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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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Atnas

Atnas is an approximately 3.5 years old black and tan handsome male who was originally adopted in 2019 and returned when his owner could no longer keep him. His name is Santa spelled backwards since he was rescued at Christmas time. He is approximately 20 pounds overweight at 93 pounds now and is used to being free fed at his last home. He is in a foster home now learning to only eat at meal times. He sits nicely for his food and waits until he gets the command to eat. He heals nicely and has nice house manners. He easily jumps into an SUV with enthusiasm and is very well behaved in the car.

Atnas is living with another male and a female German Shepherd and plays well with them. His last owner said he is good in the house while his humans are away. He has medium energy and doesn't beg for food while you are eating. He is good with kids and dog-savvy cats.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added May 2021

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Banner

Banner is a Black and Tan male born 3/1/21 and likely mixed with Labrador retriever. He was surrendered with siblings Bean, Blu Boy, Buckee, Hennessy and Tanqueray.

Banner looks over his siblings and wants to do whatever they are doing, always ready to chase the ball or race across the backyard. He's also the best walking on a leash so far.

He's being fostered with three adult dogs Bean, Blu Boy and Buckee who all survived the parvovirus. These four pups are almost housebroken and crate trained.

A home with puppy raising experience that will continue training and socializing would be ideal. Having another well behaved dog would be preferred for Banner's forever home.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated May 2021

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Bean

Bean is a Black and Tan female born 3/1/21 and likely mixed with Labrador Retriever. She was surrendered with siblings Banner, Blu Boy, Buckee, Hennessy and Tanqueray.

She's being fostered with two adult dogs, Banner, Blu Boy and Buckee who all survived the parvovirus. This girl is the most curious of the four. At first she was not interested in cuddling but now she runs to her foster humans for love and attention. The four are almost housebroken and crate trained.

A home with puppy raising experience that will continue training and socializing would be ideal. Having another well behaved dog would be preferred.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated May 2021

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Blu Boy

Blu Boy is a black male puppy born 3/1/21 and likely mixed with. Labrador Retriever. He was surrendered along with siblings Banner, Bean, Buckee, Hennessy and Tanqueray.

Blu is the big guy of the litter. He proudly struts around showing off his white star against his gorgeous black coat. He is also is getting good at fetching the ball. He's fostered with three adult dogs and Banner, Bean and Buckee who all survived the parvovirus.

These four pups are almost housebroken and crate trained. A home with puppy raising experience that will continue training and socializing would be ideal. Having another well behaved dog would be preferred for Blu's forever home.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated May 2021

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Buckee

Buckee is a Black and Tan male born 3/1/21 and likely mixed with Labrador retriever. He was surrendered along with siblings Banner, Bean, Blu Boy, Hennessy and Tanqueray.

Buckee is the tallest and looks like he'd be a great running partner. He is also the one who has cuddled in with his foster humans the most.

He is fostered with three adult dogs, Banner, Bean, and Blu Boy who all survived the parvovirus. These four pups are almost housebroken and crate trained.

A home with puppy raising experience that will continue training and socializing would be ideal. Having another well behaved dog would be preferred.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated May 2021

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Fredo

Fredo is an adorable 3.5 month old male Belgian Malinois mix. He's primarily tan with some black on his face and back. His feet are white with tan spots.

He's being fostered with his brother Vito (a darker tan boy), an adult male German Shepherd and an adult female German Shepherd. He barks at dogs he sees from a distance but is fine meeting them. This pup is very affectionate and tolerant of handling. He's got quite a bit of energy and climbed out of a 3.5' X-pen his first day here. He sleeps through the night in a crate with his brother but is not yet housebroken.< /p>

Continuing his socialization and enrolling in obedience training will make him into a great companion. A home with another playful dog is preferred.

Cats and small critters unknown.

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

Added July 2021

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Geri

Geri is a medium sized, white, sweet female approximately 7 years old. She was pulled from a Central Valley shelter, so not much is known about her past. Geri had a few scrapes that have been treated, healed, and the hair is slowing growing back.

She is a very quiet girl that just wants to be loved. It almost feels like she is smiling all the time and her tail is constantly wagging. Geri is house trained and uses the doggy door to go out for potty. She is crate trained and walks well on a leash. Geri sleeps through the night and will either sleep in a crate or relax on a dog bed. She can be left alone inside and out without issue during the day while at work or running errands.

This girl was a quick introduction to our four large breed dogs, both male and female, without incident. She is also respectful of our dog-savvy cats and leaves them alone. Geri sometimes gets a little jealous when others are getting attention. She may give a low growl, corrects quickly, and then waits her turn. With supervision and correction this should diminish over time.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added May 2021

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Grover

Grover is an approximately 18 month old sable boy that came to us as a stray from a local shelter, so nothing is known of his background. He was extremely underweight after receiving GI surgery at the shelter for a bowel obstruction and is slowly putting weight on, but still has a ways to go. He is up to 60 lbs from less than 50 lbs upon arrival. With so much weight to gain, he is always on the lookout for food. He has learned to sit and wait for his food dish but often has to be reminded if he is hungry enough.

Don't let this skinny frame fool you, he still has plenty of energy to keep everyone busy. Grover's favorite past time includes playing ball as often as possible. He will bring the ball back for more, more, more all hours of the day if his human is willing to play too. Grover isn't good about sharing the ball with other dogs, so it's best to not bring the ball out if another dog is nearby until/unless Grover can learn to share. He is currently living in a house with a male and female German Shepherd and plays really well with them when the balls are put up. Being a puppy he still needs to learn not to put his teeth on people. At his current foster home it isn't a problem because there are firm boundaries and rules.

Grover is a little submissive and is not always outgoing and energetic when he encounters a new experience. However, with a little patience, he will quickly adapt to any new environment and experience. Grover walks well on a leash and is happy to go out on any adventure with his human companion. He sleeps well in a crate at night but once the sun is back up, he is back up and ready to play some more.

Grover will do best as a working dog or in a very active home. Obedience training is strongly recommended so he learns to follow commands and obey social rules. He may do well as an only dog.

Cats and small critters unknown.

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

Updated June 2021

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Hennessy

Hennessy is a black male puppy, likely mixed with Labrador Retriever, whose owner surrendered him along with five siblings, Tanqueray, Bean, Banner, Buckee and Blu Boy. Their birthdate is March 1, 2021.

Hennessy is a very playful pup that is interested exploring his surroundings. At this time he is not potty trained, but for the most part will go to the bathroom on the puppy pee pads. He loves to sleep with a stuffed dog stuffy. When he is not sleeping he is wrestling with his brother Tanq. They are being fostered in a home with other dogs (large and medium sized) and cats. They are curious about both and try to get them to play.

A home with puppy raising experience and with another dog to serve as a role model and keep him company would be ideal.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated May 2021

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Kyda

Kyda is a 7 year old long haired female. She was an owner surrender who spent all her life in a backyard with three other German Shepherds. As a result, she had no knowledge of indoors or walks outside her yard. She has been picking up the indoor life quite well. She learned the stairs within a few days, and with only one accident, she now appears to be housebroken, with the use of a dog door. She is also learning how to go on walks and she walks calmly next to her human. She will go into a crate, but it is not her favorite thing, however, she does get crated when the family is out and she has been fine. Kyda sleeps in the bedroom with her foster parents.

Kyda is very uncertain of new humans initially, men more than women. She shies away from big arm/hand movements, but when she gets to know you, she is very affectionate. Kyda is a very sweet girl and takes instruction quite well. She will be an easy dog to train. She shares the foster home with another German Shepherd alum of GCGSR and does well with her.

Kyda is currently overweight and is on a weight reduction regime. This includes daily walks and two smaller meals a day. Although she is large, she is a slow, picky eater.

Cats and small critters unknown.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added January 2021

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Lucinda

Lucinda (aka Luci) is a beautiful sleek black female. She is about 4 years old and is on the petite side weighing in about 55-60lbs. This sweet girl came to us through a local area shelter so nothing is known about her background.

Luci lives with other large male and female shepherds in her foster home. This girl tries very hard to get one of the other dogs to play with her. She plays rough and is very vocal, so any other dogs in her forever home would need to appreciate her play style, as she can bet very determined to play with them. We think she could be an only dog as well.

Luci is affectionate, and likes to be near her people, and while she is content to lay at your feet in the evenings, she is not a clingy girl. Luci rides nicely in the car, and likes to go on walks. She doesn't seem to have any formal leash training, however she is easy to walk, and is content to walk at your side.

Luci is housebroken and sleeps quietly in her crate at night. She apparently was allowed on furniture and in bed in her past life. She also likes to put her paws up on the kitchen counters to check out what you are doing. She is learning to keep her feet on the floor!

Luci would like a home that will continue her socialization and training.

No cats or small furry critters

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

Updated May 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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Marmaduke

Marmaduke is an approximately 4 yo male Golden German Shepherd weighing about 75 lbs. Found as a stray, we do not have insight into his past. He comes with a pair of delightful ears that will bring a smile to everyone he greets. This endearing feature also happens to fit his overall easy-going nature.

This boy does not exhibit high-drive. In fact, toys and treats are not essential commodities in his daily routine. When encountering new situations, he shows hesitancy but will choose to engage with your calm encouragement and direction. The indoor life was initially strange for him, but he has rapidly become accustomed to all the comforts of his home.

Marmaduke does very well in the company of other dogs, both large and small. As with many dogs, supervision is recommended to prevent too many of his canine companions coming into his personal space until he gets to know them. His absolute joy, no doubt, is your simple company. He has overcome a fence to get to his human only to knock at the front door to join his family. Once in your presence, he will lie down with quiet contentment.

This guy is learning the joys of daily walks and car rides, much like a child discovering an amusement park. He is housebroken with use of a dog door, and calmly enter his crate where he sleeps quietly through the night. Continued engagement and introductions to new experiences will allow Marmaduke to enjoy a future of partnership and discovery.

Cats and small critters unknown.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated July 2021

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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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Patch

Patch is a super fun loving, bouncy 7 year old red and black male. He currently weighs in at 95 lbs and could use a few more pounds. When Patch joined GCGSR he was severely malnourished, had plenty of missing hair, and had a skin allergy. He has since regrown most of his hair and his skin issues have cleared up. Patch came from a Central Valley residence and not much is know about his past. What we do know is that he was adopted out roughly 3 years ago and had not been cared for well.

Patch loves to play and really enjoys being around people. He was a quick introduction to our resident shepherds and malamute with no issues. Patch also enjoys the company of our two resident cats, which can often be seen nuzzling on his nose or cuddling in for an evening nap. He loves to go for car rides and does not get sick on the winding roads home. He greets other dogs and strangers nicely. He does not appear to have any food, guarding, or leash reactivity at this time. This boy is potty trained, uses the dog door, can sleep quietly in a crate at night, or just left alone in the house without issue.

Patch has tested positive for heartworm and is currently going through treatment. He is roughly one month into his four month treatment cycle. It is possible for this love bug to be adopted to the right home, providing the new owners are willing to follow the medical guideline for treatment and care, which involves crating and reduced activity.

If you are looking for a super fun, goofy, and loving big boy, then Patch may be just the dog for you.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated May 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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Sal

Sal is a 3-year-old male. He came to us last year with a broken leg. UC Davis was able to surgically repair the leg and it is completely healed now. He was adopted out for a few months, but was returned when they realized he was a bit too much for their energetic 6-year-old daughter and their frequent visitors.

Sal is a happy, goofy boy that loves other dogs. His favorite game is playing chase with them. When given daily exercise, he settles quickly indoors, relaxing on a dog bed with a toy. He is good with dog-savvy cats that won't run. He did great with the calm 10-year-old daughter in the adopted home.

He is crate trained and can be trusted alone in the house for short periods. He does fine outside or in his crate when necessary. He is shy with new people, but quite the cuddler with people he knows.

He has had some issues with letting strangers in the house. On leash he responds nicely to correction. He has learned to sit for his meals, and to sit before being let in/out of the house.

Sal needs a home with another playful dog to be his buddy. He is looking for someone that is familiar with the over-protectiveness that German Shepherds can exhibit and is prepared to continue working on this with him. He does best with calm, but assertive, leadership.

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

Updated January 2021

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Sophia

Sophia is a 5-6 month old white female. She was a stray from a local shelter so nothing is known of her short past.

Sophia is being fostered in a home with multiple dogs big and small and gets along with all of them. She is a very fun loving, playful girl. Sophia walks great on leash.

Sophia sleeps in a crate all night. She is almost potty trained with consistent trips to the yard. If you are looking for a fun loving smart dog Sophia might be your girl. Sophia does require a residence with a dog of similar size and play style.

Cats are unknown.

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

Updated May 2021

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Tanqueray

Tanqueray is a black male puppy, likely mixed with Labrador Retriever, whose owner surrendered him along with five siblings, Hennessy, Bean, Banner, Buckee and Blu Boy. Their birthdate is March 1, 2021.

Tanqueray is very playful when he works up the courage to check out his surroundings. He can be shy at first, but once he realizes it, he loves to explore and chew on things. At this time he refuses to use the pee pad and goes wherever he can find a spot. When he is not sleeping or chewing on toys he is wrestling with his brother Hennessy. He is fostered in a home with other dogs (large and medium sized) and cats. They are curious about both and try to get them to play.

A home with puppy raising experience and with another dog to serve as a role model and keep him company would be ideal.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated May 2021

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Titus

Titus came to us with seemingly little life experience, so everything is new to him. He is sometimes insecure and will whimper when he's uncertain. He meets people easily, both at home and in public. He is initially slightly anxious but settles quickly and walks nicely on a loose leash.

He lives with three other German Shepherds, GCGSR foster dog Glenlivet, and 3 cats. He is a playful boy who loves to rough house with his pack mates and is respectful of the cats with only an occasional reminder not to try to engage with them. He gets along splendidly with his playmates but also sees them as competition for his human's attention. He will sometimes whine and frantically try to make himself the center of attention, but is learning that patience and good behavior will earn the desired consideration from his human. When his foster mom leaves the house, he can be heard crying for a short time, but soon quiets with comfort from his canine friends and has never been destructive. He is anxious in public when other dogs are around, so continued socialization will help him conquer his insecurities.

Titus learned house rules quickly and at mealtime will go to his spot, sit, and wait patiently for his food. He uses a doggie door to go in and out and crates easily at bedtime. His favorite spot is wherever his human is, so he will make use of the dog beds throughout the house to stay close to his foster mom. He loves to ride in the car and relishes any activity where he can be with his people. Continued training and socialization will help Titus gain confidence, and this loyal, affectionate boy will be a wonderful companion.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated May 2021

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Vito

Vito is a good looking 3.5 month old Belgian Malinois mix. He's a dark tan with black and big upright ears.

He's fostered with his brother Fredo (a lighter tan boy), an adult male German Shepherd and an adult female German Shepherd. He barks at dogs he sees from a distance but is fine meeting them. This pup is the alpha of the two and needs to be corrected for growing at his brother when they eat. He takes correction easily but needs to be reminded frequently.

He's very affectionate and tolerant of handling. He's got a lot of energy and has shown some agility by climbing out of a 3.5' high x-pen and onto a 3' sitting wall on his first day. He sleeps through the night with his brother in a crate, but is not yet housebroken.

Continuing his socialization and enrolling in obedience is a must for this boy. A home with another playful dog is preferred.

Cats and small critters unknown.

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

Added July 2021

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Willow

Willow came into a local animal shelter with 4 brothers and sisters, however little is know about her past. She is approximately 5 months old and weights about 30 lbs. This girl uses a doggy door to go potty and signals to go out. She may have an occasional accident if you do not recognize her signals, but is getting better day by day. She enjoys eating and sleeping in a crate at night and rests quietly throughout the evening.

Willow is currently being fostered with 4 other shepherds and gets along nicely with all of them. She is respectful of the two dog savvy cats and does not engage in chase. Willow does not get sick on winding car rides and settles down nicely. She often goes to work with her foster dad and is great in the office.

This girl is very affectionate and loves belly rubs. She has the World's Fastest licker and will smother you with kisses of happiness. She walks nicely on a loose leash with great eye contact. Often when you stop walking, she will sit along side and watch you. She is not mouthy and will be an amazing addition to someone's family. A home with puppy raising experience that will continue training and socializing would be ideal. Having a well behaved male dog would be preferred for Willow's forever home.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Updated June 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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