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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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Allie May

Meet 10 month old female Allie May. She is a white Swiss Shepherd who is housebroken, playful, good with dogs of all sizes she's et so far and loves to go to the lake. We are hoping her forever home will have another playful dog to keep Allie entertained and provide her company when no human is with her.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Cognac

Cognac is a 4 yo black and fawny picturesque male weighing approximately 60 lbs. Like so many of our dogs, he was a stray without a story book of his past. However, since his arrival into our program, he has blossomed into one of our most social butterflies. He is curious to meet all dogs and, within a short period of time, will do his best to invite play. At times, he may become overly excited in his eagerness to engage with other dogs. However, continued supervision during his initial dog-interactions with redirection helps him to settle into appropriate play-manners quite rapidly.

This guy is endearing and will accept any opportunity for pets and face rubs. He has learned to share the human space and attention with other dogs and will 'wait his turn' (although while wiggling) for his dog treats. When reuniting with his human after a long workday, Cognac previously would jump up with excitement or display puppy-mouthing. Both behaviors have completely disappeared and are now replaced with appropriate calm greetings. A new environment many trigger these behaviors to return, so continued reminders may be necessary, especially around small children.

Cognac appears to have had limited exposures to the world and can become overly aroused during walks where he sees other dogs or hears loud vehicles passing by. Similar reactions are observed during car rides, as he focuses on moving vehicles passing by. He has shown us that his ideal life includes short quiet walks, playing with a canine buddy, or engaging in fetch with his human in a back yard.

Inside the home, he relaxes nicely on his dog beds and waits patiently with his co-foster mates during long workdays without a fuss. He finds pleasure with all human visitors. Cognac is housebroken, accustomed to a dog door, and sleeps calmly in his crate through the night. His excellent house manners make him a delightful household companion.

No cats or small critters.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added November 2021

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Cristiano

Cristiano is a gorgeous 5 year old gentleman and ~95 lbs of pure companionship. He would do best losing about 15 lbs to keep the stress off his hind end. He is a classic, black and tan shepherd with a beautiful black saddle and light colored feathers up the spine. This boy was originally an owner surrender in 2019, adopted and found wandering this month and taken to a local shelter. Attempts to find his adopter were not answered, so we took him back when his stray hold period was up.

He tends to prefer women and can be protective of his humans, especially his female human. A firm correction is needed to keep him from escalating. He likes to be with the family, enjoying walking on a leash, laying down to watch some TV or waiting patiently for you to finish your work at the computer. He is housebroken, using a dog door with ease, and sleeps quietly next to your bed at night. He is not very toy-motivated. He just wants to be with you. He is in a foster home with a medium sized terrier. Previously he lived with a border collie, German Shepherd, a cat and horses.

Strong leadership and regular exercise is needed for this boy's next forever home. Small critters unknown.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Gitiana

Gitana (in Spanish 'gypsy girl or woman') is a gorgeous young female GSD with a sleek bi-color coat of black and fawn, and distinct silver markings around her ears. She came to us as an owner surrender from a family that was no longer able to keep her we estimate her to be approximately 10-11 months old. Gitana is on the smaller size, but has long legs and an athletic and slender build, weighing in at about 55#.

It took a while for Gitana to figure out the whole idea of housebreaking. But after a few initial accidents, she seems to have figured it out. As long as she's let out regularly she is very good about going outside to do her business. She loves to run around outside with her foster pack, as much as she loves to hang out around them in the house. Despite her diminutive size, she can hold her own in play battles and chase sessions with her larger foster pack mates.

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

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Goose

Goose is a 1 1/2 year old white male Shepherd with a gorgeous long coat. He came to us by way of a local trainer who was working with him through a board and train after his prior owner entered hospice and could no longer care for him. We don't know much about his background.

When Goose first came to us, he was a little unsure of new people and experiences. While this has improved, he may take time to warm up to some humans. Adding a leash or slip lead encourages him to follow along with confidence. He walks nicely on a leash with just the occasional correction needed if he gets a little bit too excited.

Upon arrival into our program, he suffered from persistent loose stools. Multiple treatments have resulted in significant improvement. However, his treatments will continue until we establish an appropriate maintenance regimen. Thus far, this has not affected his ability to gain weight and remain active. Currently, his monthly medications cost approximately $80. We are working with veterinarian to develop a lower overall monthly maintenance plan.

Goose loves to play with other dogs! He will happily play with anyone he can engage. At times his persistence can be overwhelming to some dogs, so supervision is recommended to remind him to maintain respectful boundaries.

Goose is crate trained and sleeps nicely through the night in a crate in his foster mom's room. He is house broken with the use of the doggie door and has nice house manners. He is still a bit of a playful puppy at times and if he isn't getting enough attention, he has been known to grab something from inside that doesn't belong to him in an effort to create a game of chase. Goose may be do okay as an only dog in an active household, but a home where he had another playmate would be ideal to help him burn off any extra mischievous energy.

Goose would make a great addition to a family that is able to provide regular activity and continued training.

Cats and small critters unknown.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Holly

Holly is an adorable Black and Tan female, about 8 months old and weighs 65 lbs. She was a stray from a local shelter, so we have no history of her past.

Holly has been great with all people she's met including an 8 year old child. She's in a foster home with an adult large male German Shepherd, a mature female German Shepherd and foster boy Huck who is still available for adoption. She and Huck love to play, chase each other and share toys. If left too long unsupervised, they do tend to tear up fabric items. So far, they've grabbed a small decorative pillow from a bed, put holes in dog beds, and tried to take other things like socks, couch cushions or whatever is convenient. Holly has learned to sit and wait when fed and walks great on a leash. She is housebroken and knows how to use a dog door but doesn't like being crated. Not wanting to be left out of activities, Holly will whine loudly if left outside alone. She meets new dogs easily and will try to get them to play. She's seen the senior cat who spends her day laying on a bed in a back room and Holly shows curiosity but no prey drive toward her.

This girl wants to be near her people, but can become a tripping hazard as she doesn't seem to know the 'move' command. Using a squirt bottle to get her attention has worked wonders with the 'leave it' command, however. With formal obedience training and lots of toys and nylabones to keep Holly occupied, she will become a great family dog. A home with another playful dog is preferred.

Cats and small critters unknown.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Kenny

Kenny is a 5 year old, handsome black and tan male weighing about 98 lbs. He was adopted from us at 4 months of age and named Tug for the past 4+ years. The husband passed away and Kenny was very attached to him and doesn't respond as well to the wife. She decided he would be better in a home with a strong handler that he'll respond to well.

Kenny has lived with a female Great Dane and has other dog friends. He greets most new dogs well unless there is a barrier between them. Housebroken, crate trained,

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

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Merry

Merry is another sweet female shelter dog that came into rescue in December, so we don't have any background on her aside from her having had at least one litter of pups. This 3-4 year old beauty is medium sized (about 65 labs) and has a gorgeous, black and tan coat and big, expressive ears.

While she appeared housebroken (and has since learned to use the doggie door), other aspects of indoor living and being an active pack member seem new to her. She will sleep quietly in a crate, but especially loves to alternate between the various dog beds throughout the house. She has also been trusted to remain indoors with the other dogs when her foster mom is away and has only shown bad habits when it comes to unattended food or food-trash.

When unsure of what is expected of her, Merry will act a bit nervous and adopt a submissive posture, but she still craves pets and attention. She loves being near her human and giving kisses, but the rest of the world leaves her a bit uncertain. She is making tremendous progress in her foster home as she gets used to her routine and has started playing and engaging with the two younger, playful dogs in her foster home. Besides her two new playmates and another senior German Shepherd, Merry has also proven to be a considerate housemate of the feline members of her foster home, so she may be able to live with dog savvy cats. She has a sweet, gentle nature but will occasionally jump when she gets excited so care should be used around smaller children.

With her human by her side, she is completely willing to step out of her comfort zone and experience new things, so continued socialization and training will make her a wonderful companion.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Midas

Midas is a handsome 18-24 month old male shepherd that weighs in at about 80 pounds. As his name would indicate he is golden in color. Midas is a happy and playful dog that is eager to please. He can be a bit cautious when encountering new situations and people but warms up very quickly if given the opportunity.

Midas is housebroken with the use of a dog door and exhibits nice manners inside. He sleeps nicely in a crate in his foster mom's room each night. Midas doesn't recognize he is a large dog and given them chance he would happily cuddle up right next to his person.

Midas enjoys getting out in the world for car rides or walks. Due to his size, he can push or pull on a walk for a bit, but a corrective collar helps him settle and walk nicely with others.

Midas loves the other large male and female dogs in his foster home. He would love doggie playmate in his permanent home, and a family that would include him in everyday activities. With continued training and socialization, he will make a great addition to a lucky family.

Cats and small critters unknown.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Nisha

Nisha is a gorgeous black female plush coat that is about 2 years old and weighs in at about 60 lbs. This lovely gets along with all of the large male and female dogs in her foster home. It takes her a little bit to warm up to a new environment and new dog friends, but once she does, this girl would like another big dog to rough and tumble with. Nisha rides nicely in the car and sleeps quietly in her crate at night. Nisha would do best in a home that would continue her socialization and training.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Nutmeg

Nutmeg is an approximately 2-3 year old black/tan beauty who is a nice medium size at around 65 pounds. She came from an area shelter, so nothing is known of her background, and she even spent a bit of time on their adoption floor waiting for a family of her own. This sweet girl was overlooked at the shelter but has become a House Princess in her foster home and finally has a chance to show off her sweet nature.

She met the other 3 other German Shepherds in her foster home nicely and was not shy about jumping right in when they rough-house and chase each other. She can sometimes get a little competitive for attention but responds to a reminder that she needs to share her humans. While Nutmeg craves attention from her human and is confident in her doggie interactions, she also tends to adopt a submissive posture when given instructions or corrections. Once she realizes she will not be punished inappropriately, she concedes and follows direction, and this behavior is diminishing as she becomes clearer on what is expected of her and her role in the pack. Nutmeg is also living with 3 indoor cats and is respectful of them. Sometimes she appears curious, but a 'leave it' command will redirect her.

She will go into her crate when asked and sleeps quietly all night, and she has also slept on a dog bed next to her foster mom's bed. She uses a doggie door to go outside, and if the door is closed, will wait patiently by the door to be let out. While past the puppy chewing phase, on occasion she can't seem to resist food wrappers that are within her reach. As with many German Shepherds, she can be a bit 'mouthy' when engaging so young children may not be appropriate playmates for this spirited girl.

Nutmeg's shelter records indicate that she has hip dysplasia on both sides, but fortunately she does not seem to be exhibiting outward symptoms and does not appear to be in pain. A healthy diet to maintain an ideal weight, vitamin supplements, as well as regular exercise to keep the muscles around the joints strong will help to manage her condition.

This sweet, affectionate girl is waiting for a home to call her own that will continue her socialization and training.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated March 2021

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Spritz

Announcing the debut of latest Princess, Miss Spritz. She is a delightful 4 yo Sable female. Found stray, we do not know details about her past other than the fact that she suffered from chronic bilateral ear infections. With the generous support from TEAM (Teaching Everyone Animals Matter, a local non-profit organization), she received necessary surgical care which involved the removal of both ear canals. This procedure left her with two floppy ears; however, this adds soulful charm to her irresistible face. One thing for certain, this does not stop her from enjoying life to her fullest.

Daily walks and car rides have become familiar in her routine and have allowed her to build strength and stamina. She bursts with delight when she reunites with her human or engages in a game of ball. She can also switch into an impressive 'play-mode' with some of her canine friends, yet will settle rapidly onto her dog bed or open crate with respectful house manners.

This gal has a gentle personality that quickly warms up to meeting all people and dogs (large and small). Her craving for human company and need for reassurance can, however, obstruct one's personal space even when unexpected. Spritz will therefore do best in a home with the guidance of another dog that offers her the comfort she needs. She is housebroken and quite skilled using the dog door. During the night, she sleeps calmly in her crate.

The surgery left Spritz with limited hearing, although she does capture certain frequencies. She is learning to respond to hand and light signals, and takes welcomed guidance from her canine pack friends. Care is taken to avoid startling her when she is napping. Due to suspected food allergies which likely contributed to her ear condition, she is maintained on a supportive diet.

Few dogs possess such a charming demeanor as this gal. She will melt your heart when she gazes into your eyes with her grateful soul.

Cats and small critters are unknown.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated July 2021

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Suarez

Suarez is a handsome 3 to 5 year old sable male. He came to us through a local shelter so little is known of his background. He originally tested as heart-worm positive but has successfully completed his treatment.

While Suarez can be nervous in new environments and with new people, once he gets comfortable, this young boy is very affectionate and just wants to be with his humans. He loves car rides.

Suarez is always excited to go out for walks and walks well on a leash. He knows some basic commands such as sit and has learned to sit and wait for his food or to come in from outside.

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

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Tahlia

Tahlia is a 3-month-old female, sister to Tabina and Trenton. She was born in foster care and shortly thereafter contracted parvo. She got quite sick, but has fully recovered. She is now ready for her own home.

Tahlia is outgoing and loves people. She loves other dogs and is learning not to pester them. She is curious with cats, but quickly moves on to something else. She is still on the thin side, but should soon catch up now that she's healthy. She is learning to sleep in a crate and other house manners.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Teeka

Teeka is a 3-month-old female, sister to Tabina and Trenton. She was born in foster care and shortly thereafter contracted parvo. She got quite sick, but has fully recovered and tested negative. She is now looking for her own home.

Teeka is outgoing and loves people. She loves other dogs and is learning not to pester them. She is curious with cats, but quickly leaves them to find something else to investigate. She is learning to sleep in a crate and other house manners.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Trenton

Trenton is a 3-month-old male, brother to Tabina and Teeka.. He was born in foster care and shortly thereafter contracted parvo. He fought it off successfully without showing symptoms, so he is the largest of the puppies. He has passed his quarantine period and is now looking for his own home.

Trenton is a bit shy to new people, but warms up quickly. He loves other dogs. He is curious with cats, but quickly leaves them to find something else to investigate. He is learning to sleep in a crate and other house manners.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Willa

Willa is an adorable sable female with one ear standing. She came into this world on 7/24/21 born to Amelia and surrounded by six brothers and a sister. We named the litter the Aviation litter and each had a name related to a pilot or astronaut. Originally Willa was one of the larger puppies and played very rough with her siblings. Now in a foster home as the only puppy living with an adult female German Shepherd and a large adult male German Shepherd, Willa acts more insecure and runs if they try to engage her in play.

She is on her way to being housebroken and sleeps through the night in a crate. She loves being with her people. She tends to follow the female Shepherd around and it has helped her explore the yard. Once Willa is comfortable in her surroundings and with new people, she engages and wants attention. A home with another confident male would be ideal for Willa. As a puppy, she still has a short attention span and will randomly chase after a leaf or butterfly when outdoors. She still jumps up on people and is beginning her chewing stage, so lots of toys to distract her is critical. Willa loves stuffed toys, balls and chew toys. She has begun chasing and chewing on her tail. We correct her whenever we see it, as it can be a bad habit/cycle for her to get into. She spends a great deal of her day sleeping as she's growing like a weed.

She is still too young to be spayed or have her rabies vaccine, so a potential adopter will have a longer trial period as she must be spayed before she can be fully adopted. During that time, we expect her to continue her socialization with people and other dogs and begin her basic training.

Cats and small critters unknown.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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Zelda A

Zelda is a higher energy, spirited, happy, and sweet girl about 5 to 7 years old. She is not a dog for a first-time owner but would be a great addition for a family with German Shepherd or similar breed experience who understands the need for structure, leadership, and training. She should not go to a home with young children due to a strong herding instinct.

Zelda gets along well with the other dogs in her foster home but you won't have squirrels or cats in your yard if she has her way. She can be a little dominate over a submissive pack mate so she would do best as an only dog or with a confident male.

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

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Zoya

Zoya is an exotic 4 yo female Belgium Malinois weighing approximately 55 lbs. Although little is known of her childhood, this girl clearly won all 'Miss Congeniality' contests in her life. Be prepared to be disarmed as she casts her spell on you with her graceful charm and irresistible engaging eyes.

Upon entering our program, she has shared foster homes with multiple male and female Shepherds. There is no time for boredom when this gal bursts invitations to join in playtime! Despite her natural athleticism, however, she is overall low to mid-energy and will also enjoy her time lounging in their company. She does well with all dogs she meets, large and small; however, speed is on her side, so supervision is recommended to prevent intimidation to smaller dogs. If she is in possession of a high value item, she will let other dogs know to kindly stay away.

Zoya enjoys her daily walks with ease and is more than willing to join you on a car ride adventure. If you have errands in cool weather, she will simply relax in the vehicle until you return. She has developed excellent house manners with an appreciation for a comfy dog bed near her human. She does her best to keep watch on you and, on occasion, will use her muzzle to lift your hands off the keyboard so you can lavish her with loving pets. She's quite good at this, so your emails might have to wait. When separated from her people, she will do her best to come search for you including jumping a fence. Slowly she is adapting to periods of separation knowing her family will reunite once again.

She sleeps quietly in her crate during the night, is housebroken, and is accustomed to a dog door. This gal is a quick learner who would love to share her charming company with a loving family.

Cats and small critters unknown.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

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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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