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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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Kye

Kye is a very affectionate 2 year old male German Shepherd who weighs 81 pounds.  He was a stray from a local shelter, so nothing is known about his past.

Kye bonds quickly with his human and gives good eye contact. He greets people well, has medium energy and is food motivated. He rides nicely in the car and waits quietly while you run into the store for 5 or 10 minutes, (while parked in the shade). He has nice house manners, but sometimes plays with your things being silly. He knows some basic commands including the *go potty* command. He is trained to sit before going in or out of the front door. He is very affectionate without licking you much, he mostly gives you dry kisses.

He is crate trained yet does not need a crate at night since he will ring a bell when he needs to go potty (bells included). He heels well, but he does need correcting when critters are near. He barks at small dogs and when close to a large dog like a Rottweiler he makes a charging motion.

He currently lives with a large female German Shepherd and a young male German Shepherd (see Nike) and plays well with them. Obedience training is recommended to help with his jumping and reaction on leash.  At a temporary foster home with one other dog, he chose to jump the fence, so having someone around a lot or other dogs to keep him engaged should help him decide he has no need to leave.  Lots of exercise can also curb this behavior.

Cats and small critters unknown.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added December 2020

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Midnight

Midnight is a 2 1/2 year old all black male who came in as an owner surrender and had a rough start in life. He arrived with a skin allergy, severely underweight, and was missing 2/3 of his hair. Midnight has fully recovered and is ready for the next chapter in his life.

Midnight is a very fun, loving, goofy, and happy boy that loves to be with people. He is currently fostered with 4 large breed dogs and 2 cats. He was a quick introduction to the pack and he ignores the dog savvy cats. Midnight is house trained, uses a doggy door, loves car rides, and going out in public. He meets other dogs and strangers with tail wags, and walks well on a loose leash around the neighborhood. Midnight knows some basic commands such as sit, off, and leave it.

Midnight will need time adjusting to his new family. He bonds quickly to his human and has displayed separation anxiety when they are not around after 15-20 minutes. He has not been destructive but may bark, howl, or look for a way to search for his human. He does quickly settle down when his human returns. Midnight has been able to be left at home with his foster brother successfully for short periods of time. Additional work will need to be performed to increase the overall time away and for him to realize his human will return. Midnight does not like to be confined to a crate.

Midnight would do best in a house with a similar sized playmate. He would also benefit being in an active family with people home most of the time. He is a loving dog that wants to be with his family. If you have the ability to take him to work, he would do amazing. Midnight goes to work daily with his foster dad and is a pleasure to have around.

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

Added December 2020

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Mimosa

Mimosa is a pretty 11 month old female from a local shelter. We don't know anything about her past.

Mimosa lives in a multi-dog home and gets along with both males and females big and small dogs. She is getting more and more comfortable with humans. She walks great on a leash. After a nice walk she settles down nice inside the house. She seems to be housebroken and uses the dog door.

Mimosa needs another dog in the house so she can thrive in life.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added December 2020

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Nike

Nike is a black and tan 2 1/2 year-old 86 pound male German Shepherd. Nike was an owner surrender whose prior owner couldn't provide for him properly. He used to live in a home with a seven-year-old child and a cat. He is currently living with a large female and male German Shepherd (see Kye) and plays well with them. He is the Alpha in the pack, so once in a while he needs to be told the *be nice* command. Luckily he corrects very easily.

He has used a dog door in the past and is currently using a flip screen to go out side. He is crate trained and knows some basic commands, along with the *go potty* command. He is also trained to sit before going in or out of the front door. Currently he goes on two hour walks every morning and heals well. He only needs correcting when critters are near. He bonds well with his human and has been protective of them when company comes over in the past. Nike will need a strong handler who sets boundaries. He is food motivated with medium energy and likes to chase the ball. He rides well in the car, easily jumping into the back of an SUV with enthusiasm. Currently he sleeps in a crate in his fosters room at night but can be trusted to sleep out of the crate too.

Regular exercise and formal training will help the bonding experience and make this one awesome dog to have in your pack.

May be ok with Dog-savvy cats but will chase if they run.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added November 2020

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Peggy

Peggy was pulled from a local animal shelter and little is known about her past. She is approximately 8 years old and appears to have some Rottweiler in her. Peggy weighs in at roughly 94 lbs and can stand to lose a few pounds. This girl is house trained (goes on command), great with other large dogs, and follows cats with a wagging tail. She sleeps quietly in a crate at night, walks well on a leash, and loves car rides. She does not beg for food nor does she get sick on winding roads. Peggy can be left inside during the day without chewing, barking, or whining.

Unfortunately, this girl had a hurt left front leg and has gone through surgery to correct Metacarpal-Phalangeal instability. She has already undergone partial carpal arthrodesis surgery. TEAM from Bradshaw funded her surgery, and through a joint effort of TEAM, Sacramento County Animal Services, and Greater California German Shepherd Rescue, Peggy is back on her feet and ready for a loving home where she can live out her senior years, although has a few more bandage changes before they can come completely off.

Peggy loves tennis balls, fluffy toys, and Nyla bones. She is an absolute joy to have around and should be an amazing addition to a loving family.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated December 2020

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Sal

Sal is a 3-year-old male. He came into a shelter with a broken leg. We were able to rescue him and get him treated at UC Davis right away. His leg is now healed and he is ready for his new home.

Sal is a happy, goofy boy that loves other dogs. His favorite game is playing chase with them. Indoors he settles quickly on a dog bed with a toy. He is good with dog-savvy cats that will not run.

He is crate trained and working on other house manners. He cannot be trusted alone in the house yet, but does fine outside or in his crate when necessary. He is shy with new people, but quite the cuddler with people he knows.

Sal would like an active household with another playful dog to be his buddy.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated January 2021

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Tippi

Tippi is an adorable one year sable female. She was hit by a car about 8 mos ago and her front leg was amputated. Her prior family was no longer able to provide for her properly and she landed in a local shelter.

She is fostered with an adult female, a 13 yo male and a 3.5 year old male, all German Shepherds, and does well. She appears housebroken and uses a dog door. Still a little young to be trusted unsupervised, so she sleeps in a crate and not given full access in the home alone. She loves a game of chase with the young male. Knows a few commands and quickly learning the go place command and leave it.

She is uncomfortable with men but slowly warming up to the men she has met in the foster home. Bacon helps a great deal. She has seen the resident cat and just laid down to the observe her.

This girl is affectionate and fun. She may not be a running partner but will make a great dog for some lucky adopter.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated December 2020

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Trixie May

Trixie May is an approximately three year old black female. She weighs approximately 75 to 80 lbs. She came as a stray from a local shelter so nothing is known about her past. She does have a lame back right foot (possibly from an old injury) but it does not limit her ability to walk. It is also obvious she's had at least one litter of puppies or more.

Trixie May really enjoys going for walks to the point she will almost jump up and down to get going. She is very good natured and mellow with her surroundings. The only time she will get ractive is if a small dog starts snarking at her, but she can be redirected and stating *leave it* to change her focus. She is house broken and easily sleeps in a crate. She loves to snuggle and if given the opportunity will sneak into your lap while on the couch to get extra snuggles and love. She does well with cats, small dogs that are not aggressive and children. Her favorite things are snuggles, walks and all kinds of puppy love.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated November 2020

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Wonder

Wonder (aka Little Stevie) is a German Shepherd/Husky mix born on 7/3/2020. It is apparent that this cute little guy has some vision impairment, and he was surrendered to us when his owners could not care for him.

While he does exhibit vision problems, we are still waiting to have him examined to determine the extent of his impairment. His eyes do not seem to bother him, and he does sometimes seem to be able to see certain things. His diminished vision makes him a bit uncertain, and if left alone he will sometimes get overwhelmed and retreat to a safe spot. Since he is people and dog social, he just needs help sometimes knowing what to do and where to go. Helping him leave his comfort zone to interact with the dogs and humans in his foster home is slowly building his confidence to move about on his own. He bumps into things sometimes, but he is learning to follow sounds and shadow the other dogs to help maneuver around the house and will soon have it mapped out just like his blind, four-legged foster sister.

Wonder does not realize that he is different, and he behaves like a typical puppy. Anything he finds interesting goes into his mouth, and he needs to be re-directed with an appropriate toy. He is learning house manners and we are working on housetraining and walking confidently on leash. He will run around and try to play with the other dogs, but he is still figuring out how to take part in their doggie games. He interacts appropriately with the indoor kitties in his foster home, so he may be able to live with dog-savvy cats.

Wonder sleeps quietly in his crate at night and has even been known to take advantage of the open crate door when he wants to relax. Wonder would love a forever home with another canine companion to help with his confidence building and humans who will continue his socialization and training.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added December 2020

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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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