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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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Aliyah

Aliyah is a 5 month old, mostly Shepherd puppy that was an unclaimed stray from the Modesto area so nothing is known of her background.  She has a medium coat this is very plush.

Aliyah is a feisty, determined little girl, that doesn't let the big dogs in her foster home detour her surfing of their food bowls, or stealing a rawhide from them.  She loves to play rough and tumble with her old foster brothers.  Being the typical GSD puppy, she likes to chew on her stuffed toys, and her foster siblings' tails when given the chance.  She is virtually housebroken, and sleeps quietly in a crate at night.

Interested adopters must read and meet all puppy requirements.

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

Added December 2013

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Ariel

Ariel is a sweet and affectionate, very attentive dog, who likes to stay close to her foster dad. Her favorite place to rest is on his feet. She has excellent house manners, settles readily, sits for pats and dinner, walks on a leash nicely, rides well in the car, is fully potty trained, and sleeps quietly in a crate. She corrects easily, and trains quickly on new things.

Ariel vocalizes very expressively when she has an opinion on a subject, but is not loud or annoying. Ariel is pretty much a turn-key pet, ready for a wonderful home. She is a smaller size dog, weighing 60 lbs fully filled out.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added February 2014

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Aston Martin

Aston Martin is a traditional looking brown/black male. His estimated birth date is 12/9/2013. He is the smallest in the bunch. He is very smart; always the first to figure "it" out. He will stare at his foster mom while he patiently waits to receive attention.

He will be available for viewing and adoption on 2/15/2014.

Interested adopters must read and meet all puppy requirements.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added February 2014

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Bastian

Bastian is a black and tan, long haired male, approximately 12-18 months. He was an unclaimed stray out of Sacramento and not much is known about his background. He is currently being treated for mange and will be absolutely gorgeous when all his hair grows back.

Bastian is a super sweet goofball. He is house trained and knows basic commands such as sit. He is learning not to jump on his foster family, he sits nicely and waits for his food and walks well on a leash. Bastian lives with another adolescent male GSD, 2 cats and respectful teenagers. Bastian has been introduced to many people and loves them all!

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added March 2014

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Blaine

Blaine is a handsome black and cream four year old male. He has a gorgeous thick coat, and currently has about 85 pounds on a 75 pound frame. He was adopted out from us three years ago and just returned when the owners could no longer care for him.

Blaine is a happy boy that has gotten along with all of the large dogs in his foster home. He likes to romp and play with a young male, and a female puppy. Blaine hasn't had any formal training, but seems to know a few basic commands, and is a mellow enough guy he is fairly easy to have around.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added February 2014

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Charlie

Charlie is about 1.5 years old, weighing 70 lbs, who came out of a Sacramento area shelter so nothing is known of his background. Past ear infections left Charlie with cauliflower ears, which explains his cute bent ears.

He loves to play fetch with balls and loves to play in general. He has lived in foster homes with other dogs and did well. Charlie has slept in a crate, but also does fine using a dog bed without a crate. An affectionate boy, he is not demanding of attention. Not a high energy dog, Charlie does get excited to see you when you've been gone, but settles down and is fairly mellow overall.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added March 2014

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Dino

Dino is a friendly white 2.5 year old boy that was an unclaimed stray out of Modesto. He has golden eyes, a sunny disposition, and is at his ideal weight of about 80 pounds. He is crate trained, housebroken, walks well on a leash, and likes to be around people.

He loves the outdoors, especially the trails, and is shaping up to be an outstanding hiking or jogging partner. On the beach, he playfully splashes around in the shallow water and is very social. Inside the house, he asks for the pet or play of a free hand then likes settling in by your feet for a nice session with a toy. On rare occasion, he tries to play mouthy with people in the same way that he plays with dogs, so young kids may be an issue.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2014

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Ferrari

Ferrari is a traditional looking brown/black male. His estimated birthdate is 12/9/2013. He is the largest in the bunch. He can be vocal and does like to hear his own voice :). He loves to be by his people and will be one of the first to the food at feeding time! He loves to crawl up on his foster moms lap after play time to fall asleep or if a lap isn't available he will sleep on his siblings.

He will be available for viewing and adoption on 2/15/2014.

Interested adopters must read and meet all puppy requirements.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added February 2014

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Flower

Flower was one of three puppies left in a dumpster in June 2013. She was about 3 months at that time. The male dog in her original home became aggressive toward her, so she is being returned.

She is now fully housebroken, crate trained, knows basic commands, and has great house manners. She has lived easily with an 8 month old child.

Originally a very shy puppy, she seems to have blossomed into a fine young adult. If left alone outside for long, she will dig out of boredom. Exercise and lots of toys for this girl are a must. Flower gets along well with other dogs, with proper introductions.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added June 2013

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Gage

Gage is a 3 year old handsome sable male weighing in at about 85 lbs.

He LOVES people! A leaner and affectionate, so far Gage has made friends with everyone he encounters. He has a good temperament and great all around correct GSD character. Gage has a good basis of obedience work with very nice leash manners. He will alarm bark and may bark if left outside unattended for extended periods of time, this has not been a problem in his foster home.

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

Added October 2013

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Galaxy

Galaxy is a sable female, born 12/8/13. She is the largest puppy the litter of eight. She is a confident, easy going girl. She is not overly demanding of attention, usually happy to just be near you or curled up in your lap.

She will be spayed and receive his second set of puppy vaccinations on 2/10/14 at 9 weeks, and will be available for adoption on 2/15/14.

Interested adopters must read and meet all puppy requirements.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added February 2014

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Harriet

Harriet is a black and tan petite female, approximately a year old, and weighs about 50 lbs. She came out of a Modesto shelter, so nothing is known of her background. Currently living in a foster home with cats, she needs some reminders not to chase them especially when outside, but just wants to play. Harriet knows some basic commands, loves car rides and is crate trained. This smart girl has figured out how to use her nose to turn handles to let herself through doors in the house as well as with the latch on a chain link fence. There must be extra locks on fences and locked doors to contain little Harriet.

Harriet does fine with everyone she has met, including children from age 9 years old and older and with someone who is wheel chair bound. Preferring to be with her "people", Harriet may get anxious when left alone. Still mouthy, Harriet should not be in a home with small children until she overcomes this behavior.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2014

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Herman

Meet Herman, named for Herman Munster. This boy was pulled from a Modesto area shelter when he was about 4-5 months old by Greater California German Shepherd Rescue. As he grew and matured, he began looking much more like a Doberman Pinscher with a whip-like tail, than a German Shepherd, but we believe he may be a mix.

He had arthroscopic surgery on both elbows to repair elbow dysplasia. The rescue group was able to cover the $3,000 fee for this surgery. Donations are always welcome to help offset this expense.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Updated October 2013

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Kimmy

Kimmy is a charming 9-10 month old all black female. She has a very sunny disposition despite having one of the worst cases of demodex mange I have ever seen. She is recovering nicely, and certainly doesn't let it stop her from playing with the big dogs and being a curious puppy. Kimmy was an unclaimed stray from one of the local shelters, so nothing is known about her background.

Kimmy has gotten along with all of the large dogs in her foster home, and even was very respectful of the cats in a home that she visited. With proper supervision, she may be able to live in a home with cats.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added February 2014

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Lamborghini

Lamborghini is a mostly black male; he has white on his paws, chest and sprouting from his tail. His estimated birth date is 12/9/2013. He is the next largest in the bunch. He is vocal when he is perplexed. He is cautiously curious and loves to initiate play with his siblings. After play time his favorite spot to fall asleep is at his foster mom's feet.

Interested adopters must read and meet all puppy requirements.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added February 2014

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Louie

Louie is a very handsome 1 year old black and red male. He is a stocky boy with a gorgeous coat. Unfortunately for Louie, he was an unwanted gift from family. He was kept outside from the time he was a baby, and rarely taken out of the yard. Fortunately for Louie he was surrendered to a local shelter so he could find a better home for the remainder of his life.

The whole world is new to Louie, but for the most part he adjusts to it fairly well. He is learning house manners, and has mastered the stairs, and thinks a dog bed is a great invention. At the shelter he would bark and snap at the dog next door through the fence, but out of his kennel he has gotten along fine with them.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added March 2014

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Marissa

Marissa is a petite 2 year old female with a beautiful black and red coat. She was found as a stray, so not much is known of her background.

It was obvious that she was never allowed indoors or had much personal attention. She now loves the indoor life and being around people. She is crate trained and is learning other house manners.

She gets along great with other dogs, but has too much prey drive to live with cats. She loves kids and is usually gentle enough, but needs occasional reminders not to play bite or chase them. She is low energy in the house, and loves to wrestle with other dogs when outside.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2014

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Rally

Rally is a dark black and tan male, born 12/8/13. He is the most outgoing male in the litter of eight. He is a confident, affectionate and energetic.

He will be neutered and receive his second set of puppy vaccinations on 2/10/14 at 9 weeks, and will be available for adoption on 2/15/14.

Interested adopters must read and meet all puppy requirements.

This is a High L2 to possible L3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what a dog of this Level requires.

Added February 2014

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Rambler

Rambler is a sable male, born 12/8/13. He is the most affectionate male in the litter of eight. He loves cuddling and cries when he does not get enough attention.

He will be neutered and receive his second set of puppy vaccinations on 2/10/14 at 9 weeks, and will be available for adoption on 2/15/14.

Interested adopters must read and meet all puppy requirements.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added February 2014

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Rocket

Rocket is a a dark black and tan male, born 12/9/13. He is the smallest male in the litter of eight. He is energetic, affectionate and feisty, and can have a short fuse when he is getting picked on by his bigger siblings.

He will be neutered and receive his second set of puppy vaccinations on 2/10/14 at 9 weeks, and will be available for adoption on 2/15/14.

Interested adopters must read and meet all puppy requirements.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added February 2014

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Shirin

Shirin, meaning 'sweet', was surrendered to a Sacramento area shelter with untreated skin problems, and a bad hip. With proper care, her skin troubles are clearing up nicely, and she is scheduled for FHO hip surgery April 9th. She is an attractive black and tan, approximately 7 years old, medium-small and weighing approximately 60 lbs.

Shirin is a tail-wagging, happy and very affectionate dog, who likes nothing better than being patted. A house princess, her favorite place is by her human's side, preferably on a comfy dog bed next to her foster dad's easy chair. She follows her foster dad wherever he goes in the house. She is fully house-trained, has excellent house manners, and can be trusted indoors alone for hours at a time.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added March 2014

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Walt

Walt is a strikingly handsome 1 year old boy that was an unclaimed stray out of the Merced area. He has a black and tan coat with golden eyes, and should fill out to be about 80 pounds. He appears housebroken, is crate trained, walks well on a leash, and has a general desire to please his person. He is social with other dogs, as he is currently residing in a home with 8 other dogs. Walt has happily greeted everyone he has met thus far, and enjoyed riding in the car several times.

He has some interest in the resident livestock, and has climbed in the pen with them to investigate. Walt will also climb out of a wire 6' kennel to find his person. It is unknown if he would actually jump a solid wood fence, if left alone, but he does stays secure in wire crate, and in a kennel with a roof.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added December 2013

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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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Zalina

Zalina appears to be a German Shepherd/Malinois mix with a golden coat and black muzzle, on a solid frame, weighing approximately 65 lbs. She came from a Modesto area shelter, so nothing is known of her background. The shelter listed her as a 1 year old, but her teeth and behavior indicate she may be closer to 2 years.

Zalina came with no house manners and didn't understand basic commands. Within a few days, she got better in the house, is sleeping through the night in a crate, and is beginning to respond to basic commands. She also walks nicely on a leash. When excited, she can be mouthy and will still jump on people, so she should not go to a home with small children. This girl loves human company and will shadow her foster mom throughout the house. She has had no accidents in the house, so she may be housebroken. When the other dogs in the house come by, she sometimes lets out a low grumble toward them but, with corrections, is showing signs of improvement.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2014

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Ziggy

Ziggy is a 8-9 month old Belgian Malinois mix. He is currently on the smaller side weighing in at about 50lbs, but still has some more growing to do. Ziggy was an unclaimed stray in a local shelter so nothing is known about his background.

Ziggy currently lives in a foster home with four other large dogs, and gets along fine with both the males and females. Although the smallest of the group, he can rough and tumble with the biggest of them. Ziggy is housebroken with the use of a doggie door, and sleeps quietly through the night, but don't worry, he still has some charming puppy qualities. While usually satisfied with an appropriate chew toy, occasionally other objects catch his eye and end up in his mouth. He has also made a couple minor modifications to the landscaping in his backyard. Overall Ziggy is a great puppy and corrects easily and usually without repeating.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 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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