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The following German Shepherds
and German Shepherd mixes are being fostered by other rescue groups or individuals in the Sacramento
area. I have not seen or evaluated most of these dogs, so
I can not guarantee their temperament or health. However, because rescue groups such as
mine or individuals rescuing on their own are offering these dogs
for adoption, I am posting these dogs as a courtesy to those rescuers. As
with rescuing a dog from GSRSV, you will also have the benefit of knowing the
temperament from its foster caretaker.
Please contact the
individual or group name listed with a particular dog for more information
about that dog! If you find that a dog that is listed here is no
longer available for adoption, please let me know so I can remove the
listing. Contact Brian at either 916-655-3125 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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URGENT ADOPTION APPEAL: 7-YO MALE
GSD AT YOLO COUNTY SHELTER JUST ABOUT OUT OF TIME--HAS BEEN AT SHELTER
SINCE JUNE 24.
is a 7 year old neutered male GSD who is smart, playful, and loves people.
Moose loves water, especially streaming from the garden. hose. He
knows voice commands like sit, lie down, shake and high-5. Hes really
good on a leash.
On the down side, Moose is very reactive towards other dogs. He would
be great as an only pet unless someone wanted to try and socialize him
more with other dogs or put him in through more obedience training.
Moose is just about out of time and a volunteer at the Yolo County
shelter reached out to GSRSV in an effort to save his life.
If you're interested in meeting Moose, please contact the Yolo County
shelter in Woodland at (530) 668-5287, ext: 0, and refer to ID number
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is an approx 3-yo, 60-lb female GSD who is playful, affectionate
with those she knows well, and very insecure.
Maya is initially fearful of
strangers--hackles raised and sometimes growling. It takes her a
really long time to adjust to someone new but once she gets to know
them she is very loving.
Maya is great with the children living in her home, who range from
6-13 yrs old. However, she is fearful of very young children,
including a 2-yo nephew who is a regular visitor to the house. Thus,
Maya should only be adopted by those with kids six yrs and up or with
Maya is also fearful of new dogs
she meets. She in NOT overtly aggressive; rather, she simply growls
and runs from them. Clearly, Maya lacks socialization w/ other dogs
but that is not a problem that can't be overcome with time and
patience. Maya has a strong prey drive and is NOT good with little
Maya is good w/ the resident cats
when her owners are present, but due to her high prey drive they do
not leave her alone w/ the cats when they are gone. Thus, a home
without cats is preferred for her.
Maya is housetrained and
well-behaved inside. Her owners do keep her in a crate when they are
gone for extended periods because of their cats, but would otherwise
leave her loose inside. Maya does obey some basic obedience commands
such as "sit, lie down, and leave it."
Maya is OK on leash, but if she
sees another person she retreats to the side of her walker out of
fear. When she sees other dogs she gets even more anxious.
Maya has only been on two car
rides w/ her present owners and both times she got sick. She has to be
lifted into the car as she is hesitant to get in on her own.
Maya likes to play with plush
toys and to bite the water stream from a hose.
Maya's owners adopted her in June
2018 from what they perceived (correctly) as a bad situation. They
came across a Facebook post from Maya's then-owner who was seeking a
new home for her purportedly because he was moving. When they met Maya
at the man's house, she "tried digging into the couch on the front
porch to hide from them." Realizing that Maya had severe fear
issues--possibly due to abuse by her owner--they took Maya home.
Maya's owners are now seeking a
new home for her themselves for two reasons. First, Elizabeth (the
mom) babysits her 2-yo nephew and 9-mo old niece on weekdays, and
because Maya is afraid of them she must be kept crated for most of the
day. Second, Maya attacked their little dog and they fear that she
might also attack their cats or other little critters (bunnies, guinea
Maya has yet to be spayed at the
time this listing posted, but hopefully she'll be spayed by the time
she's adopted. If not, Maya's owners will ask that the adopters pay a
deposit that they will refund once Maya is spayed.
For inquiries about Maya, please
contact Elizabeth Martinez at 209-596-7706 or
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is a friendly 6 1/2-yo, 90-lb neutered male GSD in need of a loving
home. Saxxon was taken in by the owner of Barney & Russum Animal
Clinic in Fairfield in May 2019 from a family friend of an employee at
the clinic. Saxxon's owner had lost his house and was moving to a
place where he could not bring Saxxon. The former owner had Saxxon
since he was 8 wks old.
Saxxon is outgoing and gives kisses to everyone who gives him
attention. This is a big turnaround for Saxxon as he was very shy when
he was first came to the clinic.
The clinic does not have much background info about Saxxon, but
apparently he was good w/ the 5-6 yo child of his former owner's
Saxxon was an only dog in his previous home and has not been allowed
with client's dogs at the clinic. However, most GSDs are OK with other
dogs even when they have not been well socialized.
Saxxon is good on leash though he does pull initially. He is also good
in the car.
The owner of the clinic has been kind enough to take Saxxon in but
needs to find him a home by the middle of September or s/he will
likely bring him to a shelter or ????
Please contact Samantha, a receptionist at the clinic, for more info
about Saxxon and to arrange to meet him. Samantha's contact info is:
Again, Saxxon is located in Fairfield.
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"Choocalate Chip", 9.5 mos old
Neutered Male GSD/Heeler
If you like Chocolate Chip Cookies then
you are going to love Chocolate Chip Puppy. Chip has grown into a
confident, loyal and even tempered canine partner. He is a handsome
dark sable and musular athletic build. He is a lover, a player and a
very sweet boy. Chip is ready for a home to call his own. We know
there is a family out there for our sweet Chip. Right now Chip lives
with his foster family up in the mountains with two female German
Shepherd foster sisters and is frequently visited by a Great Dane and
an Irish Setter, whom he welcomes eagerly into the home so playtime
Chocolate Chip is leash trained and enjoys long walks even in the
snow. He is crate and potty trained and working on his basic obedience
skills. He is all healed up from his previous injuries that he came to
Chip gets along well with people, children and other dogs. Come and
meet Chocolate Chip at our next Adoption Day and you will see why we
all fell in love with him, just like chocolate chip cookies!!!
Golden State German Shepherd
Rescue (SF Bay Area) is placing Chip through its adoption program. For
info about meeting and adopting Chip, see
is an approx 2-yr old soon-to-be neutered male GSD who has a great personality.
Sampson is intelligent, loving and friendly. He does well around
children and is not food-possessive. He'll make a wonderful family
I have not had Sampson around other dogs or cats yet, so can't say how
he does with either.
I found Sampson (I gave him that name) near my house in South Sacto in
early February. He was in bad shape: weak, underweight and badly
infested with fleas--he had open sores on his back and tail from
biting at them. His eyes were infected and crusted over. He was
throwing up and had diarrhea. To top things off, he was absolutely
drenched in motor oil from muzzle to tail.
I gave him one bath in the backyard with the hose to remove as much of
the oil as I could, and a few days later, when he was stronger, took
him into a dog bathing facility and bathed him several times and
removed the oil from his coat.
I took him to the vet to get checked out, had his shots updated (he's
good to go until Feb. 2019 ) and set a date Feb. 20th to have him
I've tried to locate his owner without success.
I am asking an adoption fee of $200 for Sampson, which will include
the cost of his neutering--scheduled for Feb 20.
Please contact Joy Gomes at
916-912-2517. I'm located in South Sacramento
is a 2-yo neutered male Terrier/German Shepherd/Sharpei (likely) who is affectionate,
eager to please, and somewhat timid. Baby Bear (BB) is incredbily
loving with people once he gets to know them, but is nervous and barky
when strangers initially approach him. (BB's trust in strangers has
improved considerably since his rescue in Feb 2017 thanks to the
patienceof his caretaker Anna, and he continues to improve.)
We're not sure how BB is with small children, so a home w/out little
tykes would be best for him.
Baby Bear is a mixed bag with
other dogs. On the one hand, he's fine with other dogs after a proper
introduction. But he's nervous with immediate encounters, so Anna does
not bring him to dog parks. BB did fine w/ the other dog in Anna's
home initially, but tensions have developed recently so she would
prefer a home for BB w/out other dogs.
We're not sure how BB is with
cats, but he is fine with sheep and with chickens!
BB is housetrained and has
received lots of obedience training. He is a quick learner and
responds wonderfully to positive reinforcement.
BB loves to swim, play, walk and
Like many other dogs, BB wound up
in the Chico shelter during the heavy winter 2017 rains that
threatened the Oroville Dam. Anna Binder, BB's caregiver, fostered him
for the shelter in February and ended up adopting him. However, recent
scuffles between BB and Anna's other dog (who was there before BB)
have forced Anna to seek a new home for BB.
BB had a very rough start in life
and he still carries some of that trauma with him. He would do great
with someone who will be patient and dedicated to his continued
socialization. In Anna's words "Baby Bear is one of the coolest dogs I have ever met,
and anyone would be lucky to have this sweet pup in their lives."
Please contact Anna Binder at
either 732-207-8496 or
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is an adorable 11-mos old neutered male Bernese Mountain Dog mix
(possibly mixed with Chocolate Lab) who is loving, energetic and
extremely good-natured. Koda is a big dog—he’s already 90 lbs, and far
people and is good with young children. He loves to be handled—belly
rubs and ear scratches will win him over every time. He thinks he’s a
Koda gets along
well with other dogs, but does need to be introduced slowly. He’s
presently being boarded and trained at Folsom Pet Resort, where he
will likely receive lots of canine socialization.
Koda has not
been around cats since he was rescued, so only prospective adopters
without cats will be considered.
Koda is fully
house trained and received individualized professional obedience
training in his previous home. Though well-mannered, Koda is extremely
strong and needs an owner who has both the physical strength and
leadership skills to handle 100-plus pounds (eventually) of
enthusiasm. Also, he needs a home in which he will receive
considerable exercise—more than just walks around the block.
Koda loves to
go on walks, to play and tear apart toys—hard toys are recommended.
Koda was found
on the street as a very young puppy. His finders kept him until he was
5 months old, then I suppose he got too big and was turned over to an
independent rescuer (Claudia) in Folsom. She found an adopter for Koda
a month later (Sept 2016). However, the woman who adopted Koda
returned him to Claudia on Feb 23 this year stating that he had too
much energy for her and her two older, smaller dogs.
since boarded Koda at the Folsom Pet Resort as she already has her
legal limit of dogs. She is paying $150 day for a 10-day training
session; on March 6th, Koda “graduates” from his training
class, and by that point Claudia hopes to have found an adopter for
Koda—or she’ll have to pay to continue to board him.
about adopting Koda, please contact Claudia at either
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Introducing the adorable brother/ sister duo Moe (female) and Joe (male).
The two are elderly in age (7-10) but make up for it with their kind and people friendly personalities. Lived on a chain all their lives until their owner passed away – left defending for themselves.
They were picked up and brought to
Woof Pet Rescue in August. They have had behavioral assessments and medical examinations done.
Moe, the female, is your breed typical high-prey drive gal. She's very attentive of her surroundings. She learns extremely quickly and is very docile and submissive when in the presence of her human handler. She gets along great with her brother very well – but is a dominant female. She has displayed aggressive and possessive behaviors towards other dogs and animals with and alone from her brother Joe. Petite and packed with moxy and personality. Healthy and spunky girl despite age.
Joe, the male, is the exact opposite. He's a gentle lamb. He's very submissive and tied at the hip to his sister Moe. He seeks out guidance and attention. Joe is a mellow dude and accepts everything with love and gentleness. Age is wearing on Joe a little more. He has bad back/hips and is on arthritis medication to maintain comfort. He does well on the medication and there is a noticeable difference in his health when he is on it.
We would like to, if at all possible, keep the two together. Joe has serious separation depression when separations were done with them. We started gradually with it but his whole demeanor changes to a sulking teddy bear when she is gone. They have lived with each other their whole lives and only find it fair to keep them together all the way until the end.
We did successfully adopt the two out locally however they were recently brought back due to destructive behavior. They were testing the wire fencing their adopters had. Successfully escaping a few times and getting into mischief. The two do not do well with other animals and need a home that is prepared to cater to this need and has solid wood fencing.
We are a non-profit organization and our resources are very limited. This area is very rural. We are a community mostly made up of ranchers and farmers thus making it not a good location for adopting out dogs with these particular problems. We are trying to extend out and network them out further to hopefully help get them transferred and/or adopted out.
Danielle Barcomb of Woof Pet Rescue at email@example.com or
is a senior female GSD mix who is a sweet girl that would love a warm home to curl up in.
Sacramento Indpt Animal Rescues (SIAR) rescued Andrea from the shelter
in August and she needs a great home!
Even though Andrea is a mix, she has many of the great qualities of a German Shepherd. She is super sweet and can't wait to find a family to call her
Adoption fees range from $150-$250 for dogs. THE DOGS SHOWN ON THE SITE ARE IN FOSTERCARE - WE DO NOT HAVE A SHELTER TO VISIT.
Please contact SIAR at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about this dog......and visit our website www.siarescuers.org to learn more about our rescue
group. We are a volunteer run, very small organization - so please be patient when waiting for a response, but feel free to check back in if you haven't heard from us in a day or so - thank you so much for considering a rescued pooch!
"Biscuit & Pancake"
are approx 1-yo spayed female Pit Bull mixes (sisters) who are very
affectionate and playful. (A vet thought that Biscuit & Pancake
are Pit Bull/GSD mixes, but it's hard to see GSD in either dog.) Both
Biscuit and Pancake are friendly with people and children. They are
lovebugs and like to climb in your lap! They are good w/ other
dogs--they live w/ a little dog who barks incessantly at them, and
they just ignore her. They do chase after the resident outdoor cat,
though apparently just out of play. Both dogs weigh about 50 lbs.
Biscuit and Pancake are both
housetrained, They do like to chew on things, but will focus that
effort on chew toys or sticks provided. They are used to being walked
on leash, though they still pull when they are excited. In other
words, typical 1-yr old dogs!
A student of Biscuit &
Pancake's primary caregiver (Christina) found the two dogs
abandoned in a park in November of last year. The student's mom was
going to take them to the shelter, but Christina didn't have the heart
for that so took the dogs into her home with the intention of finding
them permanent homes. So far, no luck with rehoming, and Christina
simply does not have the time to spend training Biscuit & Pancake
nor the space they need to release their puppy energy.
Both Biscuit and Pancake are
healthy, current on their vaccinations and on monthly flea and
Biscuit and Pancake are
available for adoption separately or together. A rehoming fee of $100
is requested for each dog to help offset their veterinary expenses.
Please contact Christina
Fischer at email@example.com.
an approx 1-yo spayed female GSD/Lab mix who is affectionate, playful, loving,
and smart. Bess'
main desire in life is to please her person. She enjoys being with people, laying at their feet or next to them.
Bess likes other dogs and would do well in a house with another large dog her size with an easy temperament--she desires to learn the doggie ways.
Bess would NOT do well in a home that has a cat or small dogs as she has
the Shepherd prey drive. Bess weighs about 70 pounds.
Bess is housetrained and is a very fast learner - she has been working on basic obedience with a trainer and is doing great.
Bess absolutely LOVES the water and enjoys playing in it. She also enjoys chasing a ball;
she's not that great at bringing it back, but quickly learning! She will make an excellent companion for walks, hikes or runs--an outdoor active house would be a perfect fit for her.
Bess is spayed, chipped and vaccinated. She was found injured on the streets and has recovered wonderfully.
Please contact Animal
Friend's Connection at 209-368-1761 or 209-365-0535 afternoons or see
for information on adopting Bess. Animal Friend's Connection is
located in Lodi.
a 7-yo spayed female GSD mix who is
the sweetest dog in the world! She instantly bonds to people and
steals your heart in a second. However, she doesn't like other
animals at all. Sassy
has built quite a fan base at the Sonoma Humane Society facility in
Santa Rosa where she has been for most of the last two years.
Sassy began life in a happy
home in Lake county. An unfortunate series of events changed her life
forever. Her owners lost their jobs and their home. About this time,
Sassy developed a serious skin condition and her family couldn't
afford to give her the care she needed. She was surrendered to the Sonoma
Humane Society where her journey with us began. Her skin issues were
dealt with and she was quickly adopted. Her second family dropped her
off at the Rohnert Park shelter in horrible condition. Her skin had
gotten so bad that she had bare patches and scabs. We had to nurse her
back to health. Sassy was then adopted out to a family who had a hard
time with her dog reactivity. She was once again returned.
Please contact the Sonoma
Humane Society for information about adopting Sassy at 707-284-1198,
or e-mail them by going to their Website at http://sonomahumane.org/adopt/dogs
and clicking on the e-mail link on the right column.
This is Zeus, an 8 year old
German Shephard mix. He is neutered and has had all of his
vaccinations. He gets along great with other dogs and kids. He is
curious about cats, but not aggressive. He loves to play and loves to
snuggle next to you on the couch. He is looking for a forever home
were he can get the attention he is craving and where he will be an
active part of the family!
Please contact Cindy @
775-230-2624 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Still available as of 8-9-12!
is a 5½-yr old (as of 8-9-12) male German
Shepherd or Belgian Tervuren/Keeshond mix who is super friendly,
affectionate, smart, and obedient. Furry Friends Rescue of Fremont
rescued Titan from the Hayward Shelter on 7/16/07, mostly due to his
aggression towards other dogs. But there was something special about
Titan and so we decided to put in an extra effort to help him. He's
had an extended stay with some trainers and is responding very well.
People with experience handling German Shepherds would be best for
Titan. The trainers are willing to continue working with whoever
adopts him. He now has a bright future and will thank you every day.
Titan is a large dog, weighing about 80 lbs.
Please see Furry Friend's
Rescue's Website at http://www.furryfriendsrescue.org/animalinfo.jsp?id=10203
for contact info and adoption application.
Posted 8-21-07; updated 8-9-12
is a beautiful, approx 50-55 lb 3-yo soon-to-be spayed female GSD who
is loving and energetic. Zola is good with very young children and
elderly people alike.
Zola is good with other dogs and cats as well.
Zola is housetrained and rides well in a vehicle.
Zola was raised in a home with her sister and a 2-yo child. While
expecting the birth of their second child the couple lost their house
and re-homed Zola's sister. The couple's new baby was born with health
issues and has been hospitalized off and on for the past 8 months,
leaving Zola frequently at home alone in a one bedroom apartment.
Zola's owners advertised her as
"free to good home" on a Next Door Website, and that's where I found
her. Not wanting Zola to fall into the wrong hands, I took Zola in on
Zola is scheduled to be
spayed on Feb 19. I'm asking a $250 adoption fee to cover the expense
of her spay, heartworm test, microchip, etc.
Zola is located in Rancho
Please contact Barbara Reagan at
either email@example.com or
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