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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  





Needs Foster Home!

"Chiquita" is a 10-mos old spayed female GSD/Presa Canario who is sweet, playful and smart. Chiquita is immediately friendly with most strangers, but is initially apprehensive with some strangers who come into her house. Chiquita has made friends with every child she's met, but she does exhibit some behaviors that make her less than a good candidate for kids under 5 yrs old. For example, when somebody is throwing a ball for her, she sometimes tries to grab it out of their hand. Also, she's already quite large (65 lbs) and is expected to be over 100 lbs full-grown.

Chiquita loves other dogs and just wants to play, play, play with them--whether it be at a dog park or in her own yard. She likes to play rough, so if adopted into a home with another dog that dog should be ready to rock 'n roll w/ Chiquita. A mellow or senior dog would not be a good match for her.

Chiquita has chased every cat she's ever seen, so we are seeking a home without cats for her.

Chiquita is housetrained and has been since she was two months old. She will sit next to the door or whine when she needs to go outside. Her owner has left her inside for up to three hours and the only thing Chiquita has chewed is her toys and her bones. She also waits patiently when left in the car for short periods.

Though friendly with people, Chiquita has already shown the makings of a good watchdog--if she sleeps outside of the bedroom, she will respond to any noise she hears outside by running through the house barking. It's a job she loves to do!

Chiquita already responds well to numerous commands, and is just beginning adult "Level One" obedience training classes at Petco. She is a bundle of energy on walks and pulls hard in excitement when she sees other dogs.

Chiquita likes to play tug, chase sticks and balls (especially into lakes or creeks), fetch, and to wrestle. She can play for hours with water coming out of hoses or sprinklers, and will likely be a full-on swimmer.

Chiquita's owner Lara obtained Chiquita through Craigslist from an individual whose GSD and/or Presa Canario "accidentally" had puppies. She didn't feel good about the puppies' environment so took one home, intending to foster her until she could find her a permanent home. So far, Lara has been unable to find a home for Chiquita on her own, so reached out to GSRSV.

Lara is presently living with a woman who is losing her ability to walk. Chiquita's size and energy pose the risk of tripping up the woman. Therefore, Lara is seeking a foster home for Chiquita as well as a permanent home.

Please contact Lara Wheeler at either 907-242-4426 or

Chiquita is located in Chico. Her adoption fee is $250.

Posted 11-4-18

"Ruger" is a large (approx 90 lbs), 1-yo (born 7-11-18) male GSD who is happy, loveable, energetic.....and mostly blind. (More on that later.) Ruger loves everyone and is good with children--though too large and clumsy for toddlers.

Ruger is good with other dogs, but is a little socially awkward due to his size and limited vision. He tends to get his head over other dogs' backs, which is often misinterpreted as a dominance posture. Ruger coexists peacefully with five other dogs and also interacts well with strange dogs coming and going in his house.

Ruger has yet to encounter any cats.

Ruger is solidly housetrained, though his caregiver Diedra does keep him crated while she's away and at night.

Diedra is a canine behaviorist and has been working w/ Ruger on basic obedience and respecting personal space. Ruger walks well on leash, though Diedra does use a prong collar. He is non-reactive towards other dogs when on walks. Ruger rides great in the car.

Ruger is super-playful and will play with just about any toy that he finds: ropes, Kongs, Nylabones, tough-balls, etc. He likes noises so he will throw a Nylabone around just to hear the noise! Ruger also loves water, and likes to be sprayed with the hose.

OK--now for the nearly blind part......Ruger has genetic cataracts, a condition he was born with. The condition can be surgically corrected--at a cost of about $3,000. Additionally, Ruger would need eye drops administered four times/day for two weeks following the surgery. The surgery should restore 90-95% of his vision.

Ruger is actually very good at navigating around the house which may lead people to believe he has some sight. He uses his nose and hearing to navigate and rarely runs into things. He's a brave, undaunted dog.

Ruger's former owners were an elderly couple who purchased him as a pup, primarily to lure their grandson over to their house more. Ruger was essentially running roughshod over  the couple, so they hired Diedra to teach him some manners. One of his owners had a life-altering medical diagnosis that led them to nearly drop Ruger off at a shelter. Diedra intervened and took Ruger into her home.

Diedra is seeking a permanent or foster home for Ruger as she recently had knee surgery and Ruger is a serious risk for her in her home. She has so far raised about $1K of the $3K needed for Ruger's eye surgery, which she will pass on to Ruger's next owner (provided they go forward w/ the surgery).

If you're interested in Ruger, please contact Diedra McElroy at either 209-679-2033 or Ruger is located in Lathrop.

Posted 7-4-18

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"Phoenix" is an approx 7-yo female GSD who is lovable, adventurous and outgoing. Phoenix does very well with meeting new people. She may bark a little at first but after a quick sniff you are her new best friend.

Phoenix has been great w/ her foster caretaker's (Mike's) 12-yo autistic son. She will often sit beside him and wait for him to pet her.

Phoenix has done very well with the three large dogs she lives with (two females and a male). The one exception is that she objects to either of the females coming up onto Mike's bed. Phoenix did very well with all of the dogs she met at German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley's rescue ranch. (Click here for a video.) We do NOT recommend Phoenix be paired w/ a small dog, as she will chase after small dogs who run from her.

Phoenix has not been near any cats since she was rescued from her former home, but given her propensity for chasing after small dogs, it's a given that she'd chase after cats. So, a home without cats is in order for Phoenix.

Phoenix is fully housetrained and will whine to let you know when she needs to go outside. If her foster caretakers have to leave the house for an extended period of time, Phoenix is given the run of the back yard with the side garage door open. Phoenix prefers sleeping on a dog bed on the floor.

Phoenix does not appear to have received any formal training, but she responds very quickly when she is called or when reprimanded. She walks very well on leash, not leading or pulling. She is very content walking at Mike's side and matching his stride, stopping only to sniff occasionally. She is not reactive towards other dogs that she sees when on walks.

Phoenix absolutely loves car rides. She is quite happy hanging her head out the window and taking in all the smells and sights she has never experienced before.

Phoenix will play with her soft plushy toy when she is excited, though she's not big on retrieving. She shows a lot of interest in larger bodies of water (such as the pond at GSRSV's rescue ranch), but has yet to commit to jumping in. It's possible that  she likes to play in water, but may be a little anxious about all the recent changes in her life.

Mike took Phoenix in from a man who listed her on Craigslist for free because his other dogs were beating up on her. It was obvious that Phoenix had been used for breeding, and though she does not show any obvious signs of abuse, she clearly did not have a very good life in her former home.

Phoenix had yet to be spayed as of the date of this post, but will be spayed prior to adoption.

Please contact Mike Riley at either 916-585-0000 or for info about adopting Phoenix.

Phoenix is located in North Highlands.

Posted 5-22-18

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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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