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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
temperament from its foster caretaker (in most cases).
picture appears next to dogs that have proven themselves to be
Please contact the
individual or group name listed with a particular dog for more information
about that dog! If you find that a dog that is listed here is no
longer available for adoption, please let me know so I can remove the
listing. Contact Brian at either 916-655-3125 or firstname.lastname@example.org
is a 2-3 yo intact male GSD who is loyal, playful and affectionate.
His caretakers found him abandoned on the side of the road near
their home in Stockton, CA, in early January. Cal is in good health,
but his vaccination history is unknown.
Cal is very friendly with everyone he meets; he walks
right up to people for pets. He did great w/ children aged 4 & 5 yrs
old who recently visited.
Cal is friendly with other dogs. He’s presently
living w/ three other dogs and does well with all of them—though the
resident GSD does not care for Cal. Cal is great with the resident
Cal is also good with cats! His caretakers have two
cats and Cal just looks at them without reacting.
Cal is housetrained and is allowed free run of the
yard when his people are home. He is but is kept in the garage when
his people are gone and at night because of the GSD who does not
Cal walks OK on leash, but is uneasy when he is
approached with the leash to put it on him.
Cal rides great in a vehicle. He plays fetch a little
and enjoys chew toys and bones.
Cal’s caretakers are seeking a new home for him
because they already have three dogs and, as mentioned, their
resident GSD does not care for Cal.
Cal is located in Stockton, CA. There is no adoption
fee for Cal. However, because he has yet to be neutered, a $300
refundable deposit will be required of Cal’s adopter(s). The adopter
will be given 90 days to have Cal neutered. Once evidence of
altering is provided, the $300 deposit will be refunded. This will
all be in writing.
Please contact Madeline Chester at either
262-352-7263 or email@example.com.
ADOPTION OR FOSTER APPEAL:
"SAGAN", SWEET 3-YO MALE GSD AT STANISLAUS COUNTY SHELTER, WILL
BE EUTHANIZED IF NOT ADOPTED OR RESCUED BY THIS SATURDAY AT 5:00
woman (Alice) found Sagan on her doorstep Christmas Eve and
kept him at her place near Modesto for a couple of days.
Alice RAVES about Sagan. She would have adopted him but she
lives on a busy highway without a fenced yard and Sagan was
able to get out of the kennel she has.
Alice has visited Sagan at the shelter several times and is
really trying to find an adopter or rescue for him.
Alice would be happy to speak with you about Sagan. Give her
a call at 209-324-7565.
Sagan's adoption fee at the shelter is only $120, and
includes his neutering. The shelter is located at 3647
Cornucopia Wy in Modesto. Open Friday 10-5 and Saturday
you're willing to foster Sagan for GSRSV, please contact me
(Brian Foran) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Home by End of January!
"Tasha" & "Darrin" are a bonded
pair of 11-yo GSDs whose person will be moving into an assisted
living facility near the end of January. She will not be able to
keep the two dogs at the facility.
Both Tasha & Darrin are in good
health. Darrin has some mild arthritis in one of his hips but that
hardly slows him down.
Tasha has been with her person
since she was seven wks old and and Darrin, who was adopted from a
rescue, has been with her since he was three years old.
Both dogs do OK w/ other dogs
but prefer people over dogs. No info about cats. They do well around
Please contact Crystal Barnum
Street Shelter in Sacramento. Adoption Fee only $25!
is an approx 2-3 yo female GSD/Husky who is very loving and mellow,
but also needy--ie, she doesn't like to be left alone! Therefore,
she needs a home where somebody is home most of the time and/or is
willing to help her overcome her separation anxiety.
Sweetie Pie is friendly with
everyone she meets. Though she has not been observed with children,
everything about her temperament suggests she'd be great with
Sweetie Pie has got along great
with the other dogs she's been with since she was found and is very
Sweetie Pie is also good with
cats! She got along fine with the cats in the home of the couple who
Sweetie Pie is housetrained and
is perfectly behaved inside--as long as there is somebody home! She
does NOT like to be left all alone inside and has broken out of a
crate. She also exhibited separation anxiety (barking, howling) when
left inside with another dog.
Sweetie Pie knows some basic
commands and walks very well on leash.
Sweetie Pie enjoys car rides
and is a perfect passenger.
Sweetie was originally found
wandering the FoodMax parking lot on Florin Rd in Sacramento Dec 20,
2022. The people who found her took her in for a couple of
days, then a woman in Sacramento (Melissa) began to foster her.
Eventually, Melissa brought Sweetie Pie to the Front Street shelter
in Sacramento to clear up a confusing matter with her microchip. At
that time, the shelter assumed custody of Sweetie but Melissa agreed
to foster her for the shelter.
Melissa took Sweetie Pie in on
Dec 22 from the couple who found her. However, between Sweetie
Pie's separation anxiety and Melissa's full-time work schedule she
could no longer keep her at her house so brought her to the shelter
on January 3.
Melissa has nothing but good
things to say about Sweetie Pie--except for the separation anxiety.
If you'd like to ask Melissa questions about Sweetie Pie, she'd be
happy to answer them: 530-391-4346.
Sweetie Pie is now at the Front
Street shelter in Sacramento. Her adoption fee is only $25! If
you're interested in adopting her, please
make an appointment with the shelter.
Refer to Sweetie Pie by her ID
"Maya" is an approx 56-lb, 1-yo spayed female Belgian Malinois mix who is
sweet, submissive and loving. Maya is healthy and fully vaccinated.
Maya loves to
be with her people constantly; she loves to cuddle and give kisses.
She is shy with adult strangers at first but warms up quickly. She
is great with kids of all ages right from the start.
somewhat timid of other dogs at first but once acclimated is great
with them. She’s also good w/ small dogs.
Maya is NOT
good with cats!
housetrained and is well-behaved inside. Her person (Ashly) allows
Maya free-reign of both the house and outside when she is away. Maya
sleeps on her dog bed or on Ashly’s bed.
very well on a leash and is non-reactive towards other dogs she
sees. She needs work on off-leash recall, however.
somewhat scared of getting in a car; she needs to be lifted in and
Maya from a shelter on Nov 1, 2022 in order to keep her from being
euthanized. Ashly is a volunteer at that shelter and saw how scared
Maya was there, so she knew she had little chance of being adopted.
Maya had been confiscated from her previous home, where she was bred
located in Marysville. Her adoption fee is $100, per GSRSV’s
Please contact Ashly Anderson at
(916) 968-5340 or
Dublin, CA (East
County Animal Shelter)
is a 70-75 lb, "senior" male GSD/Akita
mix with an active, vibrant and positive personality. Zest is
vaccinated and dewormed, and will be neutered prior to going home
with his adopter(s).
Rescue covers spay/neuter and senior blood panels on "Senior
Though Zest is considered a
"senior'' by age, his spirit is still young and free.
He loves to play fetch and can
spend hours playing with tennis balls.
Zest was brought to the shelter
as a stray in August 2022. He is a real favorite of shelter staff
and volunteers, and they are trying hard to find an adopter for him.
Click here for a full adoption profile, more pictures and a video of
Zest playing fetch.
Zest is at the East County
Animal Shelter in Dublin. If you are interested in meeting Zest,
please call the shelter at 925-803-7040 to make sure he is still
there. Refer to Zest by his ID #: 73624.
is an approx 3-yo spayed female GSD who is very sweet. She
loves people but is a little shy at first.
Cher-Bella is good with other dogs and seems to be OK w/ cats as she
lived amongst them previously.
Cher-Bella is one of many dogs who was abandoned in Bakersfield and
was living on the street when she gave birth to a litter of puppies.
The rescue group Bakersfield Strays (www.bakersfeildstrays.org) took
Cher-Bella and her pups in to safety. The puppies have since been
weaned and Cher-Bella is now ready for adoption.
Please click on
https://bakersfieldstrays.org/contact-us for Bakersfield Strays
adoption/foster application and more info about adopting.
is now in a foster home and is perfectly good w/ the dogs there!
is an 80-lb, 3-yo neutered male GSD who is goofy, loyal and sweet.
Reggie is in good health but does require a special diet and probiotic supplement due to a very sensitive GI tract,
without which he has constant diarrhea. He has a
Reggie is friendly with people he
meets and requires no special introduction. He has yet to meet any children since he was rescued from the
shelter, but his foster person thinks he’d do fine with kids.
fine with other dogs, though he doesn't really interact much with
them. He can be reactive towards other dogs when he's walking on
Reggie has seen cats while in his
crate and not barked or lunged at them. However, he has not gone
nose-to-nose with a cat since he was rescued so for now a home
WITHOUT CATS is in order.
Reggie was likely trained (as well as
loved) in his former home as he obeys several commands and walks
well on leash. His foster person
does use a pinch collar when walking him to better control him
when he sees other dogs. Reggie seems to have good off-leash
Reggie appears to be housetrained.
Though he had been kept mostly in a crate for months in his previous
foster home, he was inside for the last week of his stay and only
had one accident. He was just brought to his present foster home on
Sept 14, and has yet to venture inside the house. We'll provide an
update on Reggie's house manners as soon as he starts spending time
Reggie enjoys car rides and is a calm
passenger. He loves to play fetch and likes wading in
water--and perhaps swimming (we'll know more soon).
Martina Animal Rescue (MAR) rescued
Reggie from the Berkeley City animal shelter in May 2022 after he had been there
for three months. Throughout his stay at the shelter, Reggie had
horrible diarrhea, and continued to have diarrhea after MAR rescued
him. It took about 2½ months and many visits to different vets, but
finally a combination of a special dry food and probiotic cured
Reggie’s diarrhea. He will likely need to be on the special diet for
Reggie is located in
Pleasant Grove, CA.
An adoption fee of $100 is requested.
Please contact Brian Foran at
916-655-3125 or email@example.com.
Posted 8-8-22; updated 9-15-22
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.
"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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
is a beautiful, approx 6-yo old spayed female GSD/Chow or GSD/Shiba
Inu mix who is a staff and volunteer favorite at the Sac County
("Bradshaw") animal shelter. She’s a polite dog who seeks attention
and soaks it up. (Click
here for a short video of Patti soaking it up!)
Patti enjoys going on walks and has good leash manners. She is
looking for a home with a patient adopter who will take the time to
let her acclimate to her new environment and the family’s routine.
This will include slow introductions to family pets. She has done
well in playgroups with other low-energy, respectful female and male
dogs. She would do best in a home without cats as she was returned
once to the shelter already for chasing the resident cat.
Patti would love to be adopted or fostered, as kennel life is very
stressful for her. To foster Patti, fill out a foster application at
https://bit.ly/2TTvu0F and send it to email@example.com.
To meet and adopt Patti, please call the Sac County shelter's adoption by
appointment line at 916-875-2287. The appointment phone lines are
open Tuesday-Sunday from 9:30am to 3:30pm. (closed Monday and
Be prepared to give the shelter representative Patti’s animal ID
number: A796218. The phones get busy, so if you don’t get through
right away, keep trying. They're working hard to provide each
potential adopter with excellent customer service!
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