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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 dog's temperament from its foster caretaker (in most cases).

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

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  


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"Bella" is a beautiful, approx 5-yo spayed female GSD who is very friendly and playful.

Remarkably, given what a great dog Bella is, she was left behind in a vacant house after the people who were living there illegally were evicted. A realtor discovered Bella in the back yard when she came to see the house. There was a note inside that said "Friendly dog named Bella outside."A couple in Stockton have been caring for Bella since July 7 but don't intend to keep her.

Bella loves to play ball. She responds well to basic commands such as "sit" and "come." It's clear that Bella was loved and not abused, even though she was abandoned.

Bella has yet to be observed around other dogs or cats.

If you would like more info about Bella or would like to meet her, please contact Kathryn Vetsula at or 209-609-9000.

Bella is located in Stockton. A $100 adoption fee is required, per GSRSV's insistence.

Posted 7-11-21


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Hi! My name is Lilly. There’s something really special about me! I have some wheels to help me get around and my foster mom says I’m as happy as a clam cruising from place to place.

I’m a 10 year old GSD and of course will need a very special adopter.

I get along famously with my foster dog siblings and am very appropriate with other dogs.

A lot of chaos makes me want to try and calm things down. I acted as the fun police when my foster family had an overnight puppy guest and I'll try and settle “ruff” housing; so I’ll do best with a mellow household and an adopter who understands my need for quiet time and will keep me away from the ruckus. Puppies and small children would not be a good match for me.

I have nice house manners and will let you know when I need to go out. I am not what you’d call a Velcro dog and I’m not needy but I like to be in the same vicinity as my people. And I definitely don’t want to be outside alone.

I do great at the dog doc and ride really well in the car.

I am friendly and social girl. I’ve met older children and do fine with them. My foster mom says I’m really easy to have around. I love my soft cool beds and enjoy just relaxing with my people.

If you’re looking for a chill girl to keep you company, maybe we can meet.

I’ll be waiting with my foster family in Lodi.

Please contact Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue for info about adopting Lily:

Posted 7-10-21

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Crescent City, CA

"Holly" is a beautiful 1-2 yo spayed female GSD available for adoption at the Del Norte County animal shelter in Crescent City, CA. Holly is very loving, athletic  and somewhat shy. She loves to be handled and shows her gratitude with kisses. She would be best suited to an active family or person.

Holly was brought in as a stray to the shelter on 4-12-21, She seemed to be well cared for but no one came for this sweet-natured girl. Holly has been a bit overwhelmed in the shelter environment and, as happens with many GSDs in confinement, is beginning to shut down.

Holly is good on a leash but a little skittish with new sounds and surroundings. She is very athletic and enjoys running in our play yard and chasing a ball!

Holly is a beauty, and should make a wonderful companion.

For more information about Holly please contact the Del Norte County Animal (707) 464-7235 They pre-screen prospective adopters and require an adoption application be filled out. (Scroll down to about the middle of the page.)

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Posted 6-2-21

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"Sasha" is a beautiful 3-yo female GSD who is sweet and intelligent. Sasha has a gorgeous black/silver coat, which is somewhat rare among German Shepherds.

Sasha enjoys going on walks, being with people, getting belly rubs and eating treats. She likes other dogs, is afraid of cats (ie, she is OK with them), and loves riding in the car. She would love a large yard to roam, play in, lounge and relax! Sasha loves kids and would be a great family dog!

Sasha is at the private, non-profit shelter “Jelly’s Place” in San Pablo, CA. For Sasha’s full adoption profile, see, then click on “Adopt”, then click on "Dogs."

Posted 4-29-21

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