Greater California
German Shepherd Rescue
~ It's all about the dogs ~

Owner Referral Dogs

We have great sympathy for people who must give up their dogs. It’s heartbreaking all around and devastating for the dog. We have provided this page for those people who wish to rehome their own dogs themselves, or for dogs that we can't take into our program. We will also list dogs for smaller, independent rescues and law enforcement agencies.


For information on listing your dog with us, please go to our Owner Information page.


We have not seen or evaluated these dogs. We make no representation and take no responsibility for the health or temperament of the dogs listed on this page. Please contact the owner directly if you're interested in one of these dogs. For helpful information on adopting a dog, please see Adopter Information below the dog listings. And let us know if you find a match!

Dog Listings

Freyja Head


Please contact Jenn at 775-722-9519, or by email at, if interested in adopting.

NOTE: This is a Courtesy Listing for an individual. Greater California German Shepherd Rescue does not have any information about this dog.

A re-home fee of at least $250 will be required for Shelby.

This BEAUTIFUL 18 month old purebred German Shepherd needs a loving "forever family!!!! She is super smart and knows tons of commands but needs firm, confident leadership to maximize her potential (which I believe to be infinite). She does have visible anxiety. She jumps on people when she first sees them and mouths a lot.

Sadly, she was very bonded to her previous family. She was raised in a home with 3 children, ages one-year-old to 10-year-old. She loves kids and is a great playmate. She passed all my child safety tests.

She likes to play with other dogs. She is very cat reactive....NO CATS! She should be placed in a home that has the time to allow her some good exercise daily (as a tired dog is a good dog). Whether it's chasing kids around the yard or the kids chasing her, or a run with mom or dad, she needs to get that energy out!

More Info

Added November 2016

Adopter Information

When you inquire about a dog, more details on the following issues might be helpful in deciding whether this dog is right for you. Questions you might ask the owner are:

  • Why are you giving up the dog?
  • Has the dog ever bitten, nipped or 'gone after' anyone?
  • Does the dog have any health problems? Who is the vet? May I contact him/her?
  • Where did you get the dog? Does the dog have papers?
  • Does the dog have any training? Is the dog housebroken? Crate trained?
  • Is the dog left alone for long periods? What does the dog do? Bark? Dig? Chew?
  • Is the dog an inside or outside dog? Where does the dog sleep?
  • How does the dog behave with adults, children?
  • Other dogs? Cats?
  • Is the dog mellow? calm? energetic? protective? affectionate?





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.