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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
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This page was last modified
September 18, 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
is a 60-lb, approx 1½-yo soon-to-be spayed female Husky/GSD
who is exceptionally sweet, mellow and affectionate. Bella is
healthy and current on rabies, distemper/parvo and bordetella
Bella is very friendly with
people. She has more of the Husky personality than German Shepherd
and will likely not be a protective dog. I am certain that Bella
will be great with children of all ages as she is gentle in all of
her mannerisms. Bella loves to be petted but is not a Velcro dog
like so many GSDs are.
Bella is great with other dogs.
She is completely submissive and likes to play and be chased. She
could be paired with either a male or female dog as I have not seen
any jealousy in her towards other female dogs.
I don't know how Bella is with
cats but I'm fairly certain that she'll be fine with them. She is
just so easy-going and has not shown any prey drive since I've had
her with me.
Bella is housetrained and very
well-behaved inside. My hunch is that she was an inside dog in her
former home. She is a comfort-pup and loves to lounge in the easy
chair (see lower pic at left).
Bella walks exceptionally easy
Though she exhibits more Husky traits than GSD traits, Bella is NOT
an escape artist. However, she will wander off if a gate is left
open. Surprisingly, she has very good off-leash recall. A five-ft
fence is enough to keep Bella in a yard.
Bella rides calmly in a car. I
have yet to see her play with any toys, but once she's in a
"regular" home I imagine she'll show some affinity towards toys.
Bella seems to like water; she likes to wade in the pond at the
GSRSV Rescue Ranch and I've seen her swim for short periods on a
couple of occasions.
Martina Animal Rescue rescued
Bella from the animal shelter in Apple Valley (southern Calif) on
July 22, just before she was going to be euthanized due to space
limitations. A woman in Auburn had committed to adopt Bella, but her
yard did not have a secure fence and Bella got out on a couple of
occasions. The woman was not particularly mobile, either, so could
not walk Bella very far. Though she really like Bella, she had to
return her. Martina Animal Rescue had no place to house Bella so
GSRSV took her in.
Bella is scheduled to be spayed
on Sept 7 at Cherry Creek Veterinary Hospital in Antelope. If she is
adopted prior to Sept 7, her adopter has the option of either
bringing Bella into Cherry Creek for her spay or taking her to a vet
of their own choosing. If the adopter chooses the latter, GSRSV will
reimburse the adopter up to the amount that we would pay for Bella's
spay at Cherry Creek (approx $200).
Bella's adoption fee is $260.
If adopted prior to Sept 7, her adopter must also pay a $300
refundable spay deposit, which GSRSV will refund once Bella is
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
is an approx 70-lb, 2-yo soon-to-be spayed female White GSD who in
my humble opinion is THE MOST AFFECTIONATE DOG IN THE WORLD! Besides
being super-affectionate, Lola is playful and very well-trained.
Lola is healthy and has received
her distemper/parvo, rabies and bordetella vaccinations.
Lola is a love with everyone
she meets. If you're seeking a protective GSD, keep looking! (Lola
will probably be somewhat protective once she knows she's in her
Lola loves to snuggle and is
one of the few GSDs I've ever known who sleeps right next to me
throughout the night. (No, I don't snore!) She likes to be wherever
I am, and I'm sure that will be the case with whoever adopts her.
Lola loves children and is a
natural for them as she's so sweet and gentle. I would love to see
Lola go to a home with young children.
Lola is fine with other dogs,
but she really prefers human companionship to canine companionship.
She immediately integrated into the GSRSV pack; no fear of the other
dogs and no aggression. Just easy!
Lola is NOT good with cats--she
wants to go after them.
Lola is housetrained and
perfectly behaved inside. She sleeps on my bed and will certainly
want to sleep on the bed of whoever adopts her.
Lola appears to have received
basic obedience training as she responds well to basic commands, is
great on leash and also great off-leash.
for a video of Lola walking both on and off leash with Charlie
Remsen, the guy who picked up Lola from the Apple Valley shelter in
So Cal. Bear in mind that this was the very same day she left
Lola rides well in a car and
waits patiently when you leave her. She loves to play fetch and
LOVES to bite the water stream from a hose.
GSRSV rescued Lola from the
shelter in Apple Valley on July 28, shortly before she would have
been euthanized. Again, Lola has yet to be spayed but will be as of
Sept 7. If she is adopted prior to Sept 7, her adopter can either
bring her to Cherry Creek Vet Hospital in Antelope on Sept 7 to have
her spayed, or have her spayed elsewhere and I will reimburse up to
what I'd pay for her spay at Cherry Creek.
Lola is located in Pleasant
Grove, CA. Her adoption fee is $260.
is an approx 90-lb, 1 1/2 –yo neutered male GSD who is friendly,
energetic and well-mannered.
Bodi is very affectionate with is people and loves to cuddle and
chill in the house. He is fine with strangers, sitting patiently
when his foster caretaker stops to speak w/ her neighbor when
walking him. We have not observed Bodi around children since we
rescued him, but he is a sweet dog with an even temperament so there
is no reason to believe he wouldn’t be fine with kids. In spite of
Bodi’s friendly demeanor, he is a great watchdog.
Bodi seems to be good with other dogs. He was great with the other
dogs at GSRSV’s rescue ranch for the few days he was there, and
liked to play with a young male GSD. He has not interacted with
other dogs since he was brought to his foster home on June 25.
We do not know how Bodi is with cats so will only consider homes
WITHOUT CATS for him.
Bodi is fully housetrained and has not had a single accident in the
house since we rescued him. He is very well-behaved in the house and
enjoys just hanging out with his people wherever they are. His
foster caretakers do keep him in a crate when they are gone because
Bodi had a tendency to counter-surf and remove items from
bookshelves when he first arrived. Bodi does fine in a crate.
Bodi walks very well on leash, but still pulls at times out of
excitement. He has come a LONG way with his leash training since his
foster caretakers took him in! Bodi will bark and lunge at bicycles
if they get too close when he’s on leash, so he still needs work on
overcoming that behavior.
Bodi rides very well in a vehicle and loves going for rides! He
likes to play fetch but is still learning to “drop it.” (Click here
for a short video of him fetching a ball.) He is also learning how
to catch a Frisbee.
Bodi is a young, active GSD who needs an active family/person who
will continue to engage him in both physical and mental exercise. He
will reward you with loyalty and unconditional love.
GSRSV rescued Bodi from the Stanislaus County Shelter on June 22. He
had been brought in as a stray on March 23 and was scheduled to be
euthanized due to time/space constraints when we rescued him.
Bodi is located in Vacaville,
CA. His adoption fee is $260.