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Celebrating our Recent Adoptions! All of our dogs have their own pages on our website FOREVER, soon you'll be able to see all of the dogs we've ever adopted.

Be sure to check out our Facebook page for owner updates on our adopted dogs. If you'd like to share your Happy Tails success story, send us updates and pictures and we'll post it up to Facebook to share with the world. .

Some of our dogs are still in their Foster-to-Adopt homes while making sure it's a good fit for both dogs and people, they are still Adoption Pending.

Our older adoptions are listed here: Happy Tails - Older Adoptions

Our Adopted Dogs of 2018!

Changing lives, one dog at a time.




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Adopted 5/11/2019

Cruz

Cruz is a one year old black and tan boy weighing approximately 75 lbs. He is a little on the skinny side, and could use another 5 - 10 lbs on his large frame. He came to us as a stray from a local shelter, so nothing is known about his background.

Cruz is a little on the shy side when he first meets someone new. He is learning very quickly that humans are a good thing especially if they offer him treats. He is learning not to jump when excited. He is treat and praised motivated, so training has been relatively easy.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added March 2019

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Adopted 5/11/2019

Deya

Deya is an approximately 2-year-old black and tan Female GSD. She is on the petite side weighing in at 55 lbs. She came from a local shelter, so nothing is known of her background. She is very sweet and loves to play with the other large male and female GSDs in her foster home.

Deya is housebroken, crate trained, and loves to ride in the car. She is learning not to jump on her humans when she is excited. She knows basic commands and walks well on a leash. Deya loves to give kisses and checks in with her humans frequently for a couple of pets, and then she off to run and play with the other dogs.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added April 2019

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Adopted 4/27/2019

Janis

Janis is a beautiful, petite sable female, approximately two years old, weighing about 55 lbs. She originally came into the program as a stray from a local shelter and was adopted in December 2017, but was recently returned when her owner became unable to care for her.

Janis is initially hesitant and shy in new surroundings and would retreat often to the security of her crate, but is quickly getting used to the dynamics in her foster home. Because of her lack of confidence, Janis would benefit from another confident male dog in her new home to help her feel more at ease.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added March 2019

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Adopted 4/27/2019

Zürich

Zürich is a 12-18 month old male shepherd. He is mostly tan with black tips and a black stripe on this tail so he may have a bit of Belgian Malinois mixed in.

Zürich seems to be experiencing much of the world for the first time. He seems new to the house, crate, car, walking on leash. He takes most of it in stride, but can be a little reactive when he is unsure of things. He can also be mouthy if he if he is unsure or doesn't like what you are trying to get him to do (like go in a crate.). Zürich seems to be almost housebroken, pacing when he needs to go out. He does better when his human goes out with him to ensure he finishes his business especially when it is raining. He wants to make sure he isn't going to be left outside.

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

Added February 2019

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Adopted 4/20/2019

Banks

Banks is a 4-5 year old black male with silver feet. He was abandoned at a training/boarding facility several years ago. The facility is now closing, and asked us to find him a home.

Banks is a mellow boy that is easy to have around the house. He gets along with other dogs and also with cats. He walks fairly well on leash and will sit for his meals.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added September 2018

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Adopted 4/20/2019

Ghost

Ghost is a beautiful white shepherd, approximately 2 years old. He is a sweet, happy boy. He knows basic commands, walks well on a leash, likes to ride in the car and has good house manners. He is currently living with 2 large males and a bossy female (he is very smitten with her), and 2 cats, he gets along and plays with all of them. He likes to chase the cats, but he is very gentle with them and will immediately leave them alone when corrected.

Ghost came to us as an owner surrender because he liked to take himself on walks thru the neighborhood.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added March 2019

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Adopted 4/20/2019

Tuvok

Tuvok is a 19 month old, bi-color, 75 pound boy. He came from a local shelter, so nothing is known of his background.

Tuvok is housebroken and knows some basic command and he walks nicely on a leash. He is good in the car and waits patiently for you while you are in the store for 10 or 15 minutes. He currently sleeps quietly in his foster's bedroom at night, not needing a crate.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added February 2019

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Adopted 4/20/2019

Veronica

Veronica aka Verona is a sweet and happy fawn colored female with a black face weighing about 45 lbs at 6 months old. One ear isn't completely up, it has a bend at the tip. She was a stray from a shelter, so nothing is known of her background. We believe she has a touch of Belgian Malinois, which explains her coloring, affectionate nature and fun energy. She can stretch with her back legs completely behind her like she's practicing yoga.

Verona is in a foster home with three German Shepherds and a cat. The youngest male tries to play with her, but he has a rough style, so Verona rolls over to submit when he gets a little rough.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added February 2019

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Adopted 4/13/2019

Andre

Andre is a 6-month-old black/cream male. He came to us as a stray from Merced, so nothing is known of his background. Judging from his huge front paws and thick front legs, he will be a large adult.

Andre is a outgoing boy that gets along with other dogs. He has low prey drive and lives with dog-savvy cats. He is learning house and leash manners.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added March 2019

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Adopted 4/13/2019

Gregor

Gregor is a handsome 2.5 year old all black male. At about 80 lbs, he is on the thin side and could stand to put on a few pounds. He was surrendered by his previous owners when the husband became sick and they were unable to care for or exercise Gregor properly.

Currently in a foster home with a large female German Shepherd and a smaller dachshund, he gets along great with them. Gregor has medium energy. He loves to travel and be outside with his family.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added March 2019

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Adopted 4/13/2019

Jylo

Jylo is a robust 5 yo tan color with some black male who was relinquished to a local shelter. Unfortunately, nothing else is known about his past. He was brought into our organization extremely overweight and with limited ability to engage in physical activities. With daily walks and a healthy diet, however, he is ready to show off his 90 lb stellar physique! Jylo has slight laxity of his right front foot (likely from birth), but It does not inhibit him from the thrill of prancing on a grassy lawn or up a flight of stairs.

Despite his grand appearance, Jylo is an easy-going boy in the home with his human. He has superb house manners and does well alone for many hours. He is content laying on his bed, or will entertain himself by playing soccer with a ball.

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

Added October 2018

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Adopted 4/13/2019

Quint

Quint is an adorable, very lively, very sweet, 2 year old male, solid black with just a dusting of gold on his legs. He's a big boy, still skinny at 80 pounds and happy to eat whatever is put in front of him. He should fill out to around 90 pounds when mature. He came to us from a local shelter, so nothing is known of his background. We can guess that he was an outside only dog, since he can be a bit tentative in new situations such as slick floors, household noises, and sometimes with unknown people, especially men. Once he's comfortable, he can be very bold, and life is a big, fun, exciting game. When calm, he can be very sweet and sit very nicely for attention. He loves to be petted and loves to be told he's a good boy, wagging his tail from across the room.

He's housebroken and makes liberal use of a dog door, flying in and out when excited. He craves attention, and apparently could only get it previously by jumping on people and mouthing at their hands.

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

Added January 2019

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Adopted 4/13/2019

Selleck

Selleck is a handsome 2 year old male who came to us from a local shelter so nothing is known of his background. He is black and tan in color and weighs about 75 lbs. It appears that indoor living is new to Selleck, but he is quickly learning the household routine. He learned to use the doggie door and no longer has accidents in the house.

Living with 3 other German Shepherds in his foster home and while he doesn't engage much with the other dogs, he is respectful of them and only occasionally gently corrects the pup if he gets too pushy. Selleck prefers to shadow his human around, making himself comfortable wherever his people are hanging. While this boy is sweet as can be, continued socialization and training will improve his confidence and bring out his full potential.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added March 2019

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Adopted 3/16/2019

Cabona

Cabona is a large, mostly tan female with helicopter ears. She weighs 75 pounds and she has very soft fur. She came to us from a local area shelter so little is known of her background.

She is house trained and understands the go potty command. She doesn't mind going outside to do her business when it's sprinkling out. She is crate trained and knows some basic commands. She rides nicely in the car, likes to chase tennis balls and play with squeaky toys.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2019

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Adopted 3/16/2019

Danske

Danske is roughly a 5 to 6 month old blonde German Shepard. He is from a local area shelter, so little is known of his background.

He has the personality of a young pup who wants to play, but will curl up in your lap when given the chance. He knows some basic commands such as sit and down; however we are working on wait and easy.

It took a while but he loves to go on walks and is a very curious pup. When he has been outside for a period of time or away from his foster family he will try and jump into your laps or on your person.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added February 2019

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Adopted 3/16/2019

Worf

Worf Is a large 88 pound black and tan male, (mostly black). He was surrendered to a local shelter so nothing is known of his past. He is 2 years old and looks very formidable, hence the name Worf. He likes to mournfully howl at sirens, sounding exactly like a large wolf.

He is nicely house trained and has medium energy. He is living in a home now with a flexible screen that gives him access to the back yard. He lets you trim his nails, especially when you massage his tummy and give him treats in between clips.

This is a Level 2 Dog.

Added February 2019

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Adopted 3/1/2019

Nimitz

Nimitz is the leader of the pack at this point.  He also is an excellent alarm barker.  He enjoys playing with all the puppies, but Halsey is his favorite partner in crime.  He is a cuddler, and very affectionate with his humans.   Nimitz has very soft and fluffy fur.  His ears are also beginning to stand up.

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

Added September 2018

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Adopted 2/23/2019

Atnas

Atnas is a black and tan two-year-old, who weighs approximately 60 pounds. He was surrendered to a local shelter so nothing is known of his past.

His name is Santa spelled backwards since he came to us at Christmas time.

Pictures can't capture how adorable he is. He gives kisses (without licking), which is quite sweet. He is housebroken, with nice house manners, only occasionally playing with your belongings. He sleeps in his foster's bedroom quietly, not needing a crate.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2019

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Adopted 2/23/2019

Dewey

Dewey is an 7 month old male. He's a happy and bouncy boy. Dewey can still be timid with new things, so like all puppies, he will need continued socialization and training. Dewey was FTA (foster to adopt) with a family, but due to no fault of his own, he was returned to us. More to come as we get to know him better.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added September 2018

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Adopted 2/23/2019

Fletcher

Fletcher is the most affectionate of the puppies.  He loves to be held and give puppy kisses.  He is also the largest puppy in the litter.  He is very active and socializes with all of the other puppies in the litter.  He loves to make noise with the squeaky toys.  He carries them around proudly all the while making them squeak.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added September 2018

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Adopted 2/16/2019

Finley

Finley is a 3-month-old, female, sable GSD from the Baseball Hall of Fame litter.

Finley is an absolute doll. Sweet, smart and adorable. She has a well-balanced personality. She is confident but not pushy, loves everyone she meets and is doing great with the bossy female and 2 large male GSD's in her foster home. She sleeps well in a crate all night and is quickly learning potty training.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2019

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Adopted 2/16/2019

Rudy

Rudy is a black and tan male, between 2 and 3 years old, who weighs 82 pounds. He and a companion dog were surrendered to a local shelter, but nothing else was provided about his background. He does well with other dogs. As he has recovered from a bout of kennel cough, his personality is that of an affectionate adolescent, head strong family member. With consistent training, he will be a fantastic addition to a family. He knows basic commands (sit, down, come, out of the kitchen). He also is house-broken and crate-trained. He needs chew toys, yet hasn't figured out how to fetch yet.

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

Added December 2018

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Adopted 2/9/2019

Klaus

Klaus is a strikingly handsome, black and tan long-coat who came to us from a local shelter, and nothing is known of his background. He is approximately 14 months old and weighs just under 75 lbs.

Klaus is housebroken with use of a doggie door and he is learning house manners. He is living in a foster home with a 3yr old female German Shepherd and two middle aged male German Shepherds and gets along well with all of them, and he especially likes to engage in play with the young female. He has ignored the cat in the foster home, so he might be OK with other dog savvy cats as well. Small critters and small dogs are unknown.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added December 2018

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Adopted 1/26/2019

Hans

Hans is a handsome 2 year old, 80 lb, black and red male that came as a stray from a local shelter, so his background is a mystery.

Hans is very affectionate and loves head rubs, belly rubs, back rubs- you name it! He has moderate energy and behaves quite maturely for his young age (although occasionally he can't contain his excitement and he jumps up). His goofy, puppy side comes out when you break out the toys! He lives with 3 other Shepherds in his foster home--a young male, young female and middle aged male. He gets along with and has has accepted the older male and female as pack mates and just started showing interest in playing with the female. He can get competitive with the young male and occasionally needs to be reminded not to push boundaries with the resident dog, but learned to tolerate him.

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

Added August 2018

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Adopted 1/26/2019

Lara A.

Lara A. is a real sweetheart who gets along well with other dogs, loves all the people she has met, and will make a wonderful addition to a family that will make her an active member.

Now 4 years old, this black-and-tan girl weighs about 70 lb. She was an owner surrender to a local shelter, so little is know of her background. Since her rescue, Lara has received some basic training and has really blossomed.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added September 2017

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Adopted 1/26/2019

Shep

Shep is a very handsome, 55 pound, three year old black and tan male. Shep was a stray from a local shelter, who arrived there with a major injury to his front leg and a dislocated rear hip, likely from being hit by a car. His front leg was amputated before he was transferred to us.

Shep has undergone another major surgery on his hip and has been receptive to all medical treatments and attention he has received. Shep is currently recovering from his hip surgery and will need additional, slow walks until he is fully recovered. Due to his need for recovery, small children are not recommended.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added July 2018

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Adopted 1/19/2019

Emily

Emily is a cute, smaller female GSD with a thick white coat with creamy tan tones down her back. She came to us as an unclaimed stray from a local shelter, so nothing is known of her background. Her shorter legs and broad nose give her a stubby, but adorable stature. The vet at the shelter estimates her age at between 2 - 3 years. At just over 50#, Emily is the perfect size for someone looking for a more compact GSD. She appears housebroken, and has not had any accidents since she has been with her foster home.

Although she is on the smaller size, Emily holds her own with the larger dogs she has been living with in her current foster home. She loves to run around outside and play chase with her foster pack, just as much as she loves to hang out with them in the house. She is still learning proper leash manners, but she really enjoys going out on neighborhood walks with her pack. She also rides well in the car.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added November 2018

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Adopted 1/19/2019

Foxy

Foxy is an approximate 6 year old, black and tan petite female weighing about 50 lbs, but can stand to put on some weight. She came to a local shelter as a stray, so her previous life remains a mystery. She is a reserved and affectionate girl with low to medium energy.

Currently, Foxy lives in a foster home with a young, active male (See Sonny, available Males for adoption) with whom she gets along well, although she has yet to understand his need to "fetch the ball" or seek play. Foxy prefers a calm environment, thus, she will do best in a home without small children.

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

Added June 2018

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Adopted 1/19/2019

Merida

Merida is a pretty, young red and black female approximately 2 years old. She came to us from a local shelter, so little is known of her background aside from the fact that she recently had a litter of puppies. The shelter has placed her pups in homes and now it's her turn to find her forever home.

Merida is on the petite side at about 65 lbs, but still needs to put on some weight. This sweet girl is quickly adapting to all of the new experiences that living indoors has to offer. She is living with 3 other German Shepherds in her foster home. Initially, she seemed intimidated by the other dogs.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2019

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Adopted 1/17/2019

Bristol

Bristol is the alarm barker and spokesperson for the litter.  She is the first to let us know that it is feeding time.  She also has great leaping ability.  She will launch herself in the air to get your attention.  She will do best in a home that will help her develop her agility and keep her energy level in mind.

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

Added September 2018

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SPECIAL NEEDS

Adopted 1/12/2019

Evita

Evita is a cute, funny and charming mature lady around 5-6 years old and average-sized at around 65 pounds. She was a stray in a local shelter, so her background is unknown, but she came to us with decent house manners and takes direction well with a good understanding of most basic obedience. She's very food-driven, and will try to stay as close to the kitchen as allowed, but understands when told to get out of the kitchen. She will sit (after spinning in circles a couple of times first) and wait for her meals, will speak on command, and understands coming in and going outside, and has decided that having a dog-door is the coolest thing in the world. Once she discovered she could go in and out as she pleased, she spent a whole day doing just that.

This feisty girl is very well-socialized to people and dogs, and lives quite comfortably with two mature male German Shepherds, although she tends to be very bossy and would really rather have all the attention and toys for herself.

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

Added January 2018

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Adopted 1/5/2019

Redford

Redford is a black and tan, male GSD approximately 1-2 years old. His fur is soft and very wavy. He weighs about 55 pounds and could stand to put on a little weight. He was a stray at the local area shelter so nothing is known of his history.

Redford is an absolute sweetheart. Very affectionate and easy going. He is currently living with 2 large male GSD's and a female GSD and has fit in very well. Still a youngster, he has a lot of energy but corrects very easily. He appears to have some vision impairment and will be seen by an animal ophthalmologist to correctly diagnose his condition. Redford has no clue his vision is impaired and from his perspective, it doesn't affect him whatsoever.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added November 2018

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Adopted 1/5/2019

Riesling

Surrendered as a young pup to a Sacramento shelter along with one littermate and mother, Riesling's estimated birthdate is early July 2018 and she currently weighs 25 lbs.

Riesling is a lovely, fun-loving girl.  She's an energetic, interactive pup that enjoys plenty of activity from her foster family and their stable 5-year-old male shepherd.  She is learning housebreaking with the assistance of dog doors and reminder escorts to use the outside facilities.  She is best suited for someone familiar with the breed that understands her need for directing her energy, interest and activities in a way that is appropriate for her young age. Over the past couple of weeks, she has adjusted beautifully and her personality and enthusiasm have emerged.

 

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added October 2018

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Happy Tails - Older Adoptions

Looking for a dog that was adopted last month or last year? We now have a page for our dogs that were adopted during each of our years (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018)!

Happy Tails (Adopted Dogs) of 2018!

Happy Tails (Adopted Dogs) of 2017!

Happy Tails (Adopted Dogs) of 2016!

Happy Tails (Adopted Dogs) of 2015!

Happy Tails (Adopted Dogs) of 2014!

Happy Tails (Adopted Dogs) of 2013!

Happy Tails (Adopted Dogs) of 2012!

Happy Tails (Adopted Dogs) of 2011!

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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)