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unforeseen circumstances force German Shepherd owners to seek a new home for their dog(s).
This page serves to link such individuals with potential new owners--and to help prevent
the tragedy of owners surrendering their pets to a shelter.
GSRSV is not involved in
the adoption process of dogs listed on this page. Individuals interested in adopting a dog listed below
should contact the
owner directly at the phone number or e-mail listed. Because GSRSV is has
not evaluated the dogs listed here, I cannot
take responsibility for their temperament or health.
If you are an owner interested in listing your German Shepherd Dog(s)
here, please see How to Place a Dog Through GSRSV.
indicates that a dog has proven itself to be OK with cats.
is an approx 80-lb, 1½-yo neutered male GSD who is smart, obedient and dedicated.
Bones is friendly with everyone he meets, both inside the house and beyond.
He has interacted with children ages 8-14 and done great with them.
Bones has not had the opportunity to meet
many dogs since his caretaker (Cindy) took him in back in April of this
year. For the most part, he gets along fine w/ Cindy’s large male GSD, but
there have been altercations between the two of them (more on that later).
Cindy’s daughter took Bones for a walk with her male dog and they did OK but
Bones did growl at the other dog. However, Bone’s was not neutered at the
time and he has mellowed since then.
Bones appears to be OK w/ cats. Cindy
has four cats in the front yard and when she lets Bones run free he will see
the cats and wants to check them out, but if she calls his name he will stop
and come back like he isn’t interested.
Bones is housetrained, but Cindy keeps
him outside when she’s gone for any length of time. Bones sleeps in the
pantry with access to outside. Bones likes to chew on objects left lying
around so Cindy always has lots of toys and chew sticks available for him.
He is still in the puppy chewing stage.
Bones walks well on leash without
distractions. He does get excited and pulls on the leash hen he sees another
dog, but his reaction appears to be friendly.
Bones enjoys riding in a car and is a
loves chew toys and running after balls.
Cindy found Bones in Citrus Heights
back in April on the side of a road. He was very thin and so weak he could
hardly stand up. Cindy nursed him back to health and had him neutered &
vaccinated. She was planning to keep Bones but she already has a male GSD
and he sometimes gets jealous of Bones around her. The two dogs have fought
on several occasions and though Cindy has tried to get them to coexist, it’s
just too risky and stressful. Thus, she’s now seeking a new home for Bones.
Bones is located in Carmichael. His
adoption fee is $100, per GSRSV’s policy.
Please contact Cindy Miller at
916-261-3422 or email@example.com.
"Lina" is an
approx 60-lb, 2½-yo spayed female GSD who is
loyal, playful and protective. Lina is healthy and up-to-date on distemper/parvo
and rabies vaccinations (expire Aug 2024).
Lina is somewhat of a “Velcro” dog and frequently lies at the feet of her
person or very near to her. She is very active and will thrive with a person
who enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and swimming. However, Lina is
uncomfortable around large groups of people.
Lina is quite wary of strangers coming into the house, particularly men. She
takes a few hours to warm up to women and days for men. When away from the
house, Lina does not like strangers approaching her to pet her and will
potentially bite, especially if she is on leash and does not have her person
present in the immediate vicinity to redirect her. If her person is next to
her directing her behavior she is obedient and will lie down and listen but
needs a lot of attention in those situations until she relaxes.
Lina’s current person (Mary) has not observed her around young children.
Lina gets along well with other dogs in neutral environments such as a dog
park. If there aren’t too many dogs present she will socialize and play with
dogs who are receptive to her. She is friends with a female Yellow Lab and they like to
run around and play ball together. Mary has not observed Lina around really
Lina is also good with cats! Currently, she lives with a cat and she wants
to play with him but the feeling is not mutual. They are allowed to be alone
together in the house unsupervised for hours. The cat bosses Lina around and
she accepts that. In her previous family she lived with a cat and they got
Lina is housetrained and well-behaved in the house. She is allowed to free
roam the house when Mary is gone. Lina knows she’s not allowed upstairs or
on the sofa and she obeys those rules. She has multiple dog beds throughout
the house. Lina sleeps in a crate with the door closed at night. She is terrified of fireworks.
Lina is very obedient. She received eight weeks of weekly one-on-one
training sessions with Consistent K9 after Mary adopted her in Feb 2023. Lina walks excellent on leash when
there are no distractions. She typically walks in the heel position on
Mary’s left side and understands when she is free to leave that position.
Lina can be somewhat distracted when she sees another dog or person while on
a walk, depending on the circumstances. Sometimes she will focus on a dog
but is easy to redirect, on rare occasions she becomes aggravated and will
bark and lunge. Lina gets very spooked if a dog or human takes her by
surprise. Lina’s off-leash recall is fairly good but can use some
Lina enjoys car rides and is a polite passenger.
Lina loves to play fetch, especially at a lake, and will play for an hour or
more. She also likes to play tug-of-war. Lina will grab her toys and play by
herself for a few minutes at a time.
Lina loves to swim and ride w/ Mary on her stand-up-paddleboard.
Mary adopted Lina from a private party in Feb 2023. She is now seeking a new
home for her due to a recent divorce and change in her living situation.
Lina is located in Rocklin. Her adoption fee is $100, per GSRSV’s policy.
Please contact Mary Voinov at firstname.lastname@example.org or 917-981-7806.
is a 6-yo spayed female GSD who is friendly, obedient and devoted. Betta is
healthy and up-to-date on core vaccinations.
Betta is friendly with strangers both in the house and on walks. She is also
great with children. She has interacted with the neighbor’s young kids and
is very patient and tolerant with them.
Betta is fine with other dogs, including little dogs when properly
Betta did fine w/ a neighbor’s cat who she was introduced to. However, she
has chased stray cats out of the back yard. Betta will likely do well w/ a
dog-savvy house cat.
Betta is housetrained and exceptionally well-behaved. She was trained as a
service dog for an elderly woman with limited mobility (who recently passed
away). Betta would retrieve objects on command for the woman. Betta would
typically stay outside in the yard when her person was gone for extended
periods of time, and would sleep inside in her large wire crate.
Betta walks calmly on leash and is non-reactive towards other dogs or to
people she sees when on walks.
Betta enjoys car rides and is a polite passenger.
Betta would make an exceptional companion to an elderly or disabled person
but would also make a great dog for families with kids.
Betta was adopted at approx one year of age from a Sacramento-area shelter.
Her person recently passed away and her daughter (Galya) has assumed
responsibility for her. Galya is unable to take Betta into her home so will
be keeping her at a friends’ house in Rio Linda as of Friday, July 7.
However, her friends have only committed to keep Betta for two weeks.
Further, they will be keeping her outside and will not be able to spend much
time with her.
Betta is located in Rio Linda. Her adoption fee is $100, per GSRSV’s policy.
Included in that fee will be a folding metal crate and a plastic crate,
pillows, three bags of dry dog food and four boxes of canned dog food.
Please contact Galya Golosh at 916-835-7080 or email@example.com.
is an approx 6-yo intact female GSD who is loyal, protective and gentle.
Baghira is healthy and up-to-date on core vaccinations. However, she is not
spayed so having her spayed will be a requirement of adoption (see last
friendly with people both inside and outside of the house. She loves
children and likes to cuddle with them. She formerly lived with children
ages six & three yrs.
Baghira is friendly with other dogs as
long as they are not confrontational with her. If another dog challenges
her, however, she won’t back down. She is OK w/ small dogs.
Baghira is NOT good with cats.
Baghira is housetrained and can be left inside for extended periods of time
without any problems.
Baghira tends to pull when being walked on leash. However, she is not
particularly reactive towards other dogs she sees. She does NOT have good
recall when off-leash.
Baghira likes to go for rides in the car but she does whine out of
Baghira’s person Sasha and her husband adopted her two years ago from a
family who were moving out of state. Now, Sasha and her husband are
divorcing and Sasha has had to rent a place that does not allow dogs
Baghira’s size. Sasha is presently keeping Baghira at a friend’s house in
Sacramento, but that arrangement ends Friday, July 7, at which point Sasha
will have to keep Baghira at her vacant house in Reno and have friends &
neighbors check in on her. (Sasha is now living in Sacramento.)
Baghira is presently located in Sacramento. There is no adoption fee but a
$300 spay deposit will be required. Baghira’s adopter will have ninety days
to get her spayed. Once Baghria’s adopter provides evidence of spaying to
Sasha, she will refund the $300. This will all be in writing.
Please contact Sasha Mccreery at 916-799-1877 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
is a 90-lb, 1½-yo intact male GSD/Belgian Malinois who is active, friendly
and loveable. Tahoe is healthy and received his “puppy shots” and initial
rabies vaccination, but is due for his distemper/parvo and rabies boosters.
Tahoe is fine with visitors to the home as long as his people are present.
He has not been socialized with people off of the property. He is good with
young children, having spent considerable time with grandchildren aged three
to twelve years of age.
Tahoe is good with other dogs, including little dogs. His person takes him
to a dog park every week.
Tahoe is NOT good with cats.
Tahoe has been an outdoor dog his entire life, but surely would like to
become an indoor/outdoor dog. He is presently kept in a (size?) kennel most
of the time.
Tahoe received basic training at Petsmart when he was a puppy. He walks well
on a leash but does not have good off-leash recall.
Tahoe enjoys riding in a vehicle and is a good passenger.
Tahoe enjoys chewing on his rubber Kong toy.
Tahoe’s people purchased him from a breeder in Lodi when he was two months
old. They are now seeking a new home for him because they are no longer able
to provide him with the attention he needs.
There is no adoption fee for Tahoe. However, because he has yet to be
neutered, a $300 neuter deposit will be required of Tahoe’s adopter. The
adopter will have 90 days to have Tahoe neutered, upon which Tahoe’s people
will refund the $300 deposit. This will all be in writing.
Tahoe is located in Rio Linda.
Please contact Juan Flores at (916) 501-0602 or
Bella’s person Darrell is blind, so Bella has limited exposure to such
things as walking on leash and meeting other dogs (other than the female she
is an approx 55-lb, 3-yo spayed female GSD mix who is loving, energetic and
friendly. Bella is in good health and is current on core vaccinations.
Bella is friendly with strangers and is eager to meet new people. She loves
being the center of attention. She has not been around children since she
was adopted a year ago.
Bella has had some altercations with the other female dog she lives with (a
Vietnamese Ridgeback), but might do OK with a male dog.
Bella lives with a cats and does fine with her.
Bella is housetrained and sleeps inside on Darrell’s bed. She stays inside
when Darrell is gone for more than an hour.
Bella enjoys car rides and is a polite passenger.
Bella likes to play fetch with all kinds of balls.
Darrell adopted Bella from the Elk Grove shelter about a year ago. He is now
seeking a new home for her because Bella and his other female dog do not get
Bella is located in Sacramento. Her adoption fee is $50.
Please contact Darrell Nations at (916) 284-1114 or
Simi Valley, CA
is a 50-lb, approx 2-yo spayed female GSD mix who is energetic, smart &
curious. She is healthy, up-to-date on vaccinations and microchipped.
Maggie is friendly with
strangers in the house when properly introduced and OK with them outside of
the house. She is patient and tolerant with the four-yr old boy she lives
Maggie got along fine with
the little dog she lived with in her previous home. However, she’s quite
reactive towards other dogs that she sees on walks. One time she slipped her
harness and went after another dog; however, she did not attack the
dog—there was just a lot of posturing and vocalization. Maggie likely just
needs more socialization with other dogs.
The only cat that Maggie
has encountered in her present home was on a walk—she seemed like she really
wanted to go after the cat. So, a home without cats is best for Maggie.
Maggie is housetrained;
however, her people keep her crated when they are away from the house.
Maggie also sleeps inside her crate.
Maggie walks pretty good on leash.and is
getting better with time.
When returning to the house from a walk she will sit and stay
when her person goes inside and she waits for the command to come in. Her
off-leash recall is pretty good, too—at least in the back yard.
Maggie’s previous person said
she did really good in the car, though her present people have yet to take
her anywhere in a vehicle.
Maggie enjoys playing
tug-of-war with her rope toys and running after her squeaky ball. She also
likes to play with the water from a hose.
Maggie’s people adopted
her from a friend of a friend who had adopted her from the LA County shelter
in Lancaster around September 2022. The adopter lives in a condominium
without any yard and decided that it wasn’t fair to keep Maggie in the
Maggie’s present people (George & his wife)
have come to realize that they don’t have the time to
the consistency and training she deserves. Their son is about to undergo his
third open-heart surgery, and that, too, has played a part in their decision
to rehome Maggie.
Maggie is located in Simi
Valley (Ventura County), but George is willing to transport her a great
distance for the right home. Maggie’s adoption fee is $100, per GSRSV’s
Please contact George Bancroft at
818-357-8403 or email@example.com
is an 80-lb, 22-mos old neutered male GSD mix who is energetic, intelligent,
and protective. Bear is in good health and up-to-date on core vaccinations.
Bear Is generally friendly with people.
He’ll initially bark at people he is introduced to In the house, then
settles down and is approachable. When meeting people out on walks,
sometimes he welcomes attention and sometimes he barks or growls. Bear has
yet to be introduced to young children.
Bear DOES NOT DO WELL with other dogs.
On neutral ground, such as a dog park, Bear barks, lunges and growls at
other dogs. He is especially reactive towards other dogs when on leash.
Bear is also NOT GOOD with cats. In
fact, that is the very reason he is up for adoption.
Bear Is housetrained and has very good
manners inside. To keep him separate from their cats, his people do crate
him when they are gone for about two hours or less. Otherwise, they keep the
cats in a room upstairs and let Bear have free reign of the downstairs floor
and access to outside via a dog door.
Bear has received formal obedience
training from two trainers. He walks very well on leash, except when he sees
other dogs or cats. Bear loves to ride in a vehicle and is a polite
passenger for the most part. He does like to sit in the passenger seat, but
if occupied will eventually defer to the existing passenger.
Bear loves to play “find It”, fetch,
and to solve food puzzles. His favorite toys include tennis balls, a flirt
pole, squeaky toys and socks.
Bear’s people adopted Bear from the
Sacramento SPCA back in June 2022. Though they love Bear, they have been
unable to socialize him with their cats—even with the assistance of two
professional trainers. Since the cats were there first, they’ve decided to
seek a new home for Bear.
Bear is located in Antelope, CA. His
adoption fee is $100.
Please contact Sabrina Cruz at either
(near Rancho Cordova)
is a 55-lb, nearly 16-month old (born 10-5-2021) intact female GSD/Belgian
Malinois who is family-friendly, very protective and intelligent. Sky was
DNA-tested and the results showed she is 50/50 GSD and Belgian Malinois. Sky
is healthy and current on core vaccinations.
Sky is somewhat cautious
with people she meets at the house with a proper introduction, but is
generally friendly. She does jump up on people in her excitement. When
encountering people out on a walk, certain body movements can trigger an
aggressive response from her.
Sky is friendly with
children, but due to her tendency to jump on people, a home without small
children is recommended. (The jumping behavior is fairly easy to curb.)
Sky is guarded towards
other dogs when she first meets them. If they are friendly, she is OK with
them, but initially cautious. If they act aggressively towards her, she
reacts in kind. When Sky plays, she likes to play rough, so a home with NO
SMALL DOGS is in order.
Sky is not good with cats,
so a home with NO CATS is in order.
Sky has been kept as an
outdoor dog since she was a puppy, for a couple of reasons. First, a family
member has allergies towards Sky. Second, she urinates when she gets
excited—a habit her person has been unable to remedy.
Sky sleeps in the garage or outside (which she has access to via a dog
Sky walks OK on leash, but
is very reactive towards other dogs that she sees on walks, lunging and
barking at them. So, she’ll need work in this area. She has fairly good
Sky rides very well in a
Sky likes to play fetch
and enjoys swimming.
Sky was abandoned at the
worksite of the father of his person (Boris) when she was only two months
old. The father took her home. Now, Boris is seeking a new home for Sky
because he is moving into an apartment and his father is unable to keep Sky
due to his health.
There is no adoption fee
for Sky. However, because she has yet to be spayed, a refundable $300 spay
deposit will be required of Sky’s adopter(s). The adopter will be allowed
ninety days to have Sky spayed. Once proof of altering is provided, the $300
deposit will be refunded. This will all be in writing.
Sky is located in Mather,
near Rancho Cordova.
Please contact Boris
Sarmiento at 916-996-6085 or
is a 1½-yo intact female GSD/Husky mix who is loving, playful and energetic.
Skye is healthy and received her distemper/parvo (DHPP) vaccinations as a
puppy. She is due for her DHPP booster and also needs an initial rabies
Skye is shy and a little uneasy with strangers at first, but easily warms up
with lots of petting and love. She is great with young children, having
grown up with a (now) 5 -yr old boy
Skye is great with other dogs. She loves the dog park and loves chasing or
running from other dogs. Skye has encountered small dogs at the dog park and
has done well with them, too.
Skye is NOT good with cats.
Skye is housetrained, but her person (Yvette) does keep her in a crate when
she’s gone from the house. Skye also sleeps in a crate at night.
Skye received basic obedience training when she was a puppy. She obeys basic
commands such as sit, lay, roll over, place, speak, etc. Yvette usually
walks her with a no-pull harness such as an “Easy Walk.” Without it, she
pulls a lot—especially when she sees other dogs (she wants to play with
them). Skye would benefit from more leash training as well as off-leash
Skye enjoys car rides and is a good passenger.
Skye likes to play “Find It,” where Yvette and her kids hide treats in
another room for her to sniff out and find. She also likes to run outdoors,
play tug of war, and play fetch—although she doesn’t always bring the ball
or toy back. Her favorite toy is her squishy octopus that sounds like
crinkling plastic bags.
Skye likes to play with water but has yet to be brought to a place she can
Yvette purchased Skye from a private party when she was seven weeks old. She
is now seeking a new home for her because she no longer have the time or
finances to properly care for her. Yvette is a single mother who has
recently had to get a second job. Between working two jobs and bringing her
two boys to sports activities, she has not been able to give Skye much time
or attention. Additionally, she has a family member living with her who is
allergic to dog dander.
There is no adoption fee for Skye. However, because she has yet to be
spayed, a $300 spay deposit will be required. Skye’s adopter will have 90
days to have her spayed. Once the adopter provides evidence of Skye’s spay
surgery, Yvette will refund the full $300 deposit. This will all be in
Skye is located in Sacramento.
Please contact Yvette Vuittonet at (916) 805-1523 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
is an approx 5-yo intact male GSD who is very affectionate, playful and
healthy and current on his distemper/parvo vaccination but the status of his
rabies vaccination.is unknown.
Odin is a real people-dog and wants to love
on everyone he meets.
It’s unknown how Odin is with young children, but his
temperament suggests that he’d be great with them.
very good with other dogs. He lives with his brother from the same litter,
and even though they are both intact males, they get along well. It’s
unknown how Odin is with little dogs, though.
not been around cats, so only homes WITHOUT CATS will be considered.
primarily been kept outside since the time he was a puppy. However, he
sleeps inside during inclement weather and does not have any accidents.
not had any formal training, but obeys some basic commands, including “wait”
before he is allowed to eat his food. Odin has not been walked on leash by
his present caregiver so she’s unable to say how he does on leash.
to go for rides in a car, though he does drool sometimes. He likes to play
fetch and wade in water (not full-on swim).
his brother Apollo were left at the home of their caretaker (Angie) by her
boyfriend a year ago when they went their separate ways. Angie is now
seeking a new home for the dogs because she works three jobs and does not
have time to give them the attention and exercise they need.
located in Carmichael. There is no adoption fee for him, but a $300
refundable neuter deposit is required (per GSRSV’s policy) from the adopter
to ensure that Odin is neutered within 90 days of adoption. Once the adopter
provides proof of neutering, then Angie will refund the $300. This will all
be in writing.
contact Angie Pantis at 916-514-1753 or email@example.com.
is an approx 5-yo intact male GSD who is playful, energetic and friendly.
Apollo is healthy and current on his distemper/parvo vaccination but the
status of his rabies vaccination.is unknown.
Apollo is initially reserved
with new people, but very friendly once he gets to know you. It’s unknown
how Apollo is with young children, but his temperament suggests that he’d be
fine with them.
Apollo is very good with
other dogs. He lives with his brother from the same litter, and even though
they are both intact males, they get along well. It’s unknown how Apollo is
with little dogs, though.
Apollo has not been around
cats, so only homes WITHOUT CATS will be considered.
Apollo has primarily been
kept outside since the time he was a puppy. However, he sleeps inside during
inclement weather and does not have any accidents.
Apollo has not had any formal
training, but obeys some basic commands, including “wait” before he is
allowed to eat his food. Apollo has not been walked on leash by his present
caregiver so she’s unable to say how he does on leash.
Apollo loves to go for rides
in a car. He loves to play fetch with just about any object, but especially
hard rubber balls. He also loves to swim. There is a swimming pool at
Apollo’s home and he is in the water nearly every day.
Apollo and his brother Odin
were left at the home of their caretaker (Angie) by her boyfriend a year ago
when they went their separate ways. Angie is now seeking a new home for the
dogs because she works three jobs and does not have time to give them the
attention and exercise they need.
Apollo is located in
Carmichael. There is no adoption fee for him, but a $300 refundable neuter
deposit is required (per GSRSV’s policy) from the adopter to ensure that
Apollo is neutered within 90 days of adoption. Once the adopter provides
proof of neutering, then Angie will refund the $300. This will all be in
Please contact Angie Pantis at 916-514-1753 or
is a 71-lb, 7-yo intact male GSD who is loyal, gentle and affectionate.
Sergeant is friendly with people, but is initially wary of strangers in the
house, barking appropriately. Outside the house he is much more comfortable
with strangers. Sergeant is great with children and has been around kids of
all ages since he was young.
Sergeant is good with other dogs,
though not particularly playful. He has been to dog parks and though wary at
first, soon interacts fine with the other dogs.
Sergeant is NOT good with cats.
Sergeant is fully housetrained and is left inside uncrated when his person
(Isa) is gone for more than an hour. He sleeps inside either in the living
room or in Isa’s bedroom.
Isa has provided Sergeant with basic obedience training since he was young.
He walks perfectly on a leash and is non-reactive when he sees other dogs.
Sergeant’s recall when off leash is good, but not perfect.
Sergeant enjoys going for car rides and is a perfectly-behaved passenger. He
likes to stick his head out the window to take in the fresh ai!.
Sergeant is not much for playing with toys. However, he loves to run and to
Isa took in Sergeant six years ago from a family whose home flooded during
the breach of the Oroville Dam spillway. She is now seeking a new home for
Sergeant because of a directive from the management of the apartment she
lives in. Sergeant has got out of her apartment on more than one occasion by
opening the door lever and has also caused damage to the door frame in his
attempts to get out. Isa has tried keeping him in a wire crate, but he broke
out of that. The apartment management has given Isa’s mother (who she lives
with) until October 12 to find a new home for Sergeant.
There is no adoption fee for Sergeant, but because he is not neutered a $300
refundable neuter deposit will be required, per GSRSV’s insistence. Once
Sergeant is neutered, the deposit will be refunded. The adopter will be
given 90 days to have Sergeant neutered. This will all be in writing.
Sergeant is located in Oroville, CA. Please contact Isa Marroquin at
530-693–7151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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(nicknamed "Moo") is an 85-lb, 7-yo female GSD who is sweet, shy and
affectionate. Moo is in good health and fully vaccinated. She is not spayed,
so whoever adopts Moo will need to have that done. (See the next-to-last
paragraph below for more info).
Moo is very friendly with people. She does not require any special
introduction to strangers inside the house and is friendly with people out
on walks. She is also great with young children.
Moo is presently fearful of other dogs and displays defensive aggression
towards them. This behavior is the result of her being attacked by another
dog on a walk only about a month ago. Prior to the attack, Moo was fine with
other dogs and lived several years with a male GSD mix who she was very
Moo is NOT good with cats.
Moo is housetrained and has been an inside dog her entire life. She is good
when left inside for extended periods. However, the attack incident somehow
created separation anxiety symptoms for Moo that are now being controlled w/
an anti-depressant called trazadone. Prior to the onset of the trazadone,
Moo had been chewing at her hind quarters, crying, and pacing excessively.
With the medication she is good for extended periods of time with zero
Moo loves walks and has very good leash manners. She does bark when she sees
other dogs but is not overly-reactive. She also has excellent off-leash
Moo gets really excited while on car rides and is fairly anxious and vocal
Moo loves small plush toys, water hoses, fetch with balls, hide and seek,
and she loves finding hidden toys as well.
Moo likes water she can walk into, such as the lake shore or a kiddie pool;
however, she does not like deep water.
Moo’s people (Joel and his wife) have had her since she was a little pup.
They are now seeking a new home for her because Joel’s wife has developed an
autoimmune disorder and goes into anaphylaxis when near pet dander. Joel’s
wife has since moved out of the house until they can find Moo a new home. .
Moo is located in Sacramento. There is no adoption fee for her, but, per
GSRSV’s insistence, whoever adopts Moo must pay Joel a $300 refundable spay
deposit. The adopter will be given 90 days to have Moo spayed. Once the
adopter provides evidence that Moo has been spayed, Joel will refund the
$300 deposit. This will all be in writing.
Please contact Joel Siegel at 707-389-5161or email@example.com.
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is an approx 21-month old, 100-lb neutered
male GSD who is loveable, excitable and protective. Atlas doesn’t realize
his own size and strength and can be very jumpy and mouthy when he’s
excited—which has led to a few unintentional “mouth scrapes” which have
drawn blood. For this reason, Atlas’ people now keep him muzzled when he’s
not in their bedroom.
Atlas has not been very well socialized with strangers and consistently
barks at people who are invited into the house until he can be settled down.
He needs training in this area.
Atlas is OK w/ his people’s children, but he often gets too rambunctious
with them, leading to scrapes from his claws or teeth; he simply overwhelms
them. He barks at other children who come into the house so his people need
to keep him kenneled during those times. We feel that a home with children
no younger than 10 yrs old is appropriate for Atlas.
Atlas lives with a 12-yo female GSD and a 6-yo female Husky and he plays too
rough for both of them. Atlas has done fine with other dogs at the dog park
in the past, but after having a fight w/ a dog during his last visit his
people no longer bring him there. Atlas would probably be fine with a large,
playful female canine companion. Atlas has not been around really small
Atlas lives with four cats, and though he has not hurt any of them, he gets
excited by them and wants to play—which they want no part of. A home with a
cat or cats will be considered, as long as they are dog-savvy and used to a
Atlas is housetrained and sleeps inside on his dog bed, next to the parents’
bed. He is kept outside or in a crate when his people are gone for more than
Atlas has not received any formal obedience training and does not respond to
many commands consistently. He would greatly benefit from a basic obedience
Atlas walks fine on leash without distractions, but gets very agitated when
he sees other dogs. Atlas’ people have a large backyard and have not walked
Atlas for the past few months. Atlas has no experience walking off-leash.
Atlas enjoys riding in a car, but is very excitable when riding, pacing back
and forth on the back seat and wanting his head out the window. He likes
playing catch and chewing on squeaky toys. He loves playing in water.
Atlas’ family adopted him fifteen months ago from his previous person. They
are now seeking a new home for Atlas because he is just too big and
rambunctious for their kids and dogs and they aren’t equipped to provide him
the training he needs. Atlas’
family is willing to pay for up to $500 worth of training when he is
In summary, Atlas is a loving, protective dog who needs a home with an
experienced GSD person (or people) who can provide him with strong guidance,
training, and lots of attention. Atlas is a little rough-hewn, but he is
still young and has lots of potential.
Atlas is located in Sacramento. His adoption fee is $100, which his people
will donate to GSRSV.
Please contact Monica Rothenbaum at 916-870-7714 or
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is a 2½-yo, approx 65-lb spayed female GSD/ Cattle Dog/Pitbull mix who is
high-drive, loving, and fearful of strangers—at least when on leash. Boston
is very affectionate with her own people and loves to snuggle.
Boston does fine with people when she is off
leash, such as at dog parks. However, when on leash she will she will bark,
lunge, and snap at those she feels nervous around. Boston is not comfortable
around children so a home without kids is in order for her.
Boston loves playing with other dogs
and has excellent dog social skills. (Click
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goes to off-leash dog parks every day and has a great time! Boston’s ideal
home would include another playful dog for her to interact with, but this is
not a requirement for adoption.
Boston is not a fan of cats so a home WITHOUT
CATS is in order.
Boston has received considerable training,
both for helping with her fear of strangers as well as for general
obedience. UC Davis Veterinary School’s “Behavioral Team” prescribed two
medications to help Boston w/ her fear aggression: gabapentin (3 X day) and
sertraline hydrochloride ("Zoloft"—once/day). The medications have been a
helpful tool in Boston’s training, but her people feel pretty confident (and GSRSV agrees) that if she lived somewhere quieter and with enough land for
exercise so she didn’t have to encounter strangers she could be tapered off
of it. Boston still receives both medications; together they cost about
Tug Dogs’ work with Boston has helped reduce
her aggression towards strangers but has not eliminated the behavior. Boston
is a high-drive dog who thrives on “work” and learning new skills; her
people often use a toy as a reward for her completing a series of commands.
Boston walks great on leash in the absence of
human or “critter” (cats, squirrels) distractions. Further, her reactions to
people are much less pronounced once she’s had plenty of exercise.
Boston is fully housetrained but her people
do keep her crated when they are gone (usually with a treat-stuffed toy for
her to work on). She sleeps either on their bed or in her crate.
Boston has yet to try a game she doesn't
like. Favorites include fetch (with balls, sticks, Frisbees, etc), tug,
"find it," and she enjoys obedience training. Boston does well riding in the
car, but she is very reactive towards people who come near the vehicle when
it’s parked. Boston likes to wade in water but has not yet gone for a full
Boston’s people (Lisa & Chelsea) adopted her
at 7 wks old in May 2020 from a rescue in Chico. They live in Oakland—a
busy, urban environment that leads too often to the encounters with
strangers that set Boston off. They are now seeking a new home for her in a
more rural, private outdoor space environment with active people who can
continue to give Boston the off-leash training and play that she thrives on.
Boston is located in Elverta. Please contact Lisa or Chelsea at firstname.lastname@example.org or
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is a 55-60 lb, approx 2-yo spayed female GSD mix who is energetic,
fearful/anxious and affectionate. She loves nothing more than a good belly
rub! She's healthy and up-to-date on her vaccinations.
Reno is very
shy with people she's never met before. When a visitor comes into the house,
she will hide in another room and bark loudly. When out on walks, she will
avoid people. Reno has not been around young children since she was adopted;
given her timidness around adults, it’s hard to say how she’ll do with
to be good with other dogs. She has played regularly with a male Weimaraner
at a sporting dog kennel where she is receiving both canine and human
socialization and training.
Reno has a
strong prey drive and is NOT good with cats.
housetrained and non-destructive in the house. She has never chewed up
anything but her toys. Her people keep her in a crate when they are gone for
more than an hour; she hates being by herself and cries for long periods
when let alone. Her people also keep her crated at night to allow their cats
a chance to roam the house freely.
received some obedience training and obeys commands such as “down” and
“stay.” She is a fast learner and very treat-motivated, which has helped
speed her training. She walks OK on leash, but can become a little too
playful and start nipping at her handler’s heels. If she is startled by
another dog she sometimes reaches a state of anxiety where she will bark at
her handler in a seemingly aggressive manner.
calmly in the car, but appears nervous while doing so.
playing fetch and tug, as well as chewing on stuffed toys.
Reno has many
behavioral issues that she needs help overcoming. She is fearful of not only
new people but most new environments. She gets overly-excited in certain
situations, such as when greeting her people in the morning; it’s as if she
hasn’t seen them in ages and she becomes very mouthy. She demands attention
and it can be difficult to bring her down when she is worked up.
definitely a "project dog", but she has many good traits which outshine her
drawbacks. She is a loving dog who will continue to make progress in the
right hands and reward her people with love and loyalty.
adopted her from the municipal animal shelter in Joshua Tree (Southern
California desert) in May 2021. Reno is a bit too large of a training
project than they are capable of handling, and they also know Reno can't
coexist with their cats.
located in Los Angeles. No rehoming fee is requested.
Emma Kemp at 323-536-6714 or email@example.com.
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