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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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Anchor

Anchor is a 12-18 month old handsome black and tan male. He was an unclaimed stray out of a local area shelter, so nothing is known about his background. Anchor is on the thin side at about 70 lbs. He is a very sweet boy who has not seen much of the world. He wants to please, and hates to be in trouble. Anchor will drop to the ground if he doesn't understand something, or if he thinks he is in trouble, that is how he got his name.

Although it is likely that Anchor spent most of his time outside and many indoor things are new to him such as stairs and solid surface floors, he does appear to be housebroken. Anchor doesn't seem to have any training, or know any commands. He wants to learn, and needs someone with patience to teach him. He is not real sure about the leash, he will go from happily walking along, to trying to bite at it getting frustrated with it.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2105

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Beyonce

Beyonce is a tall 2 year old female weighing about 70 lbs. She was an owner surrender from a Sacramento area shelter. Her previous owner said she didn't get along with their other small dog, which was the reason they gave her up.

Currently, Beyonce is living with two male German Shepherds. She doesn't seem interested in playing with the other dogs, but doesn't cause any friction around them either. She is on the timid side, but it could just be her need to adjust to a new environment. When excited or uncertain of things, she will jump up. Beyonce walks nicely on a leash and likes to go for car rides. She is housebroken and knows some basic commands. She is sleeping in a crate at night, but will whine for a while when first instructed to go in.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2015

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Archie

Archie is an 18-24 month old gorgeous black and tan male. He has a big block head, and very large paws; his body has almost caught up with the rest of him. Archie was an unclaimed stray out of a local shelter, so nothing is known about his background.

Archie is currently living with 6 other shepherds, and is learning appropriate pack behavior. He and his foster buddy Akua like to run and play together.

Archie doesn't seem to have any training under his belt, but is learning quickly. He does like to jump up, and will be happy to make footprints on your clean shirt, or counter top.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added December 2014

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Aries

Aries is an 18 month old handsome black and tan male. He currently weighs in at about 72 pounds, but is on the thin side and could stand to gain some weight. He was found roaming Yolo County with a muzzle on. The area he was found is known for cock fighting so our best guess is he was likely muzzled to prevent injury to the roosters. The animal control officer said it didn't take Aries long to warm up to her not only to be picked up, but to take the muzzle off of him.

Aries is one of six large dogs in his foster home. He gets along with both the males and females, and is happy to just hang out with them, or join in a game of chase and rough and tumble. Aries seems to have lived in a home before. He appears housebroken, and seems familiar with stairs, hairdryers, washing machine, etc.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added December 2014

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Boris

Boris is a nice-size black and tan male approximately 3 years old with low to moderate energy. He came out of a Sacramento area shelter as a stray, so nothing is known of his background. He is a very sweet and affectionate boy.

It appears Boris has never been inside a house, as everything was new to him like TV's and other normal sounds from a house. He initially was very reluctant to go into a crate, but after several days of becoming familiar with his surroundings, he now goes into the crate without a fuss. He is learning basic commands and already walks nicely on a leash. If another dog reacts toward him on leash, he can become reactive in response. It is unlikely Boris is housebroken, but he is kept under close supervision in his foster home and has had no accidents.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2105

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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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Braxton

Braxton is an 11 month old, 75 lb bundle of love.

He is housebroken and will give one yip at the door to go out. He happily sleeps through the night in a crate, and has put up with being crated for a few hours at a time during the day.

His previous family had children and cats, Hand he now lives with two adult GSDs and plays all the time-even when they get rough. He will throw his bone or toy in the air and chase it around when his foster brother and sister tire of playing with him. When it is time for a walk he will try to put his head through the collar because he is so excited to go! During the walk he loves the attention he gets from people, sitting while they pat him. With very little correction he heels nicely, sits on command, and will lie down.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added September 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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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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Drake

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Drake is a handsome, large, 100 pound, black and tan 5 year old male. He originally was an owner surrender when his family lost their home. He was adopted out about 18 months ago, and was recently returned when his family could no longer care for him. Drake loves getting attention and being around his people. He is very loving and friendly to everyone he meets, but could use consistent socialization.

Drake has epilepsy. His regimen is one pill twice a day, and liquid medicine once a day. Currently the cost of the medication is about $65.00 a month. Research could be done to determine if there is a less expensive place to purchase the medications. Drake's previous family reports about one seizure a month, we are working with the vet to see if any medication changes need to be made to see if this can be reduced. His current follow-up blood work looks good.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added June 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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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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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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Reux

Reux is a male 11-12 months old who has the most darling face with a beautiful coat of long hair that is red and black.

Reux had bronchitis and was severally malnourished when he was picked up as a stray from the Modesto area, and he could use an extra 20lbs for his large frame.

This young boy is a ball of energy. Reux is very young so care should be taken if left alone as he enjoys chewing anything. Reux doesn't have any formal training and jumps when excited which is most of the time. Reux is learning basic commands and will down immediately.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added November 2014

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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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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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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 November 2014

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Yorka

Yorka is approximately 8 weeks old and came out of a Modesto area shelter, so nothing is known of her background.

She was dumped at the shelter several weeks ago and should not have been away from her litter or mother at such a young age. Given her rough start in life, this little girl is curious, active and very feisty. She is currently living with two young children and three large GSDs. While she gets along with everyone, a 72 lb male is her favorite playmate. Yorka sleeps quietly through the night in a crate and only protests for a few moments over being crated during the day.

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

Added January 2105

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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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