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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Brendan

Brendan is a happy 3-4 year old long-coated male. He was an unclaimed stray from the Merced shelter, so nothing is known of his background.

Brendan has a medium energy level but can be excited upon greeting. Since coming to us, he has learned to sit for attention and to walk on a leash. He loves everyone he sees, and when introduced on leash he greets politely. He gets along with other dogs. He has been introduced to cats and did well.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added April 2020

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Carly Rae

Carly Rae is a beautiful 5 year old, black and red female, who was a stray found by a good samaritan in the Modesto area, who had suffered severe injuries to her fromt right leg. Even after under going an amputation of her leg she is an exceptional girl! This is one resilient girl, has adapted very quickly to becoming a tripod and is very happy on three legs. At 50 lb Carly Rae is on the smaller size. Maintaining a healthy weight is beneficial for her and should include a high-quality protein diet.

Currently, Carly Rae is living with large males/female German Shepherds. She always gives each dog kisses, plays tug, and will join in a game of chase. Sometimes she will get really excited and pick up a shoe but will release it on command.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added January 2020

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Elki

Elki is a small, one-year old female mix. She has a beautiful sable coat. She was found by a Good Samaritan who kept her for the stray hold. She looks like a wild girl, but nothing is further from the truth.

Elki is sweet to everyone she meets. She sits politely for greeting, but will gently rest her feet on you to let you know she still wants more attention. She has a medium energy level. She settles down nicely in the house and prefers to snuggle with people on the couch instead of lie on a dog bed.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added April 2020

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Haley

Haley is a pretty two year old black and tan female weighing 75 lbs. She was a stray from a local shelter, so we have no background information on her.

She is an affectionate, friendly and very playful girl. She is getting along with another German Shepherd and a small terrier type dog in her foster home. She does exert her dominance over the small dog, so she requires supervision when they are together. She is still in need of lots of chew toys and is learning not to counter surf.

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

Added January 2020

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Jaxton

Jaxton, aka Jax, is a 2 year old, 85 lb Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd mix that came to us from a local shelter. Jaxton was originally surrendered by his previous owners because he was barking "too much" in the backyard. After sitting on the adoption floor and being over looked for a month, he was pulled by rescue.

Jaxton is being fostered on a 40 acre ranch with 3 other large breed working dogs. Jaxton tested well with other dogs at the shelter and has been fine with his foster siblings. Jaxton likes the constant company of his foster mom and has a strong willingness to please. While doing yard work or just walking around the property, he always stays in sight of his humans and checks in often.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added April 2020

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Jennings

Jennings is a handsome, sweet one year old black and tan male who was surrendered to a shelter along with several of his litter mates. Although this sturdy boy weighs in at around 80 lbs, he still may have a bit of growing to do.

Jennings is overcoming his lack of socialization and seems to be loving his life as a house dog! He uses a doggie door to go outside and sleeps nicely next to his foster mom's bed. He initially was afraid of the crate, but now that he's familiar with his surroundings, he may be more accepting of being crated. While now accustomed to the sights, smells, and sounds of home, he is still a bit uncertain when meeting new people and takes a bit of time to warm up.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added May 2020

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Kessi Ann

Kessi Ann is an intelligent, loving, black and tan female, approximately 7 yrs old and weighs 68 lbs. She was originally a breeding dog, however not much more is known about her past. She was brought to us by a good Samaritan who rescued her from the breeder.

Kessi has had good house manners in her foster home and is fully housebroken and knows how to use a dog door. She absolutely loves to go on walks and short hikes (~5 miles) and is a joy to walk with. She mostly keeps to herself while on the leash unless given the opportunity to sniff other dogs or humans, though she sometimes gives a bit of a pull towards small dogs, cats, and squirrels to investigate.

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

Added January 2020

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Klondike

Klondike is a stocky, cream colored male. He is about 5 years old, and weights about 85lbs. He was a stray at a local shelter, so nothing is known of his background.

Klondike is a low energy boy. He has good house manners. He gets along great with cats. He prefers other dogs that are mild-mannered and not playful. He would be fine as an only dog.

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

Added April 2020

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Kojax

Kojax is a handsome 1.5 year old black and tan German Shepherd weighing about 62 pounds. He was an unclaimed stray from a local shelter so nothing is known of his past except he had a fractured right leg from being hit by a car. After healing in the shelter for two months, his leg appears to not be causing him problems.

He knows his basic commands and is house trained with access to the backyard. He heals well on a leash, only needing redirection when other dogs are around. He currently walks around 5 miles a day with no problems. He sleeps very quietly in a crate at night in the same room as his foster mom.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added April 2020

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Merc

Merc is a stout 80 pound 12- 18 month old boy. He was pulled from a local shelter after a month when he was not re-claimed or adopted. He was picked up by authorities after evading Animal Control officers for a couple hours by jumping fences through several backyards. Merc is an energetic athletic boy who can be a bit mouthy when excited or protesting. He will pull if given the chance, so a correction collar such as a prong collar is needed when walking him. He is very amenable to corrections, and is eager to learn, but does need a handler who is clear with expectations. He sleeps quietly in a crate all night in his fosters bedroom, and settles nicely in the house after a walk to burn off his energy. He rides nicely in a vehicle, easily jumping in and out.

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

Added September 2019

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Merlot

Merlot is a tall, handsome 18 month old male weighing 88.6 pounds, and could use to put on a few more pounds. His ears never stood up, so he has those cute floppy puppy ears. He was initially adopted from our rescue at 4 months old. His owner surrendered him back to us due to her medical limitations, to ensure he gets the proper care and exercise he needs.

Merlot loves to go on walks and being with his people-he shadows his foster mom around the house and yard. He heels well on walks and is working toward ignoring other dogs (starts to pull a bit but corrects fairly easily). Counter surfing seems fun to him, but we are working on that bad habit. He lived with cats and an older female shepherd and likes to play with other dogs. He does know how to fetch, but has not yet shown that much interest for more than several minutes at a time. He very much wants to please, wants to learn, and loves treats.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added April 2020

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Mikey Mike

Mikey Mike is a year old all black male weighing 65-70 lbs. He was a stray from a local shelter, so we have no background information on him. He was brought to the shelter in February with a broken right femur. He was lucky to be accepted for surgery at UC Davis and his leg was repaired on 3/11/2020. Despite his injured leg, Mikey Mike can be very bouncy and loves to play.

He's a lovable boy who enjoys hanging out with the other dogs, sometimes more than his people. He really seems to enjoy cats and tries (gently) to play with them. He tends to get very antsy when he's hungry.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added April 2020

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Sargento

Sargento is a handsome 2 yo black and tan male weighing 87 lbs. He was relinquished by his previous owner because he was not able to provide Sargento the attention he deserves. Most of his life has been limited to the backyard with minimal exposure to the world of humans. Despite this, he is adapting in his new foster home well and appreciating the comforts of the indoor life.

This boy truly enjoys meeting all humans with calm demeanor. Once he knows you are his buddy, watch out! He will burst in exuberant joy when he reunites with you even after an overnight slumber! He can be very bouncy at times, so he will do best in a home without small children. While Sargento's eager affection can be extremely fun and endearing, he will benefit from boundaries to allow him to gain calm and self-confidence.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added May 2020

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Shirley

Shirley is a 4 month old black and tan female weighing almost 30 lbs. She was an owner surrender who in her previous home was kept outside all the time with the other resident dogs.

Shirley came to us very shy and shut down, but is now very lively and energetic. She enjoys playing around the house and dive bombs into the dog beds. She can startle easily, which will cause little accidents, but all-in-all, she is house broken.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added February 2020

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Simona

Simona is a striking 2 yo Bi-colored female, currently underweight at approx. 55 lbs. She was found as a stray, so nothing is known about her previous life. This girl is a true dog's dog filled with a delightful puppy-soul who will spontaneously romp with bursts of joy to her canine companion. She tries repeatedly to make friends with her co-foster male (see Sargento) even though he consistently gets up to leave her company. Slowly, however, they are appreciating each other's presence, and he is beginning to like her muzzle-licks.

It is evident that this girl has had limited exposure to humans and the outside world. She is very timid and hesitant to approach people and new situations. Her instinct is to retreat when people come toward her but will show cautious interest if ignored.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added May 2020

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Stetson

Stetson is a handsome, 10-12 month old youngster. His black and tan fluffy, long coat makes him appear larger than his 70 lbs. He was a stray from a partner shelter, so we know nothing of his background.

This happy-go-lucky boy is still very much a pup at heart. He likes to turn everyday activities into a game and loves any interaction with his human, whether it be playing a game of fetch, playing with a stuffed toy, or just chilling at his foster mom's feet. He occasionally tries to play with objects he finds interesting, but will easily re-direct when told 'no' and given an appropriate toy.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added April 2020

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Tantor

Tantor is approximately 4 years old with black and tan coloring. He came to us from a local shelter so nothing is known about his background.

Tantor has learned basic commands, has nice house manners, walks well on a leash and is housebroken with the use of a doggy door. While Tantor has learned to sleep in a crate at night with his foster mom in the room, he can not be crated and left alone. If his people need to leave the house, he does better left in a secure yard with a playmate.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added April 2020

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Terex

Terex is a striking black and tan male German Shepherd approximately 2 - 3 years old. He is an unclaimed stray from a Modesto area shelter, so nothing is known of his background.

He loves to go for rides in the car. He is house broken. Terex occasionally pulls on the leash when excited, but corrects easily.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added January 2020

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Trinity Lynn

Trinity Lynn is a cute black and tan 9 month old female who weighs about 50 lbs. She was a stray from a local shelter so we have no background information on her.

This girl is housebroken and uses a doggy door. She knows the sit command and is pretty good with the "leave it" command. She is learning house manners but is having a tough time with the off command, will jump on people in excitement and is still very mouthy. For these reasons, she should not go into a home with young children or with people unstable on their feet.

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

Added December 2019

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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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