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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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Alton

Alton is a tall, dark and handsome male approximately 12-18 months old. He weighs about 75 lbs, but could stand to put on about 10 lbs. He came from a Sacramento area shelter and nothing is known about his background.

The first foster home Alton went into had two German Shepherds and an intact male pointer. Alton was fine with the Shepherds, reactive with the pointer. It is not known if it was because the pointer is not neutered or because he was smaller than the other two dogs. He also was reactive w/a neighbor's small dog, therefore, we would recommend a home without small dogs for this boy.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added June 2015

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Annika

Do you enjoy a challenge? If so, have we got the dog for you!

Annika is a sleek and lively, 1-2 year old solid black beauty. This happy and affectionate whirlwind loves to go-go-go all day long. Her favorite pastime is keeping the house and yard critter-free, particularly from cats and squirrels, and doing anything else at full speed. She loves to play in mud puddles and thinks swimming pools are great fun.

She's housebroken, sleeps quietly through the night, and can settle in the house when there's nothing going on. She has decent house-manners and corrects fairly easily at home. She hasn't met a person she doesn't like yet, and she loves to play with other dogs once she knows them.

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

Added August 2014

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Anson

Anson is a two year old Belgian Malinois. He is on the smaller side weighing in at about 55lbs, Anson could stand to put on a few pounds. This boy was an unclaimed stray from a local area shelter so nothing is known about his background.

Anson is a sweet boy with a ton of energy! He was very anxious when he first came to his foster home, but that is to be expected when you are thrown into a new environment with 4 other dogs sniffing you. Since then he has settled in nicely. He got a bath day one and was a little skeptical at first, but learned to accept it.

Anson is a finger nibbler when he wants attention. He doesn't bite hard at all, just nibbles your fingers or hand when he wants you to pet him. He is very affectionate and loves to be pet. He sits on command, but usually won't hold the position very long.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added July 2015

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Argon

Argon is a handsome, large-framed, 1 - 2 year old boy weighing around 90lbs. He came out of a local shelter so nothing is known about his background.

Argon doesn't appear to have any training. He will jump up on people, but accepts correction by dropping to the ground. He rides nicely in a car, and loves hugs and belly rubs.

He will need continued socialization and training.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added July 2015

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Aria

Aria is a 10 month old striking black and tan girl. She is tall and lanky, and on the skinny side, weighing only 65 lbs. She was surrendered by her owner due to financial issues.

She rides nicely in the car and is house broken. She is protective of her humans, and friendly with other dogs. She is energetic and loves to play.

Aria will need a home that is active and will continue her socialization and training.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added July 2015

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Brahma

Brahma is a gorgeous 18-24 month old plush coat. He is a sturdy boy weighing in at approximately 90lbs. Brahma was an unclaimed stray out of a local area shelter so nothing is known about his background.

Brahma is currently in a home with five other large male and female dogs. He is doing well with all of them. Brahma is a very sweet boy, but does not seem to have much in the way of training.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added July 2015

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Brew

Brew is a handsome, 1 - 2 year old boy weighing around 80 lbs. This boy was an unclaimed stray from a local shelter so nothing is known of his background.

Brew is a very friendly dog, and has greeted other large dogs with curiosity and just wants to play. He rides well in the car, and is very affectionate toward humans.

Brew doesn't appear to have any formal training, but corrects easily.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added July 2015

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Hilo

Hilo is a small, handsome sable male on the thin side at about 55 lbs. He is a stray from a Sacramento shelter, so nothing is known of his background. The shelter listed him as a 3 year old, but in his foster home he acts and moves like a youngster and we estimate approximately his age at 18 months. It appears Hilo may have lived as a stray or outdoors for sometime given that his coat is in poor condition, he is underweight and has a scab from a healing wound on his shoulder. He does not know any commands and seems unfamiliar with being in a house. At the moment he is a nervous boy, but he's only been out of the shelter for a day.

In his foster home, he met the two resident male German Shepherds easily and seems to want to play.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added July 2015

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Laney

Laney is a beautiful black and Tan, small-framed, 1 to 1 1/2 year old girl weighing around 55lbs. She has light colored eyes. She came out of a local shelter so nothing is known about her background.

Laney is a very busy little girl. She likes to run in circles, and doesn't care much for being on a leash. She rides nicely in the car, and likes to nuzzle your ear every now and then, just to let you know that she is still there.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added July 2015

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Lila

Lila is a pretty 2-3 year old black and tan female. She was a stray from a Sacramento area shelter so nothing is known of her background. She came out of the shelter with a bit of demodectic mange (non-contagious), which caused a little hair loss. She has been getting special baths and medication and is getting looking and feeling much better.

Lila is doing well in her foster home. She sleeps quietly in crate, is housebroken, easy on leash, knows some basic commands such as sit and down. Lila is animated and playful around the house and in the yard, friendly to all family members, including three respectful children. With the exception of moving her foster mom's shoes to curl up with in her crate, she is respectful of personal property and easy on the yard

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added April 2015

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Magic

Magic is a sweet one year old, black and tan female weighing about 70 lbs. She was an unclaimed stray from a Sacramento area shelter, so nothing is known about her background.

What we do know is that she is affectionate and has moderate energy. She rides very well in the car, walks well on leash, and is sleeping through the night in a crate. She knows some basic commands, but is still learning house manners. Out in public, Magic behaves very well and will lie down at your feet if instructed to do so.

One of the resident dogs does not like to play and Magic doesn't seem to understand his signals to be left alone.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added May 2015

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Mario

Mario is a 5-6 year old German Shepherd/Lab mix with a short, dark brown coat. He lived for several years in a no-kill shelter and came to us when they could no longer house dogs.

He is friendly and enjoys meeting people. He is now in a foster home and is happily learning house rules. He gets along well with other dogs. He can learn to live with cats. He has an old injury to a back leg, but does fine on walks. He is low energy in the house and happily sleeps in a crate at night.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added March 2014

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Oso Bear

Estimated to be four years old, Oso Bear is an easy-going male weighing around 90 pounds. He has a full chest and stocky build. With that and his full, thick fur, his name is descriptive. He was surrendered with sadness by his owners when they experienced significant financial changes.

Oso Bear is calm, gentle, happy and affectionate. He has nice manners with people, and sits to ask to be patted, particularly for children. In his previous home, he lived nicely with small children. He will also nudge an elbow now and then, to remind you to pat him. He likes to follow his foster around, and has a happily wagging tail and smile when his foster gets home. He is cautious when an unknown man first tries to pat him, but will warm up and ask for more pats if he feels the man is trustworthy.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added August 2015

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Owen

Owen is a handsome black male shepherd between 1 - 2 years old, and is medium sized weighing in at 65 pounds. He was an unclaimed stray from a local area shelter so nothing is known about his background.

Owen is a well behaved, mild-mannered boy who shares his foster home with a large female dog. Owen enjoys playing with the resident dog and enjoys sharing her toys. Owen is friendly and greets every human he has met so far with a happy, wagging tail. When Owen wants attention, he will sit down by you and offer his paw. While inside, Owen is quick to lie down and relax - staying close to his person. He is truly a great companion.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added August 2015

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Paige

Paige is a sweet black female shepherd between 1 - 2 years old and is medium size. Paige was dumped near a dog park where a kind person found her so we know nothing of her background. She has some hair loss due to bad diet; she is now on a quality food and taking some medications. Once her hair grows back, she will be a stunning girl.

Paige is a well behaved, mild-mannered girl who shares her foster home with 4 large dogs and 1 small dog and gets along with all of them. Paige enjoys playing with any of the dogs that will engage in play.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added August 2015

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Rubio

Rubio is a very striking black and red male about three years old. He is very distinctive with four patches of white fur across the top of his big block head. The shelter staff nicknamed him "Quad Hawk" because of these markings. Rubio is a nice sized boy weighing in at 87lbs. He has gained four pounds in his foster home, but could still stand to gain a few more. He was surrendered to the shelter by his prior owner, but no reason was given. Rubio originally passed his shelter evaluation, but quickly became kennel stressed and was made available to rescue.

Rubio currently lives in a home with other large male and female dogs, he gets along with all of them. He can be a little pushy with them when he wants to play and they don't, but will quickly back down if corrected. Rubio was likely an outdoor dog prior to his foster home, so is learning house manners. He is now housebroken, and knows some basic commands.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added June 2015

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Ryzer

Ryzer is a handsome, 11 month old Black and Cream boy weighing around 60lbs. He was surrender by his owner to a Good Samaritan that is now his foster.

Ryzer is a very friendly dog, and has greeted other large dogs with curiosity and just wants to play. He rides well in the car, he is crate trained and house-broken.

Ryzer doesn't appear to have any formal training, but his foster is teaching him basic commands. He is your typical adolescent male, who doesn't know his own size.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added July 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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Zodiac

Zodiac is a 4 - 5 year old male Belgian Malinois that was surrendered to a Sacramento shelter, so nothing is known of his background.

He has gotten along with all the people and dogs he has met; he reportedly lived in a house with other dogs and kids. It is unknown if he could live with cats.

He is reportedly housebroken and so far it seems he is. He was a mostly outside dog and needs a little coxing to come in the house from the back door or garage, but he is quickly beginning to like being an inside dog and had learned to use the dog door.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added June 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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