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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.

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This page was last modified February 03, 2023.


Because I am in the (long) process of moving to Central Oregon, I am rescuing very few dogs these days--thus the lack of adoptable dogs on this page.

Please check out the two other pages on this Website that list adoptable dogs from other rescue groups, caretakers and owners:
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Dogs Available for Adoption through Owner Placement


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"Harley" is an approx 55-lb (petite) 1½-yo neutered male GSD who is playful, curious, and somewhat insecure. He is healthy and up-to-date on core vaccinations.

Harley is an affectionate dog and a snuggler; he likes to sleep in bed with his person. He is very friendly with strangers when out in public and eagerly approaches them for attention. We’ve yet to observe Harley with children, but his temperament suggests that he’ll do just fine with them. As friendly as he is, Harley is always alert and is a good watchdog.

Harley has not been around many other dogs since we took him in (Jan 14), but he did OK w/ the dogs at GSRSV’s rescue ranch for the short time he was there . If anything, he was timid around the other dogs. He also apparently did well w/ the dog he formerly lived with.

We have not observed Harley around cats. It’s possible he could do OK with them.

Harley is mostly housetrained but has had a few accidents in the apartment in which he’s kept. He also exhibits some separation anxiety when left uncrated, and barks when left alone either uncrated or in his crate. However, Harley goes into his crate on command without hesitation. Harley would likely do best with another dog to keep him company or a home in which he’s rarely left alone.

Harley likes to pull when on leash so he’ll need some work in this area. He pulls extra hard when he sees other dogs, but it’s surely out of eagerness to play with them. Fortunately, Harley is not a large GSD so his pulling is manageable.

Harley LOVES to play fetch and will play for hours. He will really thrive in an active home in which he gets to play for quite awhile outside every day.

Harley’s former owner did not maintain his fence well and Harley (and the dog who he lived with) often roamed the neighborhood unsupervised. A neighbor (Clarissa) took Harley in recently and asked the owner if she could rehome him; the neighbor agreed. Clarissa contacted GSRSV and we took him in on Jan 14.

Harley is presently in a foster home in Roseville. His adoption fee is $300.

Posted 2-2-23

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"Chief" is a stunning 100-lb, approx 1-yo neutered male GSD who is friendly, devoted and obedient. Chief has a nice square back and moves with fluid motion--i.e, no signs of hip dysplasia at all.

Chief is affectionate and loves to be petted. He likes to cuddle for a bit, but being the classic GSD he is, wants to "get back to work" after awhile.

Chief is friendly with strangers he meets, though I imagine that he'll be a good protector once he gets into a permanent home. I have not observed Chief around children but there's nothing in his temperament that suggests he wouldn't be fine with young kids. He is, however, quite a large dog and still has some growing to do.

Chief is good with other dogs but is not particularly playful; he's more of the serious type GSD. He will surely be fine as an only dog.

I have not observed Chief with cats. I will only consider a home WITHOUT CATS for him.

Chief is mostly housetrained but does still occasionally mark on objects in the house. Chief is getting neutered on Dec 29, so hopefully that will eliminate his marking.

Chief might have some separation anxiety if he's the only dog and left alone in the house. Chief does NOT like to be crated--the one time I left him in a crate he pulled the metal grate door so strongly it bent the hinges!

Chief likes to go for car rides and is a polite passenger.

Chief was found at a fire station in Citrus Heights in late November and efforts to locate his owner were unsuccessful. Chief had blood in his urine and the second person to foster Chief did not want to take on the financial responsibility of bringing Chief to a vet. GSRSV took Chief in on Dec 5, had him examined and treated, and he's fine now.

Chief is located in Roseville. His adoption fee is $300.

Posted 12-28-22; updated 2-2-23

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Gloria is now 100% housetrained!

"Gloria" is an approx 65-lb, 3-yo spayed female GSD who is sweet, affectionate and mellow. She has a very soft, relatively thin coat--unusual for a GSD. (Genetically, she might be a mix, but outwardly she looks all GSD.)

Gloria is friendly with everyone she meets. She's fairly gentle so I'm sure that she'll be great with children. She loves to snuggle--even all night!

Gloria is very comfortable around other dogs but so far has not been very playful with any of the GSRSV dogs.  I think that she would be more playful with another dog if it was just one or two other dogs that she lived with. She'd also be fine as an only dog.

I have not observed Gloria around cats. I might consider her for a home w/ a dog-savvy cat but will give preference to adopters without cats.

Gloria is fully housetrained but might get a little mischievous if left alone in the house. I formerly crated her at night, so she's accustomed to being in a crate--which will help her make a transition to a new home.

Gloria obeys some basic commands and  walks well on leash. She also has very good recall when off leash.

Gloria loves to go for rides in the car and is a polite passenger.

So far I have not observed much in the way of play behavior with Gloria. Perhaps once she is adopted more of her playful side will emerge.

Gloria received a "gastropexy" procedure when she was spayed, which will prevent her stomach from  turning (volvulus) if she were to ever bloat. Bloat (gastric dilitation) is an often fatal condition when the stomach turns.

Gloria was brought to the Colusa County Shelter in Colusa, CA, on 9-19-22 as a stray. Nobody claimed her and she was running out of time. GSRSV rescued her from the shelter on 11-12-22.

Gloria is located in Sacramento. Her adoption fee is $300.

Posted 11-22-22; updated 11-29-22; updated 2-2-23


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"Tag" is a 10-mos old (as of 11-20-22), approx 80-lb male GSD who is loving, playful and loyal.

Tag is very friendly with everyone he meets, including strangers who come into his person’s house. When I went to Tag’s house to meet him, Tag was straining to greet me while his person (Georgia) was holding on to his collar. For many GSDs, this would have been an invitation to bite me, but Tag never displayed any aggression at all.

Tag is a bit rambunctious at times, so he would likely overwhelm kids under 12 yrs of age without supervision. Tag definitely wanted to play rough with me and was mouthing on my arm. 

Tag was fine with other dogs when he was younger but has not interacted with other dogs for several months. Nonetheless, I’m sure that Tag will be great with other dogs. In fact, he could really benefit from having another large, playful dog around to burn off some of his energy.

Tag has never lived with cats and chases them out of his yard, so NO CATS for Tag.

Tag is housetrained and is non-destructive when left inside the house for several hours. He sleeps on his bed just outside Georgia’s bedroom for most of the night. In the early AM hours Georgia lets Tag inside her bedroom and then Tag sleeps on her bed until she gets up.

Georgia has provided Tag with basic obedience training but nothing advanced. Tag will sit and lie on command and take treats gently from hand.

Tag has not had much leash training in the last several months due to his size and strength (overwhelms Georgia), so will surely need work in this area. Tag does NOT have good off-leash recall. In fact, Georgia has to keep Tag on an overhead zip line when he’s in her backyard, because otherwise he’ll play keep-away for hours when it’s time for him to come inside.

Tag rides fine in the car, but Georgia has not taken him in her car too often and now Tag resists getting in the car. This is not unusual behavior for a GSD Tag’s age who has not gone for many car rides and he’ll likely overcome the behavior in short time.

Tag loves to play tug-of-war and to play fetch. Georgia almost has Tag to the point where he’ll release the ball when he brings it back.

Georgia has had Tag since he was eight weeks old and he's been a great companion for her. An acquaintance of Georgia's gave Tag to her unannounced as a way to pay off a debt. Georgia wasn’t planning to adopt a dog but she didn’t have the heart to say no. Now, Tag has grown into a very large, strong dog who is simply too much for Georgia to handle physically.

Georgia really loves Tag but is selfishly seeking a home for him where he can run and play and live his life to its full potential. 

GSRSV has met Tag and is placing him as a “Program Dog.” This means that GSRSV is placing Tag through its adoption program as if he was one of our own dogs, even though he will remain with his person until he’s adopted.

Tag is located in the Oak Park section of Sacramento.

Tag’s adoption fee is $300; this includes his neutering. Tag is scheduled to be neutered on December 29. If Tag is adopted prior to Dec 29, an additional $300 refundable neuter deposit will be required to ensure that the adopter follows through with Tag’s neuter appointment.

Posted 11-20-22; updated 2-2-23

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"Charlie" is an approx 80-lb, 8-yo neutered male GSD who is super-affectionate, incredibly loyal and easy-going.

Charlie is friendly with everyone he meets (not a great watchdog) and great with young children. He lived with a family with two young boys (7 & 10-yrs old) between 6-13 and 8-16-21 and he was great with them. He takes treats gently from hand but sometimes forgets that he's not a little lap dog. Charlie loves to snuggle in bed and to be wherever you are. He is always right under my desk when I'm working at my computer!

Charlie is good with medium & large dogs, but NOT good w/ small dogs. He's also not good w/ high-energy dogs--he wants to run after them and "correct" them.

Charlie has exhibited a prey drive towards small dogs so he's almost certainly NOT good with cats.

Charlie is completely housetrained and can be left inside for hours without issue. However, if you have lever-style door "knobs", be sure the lever is locked because Charlie is smart enough to open a door with such lever!

Charlie knows a few basic commands such as sit and lie down. He is good on leash though he sometimes pulls initially out of eagerness.

Charlie hasn't shown much affinity for toys since he's been with me but the other day he picked up a ball and trotted off with it, so maybe there's a playful pup hidden in Charlie.

Charlie is in great health. He has a straight back, sound hips and fluid mobility. His ear tips have permanent scarring from fly strike (due to unsanitary conditions outdoors).

A family in North Highlands raised Charlie from a pup. However, both his people became ill and were no longer able to provide him with exercise or much attention. I received a request in May from their daughter to rehome him. I went to meet Charlie on May 19, 2021, and he literally begged me to take him with me--so I did!

A family with boys ages 10 & 7 yrs and a small female Terrier mix adopted Charlie on June 13. Charlie did fantastic in most regards, especially with the boys. However, he would often harass the little dog and his people never trusted him enough to leave him alone with her.

Charlie also did not do well with small dogs in their neighborhood. On one occasion he got out and bit a little dog—not bad enough for vet attention, but it put his people on notice.

In late August, Charlie opened the front door (which has a lever-style door “knob”) and set his sites on a little dog whose people were walking it across the street. This time, Charlie did enough damage to send the dog to the vet. (The dog was OK, but it cost Charlie’s people about $2K in vet bills.) After this incident, Charlie’s people sadly realized they could no longer keep him due to his strong prey drive so they returned him to me on Aug 16.

Since I took Charlie back, he’s been once again perfect w/ all of the GSRSV dogs. So, a home w/ another large dog is certainly an option for him--just no small dogs or cats.

Charlie's adoption fee is $200.

Updated 10-26-21; updated 2-2-23

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Adopted 1-28-23!

"Whitney" is an approx 100-lb, 7-yo neutered male White GSD who is eccentric, energetic and totally loveable. Oh--and happy! He's a happy, happy dog.

Whitney is "different" than other dogs the way a functioning autistic child is different from other children. When he gets excited, he starts his "mousing" routine where he digs and pounces on imaginary mice. If there are rocks present, he will find a reasonably large rock (his "mouse"), pick it up in his mouth and trot over to his water bucket to drop it in. (Click here for a video of this routine.) Even if he's inside where there is no dirt or rocks, he will do his mousing routine when he's excited.

Whitney also likes to dig. Man, does he like to dig! So, I am seeking a new home for Whitney where his passion for digging will not pose a problem.

Whitney is one of the sweetest dogs I've ever met. He loves people and is super-affectionate. He ADORES children! When I took Whitney and three other dogs to the snow in February, there was a family with several children between the ages of six to twelve. I couldn't pull Whitney away from them without a leash! He's  somewhat jerky with his body movements, so he has the potential to flatten a really young child. However, I also think that Whitney would learn to be gentle given the opportunity.

Whitney is fantastic with other dogs. He is very submissive and would be fine with all but a dominant dog who wants to bully him (more on that later). I've had Whitney at my rescue ranch for six years and he's always been great with my other dogs. I'm certain that Whitney would be fine with little dogs as well.

I have never had Whitney around cats, but this is one dog who I can totally see being buddies with a cat. He might be hyper-active at times, but he would never harm a fly.

Whitney has been inside my house on many occasions and has never had an accident, but he's been an outside dog primarily for the six years I've had him. This was his choice, as all of my dogs are welcome inside my house via a dog door. It's possible that Whitney could make the transition to being an indoor dog, but I'm actually seeking a new home for him where he can be outdoors for the most part, and again, be allowed to perform his mousing routine and to dig.

Whitney came to me as a rough-hewn one-year old, and I have not put him through any kind of training. When I first brought him to my rescue ranch, Whitney would run around in wide circles constantly. This suggested to me that he had been kept tied up during his young life and only knew the boundaries of the rope he was tied to. Fortunately, his circling behavior resolved in a few days. His mousing behavior, though, never subsided.

Whitney pulls fairly strong on a leash as I have not worked with him much at all on leash skills.

Whitney LOVES to go for rides in the car, and is a really easy passenger. He'll just lie down and enjoy the ride.

Whitney loves to play fetch, and though he'll bring the ball back to me and sometimes set it down, he'll easily get distracted into his mousing routine. I'm sure with enough repetition that he'd become a great fetch & drop player.

I absolutely LOVE Whitney, but am seeking a new home for him because he has been attacked on several occasions by a few of my dogs here, a couple of times severely. (The most recent attack was in January, and after that attack I placed Whitney in a separate yard for his own safety.) Because Whitney is like a mildly retarded child, he is a target for the alpha dogs in my pack to "take out." This is, unfortunately, part of the natural dynamic of a dog (and wolf) pack.

It breaks my heart to let Whitney go, but I need to consider his safety first and foremost, and I hate keeping him by himself in a separate yard.

Whitney is located in Pleasant Grove, CA. His adoption fee is $160.

Posted 4-3-22