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The following dogs are available for adoption through GSRSV. Some are at the rescue ranch, some are in foster homes and some are with their owners or caretakers working with GSRSV. For further information about these dogs, please call Brian Foran at 916-655-3125 or e-mail him at (Note: dogs that were recently adopted will be moved to the very bottom of this page and will have an "Adopted" banner above their profiles.) For information about the adoption process and fees, please see How to Adopt a Dog from GSRSV/Adoption Fees.

What is a "Program Dog?"
Some dogs' descriptions state that "GSRSV has evaluated (name) and is placing (him, her) as a Program Dog." This means that the dog is still in the custody  of its guardian, but that GSRSV is placing the dog through its adoption program. The same adoption process and adoption fee apply to these dogs as to those in GSRSV's custody, and the same 2-week money-back period and lifetime take-back policy also apply. 

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This page was last modified October 22, 2017.

Note: The dogs on this page--other than those added within one week--are  listed alphabetically, rather than in chronological order. I list the dogs this way because too many people overlook the dogs that have been listed for awhile, thinking (erroneously) that there must be something wrong with a dog that hasn't been adopted after a few months.  

This page was last modified 10/22/17.

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"Reilly" is a beautiful, approx 3-yo spayed female GSD who is very affectionate and people-oriented. She becomes extremely attached to her caretakers and would likely make a great service dog. She is quite accepting of strangers, and licked my hand when I reached inside her caretaker's car to pet her (generally not a good idea) the first time I met her. Reilly is wonderful with children of all ages.

Reilly is fine w/ other dogs, but does get nervous around multiple dogs. Here at GSRSV's rescue ranch, I have been keeping her in a separate yard with a male GSD as she tends to isolate herself when in the yard with the "pack." Riley would do best with at least one other dog as she has exhibited separation anxiety in the past when left all by herself in a new home--though that separation anxiety eventually went away completely.

Reilly reportedly tries to chase cats when out on walks, so I will only consider homes without cats for her.

Reilly is great about "holding it" when kept inside, and will do so for hours. However, she is prone to counter surfing  when left alone.

Reilly sits promptly on command and is very attentive to hand signals and vocalization. She walks well on leash and has good off-leash recall.

A young man named Brandon found Reilly and Chip (the Chihuahua pictured at left w/ Reilly) roaming the streets in Stockton late January while driving home to Sacramento. He tried to find the owners of the dogs, and a person told him that the two dogs were always escaping from their owners' yard and running loose. Brandon left a note on the owners' door, and when they called him they basically told him they had no way to contain the dogs (their fence was in terrible shape) and it would be OK for him to keep the dogs. Brandon already had three dogs but didn't want to take them to a shelter. So, he contacted GSRSV for assistance.

A family in Stockton adopted Reilly on March 6. Though they grew very attached to her, their work schedules changed in October where nobody was home for approx 10 hrs/day. Knowing that Reilly wouldn't do well being left alone so long and so often, they returned her to GSRSV on Oct 9.

Riley's adoption fee is $260.

Posted 10-19-17

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"Apollo C" is a 7-yo (in Feb 2017) neutered male White Germans Shepherd who is very playful, affectionate and protective. Apollo weighs about 110 lbs, which is about 15-20 lbs overweight. Apollo is very people-oriented and craves attention. He is fine with strangers at home when properly introduced, and is OK with strangers in neutral settings--though can be reactive towards some people when on leash. He is OK with very young children and lives with a 2-yo and an 11-mos old baby, but he's toy-obsessed and will grab toys or balls from the kids hands--the primary reason that he is up for adoption.

Apollo is fine with other dogs when off-leash, and does well with the 8-9 yo male Great Dane he lives with. However, when Apollo sees other dogs while walking on leash, he gets extremely agitated: barking, lunging and snapping. If he's far enough away from other dogs he does not exhibit the reactive behavior at all. He "fence fights" with the neighbor's dog, and again gets worked up into a snapping fit.

On the other hand, Apollo is absolutely fine with other dogs in an off-leash setting such as GSRSV's rescue ranch. GSRSV is presently boarding Apollo (until Jan. 4), and he has shown no aggression whatsoever towards the dogs here. In fact, he's not particularly interested in other dogs--again, Apollo is very people-oriented, which is the motivation behind his reactive on-leash behavior: he is in protection mode.

Apollo has not been around cats, so we will only conisder a home without cats for him.

Apollo is fully housetrained and used to be indoors primarily. Once his owners' first baby was old enough to start handling objects and toys and Apollo began to take them out of his hand, the owners relegated him to outside the house (with access to the garage).

Apollo's owners took him through three multi-session training courses to try to help him overcome his on-leash reactivity. Though it helped, walking Apollo is still a challenge. Consequently, Apollo's owners rarely walk him now, which explains why he's so overweight. Apollo walks OK when he does not see another dog or a person. His owners have used a prong collar when walking him since his early training sessions. He rides fine in a vehicle and enjoys the rides.

Apollo loves to play fetch, and is good about returning the ball or other object to you and dropping it. Apollo also loves anything water, and is an avid swimmer. (Click here for a video of Apollo fetching a stick in the pond at GSRSV's rescue ranch.)

Apollo's owners purchased him as a 6-wk old puppy prior to having children. They are very attached to him, but they know it's not fair keeping him outside and rarely walking him. They are seeking a new home for Apollo in which his people are willing to avoid other dogs when walking him (again, he does OK at a distance). Apollo would do great in a rural setting where he can be walked safely off-leash, or a fenced property with acreage in which Apollo can be exercised without concern of encountering other dogs or people. A home without young children will be best due to Apollo's toy-grabbing tendency.

GSRSV has evaluated Apollo and is placing him as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Apollo through its adoption program while his caregiver continues to care for him.

Apollo is located in Granite Bay. His adoption fee is $160.

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"Apollo L" is a handsome, 90-lb, 2-yo neutered male GSD who is very sociable and playful. Apollo loves human companionship and is friendly with everyone he meets. He has not been around really young children that we know of, but I have every reason to believe the he'll be very good with them.

Apollo is great with other dogs. He was perfectly behaved around several other dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch (click here for video).

Apollo is NOT good with cats, so we will only consider a home without cats for him.

Apollo is housetrained and spent his first year as a house dog. He has been kept outdoors over the past year due to allergies suffered by one of his caretakers. I'm not sure how Apollo is on leash as his caretakers do not walk him but rather let him roam on their three acres. Apollo is not great about responding to basic commands, but is surely out of practice. Apollo rides well in a car and likes to go for rides.

Apollo loves to play fetch and is good about bringing the ball back. He apparently likes to swim, as he went right into the pond at GSRSV's rescue ranch (see video).

Matthew, the son of Apollo's caretakers, adopted him from a friend at about 3-4 months when the friend was told by his parents that he could not have a dog after bringing him home. Matthew began attending dental school in Southern California about a year ago and left Apollo with his parents. Though they are both fond of Apollo they do not have time to devote to him and again, one of them is allergic to dogs.

Because Apollo is left outside, he's become quite bored and has found a way to get off the property. Though he simply goes to the first person he finds, it has created a difficult situation for his caretakers and so they have sought GSRSV's assistance in rehoming him.

GSRSV has evaluated Apollo and is placing him as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Apollo through its adoption program while his guardians continue to care for him.

Apollo is located in Elk Grove. His adoption fee is $260.

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"Koda" is a very loving, energetic and protective 5-yo neutered male longcoat GSD mix (perhaps mixed w/ Chow or Finnish Lapphund). He always wants to be near you, touching you or just watching you with his loving gaze. Koda is friendly with strangers on neutral ground and when properly introduced, but does not take kindly to workers in the yard or unintroduced guests—he has nipped a few people (usually from behind). Koda is fine with children, but he is protective of both food and toys, so a home with children under 10 is not advised. 

Koda is a "mixed bag" with other dogs. On the one hand, he was a great playmate with a female Pit Bull for a few years and did OK w/ most of the greeting dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch most of the time he was there to be evaluated. (Click here for a video of Koda walking harmoniously w/ some of those dogs.) On the other hand, Koda displayed aggression to a few of the GSRSV greeting dogs and is generally reactive towards other dogs when on leash. It's my strong belief that Koda's aggressive behavior was out of protectiveness of his owner Nicole. I was able to call off Koda each time he tried to stir things up w/ one of my dogs, but I don’t think that Nicole or her husband have established clear authority w/ Koda to be able to do this. 

It's clear that Koda lacks socialization towards other dogs, which in turn is mostly due to his owners' hesitancy to take him to dog parks and similar canine social settings. It's my belief that Koda just needs some firm guidance and redirection w/ other dogs, but it will definitely entail some work.  

Koda chases cats and other small animals, so we will only consider a home without cats for him.   

Koda is fully housetrained and never a problem inside the house. He received three months of formal training in a resident training kennel to try to address his nipping issues, on-leash reactions to other dogs and improve his response to commands; the training was somewhat successful, but there was little follow-up. 

Koda pulls somewhat when on leash, so his owners use a choke collar. Koda would probably do much better on leash with an authoritative handler. He likes to go for car rides and is a good passenger.  

Koda loves to chase after balls, but does not always return them to you. He also loves "stuffies."

Koda's owners adopted him from a family that was fostering him for some people who found him abandoned in a campground in Arnold when he was about 1 yr old. While Koda's owners are attached to him, they didn't think he would do well with their expectant baby due to his food and object possessiveness. Nicole brought Koda to her parents' house in Rancho Murietta about 1½ yrs ago, just before she had her baby. It was supposed to be a temporary arrangement, so now Nicole is seeking a new, permanent home for Koda.

GSRSV has evaluated Koda and is placing him as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Koda through its adoption program while his caregiver continues to care for him.

Koda is located in Rancho Murietta. His adoption fee is $210.

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"Mack" is a huge (110 lbs as of 5-8-17), 10-yo (born 4-4-07) neutered male GSD who is friendly, mellow and very well-trained. Both of Mack's parents are AKC registered as well as OFA-certified for hips (which means that the hips of both of Mack's parents were x-rayed and determined to be sound). 

Mack is truly a gentle giant. He is friendly with people of all ages, and was the pal of a now 6-yo girl from the time she was born. He also loves to play with his owner's 17-yo son.

Mack is fine with other dogs, though he is not particularly interested in playing with them; he's much more interested in playing with people. (Click here for a video of Mack interacting w/ several other GSDs at GSRSV's Rescue Ranch.) He is non-reactive towards other dogs when on walks and when in a vehicle. Mack is simply a self-assured, easy-going dog who has nothing to prove.

Mack is NOT good with cats, so we will only consider a home without cats for him. However, Mack IS good with all livestock, including chickens.

Mack is a house dog and routinely stays inside by himself with no problems for up to eight hours.

Mack is exceptionally well-trained. He is great on leash-- he heels w/out command and does not pull when he sees other dogs. He is a great passenger in a car. Mack responds well to both verbal and hand commands. (See Mack obeying his owner's commands at end of the video.)

Mack loves to play fetch and to swim.

Mack's owner Rich raised him from a puppy and trained him well. Rich is very bonded to Mack, but a bitter divorce recently forced him to take Mack into his apartment where he's not allowed to have a large dog. The situation is stressful, and we would welcome a foster home for Mack as well as adoption inquiries.

Rich's spouse kept Mack for the past six months, during which he received little exercise and too much food;  consequently Mack is about 15 lbs overweight. We are seeking a home for Mack where he will not only be provided with lots of attention but lots of exercise to help him get down to a healthy weight. Mack is clearly waddling (see video) due to his excessive weight and likely due to being out of shape; that will improve with time and exercise. His front paws are "pigeon-toed", but Rich tells me that Mack has always been that way.

GSRSV has evaluated Mack and is placing him as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Mack through its adoption program while his owner continues to care for him. Mack's adoption fee is $110.

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"Neko" is a large (and quite overweight at 110 lbs) 6-7 yo spayed female GSD who is sweet with those she knows but very protective on her home turf and when on leash. When at home she will go after strangers if they show even the slightest hesitancy towards her. I saw this first-hand at Neko's home in Gridley. She was fine with me in the backyard initially, but when I approached her and offered my hand I became nervous and withdrew my hand and Neko charged after me.

I believe that Neko's owners do not know how to respond to Neko's protective behavior with the necessary firmness required, which has enabled the behavior to develop into the problem it is now. I believe that with the proper "alpha leadership", Neko can still become a dog who is able to peacefully interact with strangers at home.

Away from the house and when off-leash, Neko is pretty much like a " normal" dog. Neko is good with her owner's grandkids, though she gets a little over-excited when they run and will sometimes jump on them.

Neko is fine with other dogs, as I saw when she visited GSRSV's rescue ranch on July 12. (Click here for video.) She's fairly independent, though, and not really interested in playing with other dogs.

Neko is NOT good with cats, so we will only consider homes without cats for her.

Neko enjoys being in the house and is well mannered inside.

Neko does pull somewhat when walking on leash, but not so hard that it's a problem. However, if Neko sees a cat all leash manners are forgotten and she goes bonkers.

Neko loves to play fetch and apparently likes water, too, as can be seen in the video of her at the GSRSV rescue ranch.

Neko's owners Larry & Debbie purchased her from a breeder in Chico back in 2013. Neko's original owner returned her to the breeder after two years reportedly because she barked all the time. That has not been a problem since Larry & Debbie have had her, even when they leave her outside in a kennel when they have people over.

Larry & Debbie are seeking a new home for Neko because Debbie is terminally ill with cancer and Larry does not envision having enough time to spend with Neko once Debbie is gone.

GSRSV has evaluated Neko and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Neko through its adoption program while her owners continue to care for her.

Neko is located in Gridley. Her adoption fee is $160.

Posted 8-1-17

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"Ranger" is a 4-yo neutered male GSD who is loving towards his primary person but is fearful of strangers and typically shows aggression towards most people--at least in the house. Ranger lives with a young woman (Maykah) and her parents, and is only comfortable with Maykah and her father. He is a "project dog" with great potential, but requires an experienced, determined owner.

Ranger is terribly undersocialized, in large part because he showed aggression (certainly fear-based) towards people at a very young age and Maykah responded by limiting his interactions with strangers. This is a classic catch-22 in which the response (limiting interaction) to a behavior has unwittingly amplified the behavior.

Ranger was somewhat nervous at the GSRSV rescue ranch nearly the entire time he was there (about 1.5 hrs), but he did show considerable improvement over the course of his visit. Ranger never did show aggression towards me, and at one point came over to my chair without my coaxing and sniffed my hand. He let me walk him on leash and was fairly calm, but towards the end of our walk he became somewhat frantic and so I handed him back to Maykah.

Ranger is a mixed bag with other dogs. He lives with a submissive 3-yo Airedale Terrier (Hobbs), but it took months for Ranger to accept Hobbs and he is still both food-aggressive and toy-aggressive towards Hobbs.

Ranger was predictably fearful of the dogs he met at GSRSV's rescue ranch, snapping whenever a dog would approach him (though he never did make contact). Each time Ranger snapped at one of my dogs I would scold him, and he would always retreat. In nearly every case, Maykah did nothing to rebuke Ranger. It became immediately apparent to me that Maykah has enabled Ranger's fear-aggressive behavior by not disciplining him properly. In fact, I probably scolded Maykah for not controlling Ranger as  often as I scolded Ranger! I initially had about six dogs out to greet Ranger but that seemed overwhelming to him, so I reduced the number to two and that clearly helped with Ranger's anxiety.  

Ranger is not good with cats.

Ranger loves to go on walks and to play fetch.

I could see the affection behind Ranger's nervousness, and I believe he has tremendous potential to improve. It's possible that Ranger has an anxiety disorder that could be helped with a medication such as Prozac. Though I do attribute much of Ranger's behavioral issues to lack of leadership from his owner, it's clear that Ranger's behaviors are also genetic in nature as he reportedly exhibited aggression towards people at just 10 wks--two weeks after he was brought home.

Ranger's family purchased him from a private party at 8 wks old. They are seeking a new home for him not just because of his fear-aggression, but because Ranger dominates Hobbs (the Airedale) who is Maykah's PTSD Service Dog. 

GSRSV has evaluated Ranger and is placing him as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Ranger through its adoption program while his owners continue to care for him.

Ranger is located in the Arden Park area of Sacramento.  His adoption fee is $260.

Posted 8-7-17

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"Roxy" is a beautiful, approx 60 lb, 2-yo spayed female black GSD who is very affectionate, playful, and energetic.

Roxy loves people and is friendly with strangers right from the start. She's great with children, too--she was fine w/ a 2-yo child hugging her.

From what I've seen, Roxy is great with other dogs. She was wonderful with several other dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch, never even growling at any of the dogs (though her hackles were up) when they checked her out in the vehicle she arrived in before she got out. She played hard and fair with a young male GSD, and didn't get bent out of shape when he momentarily mounted her. Click here for a video of Roxy running around with the other dogs.

On the other hand, Roxy has gone after a couple of dogs while in two foster homes, one time when she ran out the front door and the other time when she got into a neighbor's yard due to a weak fence. Neither incident caused any serious injuries to the other dogs.

Roxy is NOT good with cats, so we will only consider homes without cats for her.

Roxy is housetrained and has good indoor manners. She walks well on leash. She is presently receiving basic obedience training at K9 Development, a full-service dog training facility in Tracy where Roxy is currently being boarded. Roxy is a polite passenger in a car, though she probably needs a little more experience riding as she threw up a couple of times on her way from Tracy to GSRSV's rescue ranch (about a 1-hour car ride).

Roxy's owner surrendered her to the Stockton Animal Shelter in January 2016. She may have been adopted and then returned, as she was still at the shelter in November 2016 when Animal Rescue of Tracy rescued her.

Animal Rescue of Tracy (ART) is primarily a cat rescue, and they don't have many foster caretakers who are familiar with or who can handle German Shepherds. Consequently, Roxy's been bounced around a few foster homes with ART. They eventually boarded her at K9 Development in Tracy where she could receive some basic obedience training, and she is still there while ART and now GSRSV seek a new home for her.

GSRSV has  evaluated Roxy and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Roxy through its adoption program while she continues to reside at the K9 Development dog training facility.

Roxy is located in Tracy. Her adoption fee is $260.

Posted 6-25-17

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Sophie" is a 3-4 yo spayed female White GSD mix who is mellow, affectionate and obedient. Sophie is friendly with strangers, though somewhat aloof at first. She is great with children of all ages, including infants. Her owners have had her around their grandkids who range in age from 9 yrs down to 1 yr and she has done well with them all. 

Sophie is fine with other dogs for the most part, though the reason that she is up for adoption is due to a conflict with the other female dog that she lives with. Sophie formerly lived with a Chihuahua and was fine with it. She got along great w/ several dogs she met at GSRSV's rescue ranch when I evaluated her; she is not dominant at all and didn't object when another dog moved in on the ball that her co-owner threw for her. (Click to see video of Sophie playing fetch.)

Sophie is not good with cats.

Sophie is housetrained and well-mannered inside. She responds well to basic commands, as can be seen in the fetch video. Sophie walks well on leash and has good recall off-leash. She enjoys car rides and is a calm passenger.

Sophie loves to play fetch and to bite the water stream from a hose.

Sophie's owners Kathie and Chip adopted her from a private party in mid-July who had to rehome her due to a forced move following a burglary. Kathie & Chip have a female Akbash dog that they wanted to get a playmate for. The two dogs got along fine for the first week but then got into a pretty bad fight, reportedly started by the Akbash. Since then, Kathie & Chip have been keeping Sophie and their other dog separate, not wanting to risk a second fight--which seems imminent now that the two dogs have developed a rivalry of sorts.

Sophie would likely be fine in a house with a male dog, or perhaps a non-territorial female.

GSRSV has evaluated Sophie and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Sophie through its adoption program while her owners continue to care for her.

Sophie is located in Vacaville. Her adoption fee is $210.

Posted 8-12-17

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"Tessa" is a 9-yr, 9-mos old (born 12-12-07) spayed female GSD who is sweet, family oriented and protective. Tessa is fine meeting strangers on neutral ground, but at home she needs to have a formal introduction--usually involving treats. Tessa was raised with very young children and did fine with them, but now that she's 10 yrs old she would probably be better matched with older kids who are mature enough to respect Tessa's personal space.

Tessa is fine with other dogs, both large and small, and does well at dog parks. (Click here for a short video of Tessa on leash encountering two other dogs at a park.) Tessa has always been an only dog, however, and has never met a dog on her own turf. However, since her new home will not be her own turf at first, I don't foresee any problems with Tessa in a home w/ another dog.

Tessa has never been around cats, so we will only consider homes without cats for her.

Tessa is fully housetrained and remains inside during the day when her present owner is away at work. She sleeps on a dog bed in her owner's bedroom.

Tessa is good on leash and does not get overly excited when she sees other dogs--maybe a slight pull on the leash, but she immediately responds to verbal correction. She never received formal obedience training, but is responsive to multiple commands.

Tessa loves to play catch, to swim, and to go for car rides.

Tessa is reportedly in good health, but her owner Michelle states that she walks slowly, has more or less become a couch potato, and needs a ramp to get in the car. Michelle also states that Tessa weighs approx 110 lbs--which is WAY overweight and likely accounts for Tessa's lack of vitality. I have seen this with many, many German Shepherds--especially the old ones. If Tessa weighed about 80 lbs, she would be a completely different dog. Imagine walking around all day with a 30-lb backpack! Whoever adopts Tessa must be serious about reducing Tessa's weight considerably--and to not give in to those begging eyes! 

Michelle purchased Tessa from a breeder in Illinois when she was a young pup. She is going through a divorce after ten years, and has been unable to find affordable rental housing suitable for her and her two kids that will accept Tessa. Michelle will likely have to be out of her house by early November.

GSRSV has evaluated Tessa and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Tessa through its adoption program while her owner continues to care for her.

Tessa is located in Sparks, NV.  Her adoption fee is $110.

Posted 9-26-17

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OK with Cats!
is a loveable, energetic, 60 lb 5-yo spayed female Terrier/GSD mix with lots of personality. Zoe is friendly with strangers, but is also a good watchdog. (She barks at people who enter the home, but does not approach them aggressively.) Zoe is fine with children, but nervous around toddlers, so no kids under 4 yrs for Zoe.

Zoe is great with other dogs for the most part, but can be somewhat bossy with alpha female dogs, so it's best that Zoe be paired with a male dog. She is presently living with a male Pit Bull mix that she plays with constantly--and plays hard! Zoe is good with small dogs and spent a good amount of time in the same house as a small dog who she let boss her around. Zoe is good at the dog park.

Contrary to Zoe's previous Web profile, she is OK with cats! She was in a foster home with cats for three weeks early 2016 while she was recovering from knee surgery, and her foster caretaker at the time often had Zoe around her cats without a problem. Now, Zoe is back at her regular foster home, where Zoe does fine around the two resident cats when they are inside. Once the cats go outside, it’s a different story: Zoe will corner them and bark at them, though that is the extent of her harassment. Regina, Zoe's foster caretaker, thinks she would do fine with a dog savvy indoor cat. Though Zoe might be somewhat annoying to a cat, she has given us no reason to believe that she'd hurt one.

On the other hand, Zoe does has a very strong prey drive and loves to chase after squirrels, birds, and other outdoor critters. 

Zoe is great in the house and exhibits no separation anxiety when left alone. (She was previously an only dog in an apartment, in which she was left for several hours each day by herself.) She is fine on leash, but does pull hard when she sees a cat or squirrel.

Zoe is a quick learner and obeys numerous commands. She is even trained to relieve herself on command! She has good recall off-leash, unless she's spotted a small critter to chase. 

Zoe loves to play fetch w/ a ball or Frisbee and to play chase in an open field. More than anything, she loves to swim and to snap at the water stream from a hose. (Click here for a video of Zoe swimming in the pond at GSRSV's rescue ranch.) 

GSRSV originally rescued Zoe in April 2012 from a woman who could no longer keep her due to a forced move from her home. Zoe was adopted by a young couple in Nov 2013. The couple had to return Zoe in Nov 2015 due to a death in the family and a subsequent move into the house of one of the parents. 

Zoe is presently in a foster home in East Sacramento. Her adoption fee is $175, which includes a microchip.

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Adopted 10-15-17!

"Nar" is a stunning, 80-lb, 9-yo (born 7-13-08) neutered male GSD with a wonderful, easy-going temperament. Nar is friendly with everyone he meets, and is great with young kids. (Click here for a picture with Nar and a young girl at UC Davis Picnic Day last year.) He's very affectionate and if you don't like a dog giving you kisses, forget about Nar!

Nar is great with other dogs, though he can be quite vocal at times--but it's all in good fun. (Click here for a video of Nar running around w/ a few other dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch.) Nar grew up with a female GSD (Ruby, who has since passed away), and has never been an only dog. Nar would do best with another female dog to keep him company. I do not think that Nar will be good with small dogs due to his high prey drive.

Nar is NOT good with cats.

Nar is in fantastic shape for his age. Not only does he run effortlessly, but he's able to climb over 5-ft wire fences. However, a standard 6-ft wood fence will contain Nar.

Nar has been an outside dog his entire life, but will surely make the transition to being an indoor dog if it means being with his people--which is what he wants more than anything. However, Nar will NOT do well being kept inside when his people are gone (at least initially), as a couple who were fostering him discovered. When they tried leaving Nar inside for even short periods of time (along with their male GSD who Nar got along fine with), Nar panicked and tried to claw his way out the front door.

Nar did just fine inside overnight (with Ruby) at a rescue colleague's house last year. It could well be that Nar just needs some time to adjust to his new surroundings before he feels comfortable being left alone inside.

Nar has not had very much experience walking on a leash, and though he's not perfect he does not pull too strongly and loves to go for walks. Nar also loves to go for rides in a vehicle. Playing fetch is another one of Nar's passions.

As already mentioned, Nar is in excellent health, not only for a 9-yo dog but for a dog of any age! If you're looking for a senior dog to sit around the house all day and have minimal exercise requirements, Nar's not the dog for you.

I took Nar & his partner Ruby in from his former owners as a "board to rehome" pair in July 2015. The owners were moving to Mexico and chose not to take their dogs with them. Though I did receive several adoption inquiries about Nar alone, I would only consider placing Nar along with Ruby as she was extremely attached to him. Now that Ruby has passed on, it's time to find Nar a home of his own.

Nar's adoption fee is $160.

Posted 10-5-17

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Adopted 10-8-17!

"Rocco" is a super-affectionate, happy-go-lucky 1-yo (born approx July 2016) neutered male GSD. Rocco is not particularly large, weighing about 60 lbs at the time of this posting.

Rocco is a real "people dog", and loves on everyone he meets. He enjoys cuddling and just hanging out with his people. His former owner stated that Rocco is protective of his people, but I've yet to see that kind of behavior in him. Rocco is great with kids and would love a home in which he could be around youngsters. He takes treats very gently, as shown in the picture bottom left.

Rocco is fine with other dogs but is not particularly playful with them--at least not those at GSRSV's rescue ranch. He much prefers the company of people than other dogs, and would do fine as an only dog.

Rocco is housetrained and crate-trained. He is very quick to respond to basic commands such as sit & lie down. He does like to jump up on new people that he meets, though he's quick to respond to correction. Rocco appears to have been somewhat abused, as he really hits the dirt when he is scolded--especially if he is taken by the collar.

I haven't had Rocco on leash all that much, so I can't really say how he does on leashed walks. He definitely likes to go for car rides, and is a polite passenger.

Rocco is a typical, energetic young GSD. He loves to play fetch (he's great about returning the ball to you), play tug-of-war and to swim. Rocco needs a home in which he will receive plenty of exercise on a regular basis. 

Rocco's former owner Eric adopted him from the Placer SPCA in March 2017. Eric is a student at Sac State, and lives in an apartment. He basically took on more than he planned for with Rocco, and so sought GSRSV's assistance in rehoming him in late June. Because Eric was leaving the country for awhile, GSRSV took Rocco in at its rescue ranch to keep Rocco from ending up in a shelter.

Rocco's adoption fee is $260.

Posted 8-28-17; updated 8-31-17




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Adopted 9-24-17!

"Bailey" is a 2¾-yo, 72-lb spayed female GSD who is loving, obedient and full of personality. Bailey is a little timid of strangers, but once she warms up to them is just fine.  (It took Bailey about 20 minutes to warm up to me.) She alarm-barks appropriately but is not overly protective. She is fine with young children. She presently lives w/ an 11-yo girl.

Bailey is fine with other dogs when she's off leash. She's good with little dogs--she presently lives with a 3-yo, 15-lb Poodle mix who she gets along well with, though she does bully him in a gentle manner for food and toys. (Click here for a short video of Bailey and "Twinkie.") Bailey is a regular dog park visitor and does well there. She was fine w/ the several dogs she met at GSRSV's rescue ranch, though not playful with any of them. (Click here for video.) Bailey was initially quite barky towards any of the GSRSV dogs who approached her owner Ava. She was never aggressive and never snapped, but was quite vocal. She eventually became comfortable with all the GSRSV dogs and even let one of them jump onto the lap of her owner without getting upset.

Bailey lives with three cats and can be trusted with all of them. She does like to chase and nibble on them in a playful manner, but if they object she simply leaves them alone. We are open to a home with dog-tolerant cats for Bailey.

Bailey is housetrained and very trustworthy inside. She is presently left inside on weekdays (with Twinkie and the cats) for approx 10 hrs/day.

Bailey has gone through two basic obedience courses at Petco with Naomi, the 11-yo daughter, and is quick to obey commands. She has good leash manners overall, though she is reactive towards other dogs when on leash. She has good recall off-leash.

Bailey likes to play fetch and to steal toys from Twinkie!

Bailey's owner Ava purchased her from a private party when she was nine months old. Bailey is very much a part of Ava's family, but recently Bailey jumped over the little fence in their front yard and went after a dog that was going by on-leash. She never did anything to the dog, but in the melee that ensued she accidentally bit the owner of the other dog (though not badly). He is now pressuring Ava to surrender Bailey to the shelter, which she simply won't do. To appease the owner of the other dog, they are seeking a new home for Bailey.

GSRSV has evaluated Bailey and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Bailey through its adoption program while her owners continue to care for her.

Bailey is located in San Francisco. Her adoption fee is $260.

Posted 8-5-17