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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

 This picture indicates that a dog has proven itself to be OK with cats.


Last updated  07/09/2020

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Adopted 7-7-20!

"Riggs" is a handsome, approx 70-lb, 2-yo neutered male GSD who is very intelligent, loving and alert. He is friendly with strangers when properly introduced, but can be a little over-eager by jumping up on them or being mouthy. Riggs has never been exposed to small children.

Riggs did fine with the other dogs who he met during training but does not routinely socialize with other dogs other than the male Labrador Retriever who he lives with (and does well with). He is non-reactive towards other dogs when on walks.

Riggs has not been around small dogs. He has a very strong predatory instinct so it’s possible he’d go after a small dog.

Riggs is NOT good with cats. Though he’s lived with several cats in his present home since he was adopted in Aug 2018, he was never allowed to interact with them off-leash. In January 2020 he attacked and killed one of the cats when they accidentally came together.

Riggs is fully housetrained but is rarely allowed free roam of the house. He does sleep inside the house but in a crate.

Riggs received several months of formal obedience training. He learned commands in both English & German and responds well to most basic commands. Riggs walks very well on leash, paying close attention to his handler.

Riggs rides well in a car. He is usually crated when travelling but does fine when not in the crate.

Riggs’ person Traci adopted him from the San Martin animal shelter in August 2018. Traci is seeking a new home for Riggs because he killed one of her cats and she has other cats. She has to keep tight control over Riggs and feels this is unfair to him. She is also recovering from spinal surgery and when Riggs and her Lab are together they play very rough, so Riggs I presently at a board & train facility.

Riggs is located in San Martin, CA, near Hwy 101 north of Gilroy and south of San Jose. A $200 rehoming fee is requested for Riggs.

Please contact Traci Godfrey at or 408-838-8757.

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Adopted 6-23-20!

"Heidi" is an approx 60-lb, two-yr old spayed female German Shepherd (maybe mixed w/ a little Husky) who is affectionate, playful and energetic.

Heidi is very friendly with people of all ages. She gets very excited when meeting new people both at home and otherwise and has never shown any signs of aggression. She adores young children and has done great w/ her owner’s niece and nephews who are 1yr, 2.5 yrs, and 4 yrs old. Heidi even lays next to them when they are playing on the trampoline! However, if children are hyperactive and running around the house she takes it as a sign that it is time to play and may accidentally knock them over.

Heidi is great with other dogs and on the submissive side. She is a regular visitor to the dog park which is one of her favorite things to do.

Heidi is not so good with cats. She killed her owner’s cat when the owner was out of town and had left Heidi and her cat at her parent’s house. Though Heidi subsequently went through a board-and-train program to help her overcome her predatory instincts and now peacefully co-exists with her owner’s remaining cats under supervision, we are seeking a home with NO CATS for Heidi.

Heidi is fully housetrained and does fine left inside when her owner is gone. She sleeps either or her owner’s bed or in the living room.

Heidi has received extensive professional training. She has resided at a board & train facility in Newcastle for the last two and a half months. She now walks great both on and off leash and if she starts getting excited when she sees other dogs she responds quickly to correction.

Heidi loves to ride in the car and is a very calm, polite passenger. She is a very agile dog and likes to climb on ramps and jump over small objects, so would probably love agility courses. She is not a big fan of fetch, but does like to play with balls and other toys.

Heidi’s owner Kelsey adopted her from the Sac County shelter in mid-2019. After Heidi killed her cat she was never emotionally able to bring her back to her home.

Heidi is located at All About Dog Obedience in Newcastle. Her rehoming fee is $150 (required by GSRSV).

Please contact Kelsey DeFillipo at or 530-604-6626.

Posted 6-8-20



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