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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.
URGENT! Needs new home by
May 1 or will end up in shelter.
is an approx 90-lb, 6-yo
neutered male GSD who is playful, loveable and sociable. Rocco is healthy
and current on his core vaccinations.
Rocco is very
friendly with everyone he meets, both inside the house and otherwise; he
instantly wants to go up and play with them. Rocco has been around young
children and does great with them.
Rocco is great w/
other dogs of all sizes; he loves to play with them. He has lived with a
Labrador for the past 2 years and has also been around dogs in doggy daycare
at Petsmart. He lived with a Chihuahua for a year and just followed him
around and played with him.
Rocco has never lived
with cats but he does not chase the stray cats that wamder into the yard.
So, he might be OK in a home with a dog-savvy cat or cats.
Rocco is fully
housetrained and well-behaved inside. He sleeps either inside on his dog bed
or outside in his dog house.
Rocco received basic
obedience training when he was a puppy and has been to doggy daycare many
times. He walks great on leash and is non-reactive towards other dogs—other
than wanting to go up to greet them. His off-leash recall is pretty good.
Rocco loves riding in
the car and jumps right in on his own. He is excited at first and then calms
down. He loves hanging his head out the window when the car is moving.
Rocco loves to play
fetch with balls. He has never been swimming.
Rocco’s person Becky
received him as a gift from her stepdad when he was a puppy. Rocco always
lived at Becky’s stepdad’s house but she visited Rocco daily. Becky’s
stepdad died recently and her stepbrother moved into the house. The
stepbrother does not want to keep Rocco and Becky is unable to take Rocco
into her apartment.The stepbrother has told Becky she has only until May 1
to find Rocco a new home, at which time Becky will have to bring Rocco to
the shelter if he has not been adopted.
Rocco is located in
North Sacramento. His adoption fee is $100, per GSRSV’s insistence.
Please contact Becky
Nassar at 415-623-0205 or email@example.com to inquire about Rocco.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Good with cats!
is an 80-lb, 1.5-yo neutered male GSD mix who is friendly, playful and
protective. He is in good health, however he appears to be about 10-15 lbs
overweight. Koda is current on core vaccinations.
Koda is quite protective of his people—especially the kids—when strangers
come on the property. This behavior is surely exacerbated by him “teaming
up” with his sister Freya. Koda is actually quite friendly with strangers
off the property, and eagerly greets them—sometimes over-enthusiastically by
jumping up on them. We believe that Koda will not be overly-protective in
the home if separate from Freya.
Koda was raised with kids (now 4, 6, 8 & 10 yrs old) and loves them.
Koda gets along very well with other dogs. He has never been around small
Koda was raised with cats and gets along fine with them.
Koda is housetrained. He is kept either outside or inside in his crate when
his people are gone. He also sleeps in his (closed) crate at night. His
people keep the crate closed because otherwise Koda wakes up the young kids
Koda’s people provided him with obedience training at home when he was
younger. However, he still needs work walking on leash as he pulls a lot.
Also, Koda’s off-leash recall is not very good.
Koda likes going for car rides but does get car-sick on long rides. Koda
likes to play fetch with balls and chew on bones.
Koda’s people purchased him and his sister from a farm when he was 10 wks
old. They are now seeking a new home for him because, together with his
sister, he is over-protective of their children.
Koda is located in Pioneer, CA (up Hwy 88 in Amador County). His adoption
fee is $100.
Please contact Kanani Bellomo at 360-306-1440 or email@example.com.
"Iris" is an
approx 60-lb, 4-yo spayed female GSD who is loving, smart and protective.
Iris is in good health and is
up-to-date on DHPP and rabies vaccinations (expire 2-17-24). Iris does
suffer from seasonal allergies so she receives an injection when the seasons
change (approx 3 times/yr) to minimize her allergic reaction. GSRSV has
recommended to Iris’ owner that she give her biotin instead of the allergy
shots. If the biotin prevents Iris’ allergies, we will update this profile.
Iris is friendly with strangers in the house with a proper introduction, but
otherwise will bark and charge at strangers entering the house. She is
friendly with strangers outside of the house as long as she is not surprised
by them. Iris is good with children but has not had much exposure to them.
Iris is generally good with other dogs when off-leash but gets
overstimulated and protective at dog parks so her person (Berenis) avoids
them. Iris lives w/ a male Chiweenie who is her best friend (click
here for a video of her romping with him at the American River), but she
will chase after other small dogs.
Iris is NOT good with cats.
Iris is housetrained and stays inside a “designated area” inside when
Berenis is gone. She also sleeps inside the designated area.
Iris has participated in a few basic obedience training sessions. She walks
great on leash. She does bark when she sees other dogs, but her attention is
easily re-directed with treats.
Iris loves to go for car rides and is an excellent passenger on long trips.
She likes to play tug-of-war or just chew on toys. She also loves to swim!
Berenis adopted Iris three years ago from a family friend. She is now
seeking a new home for Iris because she doesn’t have the time or space for
Iris is located in West Sacramento. Her adoption fee is $100.
Please contact Berenis Leonard at 916-342-9956 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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is an approx 65-lb, 1½-yo spayed female GSD who is happy, friendly and
energetic. Jin is healthy and up-to-date on rabies and distemper/parvo
Jin is friendly with strangers both inside the house and beyond, requiring
no special introduction. She is also good with children.
Jin is good with male dogs, including small dogs, but can be bossy w/ female
dogs so should not be adopted into a home w/ a female dog.
Jin has not had much exposure around cats. Though she seems to have done OK
with the few cats she’s been around, it would be best if she’s placed in a
home w/ no cats.
Jin is housetrained and kept inside primarily. Her person (Elizabeth)
usually keeps her in a crate when she’s gone for more than an hour.
Jin pulls fairly hard on leash when walked so could use some work in this
area. Off-leash, Jin has pretty good recall. She has not received any formal
training so could use a basic obedience course. Jin really wants to please
and is a fast learner.
Jin loves to go for car rides. She loves to play tug-of-war w/ her toys. She
also loves to swim.
Jin is the perfect dog for an active person or family who like to hike and
spend a lot of time outdoors. She also needs a person/family who will
provide some basic training and spend lots of time with her.
Elizabeth adopted Jin when she was six months old. She is now seeking a new
home for her because she moved back in with her parents who already have two
dogs—one of which is a female, and she and Jin don't get along.
Jin Is located in Grass Valley. Her rehoming fee is $100.
Please contact Elizabeth Grant at 530-401-4409 or email@example.com.
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(nickname “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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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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Available as of 1-16-23!
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
here for a short video of her playing w/ other dogs at the beach.) She
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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