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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Adoption Pending!

Alex

Alex was a stray from a Modesto area shelter, so nothing is known of his background. At approximately 10 months old, Alex currently weighs 50lbs. He could stand to gain a few pounds, but will not likely be much larger than his current size. He's still very much a puppy with plenty of energy to play, but after exercise he settles down nicely with a chew or stuffed toy.

Alex is a submissive boy who walks nicely on a lead and corrects easily. So far he hasn't shown any reaction to other dogs, skateboards, etc. He currently lives with two large German Shepards and while he enjoys their company, he prefers not to engage in their rough and tumble play.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added February 2015

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SPECIAL NEEDS

Adoption Pending!

Axton

Axton is a large, 75 pound, 6 month old male puppy, who was born with cataracts and small eyes. As a result, Axton's vision is hazy and he occasionally walks into things. Good light helps him navigate and he doesn't seem to know there's anything wrong. He requires daily treatment to both eyes, currently using an ointment. This boy is very squirmy, so it is tricky getting the medicine into his eyes. Even after a possible cataract surgery, Axton will require medicine to both eyes for his lifetime.

Regardless of his visual impairment, Axton is a typical puppy. In the foster home, he loves to play with the big dogs and finds pulling up plants a fun part of his day. He will go after a tennis ball, but bores of it quickly. He likes to play with water sprayed from a hose and will tip over a water bowl if it isn't weighted or attached to something. Axton goes easily into a crate and will chew on the various toys and bones to keep him occupied.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added March 2015

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Adoption Pending!

Barrington

Barrington is a big easy-going floppy-eared boy weighing in at 110 lbs. he was an unclaimed stray at a local shelter so nothing is known about his background.

Once he is comfortable with his people, Barrington has a lot of personality, and will bond quickly. He likes affection, and to be close to his people. It would appear that although Barrington has some indoor skills, he probably spent a good deal of time outdoors and seems content to be outside for part of the day. He would probably like a home with a dog door as he sometimes seems a little uncomfortable in the house after awhile.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2015

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Adoption Pending!

Beyonce

Beyonce is a tall 2 year old female weighing about 70 lbs. She was an owner surrender from a Sacramento area shelter. Her previous owner said she didn't get along with their other small dog, which was the reason they gave her up.

Currently, Beyonce is living with two male German Shepherds. She doesn't seem interested in playing with the other dogs, but doesn't cause any friction around them either. She is on the timid side, but it could just be her need to adjust to a new environment. When excited or uncertain of things, she will jump up. Beyonce walks nicely on a leash and likes to go for car rides. She is housebroken and knows some basic commands. She is sleeping in a crate at night, but will whine for a while when first instructed to go in.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2015

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Adoption Pending!

Clyde

Clyde is a sweet, playful, energetic, mostly black male with tan boots, approximately 3 years old. He was surrendered to a local area shelter when his family could no longer care for him. He had been an outdoor only dog, so a lot of the world is new to him, and he is an eager learner and loves being included in all activities.

He greets people and dogs with attempts to play. There is no hesitation to jump in when the car door opens and he rides very well, although his stomach is still catching up with curvy mountain roads. He settled into his foster home without any obvious issues or behavioral concerns and is almost housebroken. Training is made easier by his motivation for food.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added December 2014

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Adoption Pending!

Dolan

Dolan is a very handsome 3 - 4 year old solid black long haired male who weighs in at about 80 lbs. He came into rescue when he was found wandering the streets of a nearby county with Brenna (Momma black GSD) and Baby Bauer (a 4 month old black GSD puppy), so not much is known of his background.

He loves getting attention, being around his people, and will sit and offer a paw whenever he gets a chance. This boy seems like an old soul; has a very calm, laid back, and easy-going demeanor. He has been friendly to everyone and every dog he has met, but could use continued socialization to build his confidence, as he is a little reserved at times.

Dolan is one of 5 large male dogs in his foster home; gets along well with all of them, but at times, is content just to be out in the yard, while the rest of the pack is inside with their person.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added April 2015

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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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Adoption Pending!

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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Adoption Pending!

Miles

Miles is a large 5 year old male weighing 87 lbs, but is a little underweight and should be about 95 lbs. He has a nice super-thick black and tan coat with the bushiest tail. He was an unclaimed stray from a Sacramento shelter, so nothing is known of his background. He does appear housebroken and sleeps through the night uncrated. He also seems to enjoy the cool tile floor or even the shower floor. He loves car rides and has proven he can be trusted alone in the car while his foster mom runs errands.

Miles is learning house manners, basic commands and living with cats. This is a smart boy, who learns quickly and corrects easily. He doesn't jump up on people, enjoys attention and pets, but is not insistent on attention.

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

Added March 2015

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Adoption Pending!

Oscar

Oscar is a large, striking, 2 year old black and tan male. He weighs approximately 80 pounds and he could stand to gain 5 or 10 more. He was an unclaimed stray out of a local area shelter so not much is known about his background.

Oscar is eager to please, respects leadership and corrects easily. He's a pretty soft guy. Oscar is very friendly and affectionate and is happy to work for praise. He can be a little unsure at times and obedience work will go a long way to help build his confidence. He knows basic commands and walks like a dream, checking in with you and keeping your pace.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added May 2015

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Adoption Pending!

Reggie

Reggie is a medium size, young male (1-2 year old) with a reddish-tan and black coat. He is from a local area shelter so nothing is know of his background.

Reggie doesn't seem to have any formal training however, he is a quick learner. He now sits although not for long, and will down easily.

Reggie is somewhat unsure being around people and will run for his safe place being an indoor crate or outdoor kennel. Reggie will whine a little when he's ready for your full attention. He'll lean into you and show you how much he loves you. Learning house manners is new for this boy, he's crate trained although, he is somewhat unsure about leaving the indoors to go outside so he needs a little coaxing.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added April 2015

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Adoption Pending!

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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Adoption Pending!

Skye

Skye is a cute and adorable Blue female German Shepherd Dog. At approximately 1 year old, this moderately sized girl weighs in at about 58 pounds. Skye was an owner surrender - her owners had her only 1 week - to a Sacramento area shelter, so very little is known about her background.

Skye is currently in a foster home with two large male GSDs and a medium sized male 6-month-old puppy. She gets along with all of them, and she can keep up with the big boys when it comes to rough and tumble playtime. She has a bit of a bossy nature about her and will tell the boys what to do and when to do it, as she tries to entice them into a rough-housing game of chase. The puppy gets a "pass", but this little girl will be to bossy, pushy and snarky (dominant) for any dog (male or female) her size or smaller.

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

Added July 2014

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Vespa

Vespa is a 10 - 11 month old female from the Modesto Shelter, so nothing is known of her background.

She is on the smaller side at only 53 lbs. She is sweet and loves to be a house princess. She gets along with the two larger resident dogs in her current foster home. She also does very well with the dog savvy cats in the home. She rides well in the car, sleeps fairly well in a crate, and is potty trained using a dog door. She walks fairly well on a leash but requires some further basic obedience.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added April 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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SENIOR

Zion

Zion is a handsome senior Belgian Malinois. We estimate him to be approximately 10 years old, but don't let his age fool you. Zion is still a spry ol' guy that leaps tables in a single bound and needs daily exercise to keep him happy. He was an unclaimed stray so nothing is known about his background.

Zion came into the shelter neutered and microchipped (although a dead-end chip.). He has clearly had some training as he knows his basic commands, walks nicely on leash, and has nice house manners. Hard to believe no one came to retrieve him.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added April 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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