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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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Akua

Akua is a handsome 3-4 year old red sable male. He was an unclaimed stray out of a local shelter so nothing is known about his background. He came into the shelter neutered and microchipped, but even after attempts by the shelter to reach his family, they never came to reclaim him. Akua is very tall and lanky; he is a on the thin side and could stand to put on a few pounds.

Akua is housebroken, and is very easy to have in the house. If you ask him to go lie down on a bed he will. He sleeps quietly in his crate all night. He likes to be right with his people. He is very unhappy to be shut outside, even if it is just for a few minutes to go potty. Generally he will jump at the back door for a few minutes, then will go about his business. Akua would do best in a home where someone is around most of the time.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added November 2014

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Alex

Alex was a stray from a Modesto area shelter, so nothing is known of his background. At approximately 10 months old, Alex currently weighs 50lbs. He could stand to gain a few pounds, but will not likely be much larger than his current size. He's still very much a puppy with plenty of energy to play, but after exercise he settles down nicely with a chew or stuffed toy.

Alex is a submissive boy who walks nicely on a lead and corrects easily. So far he hasn't shown any reaction to other dogs, skateboards, etc. He currently lives with two large German Shepards and while he enjoys their company, he prefers not to engage in their rough and tumble play.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added February 2015

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Astro

Astro is a sable 18-24 month old male German Shepherd who weighs about 80 lbs and could stand to add a few pounds. He enjoys his meals, so that shouldn't be a problem. He was a stray out of a Modesto shelter, so nothing is known of his background. He looks and acts like he's still growing with large feet and movements of a young dog. Astro will run in and grab shoes if left out. He will chase a ball but doesn't have big interest in the game. He is a big drama king and will will yelp loudly when given a strong correction. He is also a whiner when excited or uncertain, which we are working on breaking.

Astro is living with 2 male dogs and will play with one of them and seems to enjoy the game of chase, but he doesn't always seem to know when the other dog has had enough. Crates seem new to Astro and he cries off and on in the evening when it's bedtime.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2015

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Brad

Brad and his littermates (Garth & Reba) were surrendered at the Stanislaus County Animal Shelter the week before Christmas. We guessed they were between 6 and 8 week old German Shepherd mixes that were born November 2014.

Brad has the shortest coat of the 3 siblings, and the most outgoing personality.

Brad wants to make sure he has your undivided attention, and he will run around in front of you and look you right in the eyes to get it. If that doesn't do it, he will serenade you with every song on his playlist. From cute little squeaks and whines to even cuter play-growls, Brad is a talker!

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2105

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Caleb

Caleb is approximately 9 months old and weighs 55.5 lb. He could stand to put on a few pounds and is probably still growing. He was a stray out of Modesto, so nothing is known of his background. He appears insecure at times and will shadow his person if at all possible. He whines if left alone and when first put in his crate at night. Caleb likes to give you his paw for a handshake and really enjoys having you hold onto his paw. Grooming and baths are a breeze with this easy boy.

He is currently living with adult German Shepherds and will engage one of them to play with him. He also is living with four cats who he wants to follow around out of interest, but has not done anything to harm them. With coaxing, Caleb will sit and lay down and put his head in your lap or on your leg. His foster home is working on getting him to stay on a dog pillow when he is told.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added November 2014

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Calvin

Calvin is a goofy, lovable 8 month old longcoat male with one floppy ear. He was an unclaimed stray so nothing is known about his background. Calvin is a little on the thin side at about 60 lbs, and definitely needs to grow into his feet.

Calvin is currently living with another young male and female shepherd. He has a great time playing with them. He has also been introduced to cats, and scampers after them, but just wants to play. Calvin may be able to live with cats in a supervised environment.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2105

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Candy

Candy was an unclaimed stray from the Modesto area so nothing is known about her background. She has a shiny black coat with a few tan hairs on her legs and between her toes. We have estimated her age at around 4-5 years old. She weighs an ideal 65 lbs with has been deemed very healthy other than well-worn teeth.

Candy is as sweet as her name and appears to have lived in a home before. She seems perfectly comfortable in a home, has nice house manners, it is just a little tough to get her to go outside on occasion, although she loves her walks. Candy loves having a soft dog bed to lay on, and she loves following her person from room to room. She sleeps loose in her fosters' room on a soft dog bed.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added September 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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Fabian

Fabian is a sable, one year old, 66 lb male. He was a stray out of a Modesto shelter, so nothing is known of his background. He was transported to the Sacramento area along with several other dogs of all sizes. When picked up, he seemed unfazed by the many other dogs and easily met the 3 German Shepherds in the foster home. He is interested in the resident cats, but only in a curious way and means them no harm. Fabian will sleep through the night in a crate or out of a crate. He does try to climb on furniture and beds, so vigilance is required to teach him to stay off. Walking nicely on leash, sitting and laying down with some coaxing are not a problem for Fabian.

If a hose is being sprayed, Fabian loves to bite at the water. He has not been tested around a pool to know if he would get in. He stood patiently when taken for a bath, although he clearly was not enjoying it.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added November 2014

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Garth

Garth and his littermates (Brad & Reba) were surrendered at the Stanislaus County Animal Shelter the week before Christmas. We guessed they were between 6 and 8 week old German Shepherd mixes that were born November 2014.

Fluffy little Garth is full of cuteness and personality. He is very charming ... and he knows it! Garth earned his name when he belted out the cutest "woo woo" yoddle when he heard a squeaky toy for the first time.

He likes pouncing on the big dogs, playing rough and tumble with his 2 siblings, and getting belly rubs from his foster family. He does not seem to be an obvious alpha personality, but neither is he a submissive type. Garth is an easy-going fellow that falls nicely in between.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2105

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Kamira

Kamira is a 20-24 month old sable female weighing only 48 lbs.. She was an unclaimed stray from a Modesto shelter so nothing is known of her background.

Currently living with other male foster dogs, they like to run and play together. She also lives with 5 children from ages 5 to 16 and is very good with them. Kamira has fairly high prey drive so no cats or small critters for her.

Kamira has some training under her belt and is eager to continue to learn. She loves to play ball! Kamira has great recall, walks nicely on a leash, and loves to jog with her human.

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

Added January 2015

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Olive

This 2.5 year old thin, black and tan female was an owner surrender to a Placer County shelter. The previous owner received complaints of her barking, so surrendered her to the animal control officer serving the complaint. Her 61 lb body can stand to put on at least 5 lbs.

Olive had a litter of puppies sometime in the past. Signs of fly strike to one ear and an old injury to the tip of her tail, indicate that Olive was kept outside most if not all of the time. Currently, she is learning not to pester the cats in the foster home, but does not want to harm them. Three male German Shepherds are also in the foster home, although doesn't seem to know how to play with other dogs. When the other dogs bark, Olive runs away from what she must perceive as the danger. So far, she has not made any noise except light whimpers.

Olive is under close supervision, as she is probably not housebroken and doesn't know about house manners. So far, she has had no accidents in her current foster home. She knows little in the way of commands, but has learned to sit, walks nicely on a leash, is learning other basic commands and to not jump on people.

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

Added December 2014

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Pilot

Pilot is a 3-4 month old all black GSD puppy. He has low to moderate energy and can have a reserved but polite demeanor around people he does not know well.

Once Pilot considers you part of his inner circle, his charming and talkative side comes out. He is more patient than his brother Pistol, and does not usually jump up or demand attention. But if his polite patience is ignored he may whimper, whine or even howl at you to get your attention.

Pilot still gets car sick, and like many GSDs is very body sensitive. He will cry like he is being tortured when getting vaccinations or his nails clipped. All part of a GSDs charm!

This is a Level 2 - 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added January 2015

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Reba

Reba and her littermates (Brad & Garth) were surrendered at the Stanislaus County Animal Shelter the week before Christmas. We guessed they were between 6 and 8 week old German Shepherd mixes that were born November 2014.

Reba is an absolute angel. She is quiet, cuddly and a complete sweetheart. One look in her eyes and you will fall in love.

Reba gets along with other big dogs as long as they play gently. If her brothers gang up on her, she has no problem putting them in their place. She is happiest when she has free run of the house to be with her person or snooze quietly on a dog bed.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2105

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Sahara

Sahara is a 4 year old petite sable female. She was adopted out from us a couple years ago, and returned when the owner took a new job and did not have any time for her. When first adopted Sahara was taken through a training program, and is a very well trained dog. The previous owner admitted to not working with her much after that, so a brush up is needed on her skills.

Sahara is a high energy extremely intelligent girl. She is very busy, and if it was up to her, she would never stop moving. When you get home, she gets so excited she can hardly contain herself; she jumps, spins, and runs in circles. Sahara needs an owner that will exhibit leadership skills and enforce the rules, otherwise she will take over the house. She needs to be exercised properly, and would like a job of some sort. This girl also has some nice ball drive, and is good at bringing the ball back to you.

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

Added December 2014

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SPECIAL NEEDS

Sassy

Sassy is a 5 to 6 year old black and cream female weighing about 60 lbs. She came to us out of a Modesto shelter and nothing is known of her background. Sassy is a special needs dog who has allergies and requires weekly baths with a medicated shampoo. She also is on thyroid medication and another medication, which helps calm her allergies. Sassy health issues do nothing to slow her down. She has good energy and loves to play ball. In order to get Sassy's attention or to focus on anything else, you need to remove the ball from her sight. Sassy is a good running partner and will follow the pace of the human runner.

Currently living with a three month old puppy, Sassy will engage the pup in play and help to keep him occupied and exercised. Within a few days of being in her current foster home, Sassy has learned to co-exist with several cats and will lay quietly chilling in the house at the end of the day.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2015

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Spice

Spice is approximately 5 years old and weighs 66 pounds. She has a beautiful, shiny black coat. Picked up as a stray from a Modesto Shelter, so nothing is known of her background. She has had puppies, and was likely used as a breeding dog. Spice is very friendly, affectionate, and loves to give kisses, but is not pushy. This girl has a very calm, easy-going demeanor.

She is currently in a home with two male shepherds and met them easily. She is very polite around the other dogs and meets new dogs in the same manner. Cats are not an issue around Spice. In fact, she appears to want to avoid them if possible. She seems to be housebroken and prefers to be inside.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

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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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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