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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!




Alex Head
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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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Arek Head
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Arek

Arek is a gorgeous black and red male about 2 years old. He was surrendered to animal control after receiving several complaints from neighbors about him running at large. After several citations the owners would/could not make fence and kennel repairs to comply with the mandate from the county.

Arek seems to have lived indoors part of the time, as indoor living and all that comes with it such as stairs, hair dryers, vacuum cleaners seems familiar to him. He has not had an accident in the house.

Arek has done well with the large female dogs in his foster home, they can jump all over him and pester him without issue so far. He is a confident male, and needs a very controlled environment with other large males around as he tends to get a little huffy, and it doesn't take much before things escalate.

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

Added January 2015

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Benjamin Head
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Benjamin

Benjamin is a strikingly handsome 2 to 3 year old male bicolor male. His facial markings are both distinct and beautiful, and nicely frame his deep-set puppy-like eyes. He was an unclaimed stray so nothing his known about his background. He was picked up by animal control with another male shepherd. Upon shelter examination it was determined that Benjamin was heart worm positive. He has gone through the treatment, and just finishing his recovery period.

Benjamin came to us a very shy and boy, and is definitely on the submissive and quiet side. However, he is really working hard on coming out of his shell more with his foster pack and is gaining confidence and becoming more social every day. He has been friendly with the people he has met so far including adults and respectful children. Although he is generally more interested in people than dogs, Benjamin really enjoys being part of a pack with the four other dogs in his foster home.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added March 2015

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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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Clyde

Clyde is a sweet, playful, energetic, mostly black male with tan boots, approximately 3 years old. He was surrendered to a local area shelter when his family could no longer care for him. He had been an outdoor only dog, so a lot of the world is new to him, and he is an eager learner and loves being included in all activities.

He greets people and dogs with attempts to play. There is no hesitation to jump in when the car door opens and he rides very well, although his stomach is still catching up with curvy mountain roads. He settled into his foster home without any obvious issues or behavioral concerns and is almost housebroken. Training is made easier by his motivation for food.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added December 2014

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Dawson

Dawson is a beautiful Black & Cream male GSD approximately 18 months old. He is very skinny and could use 10 - 15 lbs. on his medium frame. He was surrendered by his owner, when he was injured and they could not afford the surgery needed to correct his injury.

In his former home he was an indoor dog, and has good house manners. He is crate trained and housebroken. Dawson knows his basic commands and is easy on a leash. He also enjoys riding in the car. He lived in a home with a small female dog and children.

Dawson has been on strict crate rest since his surgery, so his normal energy level is unknown.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added February 2015

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Ella

Ella is a 5-6 year old beautiful redheaded female. Our best guess is that she is a German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix, and is medium size weighing in at about 70lbs. Ella was originally adopted out of a local shelter, but was returned for jumping the fence.

In her current foster home, Ella is outside during the day with two foster brothers while her people are at work, and she doesn't seem to have any interest in jumping the 6' horse fencing. Ella likes all of the large male and female dogs in her foster home. She loves to play with the boys, and is quite active. She has had one opportunity to be introduced to a cat, and she was a little unsure about it. With supervision and training, Ella might be able to live with a cat.

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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Lupe

Lupe is a 2 year old, 75 lb., sable female with a definite mask on her face. She was a stray from a Sacramento shelter, so nothing is known of her background. She lives with three male German Shepherds easily in her foster home and is learning to not pester the cats. She was a wild child when she arrived, jumping up on people, mouthy, and leaping on furniture in the house. A quick learner, Lupe seems to understand when told to "settle" in the house, is learning "leave It," "crate," and "down." She rides nicely in the car and walks well on a leash. She also has decided she likes playing with one of the male dogs who also enjoys playing.

Lupe isn't given much freedom inside yet, but she seems to be housebroken. She is sleeping through the night in a crate with bones to entice her in and keep her occupied. She will tear out plants in the yard when she is wound up, but has not been destructive otherwise.

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

Added February 2015

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Patrick Head
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Patrick

Patrick is a very tall, handsome two year old white shepherd. He was surrendered when his family could no longer care for him. In his past, Patrick lived with a respectful child, and a female shepherd, getting along well with both. In his foster home, Patrick lives with a male and female shepherd, as well as respectful youngster, and has won the hearts of the whole family. He has even been caught playing with the grumpy old female shepherd, who doesn't generally play with anyone.

Patrick has been an indoor dog, and is housebroken. He knows some basic commands, and walks fairly nicely on leash. He does jump up some, and it is easy for his front legs to reach your shoulders, where he appears to like a good hug. Due to his tall size, it is also easy for him to counter surf, so goodies must be put away, or watched closely.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2015

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Seuss

Seuss that rhymes with Zeus is a 1 year old handsome black and tan male. He was surrendered when his owner joined the military and could no longer care for him. Seuss is housebroken, and seems to know some basic commands. He is very comfortable in a home, but is not so sure when out out in public, so his foster home is taking him to public places frequently to help acclimate him and boost his confidence.

More will be written as we get to know Seuss better.


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

Added January 2015

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Sundance

Sundance was an owner surrender to a Sacramento shelter, so little is known of her background. She was an outside only dog and is currently working on her house & leash manners.

In her foster home, Sundance (aka Sunny) lives with an adult male GSD, 2 dog savvy cats & a teenager. She sleeps nicely in her crate at night, waits patiently for her food, appears to be house trained and is eager to please. Sunny lives behind a small dog but doesn't seem bother him or be bothered by him.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added March 2015

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Sonic

Sonic is an adorable, calm, 55 pound, 7-8 month old male youngster, with ears that fall into each other most of the time and is still growing. He was an owner surrender to a Sacramento area shelter when his owners said they didn't have time for him. They had only had him two months, and had left him outside full time. We don't know where Sonic was before that.

Sonic is currently in a foster home which has someone home most of the time. There are two other German Shepherds in the foster home and Sonic gets along well with both dogs and has been submissive in his behavior around them.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added March 2015

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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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Zalinka

Zalinka is an 18-24 month old malinois mix. She was an unclaimed stray from a Modesto shelter so nothing is known of her background. At less than 30 lbs, she resembles a mini or toy Malinois.

It appears she may have been a couch queen in her prior home as she is housebroken (although has not mastered the use of a doggy door) but not used to strenuous play at the moment. Regular exercise and conditioning should help her with her stamina and muscle tone. In her current foster home, she is living with two large dogs and one small dog about her size. She plays well with the small dog in the house.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added April 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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