Dogs Available for Adoption 
through GSRSV



Become a Foster Caretaker!

Health & Nutrition

Donations Needed!

How to Adopt a Dog from GSRSV/Adoption Fees

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

Lost and Found

GSRSV Picture/Story Scrapbook

In Memoriam 

Is a German Shepherd the Right Breed for You?

Other German Shepherd Rescue Web Sites & Resources

GSRSV's 2022 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2021 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2020 RescueRecord

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 Record

GSRSV's 2012 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2011 Rescue Record

GSRSV'S 2010 Rescue Record

GSRSV'S 2009 Rescue Record

GSRSV's 2008 Rescue Record

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

The following dogs are available for adoption through GSRSV. Some are at the rescue ranch, some are in foster homes and some are with their owners or caretakers working with GSRSV. For further information about these dogs, please call Brian Foran at 916-655-3125 or e-mail him at (Note: dogs that were recently adopted will be moved to the very bottom of this page and will have an "Adopted" banner above their profiles.) For information about the adoption process and fees, please see How to Adopt a Dog from GSRSV/Adoption Fees.

This picture appears next to dogs that have proven themselves to be cat-friendly. 


The flag appears above the pictures of dogs that GSRSV is placing for military families who are forced to find new homes for their dogs due to deployments. Please show your support for our service men and women by adopting or fostering their dogs!

This page was last modified May 10, 2022.


Because I am in the (long) process of moving to Central Oregon, I am rescuing very few dogs these days--thus the lack of adoptable dogs on this page.

Please check out the two other pages on this Website that list adoptable dogs from other rescue groups, caretakers and owners:
Dogs Available for Adoption from Other Area Rescue Groups and Individuals

Dogs Available for Adoption through Owner Placement


Click for larger image.


Click for larger image.


Click for larger image.

"Simba" is an approx 35-lb, 13-wk old intact male GSD pup who is confident, playful and very affectionate. Typical for the GSD breed, Simba is highly alert and inquisitive.

Simba is a very loving dog. He follows me most everywhere and likes to snuggle. I have not had Simba around any person other than myself as of the date of this post, but I've no doubt that he'll be great with other people as he's very outgoing and self-assured.

Simba is fantastic with other dogs, and I will give priority to an adopter who has another young dog that Simba can play with. (Click here to see a video of Simba playing with "Mari", a 2-yo female GSD.) Simba lives with several other dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch, and he's never shown any fear of being right in the middle of the action!

I don't have cats, so I can't say how Simba will do with cats. However, rarely are there issues introducing a dog as young as Simba to cats, so I will consider a home w/ cats (as long as there is also a dog for him to play with).

Simba loves being inside, but he's not yet 100% housetrained. He will poop outside, but he still pees inside frequently. I have only caught Simba "in the act" once to correct him, so I believe that if I could observe him more often he would "get it."

Simba is a cuddle-bug, and likes to sleep on my bed--sometimes right next to me. He does like to chew on things (he still has his baby teeth), but he's not at all a destructive chewer. When he starts to chew on something like a comforter, I simply redirect him by giving him a stick or a rope toy.

Simba will be a great companion in the outdoors. He shows no fear of new environments on my 45-acre property and loves to explore.

I took Simba in on April 23 from a young woman whose parents had found Simba wandering on the street with a very infected wound above his right eye. It appeared the wound was from a dog bite. The woman's parents were unable to afford to bring Simba to a vet. When I saw pictures of Simba's wound, I knew it needed to be treated right away so I told the woman to bring him to me that night. I cleaned up and sutured the wound and it's all healed up now.

I scanned Simba for a microchip and searched lost ads for several days, but never did find anybody looking for Simba.

Simba has received his first distemper/parvo (DA2PP) vaccination, and will receive his second in a few days. He is a bit young to receive his rabies vaccination and I would like at least two weeks to transpire between his second DA2PP and his rabies vaccinations. The cost of Simba's rabies vaccination will be included in his adoption fee.

Because Simba has yet to be neutered, I will require a refundable neuter deposit of $300 in addition to his $360 adoption fee. I will allow the adopter to wait until Simba is no more than a year (Feb 6, 2022) to have him neutered. As soon as the adopter provides evidence that Simba is neutered, I will refund the $300 deposit.

Simba is located in Pleasant Grove, CA.

Posted 5-10-22

Click for larger image.



Click for larger image.



Click for larger image.



Click for larger image.

"Whitney" is an approx 100-lb, 7-yo neutered male White GSD who is eccentric, energetic and totally loveable. Oh--and happy! He's a happy, happy dog.

Whitney is "different" than other dogs the way a functioning autistic child is different from other children. When he gets excited, he starts his "mousing" routine where he digs and pounces on imaginary mice. If there are rocks present, he will find a reasonably large rock (his "mouse"), pick it up in his mouth and trot over to his water bucket to drop it in. (Click here for a video of this routine.) Even if he's inside where there is no dirt or rocks, he will do his mousing routine when he's excited.

Whitney also likes to dig. Man, does he like to dig! So, I am seeking a new home for Whitney where his passion for digging will not pose a problem.

Whitney is one of the sweetest dogs I've ever met. He loves people and is super-affectionate. He ADORES children! When I took Whitney and three other dogs to the snow in February, there was a family with several children between the ages of six to twelve. I couldn't pull Whitney away from them without a leash! He's  somewhat jerky with his body movements, so he has the potential to flatten a really young child. However, I also think that Whitney would learn to be gentle given the opportunity.

Whitney is fantastic with other dogs. He is very submissive and would be fine with all but a dominant dog who wants to bully him (more on that later). I've had Whitney at my rescue ranch for six years and he's always been great with my other dogs. I'm certain that Whitney would be fine with little dogs as well.

I have never had Whitney around cats, but this is one dog who I can totally see being buddies with a cat. He might be hyper-active at times, but he would never harm a fly.

Whitney has been inside my house on many occasions and has never had an accident, but he's been an outside dog primarily for the six years I've had him. This was his choice, as all of my dogs are welcome inside my house via a dog door. It's possible that Whitney could make the transition to being an indoor dog, but I'm actually seeking a new home for him where he can be outdoors for the most part, and again, be allowed to perform his mousing routine and to dig.

Whitney came to me as a rough-hewn one-year old, and I have not put him through any kind of training. When I first brought him to my rescue ranch, Whitney would run around in wide circles constantly. This suggested to me that he had been kept tied up during his young life and only knew the boundaries of the rope he was tied to. Fortunately, his circling behavior resolved in a few days. His mousing behavior, though, never subsided.

Whitney pulls fairly strong on a leash as I have not worked with him much at all on leash skills.

Whitney LOVES to go for rides in the car, and is a really easy passenger. He'll just lie down and enjoy the ride.

Whitney loves to play fetch, and though he'll bring the ball back to me and sometimes set it down, he'll easily get distracted into his mousing routine. I'm sure with enough repetition that he'd become a great fetch & drop player.

I absolutely LOVE Whitney, but am seeking a new home for him because he has been attacked on several occasions by a few of my dogs here, a couple of times severely. (The most recent attack was in January, and after that attack I placed Whitney in a separate yard for his own safety.) Because Whitney is like a mildly retarded child, he is a target for the alpha dogs in my pack to "take out." This is, unfortunately, part of the natural dynamic of a dog (and wolf) pack.

It breaks my heart to let Whitney go, but I need to consider his safety first and foremost, and I hate keeping him by himself in a separate yard.

Whitney is located in Pleasant Grove, CA. His adoption fee is $160.

Posted 4-3-22

Click for larger image.

Click for larger image.

Click for larger image.

Adoption Pending!

"Mari" is an approx 65 lb, 2-yo spayed female GSD who is affectionate, energetic and playful. Mari craves attention; she loves to snuggle and to be petted, but can be a little uncomfortable with hugging. She's a little hand-shy when you reach out for her, but then she's fine.

Mari has been around a two-yr old girl and was very gentle with her. She is exceptionally sweet and will do great in a home with young children.

Mari is GREAT with other dogs--very comfortable from Day 1. (Click here for a video of her cavorting around w/ some other dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch.) She's very playful and would surely do well w/ another playful dog--in fact so much so that I am giving adoption priority to those with such a dog. Mari can get a little possessive of food and treats, and sometimes of my attention, but she responds very quickly to verbal correction.

Mari met a cat on Feb 13 and showed no predatory behavior towards it. In fact, she was somewhat scared of it! I will definitely consider a home with a dog-savvy cat for Mari.

Mari has only relieved herself once in my house, but it was a very different story in her former adopters' house. A couple in El Dorado Hills adopted Mari 10-16-21 but returned her to me ten days later, mainly because she was pooping and peeing inside. The adopters have a housetrained 5-yo female GSD, but Mari did not pick up on that dog's cues. Mari has not had a single accident since returning to my place, but whoever adopts her should be prepared to train her where to appropriately relieve herself.

Mari sits on command but has likely not received much in the way of training. She's just a goofy, playful pup who will benefit from basic obedience and leash training. She's very food-motivated, so that will help with her training. 

Mari hasn't shown much interest in toys so far, but I'm sure once she's in a home that will change.

GSRSV rescued Mari from the Stanislaus County shelter on August 23. She had been picked up as a stray way back on June 6 and was nearing the end of the line at the shelter.

Mari's adoption fee is $260.

Posted 8-29-21; updated 10-26; updated 1-5-22; updated 2-13-22.

Click for larger image.



Click for larger image.



Click for larger image.

"Charlie" is an approx 80-lb, 8-yo neutered male GSD who is super-affectionate, incredibly loyal and easy-going.

Charlie is friendly with everyone he meets (not a great watchdog) and great with young children. He lived with a family with two young boys (7 & 10-yrs old) between 6-13 and 8-16-21 and he was great with them. He takes treats gently from hand but sometimes forgets that he's not a little lap dog. Charlie loves to snuggle in bed and to be wherever you are. He is always right under my desk when I'm working at my computer!

Charlie is good with medium & large dogs, but NOT good w/ small dogs. He's also not good w/ high-energy dogs--he wants to run after them and "correct" them.

Charlie has exhibited a prey drive towards small dogs so he's almost certainly NOT good with cats.

Charlie is completely housetrained and can be left inside for hours without issue. However, if you have lever-style door "knobs", be sure the lever is locked because Charlie is smart enough to open a door with such lever!

Charlie knows a few basic commands such as sit and lie down. He is good on leash though he sometimes pulls initially out of eagerness.

Charlie hasn't shown much affinity for toys since he's been with me but the other day he picked up a ball and trotted off with it, so maybe there's a playful pup hidden in Charlie.

Charlie is in great health. He has a straight back, sound hips and fluid mobility. His ear tips have permanent scarring from fly strike (due to unsanitary conditions outdoors).

A family in North Highlands raised Charlie from a pup. However, both his people became ill and were no longer able to provide him with exercise or much attention. I received a request in May from their daughter to rehome him. I went to meet Charlie on May 19, 2021, and he literally begged me to take him with me--so I did!

A family with boys ages 10 & 7 yrs and a small female Terrier mix adopted Charlie on June 13. Charlie did fantastic in most regards, especially with the boys. However, he would often harass the little dog and his people never trusted him enough to leave him alone with her.

Charlie also did not do well with small dogs in their neighborhood. On one occasion he got out and bit a little dog—not bad enough for vet attention, but it put his people on notice.

In late August, Charlie opened the front door (which has a lever-style door “knob”) and set his sites on a little dog whose people were walking it across the street. This time, Charlie did enough damage to send the dog to the vet. (The dog was OK, but it cost Charlie’s people about $2K in vet bills.) After this incident, Charlie’s people sadly realized they could no longer keep him due to his strong prey drive so they returned him to me on Aug 16.

Since I took Charlie back, he’s been once again perfect w/ all of the GSRSV dogs. So, a home w/ another large dog is certainly an option for him--just no small dogs or cats.

Charlie's adoption fee is $160.

Updated 10-26-21

Click for larger image.

Click for larger image.


Adopted 4-28-22!

"Mickey" is an approx 110-lb, 8-yo neutered male GSD who is the definition of loyal. Mickey is also very affectionate, obedient, and serious.

Mickey is in great health and runs like the wind. He shows no signs of arthritis yet.

Mickey is the kind of dog who lives to be with his person. He will hang with you no matter what you're doing, or how long. He'll sleep right next to you all night without fidgeting.  

Mickey is friendly with most strangers but would surely be protective under the right circumstances. He is a large dog with a big bark! I have not observed Mickey around children but I haven't seen anything in his behavior to suggest he wouldn't be fine with young kids.

Mickey is OK around other dogs for the most part but is an alpha male and I will only consider him for a home where he is the only dog or is paired w/ a female dog. He's not particularly playful with other dogs, so if you're seeking a playmate for your dog, keep looking!

I have not observed Mickey with cats so I will only consider a home WITHOUT CATS for him.

Mickey has been a resident at GSRSV's rescue ranch on and off since 2019. He has been here since late August 2021.

Mickey is housetrained and prefers to be inside, though if your work is outside that's where Mickey will be! He formerly lived inside a large motor home for several years.

Mickey received considerable training from his former owner. He walks well on leash and has excellent off-leash recall.

Mickey LOVES to go for car rides and is a fantastic passenger. He likes water and is a willing swimmer.

Mickey's former owner Lloyd adopted him off a Craigslist ad back in 2016. Lloyd had been living here at my place since just after Thanksgiving 2021. Sadly, Lloyd suffered a pulmonary embolism and died in mid-January 2022, leaving Mickey behind. It's hard for me to let Mickey go, as it's letting go of what meant the most to Lloyd, but Mickey needs a person or people he can call his own.

Mickey is located in Pleasant Grove, CA. His adoption fee is $160.

Posted 2-22-22