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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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Adopted 4-3-21!

"Cholo" is a large (approx 85 lb?), handsome 5-yo neutered male White German Shepherd in need of a new home. Cholo is presently with his person in a homeless camp near downtown Sacramento. Cholo’s person lost his house to a fire Christmas Eve 2020. Leticia, the daughter of Cholo’s person, is facilitating the rehoming of Cholo and will bring him to her house in Antelope to show to prospective adopters.

Cholo is very affectionate with his own people. He has always been friendly with strangers but protective of family members. He has interacted well with most people in the homeless camp. Cholo “acts like a big puppy” and will jump up on people so would not be good with small children--at least until he’d received some basic training.

Cholo used to live with a female GSD (Chica, pictured in the listing below this one) who he got along great with. Other than Chica, Cholo has not had much socialization w/ other dogs. (I imagine, though, that Cholo has interacted with other dogs in the homeless camp.) Cholo did chase after other loose dogs in the neighborhood he used to live in, but once he caught up to them would only bark at them.

Cholo has never lived with cats and will chase them.

Cholo has never received any obedience training so sometimes acts like a bull in a china shop. He does walk OK on leash, though. He also rides well in a car and waits in the car patiently—windows all down--without barking and does not try to jump out.

Cholo’s living situation is far from ideal and his family members are considering taking him to SPCA—where he may not do well at all. They are trying their best to avoid taking Cholo to a shelter.

There is no adoption fee for Cholo, but a $200 refundable neuter deposit is required. Cholo is scheduled to be neutered on March 25 at Cherry Creek Pet Hospital in Antelope. Cholo's adopter can bring him there to be neutered, or have him neutered at a veterinary hospital of his/her choosing. Once Cholo is neutered, the $200 deposit will be refunded.

If you’re interested in meeting Cholo, please contact Leticia Sanchez at (preferred) or 916-546-0702.

Posted 2-16-21; updated 3-22-21

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“Dietrich” is an approx 8-yo, nearly 100-lb  neutered male GSD who is affectionate, mellow (for the most part) and exceptionally well-behaved.

Dietrich is friendly with everyone he meets, both at home and beyond. He’s even OK with the Fed-Ex delivery person! 

Dietrich’s behavior with other dogs is varied. On the one hand, he dominates the timid male GSD (Cyrus) in the house he lives in (though does not attack him). On the other hand, he got along fine with Cyrus and another dog out in an open space once he worked off some energy. He did bark loudly at other dogs in the vet’s office, but does not bark at other dogs when he’s on walks.

Though Dietrich has shown the potential to be fine w/ other dogs in certain situations, his owner is seeking a home for him where his adopters aren’t planning to take him to places such as dog parks, doggy day care, etc. [Note from GSRSV: my read on Dietrich is that he has had limited interaction w/ other dogs but that he’s quite dog-workable with someone experienced in this area.]


Dietrich is definitely NOT good with cats. He goes after the cats in the house he live in.

Dietrich is fully housetrained and can be left inside by himself for hours with no mischievous behaviors at all. His current owners leave him in the garage when they are gone because of his behavior towards their inside cats. He is comfortable in a crate, too.

Dietrich is smart and learns exceptionally quick; he is very treat-motivated. He sits on command and learned how to shake in only 15 minutes! He is good on leash for the most part; he pulls some, but not too hard, and often heels on his own. However, if he sees a cat, hold on!

Dietrich enjoys traveling in a vehicle and is a very polite passenger; whether it's a ten minute or 3 hour ride, he just lays down and is perfectly quiet. He seems to be only now learning how to play with toys. He loves to play fetch and showed the potential to be a Frisbee-catching dog, too.

Dietrich is in great health. He runs up & down hills, plays in the water and does not seem to have any mobility issues at all. He jumps into the back of our SUV without any problems.

Dietrich’s owner Julie Stephens adopted him in early January 2020 through a rescue group  in Southern Calif. Dietrich was about to be put down at a shelter in the San Bernardino area so she took a leap of faith and committed to adopt him. Unfortunately, Dietrich turned out to be predatory towards her cats (common scenario), and the rescue group they adopted Dietrich from would not take him back. Fortunately, Julie is not the quitting type and is committed to holding on to Dietrich until an appropriate home can be found for him. That home should have no cats, either no dogs or a confident female dog, and people experienced working with dog-to-dog introductions.

Julie is located in Coos Bay, Oregon. Please contact her directly for info about possibly adopting Dietrich at or 503-807-8910.


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"Giselle" is a 1½-yo, 80-lb spayed female GSD mix who is happy, playful and a little quirky.

Giselle is friendly with people both at home and outside of the house. She's very devoted and loves attention. She’s OK with kids but doesn’t like them to jump at her. Further, she will sometimes snap if woken up. This makes her unsuitable for a home with young children.

Giselle is great with the little male dog she lives with--she plays with him often. However, she not so good w/ the little female dog. If her female owner is giving her attention and the female dog comes around, she’ll get testy with her. She also exhibits food-aggression towards the two little dogs. She might be OK w/ a confident male dog somewhat near her size or larger.

Giselle has not been socialized much w/ dogs other than the two she lives with, so it’s hard to say how she’ll be with dogs in an environment such as a dog park.

Giselle is good w/ the two cats she lives with. She will chase after them if they run, but has never hurt them.
Giselle is fully housetrained. She uses a dog door to go outside as she pleases and is fine in the house when her people are gone.

Giselle has never received any formal obedience training but does respond to some basic commands such as “sit” and “lie down.” She does pull when on leash so needs work in that area.

Giselle gets somewhat nervous in a car, but not to the point of being sick. She loves to play fetch and willingly brings the ball or toy back.

Giselle’s owners Paul & Terry have had her since she was two months old. They are seeking another home for her because of her behavior towards their small dogs and also because they are moving to San Diego in a few months where their grandkids will be visiting frequently.

Giselle is located in Antioch. Please contact Paul Russell at 408-702-7201 or if you’re interested in Giselle.

Posted 1-31-2020

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"Bella" is a beautiful, healthy 10-yo spayed female GSD who is friendly, protective and goofy at times. She's in good health and quite frisky for her age (though she clearly needs to lose a few pounds).

Bella's elderly owner Parri took her in from her son (not sure when or why). He raised Bella from the time she was seven wks old. Now Parri is seeking a new home for Bella due to a fall while walking Bella on Jan 13, 2020. Parri suffered multiple facial fractures which will take months to heal and now she's not able to walk Bella.

Bella is friendly with all people, including young children and visitors to her home.

Bella has not been well-socialized with other dogs so is not good with strange dogs. She is also not good with cats.

Bella is house trained, but she has been raised primarily as an outdoor dog.

Bella never received any formal obedience training, but does respond to basic commands such as "come, sit and shake."

Bella walks fine on leash and is not reactive towards other dogs as long as they are not too close.

Bella rides well in a car. She loves to play with the water stream from a hose.

Please contact Parri Pourakbar at or 408-204-4997 for more info about Bella.

Posted 1-17-20


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"Chico" is an approx 1-yo neutered male GSD
who is very social with people but can be picky about other dogs. Chico  walks well on leash and is a joy to be around but being confined to his small kennel day after day is taking its toll.

Chico is 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 Chico has been at the shelter for awhile and is getting kennel stressed.

Chico is neutered and completely up to date on their vaccinations.

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


Posted 9-4-19; updated 1-17-20

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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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"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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