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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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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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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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Ernie

Senior

Ernie is an unclaimed stray rescued from a shelter in the Turlock area. Although the shelter estimated his age at 7, we are guessing his age is closer to 9 years old. He has a good sized frame, but weighed only 62 pounds at intake, and has enjoyed putting on a little much needed weight. Ernie came to us with some dental problems and an ear infection, but he has been to the dentist, and his ears are responding well to medication. He may have slight long-term hearing loss because of it, but hears commands and normal conversation just fine. He also responds nicely to hand signals.

Ernie has been friendly and affectionate with every one he has met. He likes and enjoys interacting with people, and usually has a smile and a wagging tail. He is calm and easy going. He shadows his foster dad closely, and his favorite place is on a cushy dog bed near him, or lying on dad's feet.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added March 2014

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Fischer

Fischer is a 2-3 year old White German Shepherd. He was a stray from the Sacramento SPCA, so nothing is known of his background.

Fischer is a charming dog that loves people. Don't let his charm fool you though, he is quite the stubborn young adult at times. He is new (again) to our program, and is still learning house manners & how to treat others. He guards his toys and food, and barks at other dogs when he's on leash. He needs a strong-willed, experienced owner that will be consistent in teaching him appropriate behavior and turning him into the gem of a dog we know he can be.

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

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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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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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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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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Vetzer

Vetzer is a Black and Tan male GSD, approximately 1 to 2 years old, weighing around 65lbs. He came to us from a local shelter, so nothing is known about his background. He is a very happy boy, who loves attention.

He appears to have been an outdoor only dog. Everything inside the house is met with a cautious curiosity. He is learning to stay off the counters and furniture.

Vetzer is a high-energy boy. He loves to play, play, play. He loves to go for rides in the car. He does pull on the leash, but is easy to correct.

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

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.

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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