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

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

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

 Last updated  04/23/2017

Pixel--Needs New Home by May 1!


"Pixel" is a 9-yr old, 65-lb neutered male GSD who is spirited, goofy, and loving. He is healthy, strong and a fast runner. He's friendly with strangers, good with other dogs, but not good with cats.

Pixel's owners raised him from a pup, but now have an infant daughter who Pixel has never quite adjusted to. Further, they are moving to Budapest, Hungary, the first week of May, and have decided to rehome Pixel rather than take him with them.

Pixel's owner Steven has created a Facebook page for Pixel, where you can learn more than you'd ever need to know about him. See

Pixel is located in San Rafael.

Please contact Steven Lovy at either or 310-977-3852.

Posted 4-1-17

Brunswick--ADOPTED 4-23-17!!

"Brunswick" is an approx 1-yo neutered male GSD mix with a gentle, sweet temperament. He is the sweetest, most affectionate dog I have ever come across. He waits with his tail wagging by my bed in the morning and then lays his head on me as soon as I wake up--but not a second before. He truly is a cuddle junkie.

Brunswick is still shy with strangers. But if people approach him very slowly and give him space, he warms up pretty quick.

Brunswick is very good with small dogs but fearful of large dogs and needs a slow introduction.

Brunswick loves to play fetch more than anything else in the world. I throw the ball far down the road with a plastic throw extender and have him bring it back to me about 20 times every morning. That makes him sprint for about 10 minutes every morning and that seems to be enough daily exercise for him. Alternatively, I will walk or run two miles with him.

Brunswick is a high energy dog so he will need to be exercised every day. But because he likes to plays fetch so much, this need can be easily met.

I adopted Brunswick from the San Bernardino County Shelter in October 2016. He was the only dog that was not barking and to this day he barks minimally.

Unfortunately, Brunswick suffers from separation anxiety and has scratched holes in doors and window blinds in his attempts to follow me when I leave for work. Additionally, he has eliminated in the house several times a week--but only when I am not home.

I believe Brunswick’s separation anxiety can be addressed through behavior modification; I can provide information on exactly what steps you need to take. He is responsive to leash training and quickly learns commands. The only reasons I have not been able to help Brunswick overcome his behavioral issues myself is that I do not have a yard nor the extra time to train him as I am working two jobs.

Because of Brunswick’s issues his new home must have one at least of three things:

1. A large yard where he can be confined when no person is at home. The yard must be very secure with a very high fence to ensure that he cannot escape--at least until his separation anxiety diminishes with training.
2. A person who is always present - he'd be an amazing companion for someone who is homebound.
3. A lot of open land and other dogs.

Brunswick is an absolutely wonderful dog and it breaks my heart to give him up. But I know there is a home out there that would better meet all of his needs. And his happiness is my happiness, so with a sad heart I am searching for that perfect home for him.

I am willing to drive Brunswick a long distance for the perfect home. (I live in Crestline, CA, above San Bernardino.) Brunswick will come with his crate, leash, toys etc if they were wanted. But I also want to charge a $75 adoption fee to be sure his new owner is invested in him. The check can be made out to the San Bernardino County Shelter.

Please contact Dawn Hamilton at if you’re interested in Brunswick.

Posted 3-23-17

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