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Sometimes unforeseen circumstances force German Shepherd owners to seek a new home for their dog(s). This page serves to link such individuals with potential new owners--and to help prevent the tragedy of owners surrendering their pets to a shelter.

GSRSV is not involved in the adoption process of dogs listed on this page. Individuals interested in adopting a dog listed below should contact the owner directly at the phone number or e-mail listed. Because GSRSV is has not evaluated the dogs listed here, I cannot take responsibility for their temperament or health.

If you are an owner interested in listing your German Shepherd Dog(s) here, please see How to Place a Dog Through GSRSV

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Last updated  07/05/2022

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Rocklin, CA

"Frankie" is an approx 60-lb, 16-month old spayed female GSD mix who is energetic, sweet and reactive to people and other dogs in certain situations.

For the most part, Frankie is fine with other people; she is friendly with those who come into her home. However, she barks and lunges at people she sees when she’s out on walks. Frankie has yet to be around young children, and because she has as slight nipping problem a home without children is recommended.

Frankie does very well with other dogs, including small dogs, when she’s off-leash. However, when she’s on leash, she is very reactive towards other dogs. She lives with a female GSD who she has somewhat of a rivalry with, but it's mostly due to the other dog's jealousy of her. Click here for a video of Frankie and the female GSD.

Frankie lives with cats and only wants to play with them. Frankie would likely do well in a home w/ a dog-savvy cat(s).

Frankie in mostly housetrained but he is not allowed to roam the house unsupervised. Frankie is kept in a crate at night as well. [Note from GSRSV: the fact that Frankie is kept crated so much explains why she is not fully housetrained; she has not had the opportunity to learn from her mistakes.]

Frankie walks fairly well on a leash when there are no distractions. However, she is very reactive (lunging, barking) when she sees other dogs and sometimes gets anxious/reactive when cars go by. Frankie’s off-leash recall could use improvement.

Frankie rides OK in a car but sometimes gets car-sick.

Audrey purchased Frankie from a breeder when Frankie was four months old. She is now seeking a new home for Frankie because of her reactive behaviors, which Audrey does not have the training skills or financial resources to help her overcome.

Frankie would definitely benefit from formal obedience training. It’s likely that she can overcome her aberrant behaviors with proper training.

Frankie is located in Rocklin Her adoption fee is $50.

Posted 6-30-22

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Grass Valley, CA

"Gracie" is a large (80 lbs), 3-4 yo spayed female GSD who is loyal, very chill but also a dominant dog. Gracie is great with people of all ages and has no issues when introduced to strangers inside the house. Gracie is great with children and is very protective of the kids she lives with (presently 9 months, 8, 10, 12 &14 yrs old).

Gracie has lived with several other dogs most of her life and has done well with all but one of them—another alpha female. She gets along fine w/ the non-alpha female Shepherd and snuggles with the Chihuahua and Pug she lives with.

Gracie does NOT get along well w/ cats. She has a high prey drive and also does not do well with small livestock.

Gracie is housetrained and sleeps inside pretty much wherever she likes. When her people are gone for more than an hour they keep her outside or in a crate inside. Gracie takes her job of protecting the property seriously!

Gracie received formal basic obedience training when she was two years old. She walked very well on-leash at that time, but has not been on leash much at all since then as she lives on a seven-acre property which she has the run of. Gracie has very good off-leash recall.

Gracie loves car rides and is a good passenger. She has a couple of favorite “stuffy” toys that she likes to snuggle with. She likes to splash around in water but is not a big swimmer.

Gracie’s family took her in from a friend when she was only eight weeks old. Though she has been an integral part of the family, they are now seeking a new home for her because of continued fighting between her and their other alpha female dog.

Gracie is located in Grass Valley. Her adoption fee is $100.

Please contact Jamie Bartsch at (530) 263-4440 or

Posted 6-24-22

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URGENT! Needs to find new home by June 30!

"Cherry" is an approx 50 lb, 5-yo spayed female GSD/Husky mix who is loving and playful. She loves to be petted and engaged with, but is also Ok alone. Cherry has no health issues but is overdue for her distemper/parvo & rabies vaccinations.

Cherry loves people of all ages. She does get playful around children so she would need a little extra supervision in a home with very young children.

Cherry gets along great with most other dogs but can be playful to a point of being annoying. Also, she is NOT good with small dogs.

Cherry is also NOT good with cats.

Cherry is housetrained, but she prefers to be outside and spends most of her time there, including at night.

Cherry has not received any formal obedience training.

Cherry walks great on leash in her familiar, quiet neighborhood but gets anxious in new, busy environments. She is non-reactive towards other dogs she sees when walking on leash. Cherry does NOT have good off-leash recall.

Cherry rides well in a car. She loves to play fetch, tug-of-war and simply running around. Cherry also loves splash in kiddie pools and to swim.

Cherry’s person (Amber) has had her since she was a little puppy. She is now seeking a new home for her because she is moving to a place where she is only allowed two dogs and she has three other dogs besides Cherry. Amber needs to find a new home for Cherry by June 30, when she’ll be vacating her current house!

Cherry is located in Sacramento. A $50 rehoming fee is required, per German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley’s policy. (Normally the rehoming fee is $100, but $50 is discounted to pay for the vaccinations Cherry needs.)
Please contact Amber Barajas at 916-595-3202 or

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"Noah" is an approx 85-lb, 3-yo (born 5-21-19) neutered male GSD who is affectionate, obedient and playful. Noah is friendly with most everyone he meets and can be introduced to new people in the home without any problems. He is great with children, but a home without children is sought for Noah due to a behavioral issue that needs to be addressed; more on that later.

Noah is good with other dogs, including small dogs. Noah was formerly a regular visitor to a dog park and did well with all the dogs he met.

Noah is also good with the cat he lives with, though she is not very fond of him. Noah just wants to play with the cat and will bow in an effort to get her to play, but she will have none of that. Still, a home with a large dog-savvy cat is certainly a possibility.

Noah is housetrained and is generally inside. He sleeps next to his person’s (Erika) bed. Erika does keep him in a crate when she’s gone for extended periods, however.

Noah has received considerable obedience training and obeys numerous commands. He walks great on leash when there are no distractions. He does become agitated when he sees other dogs, but Erika controls this by providing direction to Noah and keeping a fair distance from other dogs. Noah has fairly good off-leash recall.

Noah rides well in a vehicle though he does get excited when he sees another dog.

Noah loves to play fetch and tug-of-war. Erika likes to combine play-time with obedience training.

Erika adopted Noah in February 2021 from a nurse in Puerto Rico who did not have enough time to devote to him. She is now seeking to rehome him because Noah has developed an aggressive reaction to certain high-pitched noises when inside, and Erika feels that she does not have the skills to help Noah overcome the behavior. Specifically, Noah starts barking and growling in circles looking for the source of the sound and has bit Erika (not badly) on a couple of occasions. Examples of noises that set Noah off are  shoes squeaking on the floor and metal-to-metal sounds such as a squeaking hinge. 

Erika has sought the advice of canine behaviorists and trainers, but still feels that it would be best that Noah go to a new home with a person who can provide structure and boundaries from the beginning.

Noah is located in Vallejo. His adoption fee is $100, as required by GSRSV.

Please contact Erika Acosta at 787-593-8644 or

Posted 6-13-22

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URGENT! Needs new home by July 1 due to move.

"Oso" is a 15-month old intact male GSD mix who is energetic, loving and snuggly.

Oso is friendly with people he meets, including those who come into the house. Oso has not been around children yet.

Oso is great around other dogs, including very small dogs.

Oso is NOT good with cats.

Oso is housetrained and stays in his person’s room when she’s gone for more than an hour. He also sleeps in her room on a dog bed besides her bed.

Oso has not received any formal obedience training. He walks very weil on leash except when he sees other dogs—then he wants to run up to meet them. Oso has fairly good off-leash recall.

Oso does not like riding in cars. He gets down on the floor and tries hiding under the seat. Oso enjoys playing fetch and chewing on his stuffed “turtle” toy.

Oso’s person Courtny purchased him from a person who listed him on Craigslist about a year ago. She is now seeking a new home for him because she is moving and can’t afford a place that has a yard big enough to give him the room he needs.

Oso is located in Fresno. Because he is not neutered yet, a $300 deposit will be required to ensure whoever adopts Oso has him neutered within 60 days of adoption. Once evidence of neutering is provided, Courtny will refund the $300 deposit.

Please contact Cournty Houser at 559-860-7924 or

Posted 6-13-22

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"Tank" is an approx 7-yo, 90-lb neutered male GSD/Husky/Lab who is loving and enthusiastic. He is UTD on vaccinations and has no health issues.

Tank is good with people, including young children. He’s heavy and happy, so watch his tail around coffee tables and toddlers!

Tank is NOT good w/ other dogs or cats.

Tank is housetrained and sleeps inside. He also stays inside when his person is at work.

Tanks walks well on leash when there are no distractions. However, he gets fairly worked up when he sees other dogs. He has pretty decent off-leash recall.

Tank rides well in a vehicle. He loves all chase games and squeaky toys.

Tank’s person (Malik) had to move to an apartment where he couldn’t take Tank with him. He’s kept Tank at his former rental house since June 3. He was supposed to have Tank gone on June 1.

Malik goes to the place where Tank is every day to feed & walk him and make sure he has fresh water. However, it’s just a matter of time before the landlord will call animal control to have Tank taken to the shelter.

Malik has had Tank for 4½-yrs. Tank was originally his wife's dog but she left Tank with Malik when they split up.

Please contact Malik McGriff at 530-566-5974 or

Posted 6-10-22


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"Ammo" is an intact 85-lb, 2-yo (born Jan 2020) male Black Lab/GSD who is energetic, goofy and somewhat anxious. He is a loving dog who needs lots of exercise and could use more training and socialization with people.

Ammo is initially apprehensive when meeting strangers. He’ll bark a bit, then is OK after sniffing them. He has never bit anybody, but he has growled when at the vet and the groomer.

Ammo has been raised with children ranging from 2 -10 yrs (presently). He has always done well w/ the kids up until recently when he began to growl when the 2-yo approaches him. Most likely there was an incident in which the toddler poked or otherwise irritated Ammo.

Ammo is great with other dogs. He lives with an Australian Shepherd and has play dates w/ the English Bulldog next door. He is fine w/ strange dogs as well.

Ammo has never been around cats so a home without cats is recommended.

Ammo is housetrained and sleeps inside. He is kept outside with the other dog when his people are gone.

Ammo walks well on leash when there are no distractions. He gets very excited when he sees another dog and pulls towards the dog, but only out of a desire to play. He has fairly good off-leash recall. Ammo has never received any formal obedience training.

Ammo loves going for car rides and is a good passenger. He loves to run and play fetch. Ammo also loves to be sprayed with water and to splash in a kiddie pool. Though he’s never had the chance to swim, there’s little doubt that he’d take right to it, given his primary breed.

Ammo’s people brought him home as a 3-4 month old puppy. Though he has been an integral part of their family, they are now seeking a new home for him because he has begun to exhibit some behaviors (growling at their 2-yr old paramount among them) that they feel could be curbed in a different home environment than theirs. With four children, they just don’t have the time to provide Ammo with the training and socialization he needs.

Though there is no adoption fee for Ammo, because he is not neutered GSRSV is requiring that whoever adopts him pay his owners a $300 refundable neuter deposit to ensure that they have Ammo neutered within 60 days. The deposit will be fully refunded once evidence of neutering is provided within the 60 day window.

Ammo is located in Lincoln. Please contact Bekka Dunn at either or (707)303-5050.

Posted 4-23-22

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"Atlas" is an approx 21-month old, 100-lb neutered male GSD who is loveable, excitable and protective. Atlas doesn’t realize his own size and strength and can be very jumpy and mouthy when he’s excited—which has led to a few unintentional “mouth scrapes” which have drawn blood. For this reason, Atlas’ people now keep him muzzled when he’s not in their bedroom.

Atlas has not been very well socialized with strangers and consistently barks at people who are invited into the house until he can be settled down. He needs training in this area.

Atlas is OK w/ his people’s children, but he often gets too rambunctious with them, leading to scrapes from his claws or teeth; he simply overwhelms them. He barks at other children who come into the house so his people need to keep him kenneled during those times. We feel that a home with children no younger than 10 yrs old is appropriate for Atlas.

Atlas lives with a 12-yo female GSD and a 6-yo female Husky and he plays too rough for both of them. Atlas has done fine with other dogs at the dog park in the past, but after having a fight w/ a dog during his last visit his people no longer bring him there. Atlas would probably be fine with a large, playful female canine companion. Atlas has not been around really small dogs.

Atlas lives with four cats, and though he has not hurt any of them, he gets excited by them and wants to play—which they want no part of. A home with a cat or cats will be considered, as long as they are dog-savvy and used to a big dog.

Atlas is housetrained and sleeps inside on his dog bed, next to the parents’ bed. He is kept outside or in a crate when his people are gone for more than an hour.

Atlas has not received any formal obedience training and does not respond to many commands consistently. He would greatly benefit from a basic obedience training course.

Atlas walks fine on leash without distractions, but gets very agitated when he sees other dogs. Atlas’ people have a large backyard and have not walked Atlas for the past few months. Atlas has no experience walking off-leash.

Atlas enjoys riding in a car, but is very excitable when riding, pacing back and forth on the back seat and wanting his head out the window. He likes playing catch and chewing on squeaky toys. He loves playing in water.

Atlas’ family adopted him fifteen months ago from his previous person. They are now seeking a new home for Atlas because he is just too big and rambunctious for their kids and dogs and they aren’t equipped to provide him the training he needs.
Atlas’ family is willing to pay for up to $500 worth of training when he is adopted!

In summary, Atlas is a loving, protective dog who needs a home with an experienced GSD person (or people) who can provide him with strong guidance, training, and lots of attention. Atlas is a little rough-hewn, but he is still young and has lots of potential.

Atlas is located in Sacramento. His adoption fee is $100, which his people will donate to GSRSV.

Please contact Monica Rothenbaum at 916-870-7714 or

Posted 1-24-22

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"Boston" is a 1½-yo, approx 65-lb spayed female GSD/ Cattle Dog/Pitbull mix who is high-drive, loving, and fearful of strangers—at least when on leash. Boston is very affectionate with her own people and loves to snuggle.

Boston does fine with people when she is off leash, such as at dog parks. However, when on leash she will she will bark, lunge, and snap at those she feels nervous around. Boston is not comfortable around children so a home without kids is in order for her.

Boston loves playing with other dogs and has excellent dog social skills. (Click here for a short video of her playing w/ other dogs at the beach.) She goes to off-leash dog parks every day and has a great time! Boston’s ideal home would include another playful dog for her to interact with, but this is not a requirement for adoption.

Boston is not a fan of cats so a home WITHOUT CATS is in order.

Boston has received considerable training, both for helping with her fear of strangers as well as for general obedience. UC Davis Veterinary School’s “Behavioral Team” prescribed two medications to help Boston w/ her fear aggression: gabapentin (3 X day) and sertraline hydrochloride ("Zoloft"—once/day). The medications have been a helpful tool in Boston’s training, but her people feel pretty confident (and GSRSV agrees) that if she lived somewhere quieter and with enough land for exercise so she didn’t have to encounter strangers she could be tapered off of it. Boston still receives both medications; together they cost about $25/month.

Tug Dogs’ work with Boston has helped reduce her aggression towards strangers but has not eliminated the behavior. Boston is a high-drive dog who thrives on “work” and learning new skills; her people often use a toy as a reward for her completing a series of commands.

Boston walks great on leash in the absence of human or “critter” (cats, squirrels) distractions. Further, her reactions to people are much less pronounced once she’s had plenty of exercise.

Boston is fully housetrained but her people do keep her crated when they are gone (usually with a treat-stuffed toy for her to work on). She sleeps either on their bed or in her crate.

Boston has yet to try a game she doesn't like. Favorites include fetch (with balls, sticks, Frisbees, etc), tug, "find it," and she enjoys obedience training. Boston does well riding in the car, but she is very reactive towards people who come near the vehicle when it’s parked. Boston likes to wade in water but has not yet gone for a full swim.

Boston’s people (Lisa & Chelsea) adopted her at 7 wks old in May 2020 from a rescue in Chico. They live in Oakland—a busy, urban environment that leads too often to the encounters with strangers that set Boston off. They are now seeking a new home for her in a more rural, private outdoor space environment with active people who can continue to give Boston the off-leash training and play that she thrives on.  

Boston is located in Sacramento. Please contact Lisa or Chelsea at or

Posted 11-17-21

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"Reno" is a 55-60 lb, approx 2-yo spayed female GSD mix who is energetic, fearful/anxious and affectionate. She loves nothing more than a good belly rub! She's healthy and up-to-date on her vaccinations.

Reno is very shy with people she's never met before. When a visitor comes into the house, she will hide in another room and bark loudly. When out on walks, she will avoid people. Reno has not been around young children since she was adopted; given her timidness around adults, it’s hard to say how she’ll do with youngsters.

Reno appears to be good with other dogs. She has played regularly with a male Weimaraner at a sporting dog kennel where she is receiving both canine and human socialization and training.

Reno has a strong prey drive and is NOT good with cats.

Reno is housetrained and non-destructive in the house. She has never chewed up anything but her toys. Her people keep her in a crate when they are gone for more than an hour; she hates being by herself and cries for long periods when let alone. Her people also keep her crated at night to allow their cats a chance to roam the house freely.

Reno has received some obedience training and obeys commands such as “down” and “stay.” She is a fast learner and very treat-motivated, which has helped speed her training. She walks OK on leash, but can become a little too playful and start nipping at her handler’s heels. If she is startled by another dog she sometimes reaches a state of anxiety where she will bark at her handler in a seemingly aggressive manner. 

Reno rides calmly in the car, but appears nervous while doing so.

Reno loves playing fetch and tug, as well as chewing on stuffed toys.

Reno has many behavioral issues that she needs help overcoming. She is fearful of not only new people but most new environments. She gets overly-excited in certain situations, such as when greeting her people in the morning; it’s as if she hasn’t seen them in ages and she becomes very mouthy. She demands attention and it can be difficult to bring her down when she is worked up.

Reno is definitely a "project dog", but she has many good traits which outshine her drawbacks. She is a loving dog who will continue to make progress in the right hands and reward her people with love and loyalty.

Reno's people adopted her from the municipal animal shelter in Joshua Tree (Southern California desert) in May 2021. Reno is a bit too large of a training project than they are capable of handling, and they also know Reno can't coexist with their cats.

Reno is located in Los Angeles. No rehoming fee is requested. 

Please contact Emma Kemp at 323-536-6714 or

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"Rocky" is a stunning 110-lb, 8-yo (born early Feb 2013) neutered male GSD who is energetic, protective and adventurous.

Rocky Is protective (barks) when first meeting strangers in the house. After a newcomer has spent more time in the house he warms up to them. He does not have issues with people who return after their first visit.

Rocky has been well-socialized with people throughout his life and has always been fine with people in neutral settings such as campgrounds. However, over the last year he has become increasingly reactive towards strangers. For example, this year he charged at a woman who came into the campground where his family was camping. He was on a lead and nothing became of it, but this kind of behavior used to be unusual for Rocky; now it’s the norm.

Rocky grew up with children and likes them, but not in groups. He can become nervous and growl if surrounded or closed in by large groups of kids.

Rocky does great with other dogs, both large and small. He’s a veteran of dog parks and enjoys playing with other dogs.

Rocky is NOT good with cats.

Rocky is housetrained but has been primarily an outdoor dog his entire life. He is brought inside when it is extremely hot or cold but otherwise remains outdoors.

Rocky never received any formal obedience training but is responsive to his people. He walks well on leash with a prong collar but pulls strong without it. Rocky is non-reactive to other dogs that he sees when on walks.

Rocky loves riding in a vehicle and is a good passenger. He enjoys playing fetch with sticks and toys but prefers to play keep-away rather than bring them back to you. Rocky loves water, whether it’s swimming or being sprayed by the hose.

Rocky’s people purchased him from a breeder when he was a young puppy. They are now reluctantly seeking a new home for him because Rocky has become overly-protective during the past year and they are concerned that he might bite somebody. Further, they are now uncomfortable bringing him to places with people around where Rocky used to be fine, such as dog parks. He is a loyal, good-natured dog who has developed some troubling behaviors mid-life--behaviors that shouldn't pose a problem in a different environment.

Rocky is located in Yuba City. Per GSRSV’s policy a $100 rehoming fee is required to adopt Rocky.

Contact Daniel Underwood at or 530-300-0142.

Posted 7-24-21


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