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These dogs are in Foster-to-Adopt homes. This gives pros pective adopters 30 days to foster the dog in their own home before finalizing the adoption. We feel that a 30 day trial period is a good start to know whether the dog will be happy in that household and whether the household will be happy with the dog! Dogs will often act more cautiously for the first 2 weeks, so a full month of dealing with the dog during your regular routine is very important.

If you are interested in becoming a regular foster home or in our Foster-to-Adopt program, please read our Fostering Agreement. We actively encourage Foster-To-Adopt!




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Becka

Becka is a 3 year old white female. She was a stray from the Modesto shelter with Bernard, so we do not know much of her background.

Becka is an easy dog to have around with her moderate energy level. She loves walks and car rides, and quiets down nicely in the house. She loves affection, especially belly scratching, but isn't clingy or demanding.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2017

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Bernard

Bernard is a large, 2 year old, white male German Shepherd. He was an unclaimed stray in the Modesto area, so nothing is known of his background.

Given his large size and floppy ears he may have a touch of another breed, maybe Great Pyrenees? He is a calm boy that gets along well with other dogs. He must have previously been in a home with cats, as he knows all about them and their claws and shies away from them. He is housebroken.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2017

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Brenna

Brenna is a 4 y/o black female. She was recently returned to rescue due to human health concerns and no fault of her own. Brenna was renamed Raven and for the past 2 years that was her name and that is what she now responds to. She was sleek 62 lbs her first go around in the rescue and now weighs in at, a much too large for her frame, 92.2 lbs. She will need daily exercise to get back a more reasonable weight.

Currently, Brenna lives with 3 dog savvy cats and a male GSD. She doesn't play much with her foster brother; not sure if that is because of her weight or if that is just Brenna's personality.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added February 2017

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Bronx

Bronx is estimated to be a four month old, male German Shepherd Husky mix. Bronx and his mom were found by Good Samaritan's in Stanislaus county. The Good Samaritan held Bronx for the county stray hold and made a shelter report, but after not even one phone call of someone trying to claim them, they reached out to GCGSR.

Bronx came to the foster very unsure of humans and other animals. He would often try to hide or grumble at new comers into the household. After a few corrections and learning that kind of behavior isn't acceptable, he stopped. His foster has been working on socializing him with other people and he's doing great. He's still a little unsure at first but then approaches asking for belly rubs and ear scratches.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added February 2017

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Hampton

Hampton is a striking 8 month old, sable long coat male. He was a stray from a Sacramento shelter, so nothing else is known about his original past.

This young boy is living in a home with a young female German Shepherd, two senior male German Shepherds and two cats. He loves to play with the female dog, but seems to understand that the older dogs prefer to be left alone. He occasionally notices the cats, but is easily distracted with toys and verbal cues, and does not display prey drive or aggression toward them.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added March 2017

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Ludwig

Ludwig (aka Ludy) is a striking 12-18 month old sable male. Weighing in at about 80 pounds, Ludy is a giant puppy. He was found by a Good Samaritan running free, with a severe limp. After rest and some anti-inflammatories, the limp has cleared up.

Ludy knows a few basic commands such as sit and down. He also walks on a leash without pulling, although he likes to walk right up against you, so it is still a little challenging until he fully learns to give his human some space. Ludy has gotten along with all of the large dogs in his foster home, but this youngster just wants to play, play, play, and can annoy other dogs that don't share his energy. He hasn't really learned to take a hint when the older foster dogs tell him no. Ludy would like to be in a home with another dog that wants to roughhouse.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added February 2017

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Messi

Messi is a 1 year old, sable male who was owner surrendered to a Sacramento area shelter, but little is known about his past.

Messi is currently living in a household with a young female German Shepherd and he loves to follow her everywhere she goes. He loves to play, play, play and he will become vocal if he believes she isn't playing enough. He is mostly housebroken and knows basic commands such as sit and down. He is still learning to walk on a leash but is showing good improvement when he gets to go out one on one.

This is a Level 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added March 2017

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Polly

Polly is a very cute, traditional black and tan coat with cream colored undertones and a very swishy tail that is constantly wagging. She came to us as an unclaimed stray from a local shelter, so nothing is known of her background. Although the slight gray on her muzzle makes her look a bit older, based on her teeth, legs, and general physical condition, we estimate her to be approximately 3-4 years old. At just over 50 lbs, Polly is the perfect size for someone looking for a more compact GSD.

Although she is on the smaller size, Polly holds her own with the much larger dogs she has been around in her current foster home. She is housebroken, and loves to run around outside with her foster pack, as much as she loves to hang out around them in the house.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added February 2017

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Nalani

Nalani is a 7 year old petite Black and Tan female. She was originally a stray from Placer County, so nothing is known of her background. She was adopted once, but returned when the adopters couldn't trust her with their cats. She then was determined to be heartworm positive and recently completed treatment for Heartworm. She entered our foster system underweight, but has achieved an ideal weight of 58 pounds.

She was initially restless around other dogs, but has learned to accept their company without the need for interaction.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2017

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Nerissa

Nerissa is a female all-black long coat, approximately 3-4 years of age and weighing 88 lbs. She was a stray from a Yolo county shelter, found with Havi and a Rottweiller, but no other information is known about her past.

She has a calm, mature demeanor with moderate energy to low energy. She does well around most other dogs, when introduced properly. Introductions to other dogs have been more successful when Nerissa is not tethered or confined.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added February 2017

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Quincy

Quincy is a 3-4 year old, black and tan male weighing about 80 lbs. He came from a Sacramento area shelter as a stray so nothing is known of his background. Within three weeks of being in a foster home, Quincy began having seizures. He had several in a short period of time and has now begun phenobarbital medicine to control the seizures. Seems to be working so far, but he'll need to take medicine for life and get regular blood work to check the effects on his system.

This is a low energy dog. He met the three German Shepherds in the home easily and doesn't seem to have much interest in the cats. He will play for a while with the young female who eggs him on until he responds.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added December 2016

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Vogner

Vogner is a 6 year old, red and black male who is underweight at the moment. He has a large blocky head which makes the rest of his body look even thinner. Vogner came as a stray out of a Sacramento shelter, so we have no background information on him.

He appears housebroken, sleeps nicely in a crate and rides well in the car. He knows basic commands. He walks well on a leash, as long as a squirrel doesn't cross his path. He loves playing with balls and with the female German Shepherd in the foster home. He is also living nicely with two senior male German Shepherds and so far has ignored the cats in the home.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added February 2017

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GCGSR Dog Rating Levels

Level 1 – Soft & Submissive (full description)

Level 2 – Moderate & Adaptable (full description)

Level 3 – Confident & Challenging (full description)

Level 4 – Competitive & Intense (full description)

Level 5 – Tough & Serious (full description)

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The benefits of a German Shepherd—loyalty, protectiveness and eagerness, to name a few—come from careful obedience training and authority. Everyone in the household must be prepared to show “authority” and earn the dog’s respect with a firm but loving touch. They do not respond to negativity or anger. Once achieved, this respect may need to be earned again and again.

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