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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Braxton

Braxton is a 10 month old, black and tan, 66 lb boy whose ears still look too big for his head. He was an owner surrender to a Modesto area shelter. His previous family had children & cats. At a recent event, Braxton climbed into a lap of a young teen and loves nothing better than getting attention. Although Braxton knows sit and will lay down with coaxing, it doesn't appear he was given much structure. He jumps on people when excited, will jump up to see what's on counters, couches and beds and sometimes tries to flop on the ground and roll over when on a walk if he's trying resist a correction. Braxton does correct easily and is a faster learner. He is housebroken and, after some fussing, is learning to sleep in a crate at night. He has not been destructive and so far has shown no interest in toys.

The current foster home has 4 cats and 2 German Shepherds. Braxton gets along well with the dogs, but also tries to play with the cats.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added September 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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Maverick

Maverick is an extremely handsome black and tan sable male about two years old. He was a stray from a Sacramento area shelter, so nothing is known of his background. Currently Maverick is very thin. He eats well, so he should start putting on weight soon so his ribs don"t show. He is a tall dog and looks tough, but is very sweet, affectionate and has a nice temperament.

With the use of a prong collar, Maverick walks well on a leash and did not have any issues walking through crowds of people and a sea of dogs at a recent event. We were even together on stage in a line up next to a Cocker Spaniel with no reaction from Maverick. He is currently living with two male German Shepherds and a female shepherd about his age and cats.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added August 2014

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Peetie

Peetie is a strikingly handsome boy with a fluffy red and black coat. Because he came to the Sacramento County shelter as an unclaimed stray, nothing is known about his background. He is a strong stocky guy who weighs in at a healthy 88 lbs., and is approximately 3 years of age. Peetie is a bi-color dog with reddish-brown legs and facial markings that are as distinct as they are beautiful. This guy is one handsome devil who turns heads and gets lots of attention everywhere he goes. But don't fall in love with him for his looks. Fall in love with him because he is such a great all around dog!

Peetie came to us from the shelter with a high level of captivity stress, a bad case of kennel cough, and a fairly serious ear infection. He exhibited fearful behavior in his new foster home, and became possessive of anyone who gave him affection. As a result, he was very dog reactive the first few days, but he quickly overcame this thru a lot of one on one time and massive socialization with dozens of other dogs in the rescue.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added August 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!

Added June 2014

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Taiko

Taiko is a one year old handsome black and tan male with a longer coat. He was surrendered to a local area shelter for being too much dog for the owners to handle. They had him a week. We don't know anything about his history prior to that.

Taiko is a typical adolescent puppy that hasn't been trained. He is mouthy, and jumps up, and will pull on leash if you let him. He seems to have lived inside as he has some indoor manners. He appears to be mostly housebroken. Taiko likes to help in the kitchen. He will jump up and put his paws on the counter top right next to you to see what he can do to help you. He is learning that that is not acceptable.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added September 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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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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