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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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Astro

Astro is a sable 18-24 month old male German Shepherd who weighs about 80 lbs and could stand to add a few pounds. He enjoys his meals, so that shouldn't be a problem. He was a stray out of a Modesto shelter, so nothing is known of his background. He looks and acts like he's still growing with large feet and movements of a young dog. Astro will run in and grab shoes if left out. He will chase a ball but doesn't have big interest in the game. He is a big drama king and will will yelp loudly when given a strong correction. He is also a whiner when excited or uncertain, which we are working on breaking.

Astro is living with 2 male dogs and will play with one of them and seems to enjoy the game of chase, but he doesn't always seem to know when the other dog has had enough. Crates seem new to Astro and he cries off and on in the evening when it's bedtime.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 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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Buchanan

Buchanan is a male GSD who is approximately 5-6 years. He is an extra large boy at 96 lb. with a black and tan coat. Buchanan was picked up as a stray, so not much is known about him.

Buchanan had heartworm and was on crate rest coupled with medicine for his first two months with his foster family. He has since recovered and is very healthy, happy, and stronger.

He seems to have been an outdoor pet as he has fly strike on his ears and callouses on his elbows. Buchanan is learning house manners; he is tethered in the house and settles nicely on his bed or crate.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added November 2014

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Caleb

Caleb is approximately 12 months old and still growing. He was a stray out of Modesto, so nothing is known of his background.

He is insecure at times and will shadow his person. He does whine if left alone and when first put in his crate so, chew bones and toys in his crate are necessary help keep him occupied. He currently sleeps (all night) on a dog bed in his foster moms bedroom. He 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 an adult male German Shepherd and 2 cats. However, Caleb does have a high prey drive and will chase the cats (and any small critters outside) & should go to a catless home.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added November 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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Kamira

Kamira is a 20-24 month old sable female weighing only 48 lbs.. She was an unclaimed stray from a Modesto shelter so nothing is known of her background.

Currently living with other male foster dogs, they like to run and play together. She also lives with 5 children from ages 5 to 16 and is very good with them. Kamira has fairly high prey drive so no cats or small critters for her.

Kamira has some training under her belt and is eager to continue to learn. She loves to play ball! Kamira has great recall, walks nicely on a leash, and loves to jog with her human.

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

Added January 2015

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Kenna

Kenna is a gorgeous petite 18 mo. Old sable female. She was an unclaimed stray out of a local area shelter so nothing is known about her background. Kenna came into the shelter with a fractured front leg, she is now fully healed and ready to go!!

This energetic girl seems to have lived in a home, is housebroken, and seems to know a few basic commands. She rides nicely in a car (although she does like to ride shotgun) and sleeps nicely in a crate at night. Kenna was not well socialized when we got her and was reactive to other dogs while on leash, and while in her crate. When free, she gets along with the other five dogs in her foster home, infact loves to play with her best foster buddy Arek.

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

Added January 2015

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Lancelot

Lancelot is a 2.5 year old black and tan male on the smaller side. He originally came to our program as a stray from the Modesto area. He was adopted in 2013, but was returned when the second dog in the home was diagnosed with epilepsy and Lancelot did not understand that he couldn't continue to play hard with the other dog. The family felt it was best for Lancelot to find a home where he could get the attention and play time he craves.

Lancelot knows basic obedience, rides well in the car, is housebroken and crate trained. He loves to chew his toys (ball, rope, hard bones) and running in the yard. He will chew the bed in his kennel if he does not have toys available. He is good with children ages 10 and up and great on a leash, even with the kids. He also loves to lay in the den while his "mom" works on the computer.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2015

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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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Molly Bee

Molly Bee is a 7-8 year old sable, female German Shepherd weighing 108 lbs, but in need of losing about 15 lbs. She was an originally unclaimed stray from the Modesto shelter but was adopted three years ago and returned when her owners work schedule change and they couldn't dedicate enough time to Molly Bee. It appears had a litter of puppies in the past.

Molly understands basic commands, is housebroken, is okay on leash and responds well to correction. Crates are not something Molly ever cared for. She likes to chase a ball and prefers to have someone around. She may try to get out of the yard or bark out of boredom when left alone too long.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2015

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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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Pistol

Pistol is a 3-4 month old all black GSD puppy. He has a moderate amount of energy, and already shows some ball drive. He still gets car sick but with luck, will outgrow that. Other than that, he does enjoy car rides.

Pistol is charming and affectionate with everyone he has met so far. He loves to give kisses or sit in your lap. He will steal your slippers, and if caught in the act, will try to charm his way out of it by acting adorable ... which usually works!

This is a Level 2 - 3 Dog. Please be sure you understand what this level of dog requires.

Added January 2015

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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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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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Zuko

Zuko is a 12 to 18 month old Malinois who was surrendered to a Sacramento area shelter when the owner had no time to train or devote to him. He is a slender male with long legs that can propel him 4 feet off the ground when he is excited. Zuko is very affectionate and can be a bit pushy by insisting on getting his head scratched by any available hand. If he feels ignored, you may also get a paw on your leg to remind you he is near and ready for a good petting.

Although he was outside for a good amount of time before coming into rescue, he has developed decent house manners and has not had an accident in his current foster home. He sleeps in a crate at night, and settle fairly well on his dog bed in the living room during the day.

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

Added March 2015

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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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