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German Shepherd Rescue
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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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Aksel

Aksel is a beautiful male GSD/Husky mix, approximately 1 to 2 years old. He came to us from a local shelter, so nothing is known about his background. He weighs approximately 75lbs, and Aksel has the most beautiful white teeth, and a super plush coat.

He is a very happy boy, who loves to lick and give kisses. His tail wags in a circle clockwise, and then changes to counter clockwise. He doesn't bark, but actually talks. He loves to go for rides in the car, and is great on the leash.

Aksel sleeps quietly in his crate at night, and is housebroken.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added July 2014

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Auora

Aurora is an eight and a half month old Dutch Shepherd mix. She was an unclaimed stray from the Modesto shelter, so nothing is known of her background.

Aurora is living with another male puppy her age and 2 larger, adolescent dogs in her current foster home. She is very gentle with the five and three year old resident children and genuinely seems to enjoy their attention. She and has also learned to live with the resident cats.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added June 2014

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Davide

Davide (da'vid) came into our rescue from the Sacramento County shelter with a moderate case of demodectic mange. He came into the shelter as an unclaimed stray, so his exact background is unknown. What we DO know about Davide is that his temporary skin condition does not slow him down one single bit! He is a very alert and engaging eight month old male GSD with an intense stare, an extremely high play drive, and above average intelligence. Given the opportunity, Davide will play for hours on end with the other dogs in his foster home. He is social with all other dogs, but for a young guy is already showing some tendencies to want to be an Alpha dog. While this kind of bossy behavior sometimes stems from insecurity, in Davide's case it appears to come from a place of genuine confidence. Every indication is that Davide will grow up to be high drive, level III dog. His strong, tenacious personality will serve him well in learning a job or sport activity, but be aware that this type of dog is not for everyone.

For the most part, Davide appears to be housebroken, and has only had a few accidents so far. With a little more practice, and hourly visits outside he should be over this quickly. For a young guy, he walks extremely well on a leash both on his own, and with other pack members.

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

Added August 2014

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Dutch

Dutch was an owner surrender to a Sacramento shelter. His previous owner had to relocate out of the country and couldn't take him along. This is an 85-90 lb male, who doesn't realize his size. We believe he is a Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd mix and is a nice carmel color with a flat coat that doesn't seem to shed as much as a shepherd. Dutch is outgoing, friendly and affectionate. The previous owner took Dutch to basic obedience class where he was trained in English & German. He does need more work walking on leash and will jump up on people, counters and furniture when excited. He seems to be housebroken, especially with the use of a dog door. Because of his size and his jumping up when excited, he should not go to a home with small children, although older children would be fine. He rides very well in the car and jumps in willingly. He is sleeping through the night in a crate that is filled with chew toys for him.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added July 2014

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Eden

Eden was an unclaimed stray from a Sacramento shelter, so not much is known about her background.

She is recovering from a light case of non-contagious demodectic mange (demodex), and is a very sweet, energetic 4 1/2 - 5 month old, black and brown female.

In her current foster home she lives with an adult male GSD, male 4 1/2 - 5 month GSD (Davide), 2 cats and a teenager, and gets along with all of them. Eden is a very sweet girl, very friendly with the people she has met so far. She loves to be near her foster family.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added August 2014

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Ernie

Senior

Ernie is an unclaimed stray rescued from a shelter in the Turlock area. Although the shelter estimated his age at 7, we are guessing his age is closer to 9 years old. He has a good sized frame, but weighed only 62 pounds at intake, and has enjoyed putting on a little much needed weight. Ernie came to us with some dental problems and an ear infection, but he has been to the dentist, and his ears are responding well to medication. He may have slight long-term hearing loss because of it, but hears commands and normal conversation just fine. He also responds nicely to hand signals.

Ernie has been friendly and affectionate with every one he has met. He likes and enjoys interacting with people, and usually has a smile and a wagging tail. He is calm and easy going. He shadows his foster dad closely, and his favorite place is on a cushy dog bed near him, or lying on dad's feet.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added March 2014

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Fischer

Fischer is a 2-3 year old White German Shepherd. He was a stray from the Sacramento SPCA, so nothing is known of his background.

Fischer is a charming dog that loves people. Don't let his charm fool you though, he is quite the stubborn young adult at times. He is new (again) to our program, and is still learning house manners & how to treat others. He guards his toys and food, and barks at other dogs when he's on leash. He needs a strong-willed, experienced owner that will be consistent in teaching him appropriate behavior and turning him into the gem of a dog we know he can be.

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

Added July 2014

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Judge

Judge is an extra-large 4-5 year old male, he is currently tipping the scale at 105 pounds and thinks he is a lap dog. He was an unclaimed stray from the Modesto area, so nothing is known of his background.

He is a friendly, affectionate, boy who walks fairly well on leash, rides well in the car, is house trained and uses a dog door to go outside. He is crate trained but will also sleep quietly on the floor all night.

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

Added September 2013

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Maverick

Maverick is an extremely handsome black and tan sable male about two years old. He was a stray from a Sacramento area shelter, so nothing is known of his background. Currently Maverick is very thin. He eats well, so he should start putting on weight soon so his ribs don"t show. He is a tall dog and looks tough, but is very sweet, affectionate and has a nice temperament.

With the use of a prong collar, Maverick walks well on a leash and did not have any issues walking through crowds of people and a sea of dogs at a recent event. We were even together on stage in a line up next to a Cocker Spaniel with no reaction from Maverick. He is currently living with two male German Shepherds and a female shepherd about his age and cats.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added August 2014

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Peetie

Peetie is a strikingly handsome boy with a fluffy red and black coat. Because he came to the Sacramento County shelter as an unclaimed stray, nothing is known about his background. He is a strong stocky guy who weighs in at a healthy 88 lbs., and is approximately 3 years of age. Peetie is a bi-color dog with reddish-brown legs and facial markings that are as distinct as they are beautiful. This guy is one handsome devil who turns heads and gets lots of attention everywhere he goes. But don't fall in love with him for his looks. Fall in love with him because he is such a great all around dog!

Peetie came to us from the shelter with a high level of captivity stress, a bad case of kennel cough, and a fairly serious ear infection. He exhibited fearful behavior in his new foster home, and became possessive of anyone who gave him affection. As a result, he was very dog reactive the first few days, but he quickly overcame this thru a lot of one on one time and massive socialization with dozens of other dogs in the rescue.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added August 2014

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Porsche

Porsche aka Momma is a sweet female who recently raised the five luxury speedster pups, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, DeLoreon, and Maserati. She was surrendered to a Sacramento shelter in December 2013, almost ready to give birth, but nothing was known of her background. She now weighs 67 lbs and is approximately 2 years old.

Although asymptomatic in February, she tested positive for heartworms and has now been treated and off restriction from physical activity. She is our Rainbow Fund dog and donations to help with her treatment are always welcome and sorely needed. Her foster mom describes her energy level as moderate.

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

Updated May 2014

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Rafe

Rafe and two of his litter mates were pulled from the Modesto shelter so nothing is known of their background, or their exact breed. We rescued them from the shelter at around 8 to 10 weeks old, so they are now about 4 months old. Based on his current size and weight, we believe Rafe will mature to a mid-sized boy at around 60 lbs.

Rafe has a uniquely calm and quiet disposition for a young puppy. He rarely jumps up for attention. Instead he will amble over and sit in front of you, then look up at you with his soft chocolate eyes and wait for you to pet him. He loves to have his belly rubbed and get as close to your chest with his body as possible. He will put his paws around your neck and nuzzle your ear if you let him.

Rafe has been good with all the dogs he's met and enjoys puppy play time, but he mostly prefers the company of people.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added July 2014

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Rika

Rika and two of her litter mates were pulled from the Modesto shelter so nothing is known of their background, or their exact breed. We rescued them from the shelter at around 8 to 10 weeks old, so they are now about 4 months old. Based on her current size and weight, we believe Rika will mature to a mid-sized girl at around 50 lbs.

Rika has a happy, outgoing Lab-like personality. Her tail is always wagging, and she is always up for an adventure.

Rika LOVES water and absolutely must go to a home where she will get plenty of water play. The first time she saw a pool she jumped in and started swimming laps. We'd point her to the steps, but she wanted to keep swimming.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added July 2014

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Serafina

Serafina is about 5 months old and is a Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd mix. She was surrendered with her brother, Frederick, when the woman who bred their mother couldn't find homes for the two pups and wasn't able to take good care of them. Serafina is confident, smart and independent and does fine with the other two German Shepherds and cats in her current foster home. She is sleeping quietly through the night in a crate and we're working on housebreaking her and teaching her house manners. When fed, she will already sit and is working on "wait" before eating. She likes to grab things to carry around and must have several chew toys to redirect her from items that are not acceptable for her to chew up. Serafina is also affectionate and likes to crawl up into your lap if you let her.

Serafina likes to go into the kiddie pool to cool off her feet and drinks out of it at the same time (very efficient).

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

Added June 2014

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Simba

Simba is a handsome 4-5 year old longcoat male. His previous owners only had him three months and surrendered him to a local shelter when they could no longer care for him. They left him out during the day, inside in the evening for a little bit, and he slept in the garage at night. His coat is in pretty good shape, but will take a little work for him to become the stunning dog he could be. He is also underweight at 75 lbs., and could probably use another 10 pounds on his thin frame.

Simba has gotten along with all of the large male and female dogs in his foster home. In his first few days there, he hasn't played much yet, but certainly seems to like hanging out with the crowd. Simba has liked all the people he has met so far. At the shelter, he passed a uniformed officer, he immediately stopped, sat right in front of him and made eye contact. Once the officer greeted him, Simba jumped up on him very excited like he just ran into a long lost friend.

NO CATS SMALL DOGS OR SMALL FURRY CRITTERS

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added June 2014

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Sugar

Sugar is a beautiful 11 month old Long coat shepherd, she came to us as a stray from the Modesto shelter so nothing is known about her past. This is a dog that gets along with everybody, she greets every dog she has met with a smile and a lick in the face, she is very sweet and submissive. She currently lives in her foster home with a male and a female dog and 2 cats. She likes to chase the cats but calls off easily and is very gentle when she does make contact with them.

Sugar plays very well with the resident female shepherd, they are best friends. She would do well in a home with male or female dogs. She sleeps nicely in a crate at night but still cries when crated when you leave her alone. She loves to play and be cuddled, and is an all around sweetheart dog. She comes to her name very well, but will shy away if she thinks she is in trouble.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added July 2014

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Vetzer

Vetzer is a Black and Tan male GSD, approximately 1 to 2 years old, weighing around 65lbs. He came to us from a local shelter, so nothing is known about his background. He is a very happy boy, who loves attention.

He appears to have been an outdoor only dog. Everything inside the house is met with a cautious curiosity. He is learning to stay off the counters and furniture.

Vetzer is a high-energy boy. He loves to play, play, play. He loves to go for rides in the car. He does pull on the leash, but is easy to correct.

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

Added July 2014

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Xavi

Xavi is a striking 2 year old Belgian Malinois. He is beautiful reddish tan with black features, and weighs in at about 50 pounds. He was an unclaimed stray in the Sacramento area so nothing is known about his background. As is typical for his breed, Xavi is a high energy, high drive boy that would like to go to a home that will stimulate him enough both physically and mentally so he is challenged and does not become bored and destructive.

Xavi rides nicely in the car, sleeps quietly in a crate at night. He has gotten along with the other large dogs in his foster home, but it is unknown how he is with cats or other small furry creatures.

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

Added September 2013

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Zaan

Zaan is an eight and a half month old Sable Malinois/Shepherd mix. He was an unclaimed stray from the Modesto shelter, so nothing is known of his background.

He is currently living in a foster home with Aurora, a female foster puppy his age, and 2 larger dogs. While he is gentle with the three and five year old children in the home, he is an active boy and might accidently bump very young children. He is also learning to respect the resident cats.

Zaan would be the perfect dog for a runner/hiker or an active family with a dog currently at home. He can easily keep up a strong running pace for miles and loves the exercise. Zaan is crate trained, potty trained, and rides easily in the car.

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

Added June 2014

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Zane

Zane is a 3 year old Belgian Malinois who weighs about 70 pounds. He is a higher energy boy who easily settles down in the house after his time running, playing, and chasing outside. He is friendly with people, leans in for affection, and is housebroken. Handling him on a leash is easy, plus he understands basic commands and knows how to use a dog door.

He likes to be a part of the action, whether car rides, neighborhood walks, the beach, hikes of any length, or just relaxing at your feet after his morning walk. He sometimes tries to jump up for attention but is quite gentle about it. His ears fold back when he is happy or anticipating that something good is about to happen, which is often.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added March 2014

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Zinc

Zinc is an 8-9 month old Belgian Malinois mix, he came into our rescue from a Modesto shelter, so nothing is known about his background. What we do know, is that he is a bundle of fun! This little guy (weighing approx. 40lbs currently) not only loves to play tug, play with the dogs living in his foster home, and play ball, but he also loves a good snuggle at the end of the day!

Still very much a puppy, Zinc is working on his house manners. He sleeps nicely in a crate at night and walks very well on leash. He plays well with most dogs, however would not do well with a dominant male in the home as he tends to try to establish a little bit of dominance. He has your typical Malinois personality, he is active, very smart, and eager to please.

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

Added July 2014

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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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