Greater California
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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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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Asta

Asta is a gorgeous four year old female with a plush white coat. She was surrendered by her owners when she and the other female in the home matured and no longer could get along, and separating them constantly became too much for the owners.

Asta lived inside in her previous home, so is housebroken, crate trained, rides nicely in the car, walks well on leash, and knows her basic commands, and listens fairly well. She previously lived with children, but due to her energy level, probably a home with children over age 8 would be best. Asta is a high energy, high drive girl. While she gets along with the three large male shepherds in her foster home, she needs to go to a home as an only dog, or another large male.

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

Added February 2014

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Clint

Clint is a 58 lb, 10 month old boy who still needs to fill out. He has a flat black & tan coat. He was an owner surrender when his previous person didn't feel it was fair to Clint to be left alone all day while he worked.

This boy is housebroken, has moderate energy for a young dog, and is very affectionate. He is currently in a foster home with another young female German Shepherd and they love to play.

Clint occasionally tries to get on the couch and will sneak a shoe if you don't watch him, but he responds well to being told no. When excited he jumps up on people, so care should be taken around small children.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added October 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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Dutch

Dutch was an owner surrender to a Sacramento shelter. His previous owner had to relocate out of the country and couldn't take him along. This is an 85-90 lb male, who doesn't realize his size. We believe he is a Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd mix and is a nice carmel color with a flat coat that doesn't seem to shed as much as a shepherd. Dutch is outgoing, friendly and affectionate. The previous owner took Dutch to basic obedience class where he was trained in English & German. He does need more work walking on leash and will jump up on people, counters and furniture when excited. He seems to be housebroken, especially with the use of a dog door. Because of his size and his jumping up when excited, he should not go to a home with small children, although older children would be fine. He rides very well in the car and jumps in willingly. He is sleeping through the night in a crate that is filled with chew toys for him.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added July 2014

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Norman

Norman is an approx. 6 month old Belgian Malinois. He is currently sharing a home with 4 German Shepherds that are older and larger. Norman mixes in very nicely and plays with the big dogs with no issues. Norman has a lot of property to run around on, and has been seen chasing after small critters, so cats may be an issue. Norman is very gentle, and likes to cuddle up with his foster parents when he is inside. Norman settles nicely at night and sleeps on his own.

Norman uses the dog door to let himself out when ever he needs to use the bathroom, and has not had any accidents inside the house.

Norman is very active and athletic. He would make a great running partner. He knows the basic command of sit, and comes when you call him. He is not food aggressive, and has good treat taking manners.

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

Added October 2014

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Pensee

Pensee is a black & tan female weighing in at approximately 60lbs. She was an owner surrender to the Modesto shelter. Her former owner had to move and was unable to take her and the other small dogs with them. She knows basic commands (sit & down), waits patiently for her food, and is house trained. She does not like to sleep in a crate and will escape. Currently she sleeps on a dog bed by the bed in her foster mom's room.

Pensee currently lives with, and gets along with, a male GSD, 2 dog savvy cats and a teenager (it is unknown how she is with young children). She loves to go on car rides, is learning to walk on a leash & working on better house manners (she likes to see what is on the counter).

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added September 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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Terry

Terry is a large handsome 4-5 year old male. He has a nice thick black coat, and weighs in at about 80 lbs. Terry was an unclaimed stray out of a local animal shelter so nothing is known about his background. Terry was likely an outdoor only dog, as he is still a little nervous in the house, but is learning new things every day like going up and down stairs, what a hairdryer is, and is taking it all in like a champ.

Terry gets along with all of the large male and female dogs in his foster home. While he likes to gallop around the yard and explore, he doesn't really want to play with the other dogs. He seems to like their company and doesn't want any trouble, but doesn't seem to engage in any of the doggie games.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added April 2014

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Timmy

Timmy is an extremely nice, affectionate 70 lb, 4.5 year old male, who was returned to us by his previous adopter when he moved out of the country and couldn't take Timmy along.

This boy was well cared for and came to us with toys and treats, beds, bowls and extras that his past family wanted to be sure he had. He was an only dog, but had lived with a cat, and was kept socialized with other dogs.

In his current foster home, he is living with cats, two adult male shepherds and another female foster shepherd. He and the female love to romp and play, although Timmy doesn't seem to understand the game of chase.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added October 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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Zaan

Zaan is an eight and a half month old Sable Malinois/Shepherd mix. He was an unclaimed stray from the Modesto shelter, so nothing is known of his background.

He is currently living in a foster home with Aurora, a female foster puppy his age, and 2 larger dogs. While he is gentle with the three and five year old children in the home, he is an active boy and might accidently bump very young children. He is also learning to respect the resident cats.

Zaan would be the perfect dog for a runner/hiker or an active family with a dog currently at home. He can easily keep up a strong running pace for miles and loves the exercise. Zaan is crate trained, potty trained, and rides easily in the car.

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

Added June 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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