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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 bab43@msn.com. (Note: dogs that were recently adopted will be moved to the very bottom of this page.) 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 guarantee and lifetime take-back policy also apply. 

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The flag appears above the pictures of dogs that GSRSV is placing for military families who are forced to find new homes for their dogs due to deployments. Please show your support for our service men and women by adopting or fostering their dogs!

This page was last modified May 27, 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 05/27/17.

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"Rio" is a beautiful, approx 80-lb, 5-yo spayed female GSD with a great temperament. She is friendly with strangers and very gentle and loving to kids of any age, yet very protective of the home. When her present owner and his daughter go to bed, Rio stays downstairs as if to protect her family. Around 4:00 AM she will come upstairs to her bed.

Rio is very dog-friendly, both with large and small dogs. She currently lives with a 3-yo male Yellow Lab who she plays with all the time. In her former home, she lived with a little dog who she got along great with (see picture bottom left).

Rio has never lived with cats and does chase them when she has the chance, so we will only consider homes without cats for her.

Rio is housetrained and responds well to basic commands. She is OK on leash with her "Command Collar", which is an even-pull nylon collar that gives greater control than a traditional nylon collar. Rio is great off-leash as she stays close to her owner.

Rio likes playing with toys and will even play with them on her own. She likes to play tug and will fetch a ball, but them wants to play keep-away rather than release. Rio likes to go for car rides, and though she is rather excitable in the vehicle it's not so bad as to create a safety issue.

GSRSV placed Rio as a “Program Dog” for her then-owner last year. He and his wife had adopted Rio from the animal shelter in Carson, CA, then moved with her to Loomis. He sought GSRSV’s assistance in rehoming Rio due to her extreme excitability (including biting the tires) when he operated his “side-by-side” quad, and was concerned about her getting hurt when chasing it. When inside, she'd jump against the window and bark when she saw the quad running, but was fine when placed in a room.

A man in Elk Grove adopted Rio from GSRSV in June 2016. Though he loves her and she's been great w/ his daughter, he lost his job and is going through a divorce, which has forced him to short-sell his house. Consequently, he's seeking a new home for Rio. Fortunately, he's able to continue to take care for Rio until his house sells.

Rio is located in Elk Grove. Her adoption fee is $210.

Posted 5-27-18

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"Apollo" 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 2½-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.

Posted 12-27-16

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"Bear" is a 1½-yo neutered male Siberian Husky/GSD who is playful,  energetic and happy-go-lucky. Bear is friendly with all people, including strangers at his home. He does like to jump up on people out of enthusiasm when he first meets them, but he has not had any formal training and the jumping is a fairly easy behavior to curb.

Bear loves children and craves being petted and hugged. He does have a strong herding instinct, however, so when children get rowdy and start to run, he might run after them and jump or softly nip. Bear was in a home with a 5-yr old boy for a few days recently and did well with him as long as his grandmother was there to supervise and make sure that the boy didn't run from Bear.

Bear is great with other dogs--not dominant or aggressive--and loves to play and be chased. His owners used to take him to the dog park where he always did well. Bear was fine with the dogs he met at GSRSV's rescue ranch. (Click here for a video of Bear walking with the GSRSV dogs.)

Bear is NOT good with cats, unlike previously reported on this Website. He is also not good with livestock.

Bear is housetrained and was an inside dog for about six months, where he was free to roam the house. Again, he has never received any formal training and still likes to jump up on people. Bear does pull hard on leash and needs work in this area. He gets excited and pulls towards other dogs he sees when on leash, but only out of a desire to meet the dog.

Bear rides fine in the car, but most of his trips have been short ones and he appeared somewhat nauseous following the approx 45 min drive to GSRSV's rescue ranch. Likely, he just needs a little more experience riding in a car to be OK on long-distance rides.

Bear loves to play fetch, and does bring the ball back and drop it for another throw.

Bear's owners purchased him from a private party at about 8 weeks old. They are seeking a new home for him because they do not have the time or the experience to train Bear and would like him to be in a home where he's allowed inside and paid more attention to.

A woman in Roseville adopted Bear on March 17, but an unexpected death in the family forced her to return Bear to GSRSV. He will likely be staying at GSRSV's rescue ranch until he is re-adopted. Bear's adoption fee is $210.

Posted 3-7-17; updated 4-19-17

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"Kira"is a 6-yo spayed female GSD who is very sweet, affectionate, and well-behaved--both inside and outside. 

Kira loves people and is great w/ strangers. She is exceptionally gentle with her foster caretaker’s two young daughters (5 & 2), as you can see from the picture middle left. (Click here for an additional picture of Kira & Kalie w/ the girls.) Kira takes treats from hands gently and is not possessive of food or objects.

Kira is not good with her foster caretaker's dogs and appears to lack socialization around other dogs. Their foster caretakers keep their two dogs separated from Kira because of her reactiveness towards them. It's quite possible that Kira simply needs to spend time around other dogs to overcome her aggressiveness, but she will not have that opportunity in her current foster home.

On the other hand, Kira is good with cats, so we will consider a home with cats for her.

Kira has great house manners and loves being inside with her people. She likes laying on the couch with the two young girls or on the floor near her foster “dad” when he works in his office. She usually sleeps on the couch in the spare bedroom.

Kira is fine when left outside—no excessive barking or digging issues. Kira walks well on leash and obeys basic commands. She is a good passenger in a car.

Kira & her 5-yo daughter Kalie belonged to a man named Stevie who lived in rural Oakhurst, just outside of Yosemite Natl Park. Stevie got Kira when she was just a pup. She gave birth to Kalie a year later, and the two were together up until January 2017, when Kalie was adopted.

Stevie became very ill and passed away on Nov 12, 2016. Kira & Kalie were taken to the animal shelter in San Francisco. The two dogs did not do well in the shelter, and on Dec 17, GSRSV received a request from Sonnet, a friend of Stevie’s best friend Michelle, to rescue Kira & Kalie. Michelle had been networking to promote Kira & Kalie's  adoptions from the shelter.

GSRSV rescued Kira & Kalie on 12-23-16, and Michelle & Sonnet brought the two dogs to a foster home in Danville, where Kira is still residing.

Kira's adoption fee is $210.

Posted 1-16-17; updated 3-8-17

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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.

Posted 2-27-17

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"Lady H" is a beautiful 4-yo spayed female GSD who is very sweet, devoted and obedient. Lady is great w/ people, though somewhat slow to warm up to strangers. She hasn't been around really young children since her present owners have had her, but I have no reason to believe she'd be anything but good with them.

Lady does fine with most dogs, but should not be placed in a home with really small dogs. She lives with a 6-yo neutered male Pitbull/Border Collie mix, and the two of them play constantly. She also lives w/ a female Chihuahua mix, and she is fine with her as long as her people are present--but her owner does not trust Lady enough to leave her w/ the small dog when she's gone. Lady has been to dog parks several times and does well w/ the dogs there. She did fine with several dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch, but was pretty much glued to the side of her female co-owner Ricki. (Click here for a video of Lady taking a short walk with Ricki and a few of the GSRSV dogs.)

Paradoxically, Lady is great with the three cats she lives with (both indoors and outdoors), and is particularly good buddies with one of the three cats. (See picture of the two on this page.)

Lady is very well-behaved inside. Her owners keep her outside (with the Pitbull/Border Collie) when they are gone, but that is only out of concern for the safety of the Chihuahua they have, who remains inside. When her owners are home, Lady is inside.

Lady obeys basic commands even though she has not had any formal obedience training. She walks fine on leash, and has excellent off-leash recall. She rides calmly in a vehicle and likes to go for rides.

Lady is not much into playing with toys. She mainly likes being around her people and playing with the other big dog.

Lady's owners unwittingly adopted her when a friend of theirs who they were watching Lady for about a year ago never returned for her. Though overall Lady has been a great dog for her people, they can not trust Lady with their Chihuahua mix "Nebi" when they are gone. Now, they are even nervous having the two dogs together when they are home. Not only was Nebi around before they began to watch Lady for their friend, but Ricki is very close with Nebi. Reluctantly, they are seeking a new home for Lady.

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

Lady is located in South Sacramento. Her adoption fee is $210.

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"Lady W" is a cute 1-yo spayed female GSD who is sweet and spunky. Lady is rather petite, weighing in at approx 47 lbs.

Lady is outgoing and friendly with people both in her home and at the business office of her owners (where she spends most weekdays). She alarm barks appropriately, though, and is very protective when in her owner's car.

Lady is a mixed bag when it comes to other dogs. On the one hand, she is fine with the old male Lab who she lives with. She was also perfectly good with the many dogs she met at GSRSV's rescue ranch. (Click here for a video of her walking with the dogs.) On the other hand, she does not get along with the 8-yo female Lab or the male Corgi/Jack Russell Terrier that she lives with. The female Lab conflict is somewhat understandable, as female GSDs often do not do well with other adult female dogs in their homes. It's less common for a female GSD to not get along w/ a male dog--even a smaller dog like the Corgi/JRT (who weighs 25 lbs). However, the Corgi/JRT has seizures, which could possibly explain why Lady has issues with him.

Lady is not good with cats.

Lady has learned some basic commands in the short time she's been with her owners. She is fully housetrained and doesn't chew anything she's not supposed to; she does occasionally counter-surf, though. Lady's owners keep her either in a crate or outside when they can't bring her with them, so as to keep her separate from the two dogs she doesn't get along with.

Lady is good on leash, but is reactive towards other dogs.  She loves riding in the car and is a good passenger.

Lady's owners Ann and Dale found her running loose near their house in rural Acampo (near Lodi) in December 2016. Efforts to find her owner were unsuccessful; it appears that Lady was abandoned. Ann & Dale had Lady spayed, vaccinated and heartworm-tested. Though they were thinking about keeping her, the problems between Lady and two of their existing dogs have led them to seek a new home for her.

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

Lady is located in Acampo. Her adoption fee is $260.

Posted 5-11-17

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Permanent Home!

"Mack" is a huge (110 lbs as of 5-8-17), 10-yo 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.

Posted 4-25-17; updated 5-8-17

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"Max" is a large (approx 80-90 lbs), handsome 4-yo neutered male GSD who is loyal, obedient and very protective of his territory. Max is very affectionate and bonded with his two caretakers, especially the male (Jeff). He is wary of visitors to the house and has nipped one person in the back of the leg--though it didn't break skin or even tear the pant leg. Max is a very serious watch dog and is not the kind of dog that can be inside the house when people come in unescorted. Max was great with his original owner's infant child, who was born about the time they obtained Max.

Max is good with other dogs in general, but he is somewhat of an alpha dog and would be best paired with a female rather than a male dog. Max did great w/ the several dogs he met at GSRSV's rescue ranch. Though he barked viciously at the dogs while he was in his caretaker's vehicle, as soon as he came out he was fine. He also did not get riled up when one of the dogs jumped on Jeff when he was right next to him. Click here for a video of Max walking w/ Jeff and several of the other dogs.

Max lives with a male Pit Bull (Buddy) and female Pomeranian (MJ). He does great w/ MJ and simply backs away when she is being a "bratty Pom." Max even lets MJ share food from his bowl!  Max did fine w/ Buddy until recently when he went after him for some reason when Buddy was digging for a rodent. Since then, Max's caretakers keep the two dogs separate when outside, but inside they are still fine together--they eat, relax and sleep in the same room every night.

We do not know how Max is with cats, so for now we will only consider a home without cats for him.

Max is housetrained and well behaved inside. He walks well on leash, but has become reactive towards other dogs when on leash since a neighbor's dog went after him while Jeff was walking him. He loves to go for car rides, but is is extremely  reactive towards people and other dogs when he is inside a vehicle.

Max has a typically convoluted story. Max's original owners put their house up for sale and the real estate agent asked if they could find another place for Max while s/he was showing the house. A friend of Max's owner with two Jack Russell Terriers fostered Max. Max got into a scuffle with one of the JRTs, so the owner of the JRTs wanted to "unload" Max. Jeff (Max's present caretaker) heard about this and he and his wife Nancy felt Max had been bounced around enough so they took Max into their home in Sept 2016 until Max's owner could sell his house. When the owner's house sold, he reneged on his agreement with Jeff & Nancy and they were left with Max.

Jeff & Nancy would be happy to keep Max, but since Max and Buddy went at it they are nervous about the two dogs being together unsupervised. Further, Max is very protective of Nancy's elderly father who lives with them and requires regular nursing care. Max stays inside when Nancy and Jeff are gone, and should something happen to Nancy's father when they are gone it would be difficult for any emergency personnel to get near him with Max around!

I felt comfortable meeting Max and he showed absolutely no signs of aggression towards me, except when he was inside Jeff & Nancy's truck--which is not unusual GSD behavior.  Max will need an experienced GSD owner who both accepts and is cautious with Max's strong protective instincts, yet is willing to continue to socialize Max.

GSRSV has evaluated Max and is placing him as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Max through its adoption program while his caretakers continue to care for him. Max's adoption fee is $210.

Posted 4-20-17

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"Mimi" is a beautiful 18-mos old female GSD who is very loyal and loving. Mimi is friendly with people in her home, but a little timid outside of the house. She is great with children, including very young kids.

Mimi is good with other dogs, and lives with a male Great Dane/German Shepherd mix who she is good friends with. Mimi did OK w/ the dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch; she was rather intimidated by the large number of dogs at first, but grew more comfortable as time went on. (Click here for a video of Mimi with the other dogs.)

Mimi is NOT good with cats.

Mimi is well behaved inside the house, but does exhibit some mild separation anxiety (e.g, clawing at blinds) if left inside for more than hour without somebody home. She is fine when left in a crate inside or when left outside. Mimi pulls a little on walks, but not terribly hard. She occasionally jogs with her female caretaker and is a good running partner. Mimi loves to go for car rides and is a good passenger.

Mimi loves to bite the water stream from a hose (click for short video), and also loves to play fetch. Squeaky toys are a favorite. 

Mimi is in good health overall, but does have a relatively common medical condition among GSDs called exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI). EPI occurs when the pancreas does not produce sufficient digestive enzymes. This results in weight loss, poor skin and coat condition, and muscle atrophy in more severe cases.

Treatment for EPI is primarily adding pancreatic enzymes (generally sourced from the pancreas' of pigs) to the affected dog's food.

Mimi was diagnosed w/ EPI on 3-31-17 and has been on a pancreatic enzyme (PE) supplement since early April, which has helped her to gain approx 10 lbs. It is recommended that Mimi continue with the PE indefinitely, though I have personally weaned dogs w/ EPI off PE without any return of the symptoms.

There is an excellent source of high-quality PE online called Enzyme Diane, which sells the supplement at considerably lower cost than vets. I have been ordering PE from Enzyme Diane for years, and can vouch for the product quality and excellent service.

When purchased in the 2.2 lb size from Enzyme Diane, PE (6X strength) only costs $0.40 per teaspoon. The recommended dose for 6X PE is 1/2-1 tsp per cup of food, depending on the severity of the dog's EPI condition. Assuming Mimi eats 3 cups of food/day and receives the maximum dose of PE, the cost of Mimi's PE would be $1.20/day. As she continues to gain weight, the daily dose could be lowered, and the cost would diminish as well.

Mimi's owners found her as an approx 4-mos old pup scrounging for food in a dumpster behind a restaurant. They did not spay Mimi, and she had eleven puppies on January 17. (Note: the high nutritional demand on Mimi of feeding all those puppies is likely what kicked in her EPI; it's quite possible that her EPI condition will eventually dissipate once her body has had time to re-fuel.)

Mimi's owners are very attached to her, but were recently "ratted on" by a neighbor for having two dogs, which is one more than their rental lease allows. Their landlord had given them until the end of May to have Mimi off the property, so they sought GSRSV's assistance in rehoming her.

Mimi is now located in a foster home in Loomis (as of 5-18), and was spayed on 5-17. Her adoption fee is $260.

Posted 5-14-17; updated 5-18-17


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"Phoenix" is a handsome 5-yo neutered male GSD who is affectionate and well mannered (for the most part). Phoenix is very friendly with strangers and good with children. In fact, he is not much of a watchdog, as he does not generally alarm bark at outside noises. Phoenix is very affectionate and loves to be petted.

Phoenix is good with medium and larger dogs, but is very predatory towards small dogs. If he sees a small dog when he's off leash, he will charge toward it and likely attack it. Phoenix used to be a regular visitor to the dog park and interacted fine with other dogs there. However, after attacking a small dog in front of his house, his foster caretaker no longer brings Phoenix to the dog park for fear that Phoenix might go after a small dog there. Because of Phoenix's strong prey drive, we will not consider a home with cats for him, either. Phoenix is solidly-built and weighs about 70 lbs.

Phoenix is very people-oriented and always wants to be by his person. He is fully housetrained and can remain inside the house alone for 8 hours without any problems. He does not counter surf and has never tried to eat food left on the dinner table.

Phoenix generally walks easy on leash, but he does pull strongly when he sees other dogs--small or large. He is a good jogging partner and runs alongside his foster caretaker approx 15 miles each week. Phoenix loves to go for car rides and is a  perfect passenger.

Phoenix loves to fetch tennis balls, and drops the ball at your foot perfectly every time. He will play this game for 20 minutes non-stop! Whoever adopts Phoenix will be well-rewarded by a dog who will show unconditional love and devotion. However, caution must always be employed to ensure that Phoenix does not go after a small dog.

GSRSV rescued Phoenix from the Oakland shelter in July 2014. Phoenix's adoption fee is $210, which includes a microchip.

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"Ruby" is a 3½-yo spayed female longcoat GSD who is loving, protective, and somewhat hardheaded. Ruby is fine with people in the house when properly introduced and on neutral ground such as a park. She is protective of her female owner Melinda, but not overly-so. Once comfortable around new people, she is quite affectionate. Ruby has grown up with three children who are now 12, 10 & 8, and has always been good with them.

Ruby is a mixed bag when it comes to other dogs. On the one hand, she's great with the two dogs she lives with: a 5-yo spayed female GSD (Cali) and a 7-yo neutered male Corgi mix. She's also fine with other dogs when not near Melinda or her house or vehicle. However, if other dogs approach Melinda or anything Ruby perceives as her territory, she becomes fairly confrontational.

I'm certain that Ruby is not truly dog-aggressive and simply needs more dog socialization. When I evaluated her at GSRSV's rescue ranch, I had to repeatedly tell her to "knock it off" when my dogs would approach her near Melinda or when she laid down near the truck she came in. She responded well to voice commands, and there never was a fight. Once we took Ruby and Cali out to the pond to swim and play w/ the GSRSV dogs away from Melinda (click here for video), it mellowed Ruby out considerably towards the other dogs--even when they approached Melinda.

Ruby has never been around cats, so I will only consider a home without cats for her.

Ruby is good inside the house, with the exception of counter-surfing and getting into garbage if accessible. She received formal obedience training soon after she was adopted at 4 mos old, then again at 9 mos old. However, Ruby does have a mind of her own and will not immediately follow commands unless she knows you mean business. Ruby is good on leash, though she can be reactive towards some dogs, especially if they are reactive towards her.

Ruby is generally a low-energy dog and loves just hanging out on the couch. She enjoys playing ball, but does not require tons of exercise as do some GSDs. She loves to swim, as is evident in the video of her.

Ruby's health is good overall, but she does have a pre-existing medical condition that may deteriorate over time and ultimately require surgery: she has a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) inthe knee of her rt rear leg. The injury is fairly recent and was diagnosed in December 2016. The injury is barely noticeable when Ruby is rested, but becomes more prominent after extended activity. ACL repairs are usually quite effective, but are expensive--typically $3-5K.

Melinda and her husband adopted Ruby from a rescue group in Ukiah when she was 4 mos old. They are seeking a new home for her because her territorial nature creates too much of a risk with three boys and their friends coming and going from their house--especially if one of them leaves the front door open.

GSRSV evaluated Ruby on March 17 and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Ruby through its adoption program while her owners continue to care for her.

Ruby is located in Red Bluff, CA. Her adoption fee is $260.

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"Rue" is a pretty 6-7 yo, approx 50-lb spayed female White GSD/Australian Cattle Dog (Queensland Heeler) who is sweet & gentle. Rue is friendly and outgoing with strangers. She's been good with all the children she's met at the park and on walks, and her gentle nature makes her a good match with kids of all ages.

Rue is good w/ other dogs, including small dogs. She currently lives with a male Chihuahua/Rat Terrier who she is best buddies with. She is always friendly with dogs she meets on walks. At GSRSV's rescue ranch, she was initially rather timid of the several "greeter dogs", but was never fearfully aggressive. Eventually, she eased up and went exploring with a bunch of the dogs. (Click here for video of Rue running besides her owner Lisa.)

Rue is NOT good with cats, which is the very reason she is up for adoption. 'Nuff said.

Rue is very much a housedog and has great house manners. She has access to the outside via a dog door and can be left alone (with the Chi/Rat Terrier) for long periods of time without any problem. Lisa keeps Rue and her other dog in the kitchen (with outdoor access via the dog door) when she's gone, separated from the rest of the house w/ a baby gate--which Rue respects.

Rue walks easily on leash and is non-aggressive towards other dogs she encounters--though she does whine and pull in an effort to meet the other dogs. She enjoys going for car rides and is a calm passenger.

Rue is healthy and at a good weight for her age. Her only medical issue is slight urinary leakage, which has been effectively controlled through the use of "DES" (diethylstilbestrol), a synthetic form of estrogen commonly used for urinary incontinence. DES is given in pill form about once/wk. It is not very expensive: Rue's owner currently pays about $33 for 10 capsules from her vet, and that cost is about half when purchased directly from an online pharmacy.

Rue's present owner Lisa adopted Rue in March 2015 after learning about her on Facebook. Rue had been living with her elderly owner and two other dogs on a 5 acre horse property in Loomis when her owner died of cancer. There were some cats on the property that Rue didn't seem to mind, giving Lisa the impression that Rue might be OK w/ cats.

Lisa is seeking a new home for Rue because Rue is not good with cats after all and though Lisa doesn't have cats, her partner does. Lisa loves Rue, but can't have a dog that is prey-driven towards cats.

GSRSV evaluated Rue on April 5 and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Rue through its adoption program while her owner continues to care for her.

Rue's adoption fee is $110. Rue is located in South Sacramento.

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"Sadie E" is a 9-10 yo spayed female GSD mix who is very sweet and easy-going. She's in great shape for a dog her age: no mobility issues, jumps into the back of a Subaru Forester without a running start, and her teeth look very good.

Sadie is great with people of all ages, including infants. (She lives w/ a 2-yo child who climbs all over her.) She's outgoing and friendly.

Sadie is fine w/ other dogs for the most part, though she's not particularly playful--she much prefers the company of people. She can be reactive towards other dogs when she's on leash, depending on the other dog's reaction to her. Sadie behaved perfectly with several dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch during her off-leash evaluation (click here for a video).

Sadie has never lived with cats and does pull towards them when on walks, so we will only consider a home without cats for her.

Sadie is a house dog and is fine left inside when her people are gone for several hours. She walks well on a leash, except (as previously noted) when she sees another dog who is reactive towards her. She if fine off-leash and does not wander far at all. She rides well in a car and has been on lots of long trips.

Sadie isn't big on playing with toys or fetching, but she will chase after other dogs who chase after a ball. She likes wading into lakes or rivers, but is not a swimmer. What she does like is to just hang out with her people on the couch and take treats!

Sadie's male owner Matt adopted her from the Sacto SPCA when she was about 1 yr old. When he joined his wife, they paired up Sadie and his wife's now 12-yo female Dalmatian mix Bridget. Sadie and Bridget never really cared for each other, and would get into occasional spats. Over the last year, however, the conflicts have increased in both frequency and intensity, forcing Matt and his wife to separate Sadie and Bridget for the most part. Further, with their two-year old child and another baby on the way, they have legitimate concerns about one of the kids getting caught in the middle of a scuffle between Sadie and Bridget. So, sadly, Matt is seeking a new home for Sadie (who apparently instigates most of the conflicts.)

GSRSV has evaluated Sadie E and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Sadie E through its adoption program while her owners continue to care for her.  Sadie E's adoption fee is $85.

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OK with Cats!
"Zoe"
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 5-17-17!

"Ava" is an approx 6-yo spayed female GSD who is sweet, self-assured and  mellow. Ava is very friendly with strangers both away from home and at home. She is good with young children, including her owner's 2-yo nephew.

Ava is great with most dogs, and was very easy-going with the several dogs she met at GSRSV's rescue ranch. However, she appears to dislike small dogs. A Chihuahua came into her yard through the wrought iron fence, and Ava got ahold of it; fortunately, Ava let go of the dog without harming it when her owner intervened. It's possible that Ava went after the little dog simply because it came onto her territory, and that she might be OK with little dogs under other circumstances. However, she is very reactive on leash towards small dogs so to be safe, it would be best to not place Ava in a home with a small dog.

Ava is definitely NOT good with cats, as the two indoor/outdoor cats at her home have shunned going outside ever since Ava arrived--and stay high up inside.

Ava's owners have kept her outside since they brought her home in mid-April, so we can't say whether or not Ava is housetrained.

Ava walks well on leash, save for when she sees another dog--especially a small dog--at which time she becomes fairly worked up. She likes to go for car rides and is a good passenger.

Ava loves playing with toys--especially squeaky toys--but does not know how to play fetch.

Ava was found as a stray in South Sacramento in early January by a friend of her present owners. The man who found her tried to find her owner(s), but was unable to do so. After two weeks, he asked his friend Mohammed if he and his wife Mumtaz  would like to adopt Ava, and they replied yes.

Unfortunately, Mohammed & Mumtaz's 10-yo son is very allergic to Ava, and has issues even though Ava is kept outside exclusively. Further, their cats are terrified of Ava and won't go outside now. So, they are seeking a new home for her.

GSRSV has evaluated Ava and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Ava through its adoption program while her owners continue to care for her. Ava's adoption fee is $210.

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Adopted 5-14-17!

"Cooper" is a handsome 3-yo neutered male GSD with a wonderful, friendly temperament. Cooper is friendly with everyone he meets, both outside and inside the house. He's great with kids and has been perfect w/ his foster caretaker's 2-yo grandson. He takes treats gently from hand. (Click here for a video of Cooper meeting the toddler for the first time.) Cooper weighs about 80 lbs.

Cooper is great with other dogs, and is currently living with two other male GSDs who he gets along very well with. (Click here to see a video of Cooper playing with his two canine companions at a creek.) He does get excited when he sees other dogs on walks, but it's just eagerness to visit.

We don't know how Cooper is with cats, so for now we will only consider a home without cats for him.

Cooper has great house manners. He does not get up on furniture unless invited and does not counter-surf. He is allowed in the house when his foster caretakers are both gone and does fine. Cooper is stubborn about taking "no" for an answer when it comes to begging at the dinner table, but he eventually relents.

Cooper walks well on leash and though he does pull somewhat when he sees other dogs, it's quite controllable. He responds well to commands, including "sit, come, and go lay on your bed." Cooper has good off-leash recall and responds well to a whistle. He rides well in a car though sometimes he tries to get in the front seat when he first gets in.

Cooper likes toys and playing fetch.

GSRSV rescued Cooper from the Stanislaus County shelter in Modesto on 3-11-17. He was taken to a foster home in Elk Grove on 3-15-17, and has been there ever since.

Cooper's adoption fee is $260. He is located in Elk Grove.

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Adopted 5-4-17!

"Gracie" (aka Goobers) is an approx 2-yo spayed female GSD who is sweet and calm but also playful at the right times. Gracie loves to be around her people and follows them from room to room. She is very affectionate and likes to cuddle and give kisses. Gracie came to her foster caretaker very timid, but she has made significant improvement since we rescued her in late Nov 2016. She is still a little shy of strangers initially but now warms up quickly rather than running away. Gracie does well with children of all ages.

Gracie is very friendly towards other dogs and is always ready to play.

Gracie is also friendly with cats, so we will gladly consider adopters with cats for her.

Gracie is housetrained and has free roam of the house when her people are away. However, she does have some puppy-like behaviors that still need to be worked with, including chewing on shoes, remote controls & other easily-accessible objects, and counter-surfing when food is out.

Gracie walks very well on leash and is non-reactive towards other dogs that she sees. She does well on short car rides.

Gracie loves to play in water. She is still learning to play with balls and toys independently. 

Gracie is blind in her right eye (evident from the pictures here), but it does not slow her down at all. We had Gracie's eyes examined by our veterinarian after we rescued her, and she confirmed that the right eye is non-functional. However, there has been no deterioration of the eye and it does not appear to require any future medical attention.

GSRSV rescued Gracie from the Stanislaus County Shelter in Modesto on 11-22-16. She was brought to her present foster home in Rancho Cordova shortly after we pulled her from the shelter.

Gracie's adoption fee is $260.

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Adopted 4-29-17!

"Rufus" is an approx 6-yo neutered male GSD mix who is sweet, affectionate and mellow. He has adorable and expressive floppy ears  and weighs about 65 pounds.

Rufus is the definition of an easy dog. He is friendly with all people, including strangers in and outside of the house. Rufus is fine around children of all ages; he formerly lived with a family with children ages 7, 4 & 4 and did great with them. Rufus loves being around his people. He will follow his foster mom from room to room and lay at her feet in her office while she works.

Rufus is great with other dogs. He currently lives with a 9-mos old boisterous puppy who frequently pesters Rufus to play. Rufus is a fantastic playmate with the pup and is always gentle with corrections when necessary.  He takes turns submitting and never plays too rough. Rufus is non-aggressive with food around either humans or dogs, but he is a little possessive over his toys around other dogs. A human can take a toy or treat right from his mouth with no issues, but if he is chewing on a toy and the puppy comes to take it, he will get a little snarky.

Rufus is not good with cats.

Rufus is very mellow and seems totally content to lay near his foster parents all day. He seems to like being petted more than being played with, so he would probably be a great companion for an older person or someone not very active. He is also a very polite morning dog and waits patiently on his bed for his people to wake up, never jumping on them or making noise to wake them up.

Rufus is housetrained and has been left alone at his foster house for several hours and has never chewed on anything, broken anything, dug in the trash or barked excessively. He does not counter surf or try and steal food/objects from people’s hands. Rufus absolutely LOVES stuffies and he will take his stuffie with him wherever he goes and cuddle with it while he sleeps. 

Rufus is non-reactive on leash towards both humans and other dogs, including other dogs who are off leash while he is on leash.  He does pull a little on walks, but usually only for the first half of the walk or so and not very hard.  

Rufus would be a great dog for a family with children or anyone who wants an easy-going, mellow dog who will love them unconditionally and be a loyal friend for life.

GSRSV rescued Rufus from the Baldwin Park Shelter in Southern Calif on 3-29-14. He was initially adopted by a family in Carmichael in July 2014, but they had to return him in December 2014 because Rufus had severe allergies to something in their house--it turned out to be their new carpets.

An Air Force  couple in Brown's Valley subsequently adopted Rufus in May 2015. They were transferred to Florida, and in early January 2017 the wife informed GSRSV that her husband had been deployed and she couldn't take care of Rufus on her own. GSRSV flew Rufus back to Sacramento late January 2017, and in late March placed him in a foster home in Loomis, where he's thriving.

Rufus' adoption fee is $160.

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Adopted 4-29-17!

"Bella" is an adorable 4-5 yr old GSD mix who is very sweet and affectionate. She loves to be around people and to snuggle. She likes to hang out w/ her foster “dad” in his office. Bella is wonderful with her caretaker’s two children, 4 & 8-yrs old. (See the picture of Bella and the 4-yr old daughter middle left.) Bella is friendly with visitors into her foster home, but still an alert, watchful GSD. She weighs about 57 lbs.

Bella is great with other dogs she meets, though she is somewhat reactive towards other dogs when she’s being walked on leash. Bella routinely visits the female Border Collie belonging to her savior Jen and does great with her. Bella was a little overwhelmed when meeting several dogs at GSRSV’s rescue ranch, but overall did quite well. She was initially protective of Jen, but eventually lightened up when she realized that the resident dogs were no threat to Jen or to her. (Click here for a video of Bella walking w/ Jen and the other dogs.)

Bella is NOT good with cats, which is the only reason she is up for adoption. Jen and her family have two cats which Bella was predatory towards, so they found another foster home for her.

Bella is great in the house, where she is kept primarily—even when he foster caretakers are gone for several hours. She is good on leash, again except when she sees other dogs—then she pulls and barks a little. Bella loves to go for car rides and is a polite passenger for the most part.

Jen found Bella near Riego Rd and Hwy 99 on her way to work back in October 2016. All efforts to find her owner were unsuccessful. Bella captured Jen and her family’s hearts, so they didn’t want to take her to a shelter. They found some friends without cats who were willing to foster Bella, and she’s been with them since October. Jen had Bella spayed, vaccinated, heartworm tested and microchipped—she’s got a clean bill of health.

Jen and her husband have tried to find Bella a permanent home on their own without success, so Jen contacted GSRSV in February for assistance in placing her.

GSRSV evaluated Bella on Feb 12 and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Bella through its adoption program while her foster caretakers continue to care for her.

Bella is located in Roseville. Her adoption fee is $160.

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Adopted 4-28-17!

"Scarlett" is an adorable 11-yo (born 3-17-06) spayed female Lab/Border Collie mix who is super-friendly and in great shape for her age. Scarlett is a happy-go-lucky dog who is always smiling. She is outgoing and friendly with strangers, and would likely be good with young children.

Scarlett is great with other dogs and has lived harmoniously for 10 yrs w/ her companion Ilsa, a 10¾-yo spayed female Australian/German Shepherd mix (see post below). She also gets along well w/ the 6-yo neutered male Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier that she lives with. Scarlett got along great w/ the other dogs she met at GSRSV's rescue ranch, and seemed to enjoy running around amidst all the barking and chaos (click here for video).

Scarlett got along well with the cat she grew up with (who has since passed away), and is available to a home with a cat or cats.

Scarlett is fully housetrained and does well inside even when nobody is home. She walks well on leash and has very good off-leash recall. She loves to go for car rides and is a good passenger.

Scarlett's favorite game is to herd her pal Ilsa when Ilsa is chasing after a ball. Scarlett is thin and athletic, and again is in great shape for her age. Her only geriatric symptom is some occasional urinary incontinence, which can be readily controlled w/ a (relatively) safe, inexpensive drug called Proin. (I have used Proin on many of my elderly dogs with positive results and no noticeable side effects.)

Scarlett's owner Coleen adopted her at about 1 yr old from a rescue group in Lodi. Though Scarlett is very dear to her, she is having to move to a place by the end of April where she can't bring Scarlett (or Ilsa) so is seeking a new home for her and Ilsa.

GSRSV evaluated Scarlett on March 26 and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Scarlett through its adoption program while her owner continues to care for her.

Ideally, we would like to see Scarlett adopted together with her companion Ilsa. However, we will allow her to be adopted separately as well.

Scarlett is located in Lockeford (Northeast of Lodi). Her adoption fee is $85. (If adopted together with Ilsa, their combined adoption fee is only $100.)

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Adopted 4-28-17!

"Ilsa" is a super-cute 10-yo (11 on June 6) spayed female Australian/German Shepherd who is loveable, playful, and in great shape for her age (despite her rotund figure). Ilsa is very friendly with people right from the start, but alarm barks appropriately when people come to the door. Ilsa has not lived with children, but her happy nature is certainly a good match for kids.

Ilsa is great w/ other dogs, and has lived harmoniously with her pal "Scarlett" (see post above), an 11-yo spayed female Lab mix for nearly 10 years. Additionally, Ilsa lives w/ a 6-yo neutered male Chihuahua/Jack Russell Terrier mix who she gets along with very well. Ilsa did remarkably well with the group of dogs that she met at GSRSV's rescue ranch given that she doesn't mingle with too many new dogs. Within about five minutes she was running around amid the chaos of the bigger, younger dogs--and enjoying the heck out of it. Ilsa is simply one of those dogs who is happy all the time.

Ilsa was very good with the cat she grew up with (who has since passed away), and will likely do fine in a home with another cat.

Ilsa is fully housetrained and does fine inside when nobody is home. She walks well on leash, though she hasn't had much practice in that regards lately due to the sedentary nature of her owner. (Ilsa is probably about 10 lbs overweight and would love to go on more walks!) She likes to go for car rides and is a good passenger.

Ilsa's favorite game in the world is to play fetch. She's very good at it and brings the ball right back to you for another throw. (Click here to see a video of Ilsa chasing after the ball; she defers to the GSRSV dogs, but at the end finally gets the ball herself!) She also enjoys splashing around in a kiddie pool--and perhaps swimming, if given the chance.

Ilsa's owner Coleen adopted her at about 1 yr old from a rescue group in Lathrop. Though Ilsa is very dear to her, she is having to move to a place by the end of April where she can't bring Ilsa (or Scarlett) so is seeking a new home for her and Scarlett.

GSRSV evaluated Ilsa on March 26 and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Ilsa through its adoption program while her owner continues to care for her.

Ideally, we would like to see Ilsa adopted together with her companion Scarlett. However, we will allow her to be adopted separately as well.

Ilsa is located in Lockeford (Northeast of Lodi). Her adoption fee is $85. (If adopted together with Scarlett, their combined adoption fee is only $100.)

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