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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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Aaron

Aaron is a strikingly handsome 3 year old male with a fluffy red and black coat. His facial markings are as distinct as they are beautiful. Incredibly, he was given up to a local area shelter by his previous family who moved away and could not take him. Aaron came to us a very shy boy, but is really working hard on coming out of his shell more with his foster pack and is making progress daily. He is extremely affectionate with everyone he meets, and really loves being hugged. Although he is clearly more interested in people than dogs, he really enjoys paling around with Hayden, another foster dog in his temporary pack. They have become fast friends, which seems to really be helping Aaron become more open and confident.

Although he is still quite shy, Aaron is starting to become a very affectionate and playful guy around the house. He loves to chase balls, gnaw on chew toys, and just run and play doggie tag in the yard with his pack mates.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added June 2014

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Aksel

Aksel is a beautiful male GSD/Husky mix, approximately 1 to 2 years old. He came to us from a local shelter, so nothing is known about his background. He weighs approximately 75lbs, and Aksel has the most beautiful white teeth, and a super plush coat.

He is a very happy boy, who loves to lick and give kisses. His tail wags in a circle clockwise, and then changes to counter clockwise. He doesn't bark, but actually talks. He loves to go for rides in the car, and is great on the leash.

Aksel sleeps quietly in his crate at night, and is housebroken.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added July 2014

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Barbie

With severe mange and no adoption prospects, it appeared that this pitiful-looking 1 year old girl's life was over. But in this little doll, our evaluators saw a happy bundle of joy for someone. After four months of TLC and good veterinary treatment, 1 year old Barbie's outside is starting to reflect her inner beauty, and we expect her fur will continue to improve with time. She currently weighs 50 pounds.

Barbie loves to be close to her human, and is a gentle, very friendly and affectionate dog, unusually well behaved for her age. Her favorite places are underfoot, lying on your feet, or in your lap. She comes readily when called, and is very good about staying off of furniture. She has a puppy's happy curiosity about things, and is likely to have her head there first whenever you reach for something; tying your shoes can be a challenge.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

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Baron

Baron is a large gorgeous black and red boy. At 15 months he already weighs 100 lbs. He was an owner surrender to a vet to be euthanized after he allegedly growled at a child at a park/dog park (no adults witnessed this interaction). The vet talked the owner into allowing them to place him. After a couple days of watching him interact with people, dogs and other animals, they called us to see if we could rescue him.

In his foster home, Baron lives with an older female shepherd. He just follows her around, and wants to do what she does, and be where she is. This boy is definitely a follower, and not a leader.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added June 2014

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Callie

Callie is a 4 month old, female German Shepherd mix with black and tan coloring. She is a super sweet little girl who came to us from the shelter so nothing is known of her background other than she was severely neglected. She and her 2 siblings where all in pretty bad shape when they were found. After some tender loving care and a good foster family, Callie has brightened up nicely.

Callie is almost 30lbs now and she looks like she will grow to be on the small side for a German Shepherd. She is only moderately energetic for a puppy, but still has healthy curiosity.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

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Fredrick

Fredrick is about 5 months old and is a Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd mix and weighs just over 30 lbs. He was surrendered with his sister, Serafina, when the woman who bred their mother couldn't find homes for the two pups and wasn't able to take good care of them.

Fredrick is shy, but very sweet and affectionate. He is in a foster home with another German Shepherd and cats. His ears have not decided to stand up yet. He is sleeping quietly through the night in a crate and we're working on housebreaking and teaching him house manners. If left unsupervised, this boy will find something to chew up in a matter of minutes. Appropriate chew toys are a must to redirect him.

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

Added June 2014

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Hattie

Hattie is a sweet, gentle and intelligent 2 year old unclaimed female stray from a local shelter. She weighs around 65 pounds, and has had a litter.

Hattie is a sensitive girl, initially timid around people, and appears to have been handled too roughly in the past. She is coming out of her shell nicely, a little bit more every day. Once she is comfortable, she is eager to have contact with and pats from her human, gives nice little kisses, follows closely, and will pester for attention. She is more comfortable with women than with men, but is learning that men too can be safe and kind. She is quickly getting over hand shyness, and is getting comfortable with the leash being put on her. It is best to move slowly with her. It is also very important to correct gently and calmly.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added June 2014

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Judge

Judge is an extra-large 4-5 year old male, he is currently tipping the scale at 105 pounds and thinks he is a lap dog. He was an unclaimed stray from the Modesto area, so nothing is known of his background.

He is a friendly, affectionate, boy who walks fairly well on leash, rides well in the car, is house trained and uses a dog door to go outside. He is crate trained but will also sleep quietly on the floor all night.

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

Added September 2013

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Koda

Koda was an owner surrender to a Sacramento area shelter. He's about 1.5 years old and weighs 58 lbs, but could stand to add about 5 lbs to his thin frame. Koda means friend or companion in several Native American languages and it fits him well.

So far, Koda has been a very easy boy. He is housebroken and knows some basic commands, although he will jump up on people when excited. Recently out of the shelter, Koda has kennel cough, which may be affecting his energy level. He prefers to shadow the human in the house rather than play with either of the other two German Shepherds. Toys are not high on Koda's priority list, but he will chew on the deer antler given him.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

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Porsche

Porsche aka Momma is a sweet female who recently raised the five luxury speedster pups, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, DeLoreon, and Maserati. She was surrendered to a Sacramento shelter in December 2013, almost ready to give birth, but nothing was known of her background. She now weighs 67 lbs and is approximately 2 years old.

Although asymptomatic in February, she tested positive for heartworms and has now been treated and off restriction from physical activity. She is our Rainbow Fund dog and donations to help with her treatment are always welcome and sorely needed. Her foster mom describes her energy level as moderate.

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

Updated May 2014

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Rachel

Rachel is a 1-2 year old long coat petite female who had recently had pups. She was found by a good samaritan, who took care of her and the pups until the pups were weaned. The pups were surrendered to another rescue, and Rachel came into German Shepherd Rescue. She has since been spayed and is now looking for her forever home.

Rachel is very friendly to everyone she has met thus far, is currently living with 8 other large dogs in her foster home. With proper introduction and supervision, she might be able to live with a cat.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

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Renault

Renault is a handsome, medium sized, 2 -3 year old male who came from an area shelter, so nothing is know of his background.

This young GSD has high energy and will climb a fence to explore the neighborhood if left alone in the backyard.

Renault has some formal obedience training, and he is looking for a home where he can continue his obedience and agility training as he likes to work and show his skills. This beautiful boy is ball driven and loves to play with a tug toy.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added June 2014

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Rowe

Rowe is a 3-4 year old gorgeous longcoat male. He was an owner surrender to a local shelter when his owners could no longer care for him.

Rowe is a very friendly boy. He appears to be housebroken. He knows a few basic commands including sit, down, and shake. He is brushing up on his leash manners, and is learning not to jump up quite so much. Rowe loves the water and loves to play fetch. He is actually pretty good at returning the item he would like you to throw again.

Rowe is currently in a foster home with other large male and female dogs. He gets along with the others in his foster home, but is unlikely to be successful with small furry critters or livestock.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added June 2014

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Serafina

Serafina is about 5 months old and is a Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd mix. She was surrendered with her brother, Frederick, when the woman who bred their mother couldn't find homes for the two pups and wasn't able to take good care of them. Serafina is confident, smart and independent and does fine with the other two German Shepherds and cats in her current foster home. She is sleeping quietly through the night in a crate and we're working on housebreaking her and teaching her house manners. When fed, she will already sit and is working on "wait" before eating. She likes to grab things to carry around and must have several chew toys to redirect her from items that are not acceptable for her to chew up. Serafina is also affectionate and likes to crawl up into your lap if you let her.

Serafina likes to go into the kiddie pool to cool off her feet and drinks out of it at the same time (very efficient).

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

Added June 2014

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Sherman

Sherman is a 3-4 year old, black and tan, 70 pound boy. He has adorable ears that tilt together most of the time. He is very affectionate and wants to be with or near his person constantly. He is currently living with a smaller dog, and has properly greeted every dog he has met in his foster home. He will chase a stray cat that comes into the yard, but does not appear to have the desire to harm it. With proper supervision, and training he may be able to live with cats.

Sherman rides in a vehicle nicely, but may need to be tethered, to keep him out of the driver's lap. He is still working on housebreaking, but is crate trained, and walks nicely on leash. If left for too long in a yard, he may hop the fence and go look for human company.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added July 2014

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Simba

Simba is a handsome 4-5 year old longcoat male. His previous owners only had him three months and surrendered him to a local shelter when they could no longer care for him. They left him out during the day, inside in the evening for a little bit, and he slept in the garage at night. His coat is in pretty good shape, but will take a little work for him to become the stunning dog he could be. He is also underweight at 75 lbs., and could probably use another 10 pounds on his thin frame.

Simba has gotten along with all of the large male and female dogs in his foster home. In his first few days there, he hasn't played much yet, but certainly seems to like hanging out with the crowd. Simba has liked all the people he has met so far. At the shelter, he passed a uniformed officer, he immediately stopped, sat right in front of him and made eye contact. Once the officer greeted him, Simba jumped up on him very excited like he just ran into a long lost friend.

NO CATS SMALL DOGS OR SMALL FURRY CRITTERS

This is a Level 2 Dog!

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Simon

Simon is a 12 - 15 month old gregarious, friendly boy. He has a great attitude and enthusiasm, and likes being around his people but can settle in a crate or the yard while they are away. He rides well in the car and sleeps soundly in his crate at night. He is friendly to others and greets nicely all members of the family, including 2 children and 1 teen in his foster home, and responds well to the family routine.

He comes when called, sits for treats, and is learning the down command with help as well as to fetch. He has excellent leash manners with the help of a pinch collar, and responds well to simple corrections. With access to dog doors, he is housebroken. Under supervision, he has been respectful of personal property, and will cheerfully accept a dog toy substitute if he is considering an item that is not his. At times, he affectionately paws his foster family when they sit down for a meal or spend some time on the computer.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added June 2014

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Stevie

Stevie is approximately 10 to 12 months old, and a very sweet, petite female. She came from a Modesto area shelter, so we have no background information on her. In her current foster home, Stevie lives with cats, a 5 month male Belgian Malinois/shepherd mix pup, and a 2 year old male German Shepherd. Stevie is unsure of new people in public, but is delighted to greet new people in her foster home especially if the guests scratch her back. When she is excited, her whole bottom half wiggles.

Stevie knows some basic commands, but if distracted by playing with the other dogs, she forgets to pay attention to the commands. Her house manners have been very good. She doesn't jump on people or counter surf. Once Stevie is in the car, she is a great passenger. Stevie is house trained, but in the past going outside may have been a punishment as she doesn't go out voluntarily. She behaves very well when left alone inside or out.

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 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.

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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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