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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.

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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Adopted 10-23-19!


Rocky is a stunning, 85-lb, 2-yo neutered male GSD who needs to find a new home by Thursday, Oct 24 due to his owner’s pending move for employment purposes.

Rocky is loving, playful and smart. He is friendly with all people, both in his own home and out on the streets, and is great with kids!

Rocky is great with other dogs—both large and small. He currently lives w/ a 13-yo Chihuahua who “bosses him around!” He is good with other dogs that visit in his home as well as those he meets at the dog park.

Rocky has only met one cat since he’s been with his current owners and he chased her, so it would be best if Rocky goes to a home without cats.

Rocky is fully housetrained and can stay inside by himself for several hours with no problems. He responds well to several basic commands including “sit, stay, come, loadup, down, snack and outside.” Rocky walks very well on leash and is not reactive towards other dogs that he sees.

Rocky loves to go for car rides and is a good passenger. He loves to play fetch and to carry around his stuffed animals—he does not chew them up!

Rocky’s owners Bob and and his wife took him in five months ago after a city worker in Vallejo rescued him from the streets. They love Rocky, but Bob’s wife is being relocated for her work and the place she and Bob are moving to does not allow German Shepherds.

If you’re interested in meeting Rocky, please contact Bob King ASAP at either 916-230-3524 or Bob is located in Rancho Murieta.

Posted 10-21-19


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Moose" 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 A173445.

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Posted 9-3-19

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"Leon" is an approx 4-yo neutered male GSD and "Chico" is an approx 1-yo neutered male GSD. Both of these dogs are available for adoption at Pets In Need, a non-profit, no-kill shelter located in Palo Alto. (See


Pets In Need's facility has a very old shelter building with limited space and both Leon and Chico have been at the shelter for awhile and are getting kennel stressed.


Both Leon and Chico are very social with people but can be picky about other dogs. Both dogs walk well on leash and are a joy to be around but being confined to their small kennels day after day is taking its toll. Pets in Need is hoping to get one or both of them adopted soon.


Both Leon and Chico dogs are neutered and completely up to date on their vaccinations.


For info on meeting Leon and/or Chico, please contact Rachel Meisels of Pets In Need at 650) 421-2264 or


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"Maya" 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 no children.

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 dogs.

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 pigs).

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 Maya is located in Modesto.

Posted 8-13-19

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"Saxxon" 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 brother.

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: 707-378-3805,

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 can begin.

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 us with.

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

Posted 6-2-19

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"Sampson" 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 pet.

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 neutered.

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 or
916-912-2517. I'm located in South Sacramento

Posted 2-13-18

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"Baby Bear" 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 cuddle.

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

Posted 12-8-17

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"Koda" 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 from full-grown.

Koda loves 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 lap dog!

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.

Claudia has 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.

For information about adopting Koda, please contact Claudia at either or 916-849-7003.

Posted 2-25-17

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Located in Woodward, Oklahoma!

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. 

Please contact Danielle Barcomb of Woof Pet Rescue at or 580-303-7700.

Posted 10-29-15

Andrea 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 own.

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 if you would like to learn more about this dog......and visit our website 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!

Posted 8-12-15

"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 heartworm preventative. 

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

Posted 6-7-14

"Bess" is 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 their Website for information on adopting Bess. Animal Friend's Connection is located in Lodi.

Posted 5-23-14 

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"Sassy" is 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 and clicking on the e-mail link on the right column. 

Posted 4-17-14

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

Posted 9-3-13


Still available as of 8-9-12!
is a 5-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 for contact info and adoption application.

Posted 8-21-07; updated 8-9-12

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Adopted 2-19-18

"Zola" 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 Feb 11.

 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 Cordova.


Please contact Barbara Reagan at either or 916-582-2771.

Posted 2-16-18

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