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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
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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:
Dogs Available for Adoption from Other Area Rescue Groups and Individuals
Dogs Available for Adoption through Owner
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
presently in a foster home in Roseville. His adoption fee is $300.
is a stunning 100-lb, approx 1½-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
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.
Gloria is now 100%
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.