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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  



Carmel, CA

"Axel" is a 72-lb, 3-yo neutered male GSD mix who is just as good-natured as he is handsome. Axel wins the hearts of everyone he meets. Axel is currently in foster care in Carmel after coming to Animal Friends Rescue Project (Pacific Grove) from the Hitchcock Road animal shelter.

Axel loves to be close to his person and he will place his front paws on your lap during petting and cuddling time. He’s a smart dog who is very interested in everything going on around him, and when meeting new people he will wag his tail and jump in the air, but he’ll sit nicely to get petted.

Axel is a well mannered dog who is house trained, knows the commands sit and stay, and waits patiently while you put on his leash and harness before heading out for a walk. Axel loves to sniff and explore when he’s on leash, and he’s completely non-reactive to other dogs he meets, even if they are barking at him. 

Axel is a great match for a household with another friendly, playful and socialized dog. However, he needs a home with no cats.

Axel absolutely loves playing with toys and he will flip them into the air to play fetch with himself if you are busy! Axel is a polite passenger in the car, and he has great house manners. 

Due to Axel's size and energy level, an adult adopter or family with kids over age 12 would be best. Experience with this breed or working breeds is preferred. Pre-registration for training classes is a requirement for adoption. Meet and greets can be arranged once your online application has been received and approved.

To fill out an adoption application, go to

Posted 5-24-22


"Simba" is an approx 2-yo male GSD who a woman in Modesto (Lauren) took in on Sunday, May 8. Lauren had been out for a run when Simba came up to join her. Lauren found out that somebody had dropped off Simba earlier that day with a homeless person along with a few bucks to take him in.

Lauren did not want to leave Simba in a homeless situation, so she brought him home. She's had Simba scanned for a microchip (none) and checked online lost animal Websites to determine if maybe Simba was stolen, but that doesn't appear to be the case.

Lauren says Simba is very friendly with everyone he meets )including her children) is calm, and is mellow w/ other dogs. Click here for a video of Simba w/ Lauren's 5-yo son.

Lauren has two Boxers, one who is not friendly w/ other dogs, so she says that she can't keep Simba indefinitely. She is trying her best to keep from taking him to the shelter, but that may be her only option. THE SHELTER IN MODESTO IS OVERFLOWING WITH GERMAN SHEPHERDS AND RESCUE IS USUALLY THE ONLY WAY OUT FOR THESE DOGS.

If you're interested in adopting Simba, or willing to foster him for Lauren, please contact her at either or 773-749-6562.

Posted 5-9-22

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"Coco" is a 3-yo, approx 40-lb spayed female GSD mix who is sweet, joyful, and who bonds deeply with her human. She also has limited use of her back legs due to a broken back & pelvis she suffered when she was hit by a car on Oct 28, 2021. Coco can move both of her rear legs but she cannot walk without the aid of a wheelcart--which she does fantastic in. Coco’s broken back & pelvis have been stabilized through two surgeries and her rear-end strength is improving. She is beginning to stand on her own and is getting stronger everyday with acupuncture, cold laser therapy and physical therapy. Coco is current on vaccines, heartworm-negative and microchipped.

Coco loves meeting new people and is the type of dog that can be taken anywhere in public. She has done well with the children she’s met. Coco currently comes to work daily with her foster caretaker Emily, who is an RVT at the veterinary hospital in Grass Valley where Coco’s surgeries were performed. Coco stays in an x-pen by the reception desk where she loves all the attention she gets.

Coco gets along well with Emily’s two dogs. She’s also fine with the ancient resident cat at the hospital, though she did try to chase the cats who ran from her in a previous foster home.

Coco loves going for car rides, exploring new places,and her entire being lights up with joy when she is able to run run run in her wheelcart! (Click here for a video of Coco lighting it up in her cart.)

In addition to her wheelcart, Coco uses some mobility devices/braces to help retrain her how to use her rear legs. She wears doggie diapers because she doesn't have complete control over her urination and defecation, although this seems to be improving as well. Her diaper is often dry between changes and she will stand with support and urinate when she is being changed. All of Coco’s mobility devices would go with her, along with a supply of reusable cloth diapers, her current food, and other various supplies.

Coco’s ideal home would be one with a person or family who is (are) home most of the day to spend time with her and take her on adventures in her wheelcart. The person who cares for her would just need time, love, patience, and the ability to lift and support a 40 pound dog. Emily will be happy to teach anyone what they would need to know to take care of Coco--no special medical knowledge is needed.

Coco is currently located in Grass Valley CA, but Emily is willing to drive anywhere to show Coco to people who are interested in adopting or foster her.

Coco is available for adoption through the rescue group Sammie's Friends. Please contact Emily Collins at or 530-798-3130

Posted 1-23-22

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"Duff" is an approx 8-yo male GSD available for adoption from the animal shelter in Fallon, NV. Poor Duff has been at the shelter since July 20, 2021, when he was brought in as a stray.

Duff is very friendly with people, but the shelter feels he would do best as an only dog. [Note from GSRSV: he'd likely do fine w/ a medium to large female dog.]

A vet diagnosed Duff w/ Degenerative Myelopathy (DM, which is a non-painful disease of the spinal cord that will eventually cause Duff to be unable to walk. However, diagnosing DM is not a precise science and it's possible that Duff just has hip issues. Either way, he's not 100% in the rear end so whoever adopts Duff should expect some deterioration in his mobility and be prepared to help him out with that. (Wheel carts can really help dogs with DM.)

If you're interested in learning more about Duff, please contact the City of Fallon Animal Shelter at (775) 423-2282.

Posted 11-29-21


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"Sasha" is a beautiful approx 5-yo spayed female GSD who is loving, playful and somewhat alpha.

Sasha is healthy and current on her rabies and distemper/parvo vaccinations.

Sasha initially barks at strangers who come into the house, but once they are introduced is very friendly. She’s also friendly with people she meets beyond her own territory.

Sasha is great with young children; her people have kids over often and she plays gently with them and loves attention. She waits patiently for treats and takes them gently from hand.

Sasha has only been around the dogs in her current home since her people took her in back in June and has not done well with them. She gets jealous easily when the other dogs receive attention and drives them away.

Sasha does NOT get along with cats, so a home WITHOUT CATS is in order.

Sasha’s people keep her outside primarily, so they can’t say definitively if she’s housetrained. However, they have had her inside on a few occasions for 2-4 hours and she did not have any accidents during those times.

Sasha likely received some obedience training previously as she sits and shakes her paw on command. She walks well on leash without distractions, and when she sees other dogs when she is on a walk she only wants to check them out—she doesn’t go ballistic.

Sasha rides well in a car. She likes squeaky toys. It’s unknown if she’s a swimmer.

Sasha’s people found her as a stray in June 2021 and were unable to find her owner. They decided to keep her and had her spayed in August. Unfortunately, Sasha is very jealous of the existing dogs in her home which has led to altercations. Regretfully, her people are seeking a new home for her.

Sasha Is located in Fresno. Her adoption fee is $100.

Please contact Rebecca Hoffman at or 559-824-2110.

Posted 11-14-21

Available at City of Tracy Animal Shelter

"Flora" is a beautiful 3-yo female GSD mix awaiting adoption at the City of Tracy animal shelter (

Flora is a sweet dog but does not show well in her kennel. But once she's out and gets to know you she’s a lover! (See how much she likes being handled by clicking on this link.)

Quote from a volunteer who met Flora: "She’s a great pup and sooo friendly out of the kennel. Took only about 5 mins or less for her to start giving me kisses. Lets me pet her all over. And she loves treats. Flora walks well on a leash. Click here for a short video.

Poor Flora was found as a stray and has been at the shelter since Aug 6! She's a great dog but adoptions are just horrendously slow. Won't you consider adopting Flora? For info about her, please contact the Tracy shelter at (209) 831-6364 and refer to Flora by her ID #: A036807.

Posted 10-22-21; updated 10-26-21


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"Patti" is a beautiful, approx 6-yo old spayed female GSD/Chow or GSD/Shiba Inu mix who is a staff and volunteer favorite at the Sac County ("Bradshaw") animal shelter. She’s a polite dog who seeks attention and soaks it up. (Click here for a short video of Patti soaking it up!)

Patti enjoys going on walks and has good leash manners. She is looking for a home with a patient adopter who will take the time to let her acclimate to her new environment and the family’s routine. This will include slow introductions to family pets. She has done well in playgroups with other low-energy, respectful female and male dogs. She would do best in a home without cats as she was returned once to the shelter already for chasing the resident cat.

Patti would love to be adopted or fostered, as kennel life is very stressful for her. To foster Patti, fill out a foster application at and send it to

To meet and adopt Patti, please call the Sac County shelter's adoption by appointment line at 916-875-2287. The appointment phone lines are open Tuesday-Sunday from 9:30am to 3:30pm. (closed Monday and holidays).

Be prepared to give the shelter representative Patti’s animal ID number: A796218. The phones get busy, so if you don’t get through right away, keep trying. They're working hard to provide each potential adopter with excellent customer service!

Posted 10-6-21

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"Hera" (on left) and "Zeuss" (on right) are 10-yo (born July 2011) GSD littermates who are very affectionate, well-behaved and attached to each other. Hera is spayed and Zeuss is neutered. They are both in very good physical condition; their person is a former veterinarian.

Hera & Zeuss have been with the same person since they were puppies. That person is now 92 yrs old and in failing mental capacity. She is presently being attended to part time by a woman named Alice, who is facilitating the rehoming of the two dogs.

Hera & Zeuss have both been well-socialized with people and love nothing more than to be petted and cuddled. They have not been around small children but would surely do fine w/ older kids.

Hera & Zeuss have not been well socialized with other dogs so would be best placed in a home w/ no other dogs. However, I think if the existing dog was a large, confident dog there would be no issues as Hera & Zeuss would mostly interact with each other.

There is a cat in Hera & Zeuss' home, but it is presently kept in a kennel in the garage. The two dogs do not pay any attention to the cat as they pass it by. More info on how Hera & Zeuss interact w/ the cat forthcoming.

Hera & Zeuss are well-trained. They are used to gentle voice commands and will come, sit, lie down, bow, and wait for their food to be placed in front of them. They will basically do anything for a biscuit!

Because Hera & Zeuss have been together their entire lives, they must be adopted together.

Hera & Zeuss are located in Grass Valley. Please contact Alice Q at either 530-386-3246 or

Posted 8-10-21

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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




"Bear" is an approx 2-yo neutered male GSD mix who is energetic, cuddly, and smart Bear has been very friendly with the people he’s met in the short time that he’s been in his present foster home. He’s also been great w/ the foster caretaker’s 7-month old baby—he gives him kisses! Bear reportedly lived with two children, ages 8 & 10 yrs, in his former home.

Bear is good with other dogs. When introduced to his foster family’s GSD/Great Dane, he was timid at first but then wanted to play. He is a little overbearing on the smaller dog in the household, but it appears that he just wants to play. Bear reportedly played with a Pomeranian in his former home.

We don’t know how Bear is with cats.

Bear is housetrained and well-behaved inside. His people leave him in the living room when they are gone. He also sleeps in the living room. He’d probably like to sleep with his people on their bed, but it would get a little crowded w/ their baby!

Bear walks well on leash and has been non-reactive towards the dogs he’s seen on walks.

Bear freaked out the one time his foster people tried to put him in the car. Could be that he thought he was being rehomed again. Whatever the case, Bear will need further experience riding in a vehicle before he’s comfortable with it.

Bear loves to play ball, loves chew toys (especially those that squeak) and loves to cuddle.

Bear’s foster family took him in on May 1from a neighbor who took him in from his former family. The former family had to surrender Bear due to financial difficulties, and the neighbor had four little dogs that didn't take well to Bear.

Bear would do best in a family where he wouldn’t be alone too often; he likes to follow his person around everywhere she goes.

Bear is located in Fairfield, CA. His adoption fee is $100.

Please contact Margaux Thibaut at or 415-466-5744.

Posted 5-3-22

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