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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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Jenkins

Jenkins is a handsome, Black and Tan one year old male weighing about 70 lbs. He was a stray from a local shelter, so we have no history on him.

This young boy is very energetic and enjoys playing with other dogs. He is social with most people, but does require consistent structure and lots of exercise. He is currently learning basic obedience and enjoys to work. He is very food motivated, which assists in his learning.

Jenkins will need a home that is experienced with strong breeds and can provide him the structure he needs. Further training and regular exercise will also be a benefit. Another playful dog will help Jenkins burn off some of his energy.

Cats and small critters unknown.

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

Added March 2021

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Kyle

Kyle is a 9 to 10 month old black German Shepherd male.  He came to us from a local shelter after being picked up wandering the streets with a broken leg.  He has recuperated at his foster home for a couple months, and evidence of the injury is now barely noticeable.

   

Kyle is an average sized boy, currently weighing about 55 pounds.  He is naturally a very social and happy boy, always ready to go for a walk or sit for a pet.  He loves playing chase with the other dogs in his foster home, and is always in the mood for a good wrestling match with the other young male dog in the home.  Kyle has a good recall when off leash, and tends not to wander very far from his person.  He is crate trained, and has had no accidents in the house.  He grabs a toy from the toy box to take in his crate before settling down for the night.

 

Kyle has average puppy energy, and will need a home with a family that can meet his physical and mental exercise needs.  He currently resides on a 40-acre farm, where he can run and play for several hours a day.  So far, he has greeted everyone he has met appropriately.  He is eager to meet other dogs and quickly attempts to get them to play with him.

 

Kyle is looking for a home with another nice dog that will play with him, and a family that will keep him exercised and included him in daily activities.   He would benefit from a group training class to improved his basic leash manners and learn more commands.  He is eager to learn, and treat motivated, so training should be a fun activity with him.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated March 2021

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Lilu

Lilu is a dainty 3 year old tri-colored female who is currently underweight at 51 lbs. She was brought into our organization through a local shelter with her 9 fluffy 4-week old puppies.

Upon arrival, she was severely undernourished and socially intimidated with all that is going on in her new world. Despite these challenges, she adapted well in her foster home where she successfully raised a healthy, well-balanced litter. Lilu is now able to focus on regaining much needed body strength and building her social confidence without the need to nurse her pups.

This gal is pure feminine delight. Her mission is to meet any human and canine friend she can with a gentle 'hello'. Her timid nature will, however, cause her to retreat quickly if she perceives a threat. Although she chooses avoidance in these situations, she does have the courage to return and 'try again'. She finds comfort in the company of calm confident dogs with whom she can explore the world without hesitation.

Lilu has lovely house manners, as she usually spends most of her time laying on a comfy dog bed. Toys are not a big interest of hers, but she will never turn down a soft chit chat with massaging butt rubs! She is learning to walk very well on a leash as she engages joyfully on her daily walks. She gets spooked now and then while walking in the dark, but takes cues well from her human to ignore any distractions. Car rides are new to her, and entering a vehicle is very intimidating. She will benefit from repeated opportunities to show her this adventure can be enjoyable.

Lilu is quietly keen with a rapid learning curve. She appears housebroken and willingly enters her crate where she sleeps quietly during the night near her human. She has an impressive baritone howl to distant sirens, much like a soothing 'Moo'. Otherwise, she is quietly content and grateful with your simple company. This girl will surely make a warm addition to a welcoming calm home.

Cats and small critters unknown.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added February 2021

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LuLu Bell

LuLu Bell is a 1 1/2 year old bi-colored female. She has a little something besides Shepherd in her, which gives her an extra-sweet personality. She came to us when when she injured her eye and her owners couldn't afford the surgery to remove it. She is all healed now and doesn't seem to notice the loss.

She does not like cats, but gets along great with other dogs. She walks well on leash and loves walks and car rides. She is well behaved indoors and out. She tolerates sleeping in a crate, but prefers to sleep on a dog bed.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added January 2021

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Martini

Martini is an approximately two year d black & tan stocky female weighing about 70 lbs. This girl was a stray out of a shelter with the worst wound to her inner hind leg that looked like she was sliced with a sharp object. She was in a bandage requiring daily changes for the first six weeks. Because she could ruin any cone and/or work off the bandages with her other leg, she was in the vets office during those six weeks. Her wound is better now without the need for bandaging but not fully healed, allowing her to go into a foster home.

Martini desperately wants another dog to play with. She unfortunately doesn't take cues from other dogs who aren't as playful. She is very determined and requires stern, consistent corrections to get her attention. She loves human interaction. She could be fine as an only dog. She uses a dog door and appears housebroken but she is still learning house manners.

Since her leg still has a bit of healing to do, she needs someone to watch and correct her if she is licking or bothering the wound until it fully closes, so someone home most of the time is critical. Her forever home should be committed to training and exercise.

No cats or small critters

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

Added March 2021

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Mushu

Mushu is an approximately 4 year old male that came to us from a local shelter so nothing is known about his background. He is a smaller boy weighing in closer to 65-70 lbs. His coloring is black and cream so it can be a little tough to tell if his coloring is light or grey, but make no mistake this boy has plenty of youthful energy.

Mushu is a happy and affectionate boy that loves to spend time with people. He loves to play with toys or roll over for a nice belly rub. Mushu knows basic commands and quickly picks up new instructions. He is crate trained and will easily go into the crate to sleep for the night though he would also likely be fine to sleep loose on a comfy dog bed next to his people. Mushu walks well on leash with only a gentle reminder needed occasionally.

He gets along well with the female shepherd in his home but doesn't demand her attention so he may also do well as an only dog. He has not been tested with small critters or kids in his current foster home. With consistent structure and activity this boy will make a great addition to a lucky home.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated March 2021

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Pua

Pua is an approximately 13 week old white female with hints of biscuit coloring on her ears and back. She, her mom, and 8 siblings came to us from a shelter at 4 weeks old and she is the last of the Hawaiian named themed litter. Her name means flower in Hawaiian. No details are known of her background.

Pua is currently working on sleeping in the crate, however she sleeps outside well with a person watching her. She can sleep through most of the night with one or two bathroom breaks. For the most part, she is able to go outside with a few minor accidents in the house. She is very playful and tries to play actively with the older dogs and cats. When she isn't playing she can be very vocal in a playful and fun way towards humans and animals. She can be easily corrected, understands "leave it" and "sit". She would do well to have an older dog to play with and show her the ropes. Further training will benefit her and her forever family.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added March 2021

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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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Sammie Jo

Sammie Jo is a beautiful red and tan female that is approximately 6 years old. She originally came to us with her litter of puppies in 2018 from a local shelter. She was adopted out and returned to us in 2019, through no fault of her own. She unfortunately came back to us overweight at 107 lbs on a 70 lb. frame.

She suffered a torn cruciate in her right rear knee, due in part to her being overweight. She has slimmed down to her ideal weight around 70 lbs. She had surgery at UC Davis in August of 2020 to repair her knee. She is fully recovered from her surgery and now ready to go into a home again where she can enjoy life and have a family of her own.

Sammie Jo is super sweet and loves attention. She does have some ball drive. She will bring you her ball or toy and wait patiently for you to throw it. She also has a medium prey drive, so a home with small dogs or cats would not work for this girl.

Sammie Jo knows basic commands and has great recall. She is a good alarm barker, keeping an eye on things in the home. She currently lives in a home with 3 adult male GSDs and 1 adult female GSD. She gets along well with everyone. She also behaves like a typical mature female, and becomes the fun police if things get too rowdy for her taste.

Sammie Jo needs to work on her leash manners. She is very strong and has a tremendous amount of pull. The ideal adopter will need a good center of gravity, in order not to be pulled down.

Sammie Jo needs a home where her food intake will be monitored, and food securely stored. She needs a home where the owner will appreciate her crafty nature and her problem-solving skills. She will benefit from being in a home that will provide her with daily exercised and continued training.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added January 2021

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Twix

Twix is a petite bicolored 2 yo female black and tan shepherd mix weighing 40 lbs. She was originally adopted out along with her 3 littermates at the age of 3 months, but was recently returned due to an unexpected move out of state by the owner. During her time with her original family, she adapted well to the indoor life which included sharing her home with multiple cats.

This gal adores human affection but may start off very timid when meeting strangers for the first time. She may even express a few barks to ward off what she perceives is danger. With calm and persistent introductions, her ambivalence is soon replaced with cautious curiosity. As with many of our dogs, she will respond rapidly to praise and rewarding pets.

One exceptional feature of Twix is her innate canine social appetite. When meeting other dogs (large and small), this girl is Miss Congeniality. She has no hesitation to say 'Hello' and will do her best to engage any of her new friends in a game of zesty play. Prepare for entertainment as you watch her elite sleek stature burst in a confetti filled party-parade. Despite her small size, this gal possesses play stamina that can match up to dogs 3 times her size.

When not in the company of other dogs, her energy is well managed with daily walks and everyday social exposures. Her lovely compact and athletic physique makes car traveling an ease. Occasionally she may chase a ball, but she is not overly interested in toys. Flies and Food are magnets to her in this world, but she can be called off easily given her stronger desire to please and interact with her human.

Twix does well left alone while her foster mother is at work and has very good house manners. When she reunites with her human (or when her foster brother, Huey, receives affection), she feels the need to compete with energetic vertical leaps to steal your attention, occasionally with reflexive nips. Consistent boundaries and redirection will be necessary to help her to continue to resist this urge. In the meantime, she will do best in a home with no small children.

In the evening, she calmly enters her crate where she sleeps quietly all night. She is housebroken and is accustomed to using a dog door. She is a quick learner and shows unbridled interest to meet your expectations. At the end of the day, she will love nothing more than to offer you her devoted affection with her big brown soulful eyes.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added March 2021

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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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