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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.

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  

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Stockton, CA

"Cal" 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 female Chihuahua.

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 like him.

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

Posted 2-1-23



A 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 Noon-5.
If you're willing to foster Sagan for GSRSV, please contact me (Brian Foran) at

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Bonded Pair--Need New Home by End of January!
Georgetown, CA

"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 horses.

Please contact Crystal Barnum at 530-863-3367.

Posted 1-11-23

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Front Street Shelter in Sacramento. Adoption Fee only $25!

"Sweetie Pie" 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 youngsters.

Sweetie Pie has got along great with the other dogs she's been with since she was found and is very playful.

Sweetie Pie is also good with cats! She got along fine with the cats in the home of the couple who found her.

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 #: A654143.

Posted 1-7-23

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Marysville, CA

"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.

Maya is 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!

Maya is 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.

Maya walks very well on a leash and is non-reactive towards other dogs she sees. She needs work on off-leash recall, however.

Maya is somewhat scared of getting in a car; she needs to be lifted in and reassured.

Ashly adopted 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 and abused.

Maya is located in Marysville. Her adoption fee is $100, per GSRSV’s insistence.

Please contact Ashly Anderson at either
(916) 968-5340 or

Posted 12-22-22

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Dublin, CA (East County Animal Shelter)

"Zest" 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).

Note: Tri-Valley Animal Rescue covers spay/neuter and senior blood panels on "Senior Sundays."

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.

Posted 10-20-22


Bakersfield, CA

"Cher-Bella" 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 ( 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 for Bakersfield Strays adoption/foster application and more info about adopting.

Posted 9-26-22

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Sacramento, CA

Reggie is now in a foster home and is perfectly good w/ the dogs there!

"Reggie" (formerly Apollo) 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 semi-long coat. 

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. 

Reggie is 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 leash.

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 recall. 

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 indoors.

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 life.

Reggie is located in Pleasant Grove, CA. An adoption fee of $100 is requested.

Please contact Brian Foran at 916-655-3125 or

Posted 8-8-22; updated 9-15-22

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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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"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 or 559-824-2110.

Posted 11-14-21

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"Patti" 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 and send it to

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 holidays).

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!

Posted 10-6-21

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