue
GSRSV'S 2010 Rescue
GSRSV'S 2009 Rescue
GSRSV's 2008 Rescue
GSRSV's 2007 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2006 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2005 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2004 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2003 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2002 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2001 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2000 Rescue Record
German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley (GSRSV) is a tax-exempt
(501-c-3) charitable organization dedicated to finding good homes for
German Shepherds and German Shepherd mixes whose caregivers can no longer
keep them or which are confined in animal shelters and potentially facing
euthanasia. Established in 2001, GSRSV is operated primarily by one person, Brian Foran.
GSRSV houses some of its adoptable dogs at its 45-acre
"rescue ranch" in
Pleasant Grove, CA, which is also a sanctuary for "unadoptable" dogs as well
as Brian's home. GSRSV has a small but steady network of
foster caretakers who care
for rescued dogs in their homes until they are adopted.
HAIL MARY FOR "HARLOW", 10-YO FEMALE GSD W/ DEGENERATIVE MYELOPATHY (LIKELY)--SCHEDULED TO BE EUTHANIZED TOMORROW, THURSDAY, JULY 30.
|Is there ANYONE
out there willing to take on a sweet 10-yo female GSD (Harlow) who can
no longer walk under her own power but in the words of her caretaker, is
"still a happy dog that we believe still has some years left to live?"
Harlow's owner is a military service member who left earlier this year
to do a tour in Korea. A co-worker of Harlow's owner was looking after
her; however Harlow was neglected under his care and wasn't in the best
shape when a couple in Marysville took over as her caretakers.
The caretakers were planning to take care of Harlow until her owner
could arrange to have her shipped to Korea to be reunited with him.
However, earlier this year Harlow began losing strength in her rear legs
(likely due to degenerative myelopathy). The condition got severely
worse and she's now unable to use her back legs. She's also become
mostly incontinent--a classic symptom of degenerative myelopathy. With
Harlow's condition, her owner won't be able to provide the level of care
she'll need as he lives alone and is gone all day for work.
Harlow's owner has made the decision to have her euthanized. Harlow's
caretakers don't want to see her put down but didn't expect Harlow to be
in the condition she is and are unable to provide the care she needs.
They plan to bring her in to
a vet TOMORROW, THURSDAY, JULY 30, TO BE EUTHANIZED.
I am very familiar with degenerative myelopathy (DM), and I know that
dogs feel absolutely no pain from the condition; they simply lose
sensation from the parts of their body that are affected. (The condition
begins at the rear and very slowly progresses forward, eventually
affecting the front legs.) THEY ARE USUALLY STILL BRIGHT, ALERT AND
"Buddy", the first GSD that I raised myself from a puppy, suffered from
DM and yet had a good two years with me and my rescued dogs after he was
unable to walk on his own. I bought him a wheel cart and I would take
him down to the American River just like we did before he became a
paraplegic. HE STILL HAD A GOOD LIFE!
Harlow will need a soft place to lie with "piddle pads" or a diaper. The
majority of work involved in caring for her will be to clean up after
her and to turn her frequently so she does not get bed sores. Also, to
carry her around in your house via a sling so she can be near you.
Harlow comes with a wheelcart. The more exercise she gets working her
front legs, the slower the DM will progress.
If anyone doubts
that a dog can enjoy life without use of its rear legs, take a look at
the following video I took of "Sierra", a GSD I rescued in 2005. Sierra
lost use of her rear legs following a sudden spinal infection in May
2008, likely from a tumor that burst.
I will provide washable piddle pads so there is no gross wastefulness. I
will also provide a sling.
Again, if you're willing to adopt Harlow, contact Roanne Hardin at
530-565-3838 or firstname.lastname@example.org. She lives in Marysville.
If you have questions about caring for a dog with degenerative
myelopathy, I'd be happy to speak with you. Call me at 916-655-3125.
Owner Placement Assistance--Effective Jan 1, 2019
As of Jan 1, 2019, GSRSV is no longer placing other people's dogs through
my organization due to a pending move to Central Oregon. However, I am still
listing dogs for adoption directly from their owners on the
Owner Placement page of this Website. See
How to Place A Dog Through GSRSV--and Other Rehoming
Another resource to help you rehome your dog is
Other Northern California German Shepherd Rescue Groups
If you are looking for a wider selection of
purebred German Shepherds in Northern California, please visit the Websites
Area German Shepherd Rescue (based in Novato),
Dorado County German Shepherd Rescue (based in Shingle Springs),
Shepherd Rescue of Northern California (based in Cupertino),
State German Shepherd Rescue (based in Alameda),
California German Shepherd Rescue (based in Modesto), Second
Chance German Shepherd Rescue
(based in Walnut Creek),
Shep Heroes (based in West Sacramento)and
German Shepherd Rescue (based in El Dorado Hills).
If you are
considering adopting a GSD directly from a shelter (and I encourage you to
do so), the best Website to search for shelter dogs (of any breed) is
www.petharbor.com. Be sure to
include shelters from a wide radius (at least 50 miles) from your city or
zipcode in your search.
How to find a dog to adopt from this Website:
Click on the four selections in large font in the menu to the left, starting with
"Dogs Available for Adoption through
If you're interested in adopting a dog available through
GSRSV, read the page "How to Adopt a Dog from GSRSV."
That page describes my adoption process, and includes my adoption
questionnaire and adoption contract.
Please hold off on filling out the adoption questionnaire until after
the next step!
Brian Foran at 916-655-3125 or
email@example.com to learn more about the particular dog(s) you're
interested in. If the dog seems like a good match for you, I (Brian) will ask you to fill out and submit the GSRSV adoption questionnaire.
If you're interested in adopting a dog from another rescue group, an owner, or a shelter, contact the person or shelter listed for that dog.
Note from GSRSV's Director (11-10-16):
I'm sorry to bombard the homepage of this Website with urgent appeals to
adopt GSDs & GSD mixes in shelters facing euthanasia. I know it's no fun for
those of you not in a position to adopt or foster these dogs to see such
heart-wrenching posts. Nonetheless, everything must be done to try to save
these dogs, and posting to this homepage ensures that most visitors will see the
The dogs facing euthanasia featured on this Website are not rare
instances. They are only a sampling of the many, many GSDs (and of course,
other dog breeds) facing euthanasia in California shelters every single day.
To many, this is shocking. To those of us in the rescue field, it is a grim
Rescuing dogs is not the answer--stopping
indiscriminate breeding is.
Please do all you can to encourage people NOT to buy puppies--even from those
whose dogs "accidentally" had puppies-- and to
spay/neuter their dogs.
If you are seeking to adopt a GSD,
please consider adopting directly from a shelter. Both the Stanislaus County
Shelter in Modesto and the San Joaquin County Shelter in Stockton always have
a surplus of wonderful GSDs available for adoption. Many of these dogs will
not make it out alive because the inflow always exceed the number of dogs
either adopted or rescued.
To search on GSDs (or any other
breed of dog) at the Stanislaus and San Joaquin County shelters, start at
rental housing that will allow you to keep your German Shepherd?
Click on the either of the two logos below--you
might find pet-friendly, affordable
rentals in your area.
(With PadMapper, be sure to click on the
then select "+ Dogs.")
Kids & Dogs--A Natural Pairing
Click for larger
pictures get any cuter than these?
Tristan with Sally (adopted 2-18-18) at left and Joceylyn & Rylee with
Dually (adopted 5-13-17) at right.
for larger image.
GSRSV is a
tax-exempt public charity, as defined under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal
Revenue Code. All donations to GSRSV are tax deductible to the full extent of
the law. Since February 2001, Brian Foran has funded GSRSV primarily on
his own. Brian runs a large rescue facility/sanctuary by himself, and
typically has more than 25 dogs to feed and care for! Many of these dogs are
either too old for adoption or have been returned to GSRSV more than once--and
thus are allowed to live their lives out at the rescue facility. Brian has
never returned a dog he has rescued to a shelter--NEVER!
Donations have played--and continue to play--a huge part in keeping
GSRSV afloat, as adoption fees are a drop-in-the-bucket compared
with the costs of running a large rescue program.
GSRSV has earned the designation of a "Top-Rated" nonprofit
organization for 2018 from
Nonprofits.org, a clearinghouse for NPOs.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to GSRSV today,
either by clicking on the PayPal button below,
or by mailing a check, made out to GSRSV, to:
GSRSV, PO Box 652, Pleasant Grove, CA 95668.
can add a message to GSRSV in the PayPal payment window. Just click
"Add special instructions to the seller" and a text box will open.
Any size donation is appreciated. Please help in any way you can!
can also contribute financially to GSRSV without spending an
additional cent by shopping at AmazonSmile,
Amazon.com's charitable donation program. See below.
at Amazon Smile
and Amazon will make a donation to:
German Shepherd Rescue of
Don't just take your dog for a walk.....take your walk for a dog! Go to WoofTrax.com, download the
app to your smartphone, and support GSRSV every time you walk your
dog! The more miles you walk, the more WoofTrax donates to GSRSV!
with a Purpose!
Kritika Bala of
Lone Tiger Art
is a talented artist with a passion for animals and nature--and
she truly shows it by donating 90% of the proceeds of her
commissioned paintings to animal welfare and environmental
organizations! (Yes, 90%--unheard of!)
GSRSV was the recipient of a donation in June 2019 by Kritika
from the proceeds
of her commissioned painting of a GSD "Simon" (see right).
If you would like to immortalize your dog or cat in a beautiful
(yet affordable) painting and help support GSRSV or another
animal welfare organization, please visit the
"Pet Project" of Kritika's
Lone Tiger Art
ABOUT FOSTERING DOGS
dog a sacrifice? NO!
It is a pleasure!
rewards of knowing that you've saved the life of a sweet, beautiful
German Shepherd dog (or any other breed), and made that dog feel loved, are MUCH greater
than whatever inconvenience the dog may cause or the pain of letting
him or her go to a new home.
you, the German Shepherd-loving
community, will not extend a helping
hand to the numerous German Shepherds housed in area shelters and
facing euthanasia, WHO WILL?
consider fostering a German Shepherd for GSRSV! See the page Save
a German Shepherd's Life: Become a Foster Caretaker.
You Consider Adopting a Dog from a Rescue Group (including GSRSV),
Please Consider Adopting One
from a Shelter!
there are certain advantages to adopting a dog from a rescue group,
those dogs are safe. Most in shelters are at high risk of
euthanasia! If you don't already know, you'd be horrified to learn
about the number of beautiful German Shepherds that are
euthanized every week in Northern California shelters.
Think you can't find a purebred German
Shepherd at a shelter?
have found the best Website to
search for a GSD in a shelter near you is Petharbor.com.
This Website allows you to specify breed as well as to select the
shelters from which you'd like to search for a GSD to adopt. You can
also request to receive automatic e-mail notifications when the
shelters that you specified have GSDs available for adoption.
The NorCal shelter
with the most GSDs is probably the Stanislaus County Shelter in
Modesto. They often have in excess of ten GSDs! Cara Kinzel has
Facebook page profiling many of these GSDs, most which she has
met and evaluated in person.
Remember that Most Dogs with Rescue Groups Come from Shelters
GSRSV Picture/Story Scrapbook!
me your favorite photo and/or story of the dog(s) you adopted from
GSRSV, and I will post them on the GSRSV Picture/Story Scrapbook
page. Mail pictures/stories to Brian Foran at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rescued Dogs Make Wonderful Companions!
that an older dog will not make a good family companion because it's
too set in its ways?" Think
Older dogs, more so than younger dogs, live to please their caretakers.
Furthermore, hip dysplasia in older German Shepherds is much less of
a problem than commonly believed, and general arthritis is readily treatable
with coated aspirin (yes, ASPIRIN) and glucosamine/chondroitin supplements. For an excellent information resource on older
dogs, see the Senior Dogs Project
Website, and their "Top
Ten Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog."
of those who have adopted older dogs from GSRSV
Warner adopted Krista from the Sac County shelter, with GSRSV's
assistance, on 7-1-10. Here's what Bob had to say about Krista in
has become a wonderful friend--so gentle and friendly that everyone
enjoys her. She is an excellent example of why adopters should
consider older dogs."
you have or plan to adopt a GSD, you NEED to know about
"bloat!" Please read the info below.
dilatation/volvulus, more commonly known as "bloat", is an
all-too-frequent, often fatal event for German Shepherds. Basically,
gastric dilatation refers to a condition in which the dog's stomach
fills up with air due to various circumstances. The dog's abdomen
becomes visibly "bloated", and causes great discomfort. If the
bloat persists, often what happens next is volvulus--the stomach
literally rotates on its intestinal axis, shutting off the blood
supply both to and from the stomach. At this stage, the dog usually
has only hours to live, and the condition must be treated
sooner the dog is treated, the better its chance for survival and
how to avoid bloat in your dog, and how to recognize the symptoms.
on this link to open a very informative Webpage about bloat. I
recommend printing the article and placing it where you can
immediately access it if you suspect that your dog is experiencing
bloat. Click on this link for a
printable MS Word version of the article.
Inc., is a manufacturer and retailer of amazingly effective, all-natural,
reasonably priced nutritional supplements for dogs, horses and humans. I have regularly
given a few of Springtime's supplements to the GSRSV dogs for years, and
enthusiastically endorse these products--particularly "Joint
Health"--a glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM supplement, and "Bug-Off
Garlic"--a natural flea preventative that REALLY WORKS! Please visit Springtime's
Website, and if you place an order with them as a result of this referral,
please mention that you learned of their company through GSRSV. I do not receive any
commisions--I just want the people at
Springtime to know that I'm sharing the word on their products, as they do
give me a discount on the products that I order.
Questions regarding German Shepherd
Rescue of Sacramento Valley or this Website should be directed to Brian
916-655-3125, email@example.com, or you can write
PO Box 652
Pleasant Grove, CA 95668
for listing GSRSV's adoptable (and adopted) dogs on their
Thanks also to
(www.comslider.com), a superb
slideshow development and hosting Website, for hosting GSRSV's adoption
picture slideshow free of charge.
This site is
xMatters specializes in
"intelligent communications" for businesses, particularly for the IT
component of those businesses. Many, many thanks to Troy McAlpin, xMatters'
President & CEO and a former GSRSV adopter, for graciously hosting GSRSV's Website on xMatters' servers since 2001.
Wednesday July 29, 2020