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Sometimes 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

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Last updated  02/03/2023

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Antelope, CA

"Bear" 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 916-365-3171 or sabrinac2222@gmail.com

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Mather, CA
(near Rancho Cordova)

"Sky" 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 door).

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 recall off-leash.

Sky rides very well in a vehicle.

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 attentionboris@gmail.com.

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Yuba City--good with cats!

"Lina" is an approx 60-lb, 2-yo spayed female GSD who is energetic, playful and obedient. Lina is in good health and is up-to-date on core vaccinations.

Lina is friendly with everyone she meets. She greets strangers openly, even in the house. She has yet to interact with young children but her temperament suggests she’ll be very good with them—though she’s quite energetic and will run the risk of knocking down small kids.

Lina is usually great with other dogs. She loves playing with them.

Lina is also good with cats. She is best friends with the resident cat; they cuddle and sleep together.

Lina is housetrained and is allowed full run of the apartment when her people are gone. She sleeps in the living room.

Lina is very well-behaved overall. Though she has not had any formal obedience training, she responds well to the commands she knows. She walks great on leash and is non-reactive towards other dogs she sees when on walks. She‘s still working on off-leash recall.

Lina enjoys car rides and is a very good passenger. She usually just sleeps when she’s riding in the car.

Lina likes to play fetch and loves to swim! The Feather River is probably her favorite place.

Lina’s person (Grecia) adopted Lina from a rescue group in September 2022. [Is this correct?] She is now seeking a new home for Lina because she does not have enough time or space to give her the life she deserves.

Lina is located in Yuba City. Her adoption fee is $100, per GSRSV’s insistence.

Please contact Grecia Rodriguez at either
(530) 315-5374 or rodriguezgrecia123@yahoo.com.

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Sacramento, CA

"Skye" 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 vaccination.

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 training.

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 swim.

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 writing.

Skye is located in Sacramento.

Please contact Yvette Vuittonet at (916) 805-1523 or vuittonetyv@gmail.com.

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Carmichael, CA

"Odin" is an approx 5-yo intact male GSD who is very affectionate, playful and energetic. Odinis 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. 

Odin 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 Odin is with little dogs, though. 

Odin has not been around cats, so only homes WITHOUT CATS will be considered. 

Odin 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. 

Odin has 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. 

Odin loves 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). 

Odin and 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.  

Odin  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 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.

Please contact Angie Pantis at 916-514-1753 or glitterbomb02@yahoo.com.

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Carmichael, CA

"Apollo" 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 writing. 

Please contact Angie Pantis at 916-514-1753 or glitterbomb02@yahoo.com.

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Roseville, CA

"Luna" is a 50-lb, 6-yo spayed female GSD mix who is sweet, well-trained and active. Luna is healthy and up-to-date on distemper/parvo and rabies vaccinations. She is also microchipped.

Luna is friendly with people but can be shy and nervous at first so requires time to warm up to strangers. She’s somewhat nervous w/ young kids who are loud and don’t respect her space, so a home with no kids under the age of 12 is in order.

Luna is somewhat apprehensive around other dogs. She does OK with other dogs when they are on leash and under control; otherwise, she can be reactive towards them. She’s been bullied by the other female dog that she lives with, so a home without any other dogs is sought for Luna.

Luna has a high prey drive and is NOT suitable for a home with cats.

Luna is house-trained and crate-trained. Her people keep her crated when they are gone because Luna has exhibited destructive tendencies in the past if left uncrated inside, especially when she hasn’t received enough exercise.

As mentioned, Luna is very well-trained. She has received professional training and obeys multiple commands, including sit, stay, down, come, place, shake, beg, high-five. Luna is also trained to walk on a treadmill, and can do so for up to an hour! Plus, Luna’s people are willing to include the treadmill in her $100 adoption fee!

Luna walks great on a leash, staying right by her handler’s side. Her off-leash recall is pretty good, but not in all situations.

Luna loves to go for car rides and is a polite passenger.

Luna likes toys of all kinds--Kongs, balls, Frisbees, squeaky toys, etc. She is not mouthy or possessive with her toys--you can grab them from her no problem.  She won't jump up on you, she'll sit patiently for her favorite toy and play as long as you want to, then when you're done she's happy to sit by your side or relax in her bed or crate. 

As mentioned, Luna is very active. She loves runs, bike rides, and hikes. She is also trained to run agility courses and perform scent work. Because of Luna’s zest for activity, her people are seeking a fairly active home for her!

Luna loves water and to swim. She'll swim across an entire lake if you let her. Anyone with a pool or near water will have trouble getting her out!

Luna’s people (William & Faye) have had her since she was a puppy. They are now seeking a new home for her primarily because their other female dog constantly bullies her, forcing them to keep the two dogs separate. Plus, William is in the military and his unpredictable travel/deployment schedule has left him with less time to spend with Luna.

Luna is located in Roseville, CA. Her adoption fee is $100.

Please contact William Singer at (908) 531-1775 or will.singer86@gmail.com.

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Pioneer, CA
Good with cats!

"Koda" 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 dogs, though.

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 too early.

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 kananinbellomo@ymail.com.

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"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 her.

Iris is located in West Sacramento. Her adoption fee is $100.

Please contact Berenis Leonard at 916-342-9956 or berenisleonard@gmail.com.

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Oroville, CA

"Sergeant" 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 swim!

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 kmarroquin978@gmail.com.

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Grass Valley, CA

"Jin" is an approx 65-lb, 1-yo spayed female GSD who is happy, friendly and energetic. Jin is healthy and up-to-date on rabies and distemper/parvo vaccinations.

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.
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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 yubalover@gmail.com.

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"Artemis" (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 bonded with.

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 issues.

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 recall.

Moo gets really excited while on car rides and is fairly anxious and vocal when traveling.

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 joelsiegel94@gmail.com.

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"Atlas" 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 dogs.

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 big dog.

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 an hour.

Atlas has not received any formal obedience training and does not respond to many commands consistently. He would greatly benefit from a basic obedience training course.

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 adopted!

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 monicarothenbaum@gmail.com.

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Still Available as of 1-16-23!
"Boston"
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 $25/month.

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 swim.

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 homeforboston@gmail.com or
510-499-7143.

Posted 11-17-21; updated 1-16-23

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"Reno" 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 youngsters.

Reno appears 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.

Reno is 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.

Reno has 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. 

Reno rides calmly in the car, but appears nervous while doing so.

Reno loves 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.

Reno is 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.

Reno's people 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.

Reno is located in Los Angeles. No rehoming fee is requested. 

Please contact Emma Kemp at 323-536-6714 or emmakemp88@hotmail.com.

Posted 8-26-21; updated 8-30-21

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"Rocky" is a stunning 110-lb, 8-yo (born early Feb 2013) neutered male GSD who is energetic, protective and adventurous.

Rocky Is protective (barks) when first meeting strangers in the house. After a newcomer has spent more time in the house he warms up to them. He does not have issues with people who return after their first visit.

Rocky has been well-socialized with people throughout his life and has always been fine with people in neutral settings such as campgrounds. However, over the last year he has become increasingly reactive towards strangers. For example, this year he charged at a woman who came into the campground where his family was camping. He was on a lead and nothing became of it, but this kind of behavior used to be unusual for Rocky; now it’s the norm.

Rocky grew up with children and likes them, but not in groups. He can become nervous and growl if surrounded or closed in by large groups of kids.

Rocky does great with other dogs, both large and small. He’s a veteran of dog parks and enjoys playing with other dogs.

Rocky is NOT good with cats.

Rocky is housetrained but has been primarily an outdoor dog his entire life. He is brought inside when it is extremely hot or cold but otherwise remains outdoors.

Rocky never received any formal obedience training but is responsive to his people. He walks well on leash with a prong collar but pulls strong without it. Rocky is non-reactive to other dogs that he sees when on walks.

Rocky loves riding in a vehicle and is a good passenger. He enjoys playing fetch with sticks and toys but prefers to play keep-away rather than bring them back to you. Rocky loves water, whether it’s swimming or being sprayed by the hose.

Rocky’s people purchased him from a breeder when he was a young puppy. They are now reluctantly seeking a new home for him because Rocky has become overly-protective during the past year and they are concerned that he might bite somebody. Further, they are now uncomfortable bringing him to places with people around where Rocky used to be fine, such as dog parks. He is a loyal, good-natured dog who has developed some troubling behaviors mid-life--behaviors that shouldn't pose a problem in a different environment.

Rocky is located in Yuba City. Per GSRSV’s policy a $100 rehoming fee is required to adopt Rocky.

Contact Daniel Underwood at danielwayneunderwood@gmail.com or 530-300-0142.

Posted 7-24-21

 

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