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The following German Shepherds and German Shepherd mixes are being fostered by other rescue groups or individuals in the Sacramento area. I have not seen or evaluated most of these dogs, so I can not guarantee their temperament or health. However, because rescue groups such as mine or individuals rescuing on their own are offering these dogs for adoption, I am posting these dogs as a courtesy to those rescuers. As with rescuing a dog from GSRSV, you will also have the benefit of knowing the dog's temperament from its foster caretaker (in most cases).

This picture appears next to dogs that have proven themselves to be cat-friendly.

Last updated  05/01/2024

Please contact the individual or group name listed with a particular dog for more information about that dog! If you find that a dog who is listed here is no longer available for adoption, please let me know so I can remove the listing. Contact Brian at either bab43@msn.com or 916-655-3125.


"CP" is a super-sweet 2-yo intact female GSD who was reportedly found in Patterson with eight puppies a couple months ago.
CP is good with young children and other dogs. Cats are an unknown. She is housetrained.

A rescue group helped the woman who reportedly took in the dog find homes for all eight puppies, but have been unable to find a home for the mother. Now, the finder is saying she can no longer keep CP and has scheduled to surrender CP May 6 to the Stanislaus County Shelter in Modesto, which is just bursting at the seams with dogs, including many German Shepherds,

If you are willing to foster CP for GSRSV, please contact Brian Foran at bab43@msn.com or 916-655-3125.

If you'd like to meet CP with the possibility of adopting her, please contact Melissa Barton at MBarton@epicor.com.

There will be no adoption fee for CP, but a spay deposit and contract will apply.

Posted 5-1-24

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"Remmy" is an approx. 60-lb, 4-yo (February 2024) intact female GSD/Husky who is happy, playful and sweet. Remmy is healthy and up-to-date on her rabies & distemper/parvo vaccinations (both good thru 4-5-27).

Remmy is friendly with strangers, both inside the house and beyond. It’s unknown how Remmy is with young children, but given her sweet temperament, it’s almost a certainty she’ll be good with kids. She loves to cuddle!

Remmy is good with other dogs, and did well with a cat who she was around.

Remmy is housetrained and crate trained. Her foster caretakers keep her in a crate when they are away from the house, and also crate her at night.

Remmy received some basic obedience training and can perform some tricks like “play dead.” Remmy pulls somewhat when being walked on leash, however she is not reactive towards other dogs who she sees on walks.

Remmy rides OK in a vehicle. She loves to play with toys (see video elsewhere on this page).

Remmy was adopted when she was about 1 yrs old. Her person, who is the son of her present caretakers, recently underwent some life changes forced him to give up Remmy so his parents took her in temporarily in February, They are now seeking a permanent home for her.

Remmy Is located in Sacramento near Sac State. There is no adoption fee for Remmy, but whoever adopts her must get her spayed within 90 days of adoption. A $300 refundable spay deposit will be required, which will be refunded once Remmy’s adopter provides evidence of her spay surgery. This will all be in writing.

Please contact Estella Cervantez at ecervantez75@gmail.com or 916-576-9610.

Posted 4-24-24

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Santa Rosa, CA

"Guardian" is a 3-yo neutered male GSD available for adoption at the Sonoma County Humane Society in Santa Rosa, CA. Following is Guardian's profile on the SCHS's Website (https://humanesocietysoco.org/pets/guardian-the-dog/):

Guardian is an incredible dog! Plus we have his DNA results that prove he is 100% pure bred!!!!

This three year old GSD is a 97lb, turbo-charged adrenaline junkie (and semi-pro fetch player) who is looking for an active family to take him running and hiking. If you’re a fan of shepherds, then Guardian is your boy – he certainly has the intelligence and athleticism that make GSDs such popular dogs!

We think the guardian would do best in a home without cats. (Don’t let him fool you: Guardian will say that he likes cats….but what he really means is that he likes to chase them!)

We also think Guardian would do best in a dog-free home – he wants to be your #1 sidekick, and that means having you all to himself!

If you’re interested in learning more about Guardian, contact our adoptions desk for more information: 707-542-0882.

Posted 10-8-23

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Tracy, CA

"Cochise" is an approx 1-yo neutered male Belgian Malinois who is smart, friendly and playful. He is healthy, UTD on vaccinations and microchipped.

Cochise is a little bit shy at first when meeting new people but warms up quickly and then loves to stay by your side. He loves to be petted and enjoys leaning on people.

Cochise is a quick learner and takes treats very gently. He may have had an abusive past so someone gentle & understanding is his preferred type of person.

Cochise is house-trained and crate-trained, but He would benefit from some basic obedience training and an experienced handler.

Cochise’s adoption fee is $350. If you are interested in meeting Cochise go to the Tracy People for Pets website to fill out an adoption application. Then, return it to inquiries@peopleforpets.com. 

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Reno, NV

"Akela" is an approx 6-7 yo spayed female GSD mix who is a real sweetheart. She has been to a vet and she appears to be in good health.

This poor girl was a stray on the streets for months before she was traumatically chased and caught and brought to the shelter. She is fearful of strangers, shy and reserved when in public.

Akela is cautious to stimulation and doesn't play with toys but is very food/treat motivated. She typically relaxes around the house and occasionally will engage in play with her new owner who adopted her from the shelter and has bonded with him. Akela gets along nicely with his male Therapy Dog.

Akela would make a great buddy for an active senior.  She is a wonderful sweet companion but is having a tough time learning to be house trained. She will go out for walks but still comes in and relieves herself. She is just used to going outside and will need some time and patience in a new home. A nice back yard would be helpful, with 6' fencing.

Akela's owner is disabled and has health issues and cannot keep her. He is terribly heartbroken that he has to give her up as he has never given up on an animal in his life.

Akela would be very happy in a new home that has a calm environment and no children. She needs someone with experience and who would be around a lot to help her rehabilitate and blossom into the happy dog she should be. Please help this sweetheart find a loving home.

If you are interested in helping Akela, please visit http://www.LakeTahoeWolfRescue.com, go to the page WANT TO ADOPT? and follow the directions. Contact is PamelaJoWolflady2@sbcglobal.net.

Posted 2-23-23

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"Duff" is an approx 8-yo male GSD available for adoption from the animal shelter in Fallon, NV. Poor Duff has been at the shelter since July 20, 2021, when he was brought in as a stray.

Duff is very friendly with people, but the shelter feels he would do best as an only dog. [Note from GSRSV: he'd likely do fine w/ a medium to large female dog.]

A vet diagnosed Duff w/ Degenerative Myelopathy (DM, which is a non-painful disease of the spinal cord that will eventually cause Duff to be unable to walk. However, diagnosing DM is not a precise science and it's possible that Duff just has hip issues. Either way, he's not 100% in the rear end so whoever adopts Duff should expect some deterioration in his mobility and be prepared to help him out with that. (Wheel carts can really help dogs with DM.)

If you're interested in learning more about Duff, please contact the City of Fallon Animal Shelter at (775) 423-2282.

Posted 11-29-21


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Fresno, CA

"Sasha" is a beautiful approx 5-yo spayed female GSD who is loving, playful and somewhat alpha.

Sasha is healthy and current on her rabies and distemper/parvo vaccinations.

Sasha initially barks at strangers who come into the house, but once they are introduced is very friendly. She’s also friendly with people she meets beyond her own territory.

Sasha is great with young children; her people have kids over often and she plays gently with them and loves attention. She waits patiently for treats and takes them gently from hand.

Sasha has only been around the dogs in her current home since her people took her in back in June and has not done well with them. She gets jealous easily when the other dogs receive attention and drives them away.

Sasha does NOT get along with cats, so a home WITHOUT CATS is in order.

Sasha’s people keep her outside primarily, so they can’t say definitively if she’s housetrained. However, they have had her inside on a few occasions for 2-4 hours and she did not have any accidents during those times.

Sasha likely received some obedience training previously as she sits and shakes her paw on command. She walks well on leash without distractions, and when she sees other dogs when she is on a walk she only wants to check them out—she doesn’t go ballistic.

Sasha rides well in a car. She likes squeaky toys. It’s unknown if she’s a swimmer.

Sasha’s people found her as a stray in June 2021 and were unable to find her owner. They decided to keep her and had her spayed in August. Unfortunately, Sasha is very jealous of the existing dogs in her home which has led to altercations. Regretfully, her people are seeking a new home for her.

Sasha Is located in Fresno. Her adoption fee is $100.

Please contact Rebecca Hoffman at beckyhearts@gmail.com or 559-824-2110.

Posted 11-14-21

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