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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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Asta

Asta is a gorgeous four year old female with a plush white coat. She was surrendered by her owners when she and the other female in the home matured and no longer could get along, and separating them constantly became too much for the owners.

Asta lived inside in her previous home, so is housebroken, crate trained, rides nicely in the car, walks well on leash, and knows her basic commands, and listens fairly well. She previously lived with children, but due to her energy level, probably a home with children over age 8 would be best. Asta is a high energy, high drive girl. While she gets along with the three large male shepherds in her foster home, she needs to go to a home as an only dog, or another large male.

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

Added February 2014

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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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Clint

Clint is a 58 lb, 10 month old boy who still needs to fill out. He has a flat black & tan coat. He was an owner surrender when his previous person didn't feel it was fair to Clint to be left alone all day while he worked.

This boy is housebroken, has moderate energy for a young dog, and is very affectionate. He is currently in a foster home with another young female German Shepherd and they love to play.

Clint occasionally tries to get on the couch and will sneak a shoe if you don't watch him, but he responds well to being told no. When excited he jumps up on people, so care should be taken around small children.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added October 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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Gabriel

Gabriel is a 4.5 month old boy weighing about 30 lbs, with a touch of something else that makes him smaller than a typical German Shepherd. He also has cute feathering around his stand up ears. This is one nice, moderate-energy pup.

He was an owner surrender when he was 8 weeks old and was then diagnosed with parvo. He has been treated, is healthy and now ready for his forever home.

Gabriel is an easy puppy and has been a favorite among many young children - always supervise children around any dog, even a puppy such as Gabriel. He likes other dogs, if introduced properly. If they charge him or snarl at him right away, he backs away, not sure what to do. He likes squeeky toys and will chase after balls.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added November 2014

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Hera

Hera is currently a thin 10 month old female weighing about 60 lbs. She was an owner surrender, adopted her as a stray from an Oakdale shelter when Hera was 6 months old. They found that she needed more time and attention than they could give. Hera lived with children and other dogs in the previous home.

In her foster home, Hera is living with two adult male German Shepherds and a female German Shepherd. Hera likes nothing better than to play a game of "chase me" with the other dogs and has energy to play for longer periods of time. She can be a bit of a drama queen if she thinks the others are playing too rough. If bored, Hera may decide to dig in the yard or chew on whatever she can find. If shoes are left out, she thinks they must be toys and will carry them off to gnaw on them. This girl is affectionate and loves a good belly rub. She also likes to play in water and will tip over a pail if it is not attached to keep it upright.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added October 2014

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Lada Mae

Lada is an adorable 5 month old, very playful German Shepherd mix puppy. She was rescued from a local shelter so nothing is known of her background. Lada gets along well with all her foster sisters big and small, they play all day and night.

Lada is learning to go into the kennel on command which takes a little time but she is getting the hang of it with treats as her reward, once in the kennel she sleeps all night. She is also working on sit, down and drop it.

Lada is potty trained however like a typical puppy she has had a couple accidents. She will need continued training and supervision to become full housebroken. She is a great in the car and loves to go for rides, does well on a leash and likes to pounce through the creeks on hikes.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added September 2014

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Norman

Norman is an approx. 6 month old Belgian Malinois. He is currently sharing a home with 4 German Shepherds that are older and larger. Norman mixes in very nicely and plays with the big dogs with no issues. Norman has a lot of property to run around on, and has been seen chasing after small critters, so cats may be an issue. Norman is very gentle, and likes to cuddle up with his foster parents when he is inside. Norman settles nicely at night and sleeps on his own.

Norman uses the dog door to let himself out when ever he needs to use the bathroom, and has not had any accidents inside the house.

Norman is very active and athletic. He would make a great running partner. He knows the basic command of sit, and comes when you call him. He is not food aggressive, and has good treat taking manners.

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

Added October 2014

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Pensee

Pensee is a black & tan female weighing in at approximately 60lbs. She was an owner surrender to the Modesto shelter. Her former owner had to move and was unable to take her and the other small dogs with them. She knows basic commands (sit & down), waits patiently for her food, and is house trained. She does not like to sleep in a crate and will escape. Currently she sleeps on a dog bed by the bed in her foster mom's room.

Pensee currently lives with, and gets along with, a male GSD, 2 dog savvy cats and a teenager (it is unknown how she is with young children). She loves to go on car rides, is learning to walk on a leash & working on better house manners (she likes to see what is on the counter).

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added September 2014

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Shar

Shar is a 4 year old female who was an owner surrender from the Modesto Shelter.

She seems to be housebroken and has awesome house manners. Shar is eager to please her people and she knows basic commands. Shar meets new people with confidence and she enjoys getting pets and belly massage. New dogs are met with caution, as she will tend to be dominate by growling.

She has been living with a resident German Shepherd that is now her playmate. Even though Shar has three legs, she doesn't let that slow her down.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added April 2014

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Virgil

Virgil is a 2 year old, black and tan 70 lb male. He was a stray from a Sacramento area shelter, so nothing is known of his background.

This boy came out of the shelter with kennel cough and an ear infection in both ears. He tends to tilt his head to one side, although the vet seem to think it's become a behavior trend as he can hold his head upright.

In his foster home, he allows the foster volunteer to clean his ears and give him pills. This boy sleeps through the night in or out of a crate without issue. He is living easily with several other German Shepherds, adults and a pup. He ignores the resident cats.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added November 2014

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Wrigley

Wrigley is a very handsome black and red 18 month old male. He was an unclaimed stray out of a local shelter so nothing is known about his background. Even though he is a little on the thin side at the moment, Wrigley already weighs 90lbs. He will be a big boy once he fills out.

Wrigley gets along with all of the other large male and female dogs in his foster home. He was a little shy at first, but is coming around, and really likes to play with a couple of the other dogs. Out in public he has met small dogs while on leash, and has done well with them.

Wrigley appears to be housebroken, but doesn't seem to know any command except sit. He is learning to go into his crate at night without a struggle, and he does sleep quietly at night now.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added October 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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