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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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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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Anex

Anex is a 10 month old male with black and very light tan coloring with soulful eyes. He weighs about 67 lbs and is a very laid back young dog who often looks like he's smiling at you. He came from a Modesto shelter, so nothing is known of his background.

We do know that Anex likes to play with the female German Shepherd in his foster home but has moderate energy. He also likes being inside and settles down immediately. He is housebroken and has nice house manners. He needs coaxing to get in the car and seems a little uncertain about car rides when the car is moving. He is great on a leash. All the staff at the vets office liked him for his sweet demeaner.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added December 2014

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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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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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Camden

Camden is a 3 year old sable male who was a stray from a Sacramento area shelter, so nothing is known of his background. He is not a tall dog, weighing approximately 70 lbs., and can stand to lose a few pounds. Now in a foster home with several other German Shepherds and cats, Camden has been an easy dog to have around. He is housebroken, has nice house manners, knows basic commands, and rides well in the car. Camden was also around a 20 month old child and was very gentle.

Inside Camden settles down nicely. Outside he seems to be on alert and will alarm bark at movement outside the fence, including when the garbage truck stops to empty the bins. Camden will engage some with the other dogs, but seems to prefer the company of people.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added November 2014

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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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Cruiser

At 122 lbs, this king-sized 5.5 year old could afford to lose 20+ lbs and will still be quite a big boy. He was an owner surrender because he could not leave the neighborhood livestock alone, and the owner was unable to provide secure fencing. Cruiser is laid back and in most other ways is a gentle giant. He looks older than his years with a gray muzzle, elbow callouses, and ears that have signs of fly strike, likely due to spending most of his life outdoors. Much of the world is new to him, but he has been learning quickly, gaining confidence, and understands basics. He is easy on leash, only giving it a good tug when he wishes to greet another dog. Cruiser knows "sit" and is housebroken.

Although Cruiser did not have a lot of human handling, he simply likes being with people. He enjoys car rides, usually claiming the spot behind the driver, and quietly lets you enjoy your coffee before taking your morning walk together. On hikes, he only occasionally ventures off to take in scents and greets new dogs with wags.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added November 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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Porter

Porter is a 2.5 year old, black and tan male weighing about 90 lbs, although he can afford to lose a few pounds. Porter was originally in our group with a litter of pups we called the "beer puppies" and adopted when he was 3-4 months old. He was raised with a 10 lb poodle and another medium sized dog. Unfortunately, there was an incident with the neighbor's 5 lb dog, which caused the family to reluctantly return Porter to us.

Porter is housebroken and waits by the door if he wants to go out. He needs to be given boundaries and reminded of them a couple times but, once he knows them, he's very good inside. He knows sit, stop, out, go inside your kennel, and is very food motivated. Still working on the down, but he walks very well on a leash once you remind him to stay with 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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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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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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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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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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