Become a Foster Caretaker!
How to Adopt a Dog from GSRSV/Adoption
What's New on the GSRSV Website?
Dogs Available for Adoption through GSRSV
Dogs Available for Adoption from Other
Area Rescue Groups and Individuals
Dogs Available for Adoption through Owner Placement
How to Place a Dog through GSRSV
GSRSV Picture/Story Scrapbook
Is a German Shepherd the Right Breed for You?
Other German Shepherd Rescue Web Sites &
GSRSV's 2017 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2016 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2015 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2014 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2013 Rescue
GSRSV's 2012 Rescue
GSRSV's 2011 Rescue
GSRSV'S 2010 Rescue
GSRSV'S 2009 Rescue
GSRSV's 2008 Rescue
GSRSV's 2007 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2006 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2005 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2004 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2003 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2002 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2001 Rescue Record
GSRSV's 2000 Rescue Record
German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley (GSRSV) is a tax-exempt
(501-c-3) charitable organization dedicated to finding good homes for
German Shepherds and German Shepherd mixes whose caregivers can no longer
keep them or which are confined in animal shelters and potentially facing
euthanasia. Established in 2001, GSRSV is operated primarily by one person, Brian Foran.
GSRSV houses most of its dogs at its 45-acre
"rescue ranch" in
Pleasant Grove, CA, which is also a sanctuary for "unadoptable" dogs as well
as Brian's home. GSRSV has a small but steady network of
foster caretakers who care
for rescued dogs in their homes until they are adopted. Additionally, GSRSV
routinely places dogs for their
owners who need to rehome them but are able to continue to care for them
If you are looking for a wider selection of
purebred German Shepherds in Northern California, please visit the Websites of
Area German Shepherd Rescue (based in Novato),
Dorado County German Shepherd Rescue (based in Shingle Springs),
Shepherd Rescue of Northern California (based in Cupertino),
State German Shepherd Rescue (based in Alameda),
California German Shepherd Rescue (based in Modesto), Second
Chance German Shepherd Rescue
(based in Walnut Creek), and
German Shepherd Rescue (based in El Dorado Hills).
If you are
considering adopting a GSD directly from a shelter, take a look at the
"German Shepherd Rescue Needed--Stanislaus County Shelter", maintained
by Cara Kinzel. The Stanislaus County Shelter (in
Modesto, CA) typically has several purebred GSDs available for adoption,
and Cara has personally evaluated many of these dogs and posted photos and
videos of them on the FB page.
How to find a dog to adopt from this Website:
Click on the four selections in large font in the menu to the left, starting with
"Dogs Available for Adoption through
If you're interested in adopting a dog available through
GSRSV, read the page "How to Adopt a Dog from GSRSV."
That page describes my adoption process, and includes my adoption
questionnaire and adoption contract.
Please hold off on filling out the adoption questionnaire until after
the next step!
Brian Foran at 916-655-3125 or
firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the particular dog(s) you're
interested in. If the dog seems like a good match for you, I (Brian) will ask you to fill out and submit the GSRSV adoption questionnaire.
If you're interested in adopting a dog from another rescue group, an owner, or a shelter, contact the person or shelter listed for that dog.
Note from GSRSV's Director (11-10-16):
I'm sorry to bombard the homepage of this Website with urgent appeals to
adopt GSDs & GSD mixes in shelters facing euthanasia. I know it's no fun for
those of you not in a position to adopt or foster these dogs to see such
heart-wrenching posts. Nonetheless, everything must be done to try to save
these dogs, and posting to this homepage ensures that most visitors will see the
The dogs facing euthanasia featured on this Website are not rare
instances. They are only a sampling of the many, many GSDs (and of course,
other dog breeds) facing euthanasia in California shelters every single day.
To many, this is shocking. To those of us in the rescue field, it is a grim
Rescuing dogs is not the answer--stopping
indiscriminate breeding is.
Please do all you can to encourage people NOT to buy puppies--even from those
whose dogs "accidentally" had puppies-- and to
spay/neuter their dogs.
If you are seeking to adopt a GSD,
please consider adopting directly from a shelter.
Please see the Facebook page (created by GSRSV's Cara Kinzel) profiling just
GSDs and GSD mixes available for adoption at the Stanislaus County Shelter in
Modesto--where there is hardly ever a shortage of adoptable GSDs.
9-YO FEMALE GSD MIX HAS ONLY UNTIL APPROX APRIL
23 BEFORE EUTHANASIA
is a friendly, approx 9-yo female GSD mix at the San Francisco animal
shelter in urgent need of adoption or a foster home. Missy was
surrendered by her owners of 6 years on April 7 due to a move to Texas
and a claim that they could not take Missy with them.
Here's what Missy's
owners had to say about her: "Very friendly with people and
ok with cats--she
lived with one and she also lived with another dog. Friendly with people;
loves to be petted and handled. Knows sit, stay and some other basic commands.
Lives inside the house day & night and is housebroken. Eats dry food
only Purina senior brand."
Missy did well in nearly all
aspects of her adoption evaluation at the shelter except the "hug"
part, during which she air snapped at the evaluator. For this
reason, the shelter failed her for adoption and listed her as "rescue
Missy was stressed at the shelter
from the moment she was dumped there, so it's no surprise that she
snapped at the evaluator when she was hugged. In the very words of the
evaluator, "Missy was pacing in her kennel when tester approached. She
sniffed tester's hand and wagged her entire body and stepped right
into the slip lead. She walked out of the ward with no issues.....She
crawled toward tester and exposed her belly.......she was cooperative
for all handling until the vet hug......She passed dog/dog when she
met Fred, a 9 year old Pit mix. No reactivity all all, dogs walked
passed each other a couple of times and then met nose to nose and
sniffed each other's hind quarters. No play ensued, but no
No rescue group had stepped up
for Missy by April 19, and it's likely that none will due to her age.
Though the SF shelter has listed Missy as "rescue only", they have
agreed to let her be adopted by a person who has been pre-screened by GSRSV and who is aware of why Missy failed her adoption evaluation.
If you would like to either
consider Missy for adoption or foster her for GSRSV, please contact
Brian at either
Appeal: $8,000 Surgery Bill for "Jenna"
an 11-yo female GSD who GSRSV rescued in January 2017, underwent surgery
for gastric dilitation / volvulus (GDV, or "bloat") March 11, 2016.
Unfortunately, she died from complications of her twisted stomach on March
Basin Veterinary Clinic did everything they could to save Jenna, but her
stomach had already deteriorated beyond the point of recovery by the time
they operated (though it was not at first obvious).
spared no expense in trying to save Jenna; the total bill for Jenna's
hospitalization and surgery was a dollar short of $8,000. This is the most
expensive vet bill GSRSV has ever paid for, but I wouldn't hesitate to do
it again. I just wish that the outcome had been different.
would like to help offset some of the cost of Jenna's surgery by making a
tax-deductible donation, please click here for
Kids & Dogs--A Natural Pairing
pictures get any cuter than these?
Ariel & Lana (adopted 10-9-16) at left, and Annabelle & Tazz (adopted
3-24-17) at right.
GSRSV is a
tax-exempt public charity, as defined under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal
Revenue Code. All donations to GSRSV are tax deductible to the full extent of
the law. Since February 2001, Brian Foran has funded GSRSV primarily on
his own. Brian runs a large rescue facility/sanctuary by himself, and
typically has more than 25 dogs to feed and care for! Many of these dogs are
either too old for adoption or have been returned to GSRSV several times--and
thus are allowed to live their lives out at the rescue facility. Never has
Brian returned a dog he has rescued to a shelter--NEVER!
Donations have played--and continue to play--a huge part in keeping
GSRSV afloat, as adoption fees are a drop-in-the-bucket compared
with the costs of running a large rescue program.
(See the actual numbers for 2007-2011 here.)
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to GSRSV today,
either by clicking on the PayPal button below,
or by mailing a check, made out to GSRSV, to:
GSRSV, PO Box 652, Pleasant Grove, CA 95668.
can add a message to GSRSV in the PayPal payment window. Just click
"Add special instructions to the seller" and a text box will open.
Any size donation is appreciated. Please help in any way you can!
can also contribute financially to GSRSV without spending an
additional cent by shopping at AmazonSmile,
Amazon.com's charitable donation program. See below.
at Amazon Smile
and Amazon will make a donation to:
German Shepherd Rescue of
Don't just take your dog for a walk.....take your walk for a dog! Go to WoofTrax.com, download the
app to your smartphone, and support GSRSV every time you walk your
dog! The more miles you walk, the more WoofTrax donates to GSRSV!
with a Purpose!
Kritika Bala of
Lone Tiger Art
is a talented artist with a passion for animals and nature--and
she truly shows it by donating 90% of the proceeds of her
commissioned paintings to animal welfare and environmental
organizations! (Yes, 90%--unheard of!)
GSRSV was the recipient of a donation in Dec 2015 by Kritika
from the proceeds
of her commissioned painting of a GSD puppy "Lexi" (see right).
If you would like to immortalize your dog or cat in a beautiful
(yet affordable) painting and help support GSRSV or another
animal welfare organization, please visit the
"Pet Project" of Kritika's
Lone Tiger Art
ABOUT FOSTERING DOGS
dog a sacrifice? NO!
It is a pleasure!
rewards of knowing that you've saved the life of a sweet, beautiful
German Shepherd dog (or any other breed), and made that dog feel loved, are MUCH greater
than whatever inconvenience the dog may cause or the pain of letting
him or her go to a new home.
you, the German Shepherd-loving
community, will not extend a helping
hand to the numerous German Shepherds housed in area shelters and
facing euthanasia, WHO WILL?
consider fostering a German Shepherd for GSRSV! See the page Save
a German Shepherd's Life: Become a Foster Caretaker.
You Consider Adopting a Dog from a Rescue Group (including GSRSV),
Please Consider Adopting One from a Shelter!
there are certain advantages to adopting a dog from a rescue group,
those dogs are safe. Those in shelters are at high risk of
euthanasia! If you don't already know, you'd be horrified to learn
about the number of beautiful German Shepherds that are
euthanized every week in Northern California shelters.
Think you can't find a purebred German
Shepherd at a shelter? THINK AGAIN!!
have found the best Website to
search for a GSD in a shelter near you is Petharbor.com.
This Website allows you to specify breed as well as to select the
shelters from which you'd like to search for a GSD to adopt. You can
also request to receive automatic e-mail notifications when the
shelters that you specified have GSDs available for adoption.
Remember that Most Dogs with Rescue Groups Come from Shelters
GSRSV Picture/Story Scrapbook!
me your favorite photo and/or story of the dog(s) you adopted from
GSRSV, and I will post them on the GSRSV Picture/Story Scrapbook
page. Mail pictures/stories to Brian Foran at email@example.com.
Rescued Dogs Make Wonderful Companions!
that an older dog will not make a good family companion because it's
too set in its ways?" Think
Older dogs, more so than younger dogs, live to please their caretakers.
Furthermore, hip dysplasia in older German Shepherds is much less of
a problem than commonly believed, and general arthritis is readily treatable
with coated aspirin (yes, ASPIRIN) and glucosamine/chondroitin supplements. For an excellent information resource on older
dogs, see the Senior Dogs Project
Website, and their "Top
Ten Reasons to Adopt an Older Dog."
of those who have adopted older dogs from GSRSV
Warner adopted Krista from the Sac County shelter, with GSRSV's
assistance, on 7-1-10. Here's what Bob had to say about Krista in
has become a wonderful friend--so gentle and friendly that everyone
enjoys her. She is an excellent example of why adopters should
consider older dogs."
you have or plan to adopt a GSD, you NEED to know about
"bloat!" Please read the info below.
dilatation/volvulus, more commonly known as "bloat", is an
all-too- frequent, fatal event for German Shepherds. Basically,
gastric dilatation refers to a condition in which the dog's stomach
fills up with air due to various circumstances. The dog's abdomen
becomes visibly "bloated", and causes great discomfort. If the
bloat persists, often what happens next is volvulus--the stomach
literally rotates on its intestinal axis, shutting off the blood
supply both to and from the stomach. At this stage, the dog usually
has only hours to live, and the condition must be treated
sooner the dog is treated, the better its chance for survival and
how to avoid bloat in your dog, and how to recognize the symptoms.
on this link to open a very informative Webpage about bloat. I
recommend printing the article and placing it where you can
immediately access it if you suspect that your dog is experiencing
bloat. Click on this link for a
printable MS Word version of the article.
Inc., is a manufacturer and retailer of amazingly effective, all-natural,
reasonably priced nutritional supplements for dogs, horses and humans. I have regularly
given a few of Springtime's supplements to the GSRSV dogs for years, and
enthusiastically endorse these products--particularly "Joint
Health"--a glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM supplement, and "Bug-Off
Garlic"--a natural flea preventative that REALLY WORKS! Please visit Springtime's
Website, and if you place an order with them as a result of this referral,
please mention that you learned of their company through GSRSV. I do not receive any
commisions--I just want the people at
Springtime to know that I'm sharing the word on their products, as they do
give me a discount on the products that I order.
Questions regarding German Shepherd
Rescue of Sacramento Valley or this Website should be directed to Brian
916-655-3125, firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can write
PO Box 652
Pleasant Grove, CA 95668
for listing GSRSV's adoptable (and adopted) dogs on their
Thanks also to
(www.comslider.com), a superb
slideshow development and hosting Website, for hosting GSRSV's adoption
picture slideshow free of charge.
This site is
xMatters specializes in
"intelligent communications" for businesses, particularly for the IT
component of those businesses. Many, many thanks to Troy McAlpin, xMatters'
President & CEO and a former GSRSV adopter, for graciously hosting GSRSV's Website on xMatters' servers since 2001.
Saturday April 22, 2017