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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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Arlo

Arlo is a male German Shepherd who is about 1 - 2 years old. He is tall, black and tan, and he is on the thin side but will fill out nicely in time. He came to us from a local area shelter, so little is knon of his background.

Arlo is an exceptionally loving boy, who enjoys attention from his people. He doesn't seem to have any formal obedience training although he's treat motivated thus making training easy.

He is getting used to being indoors and corrects easily to stay off people and furniture, but is otherwise respectful of the house as he will lay at his person feet or nearby.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added March 2018

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Clooney

Clooney is an adorable 10 week old, black and tan, male puppy who was found submerged in water according to animal control. This event has not hampered his spirits and he is a very happy, energetic puppy.

Clooney currently lives and plays with a large, male German Shepherd and is learning to leave the resident cats alone. He does not like the crate when it is closed and covered but, he does sleep in his foster moms bathroom with the open crate against the open bathroom door. He seems to be ok with this set up and will sleep through most nights.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added April 2018

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Elista

Elista is a 3 month old female. She was unclaimed stray at the Merced shelter, so nothing is known of her background.

Elista has a medium energy level for a puppy. She is playful with other dogs, but when they become too rough her fierce side comes out and those puppy teeth bite hard. She may become the dominant female in the pack, so she is looking for a home with a male dog as a playmate. As much as she loves dogs, she loves being around people more. She follows her foster mom from room to room, which is a good thing since she needs constant supervision.

With proper late night food and water restriction, she sleeps through the night in her crate.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added March 2018

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Heidi A.

Heidi is about 2 years old and is an easygoing, sweet, long-coat German Shepherd who gets along very with dogs of all sizes. She was an unclaimed stray from a local shelter, so little is known of her background.

Heidi was hit by a car and lay by the side of the road for two days with a fractured pelvis and a dislocated leg. Today, Heidi is doing wonderfully, she doesn't even have a noticeable limp. Heidi gets two walks a day, totaling two miles, with no discomfort. She romps and plays with other dogs like nothing ever happened. However, she should not be asked to hike or jog for long distances.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added February 2018

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Hurin

Hurin is a handsome 5-6 year old bicolor male. He is on the smaller side weighing in at about 75lbs. Hurin was an unclaimed stray at a local area shelter so nothing is known about his background.

Hurin is an easygoing boy that loves to be with his people. He seems to know some basic commands, as well as being housebroken and crate trained. Hurin is also great in the car and always likes to go along for a ride. He has moderate energy, but still needs his 2-4 mile daily walks.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added April 2018

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Keenan

Keenan is an approximately 12-18 month old black and tan male. He is from a local area shelter, so little is known of his background.

In his current foster home, Keenan lives with a 3 yr old active female German Shepherd, Zana (see her in Available Dogs). The two are quite compatible, as Keenan's tolerant personality matches well with Zana's dominant nature. Keenan's daily mission is to socially engage with all people and dogs no matter where he encounters them. If he is restricted from this opportunity, he will often use his voice to express his wishes. Redirections and timely corrections will help to diminish these behaviors. In the short time he has been with us, he has shown improvements and the ability to develop patience and restraint.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added January 2018

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Melody

Melody is a very reserved, but completely adorable female GSD with a black and tan coat with cream colored undertones. She has striking facial marking and deep, soulful eyes. Although she came to us as an owner surrender from the Yuba shelter, we don't know much about her prior background. We estimate her to be approximately one year old. She weighs in at about 55lbs., with a slender, athletic build. This makes Melody a good fit for someone looking for a smaller GSD.

Melody came to us as a VERY timid girl, easily frightened by almost any sudden moves or loud noises. Although she can still react in a skittish way when startled, her confidence has increased 10 fold over the last few months. Most of her timidity has been overcome thru counterconditioning, and working to build a calm demeanor.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added December 2017

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Murray

Murray is a 2 year old male with a beautiful champagne-colored coat. He was an unclaimed stray from a Sacramento shelter, so not much is known of his background.

Murray is good with large dogs, but is untested with small dogs. He has high prey drive and needs a home without cats or small critters. He enjoys playing fetch and will drop it politely at your feet for the next throw.

He must have been primarily an outside dog in his previous life, as he came to us with no manners

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

Added December 2017

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River

River is a 4 yo handsome, red and black neutered male who weighs approximately 70 lbs. He was found as a stray, so we are unable to share his life story with you. River will initially back away from unfamiliar people and noises.

He is slowly learning that humans are here to help him enjoy the world as he rapidly adapts to the intimate home environment. He shares his foster home with Whistler (see Available Male Dogs) with whom he finds comfort and direction. With Whistler nearby, River settles in the house much easier and quicker.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added April 2018

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Tigger

Tigger is a 4 year old tall and lanky, black and tan male weighing 83 lbs. He was found abandoned in a dog park and has spent the past two months in a local shelter receiving treatments for multiple skin and ear infections.

Although not much is known about his past, Tigger's good-natured personality is not swayed by his recent hardship. His coat has regrown nicely and he continues to gain weight slowly thanks to his growing appetite. He is very social and engages well with strangers as well as other large dogs. He has ignored some small dogs he met, but his play style may be a bit rough for most small dogs.

This is a Level 2 Dog!

Added March 2018

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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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