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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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Alexis

Alexis is an adorable 5.5 month old, 41 pound black and tan female. She was rescued as a stray from a Sacramento area shelter, so nothing is known of her background.

She is a sweet and playful pup that needs boundaries to be her best. Because she is a smart and feisty girl, all the members of her new family need to enforce those boundaries. Young children are not recommended.

The foster mom says Alexis is working on sit, stay, down, wait (for food), and come. She is crate trained, rides well in the car and is learning how to walk well on leash.

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

Added November 2017

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Banff

Banff is about a 1.5 year old long legged male White Shepherd (possibly with some Anatolian Shepherd) with ears that flop to the side weighing 85 lbs. He was found abandoned in a dog park in Yolo County, so not much is known about his past. He tested positive for Heartworm and was started on Heartworm treatments during his stay at the Yolo shelter. Due to kennel stress and the time needed to complete his treatment, he was transferred to us and placed into a quiet foster home where he is expected to complete his treatment in mid-December.

Banff is an affectionate dog who approaches most humans with gentle curiosity and is eager to receive belly rubs whenever possible. He enjoys playing with his toys, often entertaining himself with exuberance. Banff will become intimidated in large groups of strange dogs, although is living well and bonded quickly to the other calm male in his foster home. Introductions in a quiet setting with limited dogs are therefore recommended.

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

Added October 2017

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Blitzer

Blitzer is an adorable 3 year old sable male. On the smaller side, Blitzer weighs in at about 70 lbs. Blitzer was turned into the shelter due to a divorce and move from Colorado.

Blitzer seems housebroken, and will pace in front of the door when he needs to go out. He was an only dog in his prior home, but gets along with the other large male and female dogs in his foster home. Blitzer would probably do well as an only dog, or with one dog buddy to play with.

Blitzer knows some basic commands, and walks well on a leash. On walks he seems only mildly interested in wildlife or livestock.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added October 2017

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Bochy

Bochy is a handsome black and tan 2-year-old male with floppy ears. He is currently overweight at about 95 lbs, but he's energetic and with regular exercise he should be able to lose another 15-20 lbs to get to a healthy weight. One photo shows a recent photo of Bochy and the other is how he looked last September at a healthy weight.

Originally an owner surrender in Sept. 2016, when his family's child became sick and they didn't have time to care for Bochy; he was adopted from us but returned after six months. The second family didn't spend time training or working with him and he became too much for them to handle.

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

Added July 2017

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Buster

Buster is a 4.5 year old male black & tan German Shepherd with one floppy ear. He weighs about 89 lbs and is on a diet to lose a few pounds. He was originally adopted from GCGSR at the age of 18 months where he shared his home with another dog. He was recently relinquished because the owner will be moving and is unable to take him along. Despite this change, he has adapted rapidly to his new foster home, sharing his life with another GCGSR foster dog. He doesn't seem interested in playing with the other dog, as he prefers to be by his human.

Buster enjoys the presence and attention of all humans, and is comfortable in the presence of other dogs, both large and small. He will benefit from firm boundaries to prevent attachment to or claiming of his human.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added August 2017

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Cassius

Cassius (Cash) is an 10 - 11 month old black and tan German Shepherd Mix. He is one of 3 puppies who were surrendered to us by a Good Samaritan who took in their pregnant Momma when she was dumped on their property. Cheyenne and Decker have both found homes, and Cash is looking forward to the day when he will have a family of his own as well.

He is housebroken, rides well in a car, and does great on a leash. Cash is a great alarm barker. He is a little shy at first, but once he gets to know you, he loves to give kisses and have his belly rubbed.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added July 2017

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Crosby

Crosby is a large red and black male approximately 3-4 years old who was an unclaimed stray from a Sacramento area shelter, so very little is know of his backgound

He appears to have had a food and/or flea allergy, as the hair on his back was very sparse. With a healthy diet his fur is already growing back nicely and he is well on his way back to a healthy weight. He currently weighs 76 lbs but could stand to gain 5-10 lbs.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added November 2017

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Darla

Darla is about a year old and a beautiful black and tan long coat weighing 75 lbs. She came in as a stray to a Sacramento area shelter, so nothing is known of her background.

This young girl has lots of energy and unless laying down to rest, doesn't seem to want to stay still. She is affectionate and loves a good belly rub. She is living with a 3 year old female German Shepherd and two senior male German Shepherds and gets along with all of them, although they correct her busy behavior occasionally. She doesn't realize her size and tries to walk under the other dogs. When drinking water, she sticks her entire nose in the bucket so she frequently has a wet muzzle.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added November 2017

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Janis

Janis is a beautiful, sable female, approximately 10 months old, who weighs about 60 lbs. She is on the petite side, but is young so she may have a tad bit of growing to do. She was came in as a stray to a local shelter so nothing is known of her background.

Janis is settling nicely into her new foster home. She gets along well with the other German Shepherds of various ages, but is still figuring out the pack dynamic. She sometimes will react toward the other dogs if she feels threatened, but corrects easily. If she gets too overwhelmed she will find a quiet corner and lie down. She is still a bit cautious when meeting new people and/or dogs, so proper introductions are needed.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added November 2017

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Jeff

Jeff (AKA Jeffery) is an amazingly sweet, handsome black and tan male German Shepherd who is a VERY young 10 years old, and weighs approximately 78 pounds. His previous owner surrendered him to a local area shelter, and very little is known of the reason for his surrender or his background.

Jeffery has easily blended into his foster home's pack of resident dogs which consists of 5 dogs that are a mix of ages and sexes, and has acted appropriately with all dogs, large and small, that he has met. While at a pet store, Jeffery met the resident cat and was not fazed by it and basically ignored it, while his foster pack was ready to snack on it. Based on this observation, we believe Jeffery could possibly be ok living with cats.

He is extremely calm, with a great temperament, has moderate energy and has impeccable house manners. After only a few days, he earned the privilege to roam freely in the house with his foster pack.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added July 2017

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Joni

Joni is an 8 week old black and tan female who came out of a local shelter and nothing is known of her background. She has not been fully vaccinated and therefore still too young to be allowed on public grounds for risk of getting sick.

She seems happy to explore her foster house and hang out with several foster German Shepherds. She is also being fostered with the puppy, Celine. She is happy to be a lapdog, but will soon outgrow her human foster brother's lap. May be OK with cats. More to come as we know her better.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added November 2017

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Spanky

Spanky is an approximately one year old, black and tan male. He came out of a Sacramento area shelter as a stray so nothing is known about his background. His ears had signs of fly strike and his coat had several fox tails in multiple areas of his body, so he was either a stray for sometime or was kept as an outdoor dog. He is a medium sized boy.

Spanky would love another playful dog to burn up some energy. He's currently living with three other German Shepherds, but none of them will play with him. He may play too rough for small dogs. He's also living with an indoor cat, but is not at a point to be trusted off leash with the cat yet. Spanky is learning house manners and is being treated as if he's not housebroken so is currently kept tethered to his foster mom.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added November 2017

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Tokki

Tokki is a petite female approximately 8 months old weighing about 50 lbs, but she may still have some growing to do. She was an unclaimed stray from Yolo County so her background is unknown.

Tokki is sweet and enjoys getting all the attention from her people. She is food motivated and knows some basic commands; sit, wait and leave it. She is still learning house manners, not to counter surf, not to jump on people, and she is learning to enjoy walks on a leash.

Currently, Tokki is living with a large male German Shepherd and three dog-savvy cats.

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

Added September 2017

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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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