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The following dogs are available for adoption from the GSRSV rescue facility, foster caretakers, and owners working with GSRSV. For further information about these dogs, please call Brian Foran at  916-655-3125 or e-mail him at (Note: dogs that were recently adopted will be moved to the very bottom of this page.) For information about the adoption process and fees, please see How to Adopt a Dog from GSRSV/Adoption Fees.

What is a "Program Dog?"
Some dogs' descriptions state that "GSRSV has evaluated (name) and is placing (him, her) as a Program Dog.' This means that the dog is still in the custody of its guardian, but that GSRSV is placing the dog through its adoption program. The same adoption process and adoption fee apply to these dogs as to those in GSRSV's custody, and the same 2-week money-back guarantee and lifetime take-back policy also apply. 

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This page was last modified September 18, 2016.

Note: The dogs on this page--other than those added within one week--are  listed alphabetically, rather than in chronological order. I list the dogs this way because too many people overlook the dogs that have been listed for awhile, thinking (erroneously) that there must be something wrong with a dog that hasn't been adopted after a few months.  

This page was last modified 09/18/16.

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"Reina" is a beautiful 1-yo soon-to-be spayed female GSD who is affectionate, outgoing, and playful. Reina is still very much a youngster with puppy-like energy and enthusiasm—she’s not much older than one year. Reina is quick to bond to her person, and will stay fairly close—though not to the extent of annoyance. Reina is friendly with everyone she meets and shows no signs of timidness or previous abuse. She has met some children at the park around 10 yrs old and done well with them. She would likely love younger children, but she is still quite “mouthy”, which will surely scare young kids. She’s also quite active and exuberant, which could lead to her knocking down a small child. On the plus side, Reina appears to have no food aggression whatsoever. 

Reina is great with other dogs, and loves to play hard and physical. She presently lives with a 3-yo male GSD (Riley, also up for adoption), and they chase each other around and have a ball. We will definitely give preference to prospective adopters for Reina who have another relatively young, playful dog like her. Reina has been to the dog park a few times and done well, even w/ little dogs. 

We don’t know how Reina is with cats, so at this time we will only consider a home without cats for her. 

Reina is fully housetrained and non-destructive inside, though she is prone to counter-surfing if there is something tempting up there. She has not shown any noticeable signs of separation anxiety—though she has also had the company of Riley since we rescued her. Reina likes to sleep on her foster caretaker’s bed and is welcome on the couch, so if you have a “no dogs on furniture” policy you’ll have to train Reina in this regard.

Reina walks well on leash and is non-reactive towards other dogs when on walks. She does like to stop to check out smells frequently during her walks, but otherwise walks at a brisk pace.  She walks very well in tandem w/ Riley, keeping her own line, so there shouldn’t be much trouble integrating her into walk routines w/ another dog.

Reina loves to play with rope toys, swinging them around as she romps with them. She has shown some interest in balls, and will likely become a good retriever with practice.

Reina will do best in a home with another active, playful dog near to her size (either male or female, but preferably male), active outdoorsy people, and preferably children 7 yrs and older.

GSRSV rescued Reina from the Contra Costa County Shelter in Martinez on 8-16-16; she has been in a foster home in Bay Point (between Antioch and Concord along Hwy 4) since then.

Reina is scheduled to be spayed on Sept 23. Her adoption fee is $260.

Posted 9-18-16

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Adoption Pending!

"Draco" is a sweet, charming, even-tempered 2-3 yo neutered male GSD. Draco is quiet, medium energy and lives to be loved on! He bonds to his person super fast and will stick to you like glue. Draco needs a person who desires a constant companion. Draco is friendly with strangers and patient with children, though he doesn't realize his own size and could inadvertently knock a small child down. Draco weighs about 60 lbs.

Draco is great with other dogs and never creates trouble. He’s good w/ both large and small dogs. He’s also OK with cats—he’s interested in them, but not in an aggressive way.

Draco is very well behaved inside and walks fine on leash. He likes to go for car rides and rides very calmly.

GSRSV rescued Draco from the Stanislaus County shelter on 7-26-16, where he was taken in as a stray. A woman in Paradise (near Chico) began fostering Draco on 7-29, and Draco is still with her.

Draco’s adoption fee is $260.

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"Gelda" is an approx 5-6 yo (at time of posting) spayed female GSD mix who is mellow and affectionate. Gelda is friendly with strangers and loves to be held and petted. She is somewhat sensitive about being handled around her hips, so she would do best in a home without children under the age of 10. Gelda was fine w/ the numerous dogs at GSRSV’s rescue facility, but is very reactive towards other dogs when on leash. She also reacts strongly towards cats, squirrels, and pretty much any other animal. "No cats" is a given for Gelda's next home. Gelda is short and stocky, and weighs about 70 lbs. She has a soft, plush coat.  

Gelda is quiet in the house and has great manners as long as you set the rules. She is a fast learner, and within three days at her foster home she was respecting the invisible boundaries established for her. She obeys a few commands, and being food motivated can likely learn many more commands with a treat incentive. Gelda walks well on a leash, and promptly responds to "stop" and "heel" –except when she sees another dog or other animal. 

Gelda likes to play fetch, tug-of-war, and chew on squeaky toys. She is very content just hanging around with her person once she’s gone for a walk. Gelda is somewhat unsteady in her back end, but that doesn't slow her down on her walks around the hilly streets of San Carlos, where she is presently located.  

GSRSV rescued Gelda from the small shelter in rural Delano , CA, just north of Bakersfield, on March 1, 2013. Gelda had been at the shelter since December 19, 2013. Gelda's adoption fee is $175.

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"Loba" is a beautiful, 1½-yo female solid black GSD with a wonderful all-around temperament--so typical of black GSDs. Loba is friendly and outgoing with people, including young children. (She has done well with kids as young as 4 yrs old.) She is very affectionate and likes to cuddle. Loba is loyal and bonds strongly with her people.

Loba is great w/ other dogs, including little dogs (she lives with two Chihuahuas) and is a regular at the dog park. She got along famously with several of the dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch when I evaluated her.

Loba chases after cats, so I will only consider a home without cats for her.

Loba is fully housetrained and has no bad habits indoors. She does like to dig when kept outside, though. Loba walks well on leash and is non-reactive towards other dogs. She has good recall when off-leash. Loba likes to go for car rides and rides well in the car.

Loba likes to play fetch and loves to romp and swim in  the American River or to splash in the kiddy pool in her backyard.

Loba's owner Ruth adopted her from a friend in August 2015 because her friend's landlord would not allow her to have a GSD. Now, Ruth is facing pressures from her own landlord to scale back to three dogs (Loba's digging in the backyard didn't help matters), and Loba has the least seniority among Ruth's four dogs. 

GSRSV has evaluated Loba and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Loba through its adoption program while her owners continue to care for her.  Loba's adoption fee is $260, which will include her spay surgery at the Sacramento SPCA Spay/Neuter Clinic if she is adopted prior to the surgery.

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"Nar" is a large, handsome 7½-yo (born 7-13-08) neutered male GSD who is very friendly with both adults and children. Nar is surprisingly good with other dogs, given that he has not been socialized with many dogs during his life.  Nar has never been around cats, however, so we're seeking a home w/ out cats for him. Nar weighs approx 80 lbs.

Nar had lived outdoors his entire life before GSRSV took him in in July 2015. He does occasionally come inside now, but still prefers to be outside. Nar is good on a leash, but his former owners lived on over an acre and rarely took him off the property, so they didn't often put a leash on him. The same is true now that Nar is at GSRSV's facility.

Nar loves to play fetch and to splash around in sprinklers. 

Nar is very bonded with his companion dog "Ruby", also listed on this page, who he has been with since he was a little puppy. For this reason, Nar can only be adopted together with Ruby.

Nar's former owners purchased him from a breeder when he was about 8 wks old, and had him up until July 2015 when they moved out of the country and GSRSV took him and Ruby in at its facility in Pleasant Grove.

Nar's adoption fee is $175.

Posted 6-23-15; updated 2-9-16

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--No longer dog aggressive!

"Onyx" is an approx 1½-yo, 65-lb neutered male GSD who is very affectionate and obedient. Onyx is friendly with strangers and has done well with children around 8-10 years old. Onyx would likely do well with even younger children, as he loves to be hugged and snuggled with. He still occasionally jumps up (gently) on people in his enthusiasm when first meeting them, but that is not a difficult behavior to curb. 

We previously reported here that Onyx is not good with other dogs, but that is no longer the case. Though Onyx did display aggression towards a few other dogs when with his former foster caretaker, it appears that Onyx simply needed some socialization with other dogs to get over his dominance behavior. Onyx received that socialization in spades at GSRSV's rescue ranch during a week that his foster caretaker was on vacation, and it seems to have turned Onyx around! Having made such progress in one week, GSRSV decided to keep him at its ranch to continue his socialization. Now, Onyx gets along fine w/ all the dogs at the ranch, though he still prefers the company of people.

Onyx was reactive towards other dogs when walking on leash with his former foster caretaker Andrew, but  Andrew--an experienced dog trainer--had worked with him on this behavior and Onyx had made significant improvement. Onyx reached the point where he would sit and stay quiet as long as the other dog stayed about 15 ft away. However, if he was not given a command (sit, watch me, etc), he would still pull & bark. Onyx will need an owner strong enough to handle him when he gets agitated seeing another dog, and experienced enough to command Onyx's attention and respect. We do not know how Onyx is with cats, so I will only consider a home without cats for him. 

Onyx is housetrained and was perfectly behaved when left inside alone (with access to outside), which was the norm for approx 9 hrs/day in his former foster home. Onyx is very good at basic commands (sit, lie down, stay). Onyx walks easy on leash except when he sees another dog. He rides well inside a car and loves to go for rides. Onyx has a deep, formidable bark that will please those seeking a GSD "presence" to scare off bad guys.

Onyx has a thick, almost Nordic breed-like coat, so if you live in an area where it gets very hot in the summer it would be best to allow Onyx access to an air-conditioned house. Also, that coat of Onyx's produces a lot of loose fur, so if you are seeking a dog that does not shed much, please keep looking!

GSRSV rescued Onyx on 5-6-16 from the Stanislaus County Shelter in Modesto, where he was brought as a stray on 4-16-16. Onyx was brought directly to his foster home in Bay Point, where he remained until 7-29-16. Onyx's adoption fee is $260.

Posted 5-23-16; updated 7-4-16; updated 8-30-16

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"Phoenix" is a handsome 5-yo neutered male GSD who is affectionate and well mannered (for the most part). Phoenix is very friendly with strangers and good with children. In fact, he is not much of a watchdog, as he does not generally alarm bark at outside noises. Phoenix is very affectionate and loves to be petted.

Phoenix is good with medium and larger dogs, but is very predatory towards small dogs. If he sees a small dog when he's off leash, he will charge toward it and likely attack it. Phoenix used to be a regular visitor to the dog park and interacted fine with other dogs there. However, after attacking a small dog in front of his house, his foster caretaker no longer brings Phoenix to the dog park for fear that Phoenix might go after a small dog there. Because of Phoenix's strong prey drive, we will not consider a home with cats for him, either. Phoenix is solidly-built and weighs about 70 lbs.

Phoenix is very people-oriented and always wants to be by his person. He is fully housetrained and can remain inside the house alone for 8 hours without any problems. He does not counter surf and has never tried to eat food left on the dinner table.

Phoenix generally walks easy on leash, but he does pull strongly when he sees other dogs--small or large. He is a good jogging partner and runs alongside his foster caretaker approx 15 miles each week. Phoenix loves to go for car rides and is a  perfect passenger.

Phoenix loves to to fetch tennis balls, and drops the ball at your foot perfectly every time. He will play this game for 20 minutes non-stop! Whoever adopts Phoenix will be well-rewarded by a dog who will show unconditional love and devotion. However, caution must always be employed to ensure that Phoenix does not go after a small dog.

GSRSV rescued Phoenix from the Oakland shelter in July 2014. Phoenix's adoption fee is $210, which includes a microchip.

Posted 7-30-14; updated 2-20-16; updated 6-4-16

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"Riley" is a 3 yo, approx 55 lb (perhaps 10 lb underweight) neutered male longcoat GSD who is affectionate, mellow (for the most part) and somewhat of an airhead. Riley loves attention and often puts his head in the lap of his foster caretaker Andrew to be rubbed on, but he’s not a “Velcro” dog that needs to be by his person all the time. Riley loves to meet new people and warms up very quickly. Andrew has not observed Riley with young children but feels that given his gently demeanor, he will be very good with them. Riley has shown no aggression when Andrew dips his hand in his food bowl (though he will growl at another dog approaching him when he’s eating).

 Riley lives with a female GSD (Reina) and gets along great with her. Riley and Reina will occasionally race around the house playing chase. Before Riley was brought to his foster home, he was at GSRSV’s rescue ranch for six days, and did quite well after the first day (when he was acting like a dork). Andrew has taken Riley to the dog park, and though Riley is not overtly aggressive towards other dogs, he can be overbearing on some dogs (as he was with two little dogs). Riley will likely be fine in a home with another dog or dogs, but will need more socialization and leadership to become a “canine good citizen” with dogs he meets outside of his home.

 Riley is fully housetrained, but Andrew does keep him outside (with access to the garage) when he’s gone. Riley’s only rough point inside is that he occasionally counter-surfs, but that behavior is continuing to subside. He likes to nap on the couch or lay next to Andrew when he’s watching TV, so if there is a strict “no dogs on furniture” rule in his next home, Riley will need to learn that rule.  Andrew plans to allow Riley access to the house when he’s gone in the near future.

 Riley obeys the “sit” and “stay” commands, but he is no obedience star. Though he seems motivated to learn new commands, his attention wanes pretty quickly. Riley is more of a happy-go-lucky GSD than a classic, serious, alert GSD. (This seems to be the case with many of the longcoat GSDs.)

 Riley likes to go on walks, but is not a marathon dog by any means—he starts to lose stamina at around a mile. Overall, Riley walks well on leash--he generally pulls a little bit at the start of his walks but settles in quickly. Riley will bark and pull when he sees other dogs during his walks, so he still needs work in this area. Riley’s off-leash recall is not all that great, though he’s not a runaway dog, either.

 Riley alarm-barks appropriately when people are at the door, but is not a nuisance barker. When left alone outside (even before he was joined by Reina) Andrew’s neighbors did not report any excessive barking from Riley.

 Riley will fit well into a family that is seeking a fun-loving, low-maintenance GSD who enjoys hanging out with his people and going places with them. As a bonus,  Riley--like all true longcoat GSDs--does not shed nearly as much as a normal coat GSD, because he lacks an undercoat.  

GSRSV rescued Riley from the Stanislaus County Shelter on 8-8-16. He is in a foster home in Bay Point, along Hwy 4 between Antioch and Concord. Riley's adoption fee is $260.

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"Ruby" is a 12-yo spayed female GSD who is sweet, mellow, and rather shy. Ruby is friendly with everyone, including young children. She is fine with other dogs, though she pretty much interacts with only one other dog, "Nar" (see elsewhere on this page). She has never been around cats, however, so we're seeking a home w/ out cats for her. Ruby is a big dog, and weighs approx 75 lbs. 

Ruby is in very good health, and has no noticeable arthritis. Her hips are sound and she moves with a nice, fluid motion. (Click here for a short video of Ruby running.) Her teeth look great for a dog her age. 

Ruby lived outdoors her entire life with her former owners. Though she is allowed to come inside at GSRSV's facility, she still chooses to remain outside--no matter what the weather. She received basic obedience training when she was younger, but has not needed any follow-up training. Ruby is good on a leash, but her former owners lived on over an acre and rarely took her off the property, so they rarely needed to put a leash on her. The same is true with Ruby at GSRSV's property.

Ruby loves water, whether it's swimming, playing in the sprinklers, splashing in a kiddy pool, or just dunking her face into a bucket of water. 

Ruby is very bonded with her companion dog "Nar", also listed on this page, so can only be adopted together with Nar.  

Ruby's owners purchased her from a breeder when she was about 8 wks old, and had her up until July 2015, when they moved out of the country and GSRSV took her and Nar in at its facility in Pleasant Grove.

Ruby's adoption fee is $125.

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Recovering from broken leg surgery--needs calm home (foster or permanent)
until November 2016

"Sadie C" is a super-sweet, beautiful 4-5 yo, 50-lb spayed female GSD with a remarkable story--more on that later. Sadie is recovering from surgery to repair a broken femur in her right rear leg, so she needs a relatively calm home for the next three months--either a foster or permanent home. Unfortunately, Sadie is not cat-friendly, so that rules out homes with cats.

Sadie is great with people of all ages. She's been around kids 3 & 4-yrs old, and is very gentle with them. She's fine approached by both adults and children at the park.

Sadie is great with other dogs, and did great with several dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch when I evaluated her. Click here to see a short video of Sadie mingling with those dogs--which also shows how well she is moving on her surgically-repaired leg.

As mentioned, Sadie likes to chase after cats, which is the primary reason her savior/caretaker is seeking another home for her. So, no homes w/ cats for Sadie.

Sadie is housetrained and perfectly behaved inside. She's a comfort pup, and likes to snuggle up on the couch or bed. Sadie stays in a closed bedroom when nobody is home and does fine. She does NOT like crates, and broke out of two of them already.

Sadie walks fine on leash, but she is only walked for about one block at most right now. She rides fine in a vehicle and likes going for rides. She is able to jump up into an SUV even at this stage of her recovery.

Here's Sadie's amazing story: Erica, Sadie's caretaker, was teaching her daughter to drive along some rural roads near Nicholas (between Natomas and Marysville) when they found Sadie lying in a ditch, covered in mud and dehydrated. Erica immediately took Sadie to her vet, who said that they could operate on Sadie but could not offer a discount. However, that vet hospital had a "sister" hospital (Sunset Animal Medical Center in Fair Oaks) with a seasoned vet (Dr. Jay Griffiths) who was willing to perform Sadie's surgery with no charge for labor. Dr. Griffiths pinned Sadie's broken leg on May 17. Sadie was recovering well, but then popped the pin out on June 2 while chasing a cat in Erica's house. Dr. Griffiths re-inserted the pin, again at no labor charge.

Sadie is at Week 9 of her recovery (as of 8-4-16), and will require a low level of activity for another three months. In late September, Sadie will need to have the pin in her leg removed to allow for complete bone healing. If Sadie is in a foster home at this time, Erica will pay for the surgical expenses, but of course we're hoping to find an adopter who will cover those expenses. Even with donations from a generous sponsor, Erica has laid out about $1500 to date for Sadie's medical needs.

There will be no adoption fee for Sadie--just a heart full of gratitude to the lucky person or family who adopts her.

Posted 8-4-16

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"Sadie E" is a 9-10 yo spayed female GSD mix who is very sweet and easy-going. She's in great shape for a dog her age: no mobility issues, jumps into the back of a Subaru Forester without a running start, and her teeth look very good.

Sadie is great with people of all ages, including infants. (She lives w/ a 2-yo child who climbs all over her.) She's outgoing and friendly.

Sadie is fine w/ other dogs for the most part, though she's not particularly playful--she much prefers the company of people. She can be reactive towards other dogs when she's on leash, depending on the other dog's reaction to her. Sadie behaved perfectly with several dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch during her off-leash evaluation (click here for a video).

Sadie has never lived with cats and does pull towards them when on walks, so we will only consider a home without cats for her.

Sadie is a house dog and is fine left inside when her people are gone for several hours. She walks well on a leash, except (as previously noted) when she sees another dog who is reactive towards her. She if fine off-leash and does not wander far at all. She rides well in a car and has been on lots of long trips.

Sadie isn't big on playing with toys or fetching, but she will chase after other dogs who chase after a ball. She likes wading into lakes or rivers, but is not a swimmer. What she does like is to just hang out with her people on the couch and take treats!

Sadie's male owner Matt adopted her from the Sacto SPCA when she was about 1 yr old. When he joined his wife, they paired up Sadie and his wife's now 12-yo female Dalmatian mix Bridget. Sadie and Bridget never really cared for each other, and would get into occasional spats. Over the last year, however, the conflicts have increased in both frequency and intensity, forcing Matt and his wife to separate Sadie and Bridget for the most part. Further, with their two-year old child and another baby on the way, they have legitimate concerns about one of the kids getting caught in the middle of a scuffle between Sadie and Bridget. So, sadly, Matt is seeking a new home for Sadie (who apparently instigates most of the conflicts.)

GSRSV has evaluated Sadie E and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Sadie E through its adoption program while her owners continue to care for her.  Sadie E's adoption fee is $85.

Posted 9-4-16

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OK with Cats!
is a loveable, energetic, 60 lb 5-yo spayed female Terrier/GSD mix with lots of personality. Zoe is friendly with strangers, but is also a good watchdog. (She barks at people who enter the home, but does not approach them aggressively.) Zoe is fine with children, but nervous around toddlers, so no kids under 4 yrs for Zoe.

Zoe is great with other dogs for the most part, but can be somewhat bossy with alpha female dogs, so it's best that Zoe be paired with a male dog. She is presently living with a male Pit Bull mix that she plays with constantly--and plays hard! Zoe is good with small dogs and spent a good amount of time in the same house as a small dog who she let boss her around. Zoe is good at the dog park.

Contrary to Zoe's previous Web profile, she is marginally OK with cats! She was in a foster home with cats for three weeks early 2016 while she was recovering from knee surgery, and her foster caretaker at the time often had Zoe around her cats without a problem. Now, Zoe is back at her regular foster home, where Zoe does fine around the two resident cats when they are inside. Once the cats go outside, it’s a different story: Zoe will corner them and bark at them, though that is the extent of her harassment. Regina, Zoe's foster caretaker, thinks she would do fine with a dog savvy indoor cat. Though Zoe might be somewhat annoying to a cat, she has given us no reason to believe that she'd hurt one.

On the other hand, Zoe does has a very strong prey drive and loves to chase after squirrels, birds, and other outdoor critters. 

Zoe is great in the house and exhibits no separation anxiety when left alone. (She was previously an only dog in an apartment, in which she was left for several hours each day by herself.) She is fine on leash, but does pull hard when she sees a cat or squirrel.

Zoe is a quick learner and obeys numerous commands. She is even trained to relieve herself on command! She has good recall off-leash, unless she's spotted a small critter to chase. 

Zoe loves to play fetch w/ a ball or Frisbee and to play chase in an open field. More than anything, she loves to swim and to snap at the water stream from a hose. (Click here for a video of Zoe swimming in the pond at GSRSV's rescue ranch.) 

GSRSV originally rescued Zoe in April 2012 from a woman who could no longer keep her due to a forced move from her home. Zoe was adopted by a young couple in Nov 2013. The couple had to return Zoe in Nov 2015 due to a death in the family and a subsequent move into the house of one of the parents. 

Zoe is presently in a foster home in East Sacramento. Her adoption fee is $175, which includes a microchip.

Posted 12-7-15; updated 7-11-16

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Adopted 9-2-16!

"Raisin!" This incredibly cute 8-9 mos old, approx 45-lb neutered male GSD mix is as fun and loveable as they come. Raisin is one of those dogs who is always happy and loves to play but is also quite well-mannered. Raisin is timid of new people at this point, but he doesn't take long to warm up to them. He never showed any fear towards me, so I didn't even know about his timid side until I brought him to a family who wanted to meet him. I think that Raisin is a natural for kids, especially those old enough to play fetch with him and the like. Raisin takes treats gently from hand and has no food aggression. 

Raisin is wonderful with other dogs and loves to be chased. He is incredibly tolerant of abuse handed out by a couple of the GSRSV dogs who love to play with him--and take advantage of his submissiveness. He never retaliates, just lets out a yelp when he's had enough. I really prefer that Raisin go to a home w/ another relatively young, playful dog, but will consider the right one-dog home as well.

I don't know how Raisin is with cats, but he has shown a very strong hunting instinct at GSRSV's rescue ranch, so I will only consider him for a home without cats.

Raisin is housetrained and has never had an accident inside my house here at GSRSV's rescue ranch. I've also never seen him chew anything that he shouldn't chew--he's just that well-behaved. Raisin will occasionally jump up on me when he's excited, but he seems to look at me first to see if it's OK (which it is, for me). Raisin is one smart cookie, so it will be easy to eliminate any jumping if that's in order.

Raisin's former owner apparently adopted him from the Stanislaus County shelter in Modesto on 2-3-16, then surrendered him back to the shelter on 5-16-16. Raisin's owner indicated on the surrender form that he jumps their fence, but Raisin has never even tried to get over the 5-ft backyard fence at GSRSV's rescue ranch. I can only surmise that Raisin was bored out of his mind being kept as an outside-only dog and was seeking some fun.

GSRSV rescued Raisin from the Modesto shelter on
5-31-16. His former owner had named him "Razor", but that didn't fit this sweet, soft-hearted dog at all--thus "Raisin." His adoption fee is $260.

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Adopted 8-27-16!

"Luna" is a 1-yo (born January 2015), approx 55-lb spayed female Dutch Shepherd/American Staffordshire Terrier who is playful, affectionate, and very athletic. Luna is super-friendly with people of all ages. She is good with children and has been living with a 9-yo and a 13-yo. She is fine w/ toddlers as well, and when settled down lets a 2-yo climb all over her. However, her high energy and youthful rambunctiousness does pose the risk of knocking over the little ones.

Luna is great with nearly all dogs, but she did go after a small dog in a dog park when it first came in. I believe that was incidental, as Luna was awesome with a 6-wk old GSD puppy at GSRSV's rescue ranch. (Click here to see a video of Luna playing with the pup)  She also does fine w/ her owner's stister's Boston Terrier. Luna had a ball playing w/ several dogs at the rescue ranch, and she would clearly do best in a home with another young, playful dog not much smaller than her.

Luna was raised from 4 months on with a cat, but wants to play with the cat like she does with a dog--which is clearly not what the cats wants. I will consider a home with a cat for Luna, but only if there is also a dog she can focus her playful energy on.

Luna is fully housetrained, though her owners keep her crated when they are gone to keep her from harassing their cat. Luna's owners keep her inside because she could easily jump their fence if she wanted to, and they feel that she just might since she's left alone for 6-7 hrs/day. Luna is non-destructive in the house, but she will chew up objects left outside, and occasionally digs a hole out of boredom.

Luna does like to pull when she is walked, so her owners use a "Gentle Leader" muzzle harness. She has an effortless gait, and would likely make a wonderful running partner. Luna obeys basic commands such as sit, down, come, and leave it, though she's not an obedience star. She did receive several weeks of obedience training when she was 6 months old and then again at 8-9 months old. Luna's main behavior that needs work is that she likes to jump up to greet people, and sometimes springs right up to give a kiss--bullet style. This is not a difficult behavior to modify, however.

Luna's owners adopted her from the Sac County shelter in May 2015. Though they love her, they are seeking to rehome her because they are moving to a house w/ a very small backyard, and worry that she's already not getting enough exercise from her daily walks and runs in their present large backyard. Also, they don't like to crate her for several hours.

GSRSV has evaluated Luna and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Luna through its adoption program while her owners continue to care for her.  Luna's adoption fee is $210, which includes a microchip. Luna is located in the Greenhaven area of Sacramento.

Posted 2-27-16  

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Adopted 8-26-16!

"Kiedis" is a stunning, 5-yo (born 4-20-11) neutered male GS who is loyal, affectionate, intelligent and protective--a true GSD! Kiedis is a traditional German-line GSD, with an impressive pedigree and a thick coat with a deep reddish-hue (not displayed well in the photos here). Both of Kiedis' parents were AKC registered and had hip evaluations from the Orhtopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)--"excellent" for the father and "good" for the mother. These documents and pictures of Kiedis' parents are in a binder that will be passed on to Kiedis' adopter(s).

Kiedis is fine with strangers on neutral ground, but was a good watchdog in his original home. It will take Kiedis awhile for his protective instincts to emerge once he's adopted, though. Kieidis was adopted in early August, and never once even barked at anyone at the door during the 11 days in his new home. Unfortunately, his adopters had to return him to GSRSV due to asthma problems with one of the adopters. (This man would be happy to speak about his positive experience with Kiedis to any prospective adopters.)

Kiedis is great with other dogs, both large and small, and was a regular visitor to the dog park with his original owner. He was perfect around several dogs in his evaluation visit at GSRSV's rescue ranch. (Click here for a very short video.) Kiedis has never been around cats, so I will only consider a home w/out cats for him.

Kiedis is fully housetrained and behaves perfectly inside. Kiedis is clearly a very smart dog. He obeys basic commands quickly even though he never had formal obedience training. Kiedis loves to go on walks and is very good on leash--he is non-reactive towards other dogs that he sees.

Kiedis' former owner Amy and her ex-husband purchased Kiedis from a breeder at about 8 wks old. Amy's ex-husband was more in charge of Kiedis than Amy was, but she ended up with the dog. Because Amy was unfamiliar with dogs and somewhat intimidated by Kiedis' size, she ended up keeping him outside after she had a baby. Kiedis eventually started barking at Amy's baby through the sliding glass door, no doubt out of frustration at being kept outside. However, it made Amy nervous and she did not have much time to spend with Kiedis anyway. So, she sought GSRSV's assistance in finding Kiedis a new home.

GSRSV originally took Kiedis in at its rescue ranch on June 29, then again on August 14.  His adoption fee is $210.  

Posted 5-25-16; updated 8-15-16

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Adopted 8-26-16!

"Callie" is a 3-yo, 75-lb spayed female GSD who is pretty, super-sweet and mellow. Callie is friendly with strangers, though a little aloof at first. She doesn't appear to have a gender preference. She's fine with young kids.

Callie is great with other dogs--tenuous at first, then playful once she gets comfortable but not overbearing. She is a regular dog park visitor, and was fine meeting several dogs at GSRSV's rescue ranch. (See the video linked here.)

Callie is also good with cats. She recently stayed for several days with her caretaker's friend who has three dog-savvy cats, and though she showed mild interest in them she never chased after them.

Callie is fully housetrained, and occasionally stays inside for a few hours by herself with no problem. Normally, she accompanies her caretaker (Marijane) to work, and stays in a 3-ft high exercise pen on the patio without trying to get out. Callie walks fine on leash (though she does pull slightly at first) and rides well in a vehicle.

Callie readily obeys a few basic commands such as "sit" and "stay." She does occasionally try to jump up on Marijane when she gets excited, but that behavior is tapering off.

Marijane took Callie in on 8-6-16 from a man she met at the park who had Callie at the time. The man had adopted Callie from the Sacramento County Shelter approx eight months prior, but was about to take her back to the shelter because his landlord told him he's not allowed to have a GSD. Marijane figured she could find Callie a new home in short order, and so took her in.

Marijane's vet checked out Callie, and discovered that she has heartworm. (Many dogs are infected with heartworm, and in its early stages, it causes absolutely no ill effects. Callie shows no symptoms of heartworm, so it's almost a certainty the heartworm is in its very early stage. Click here for a good overview of heartworm disease in dogs.) The heartworm diagnosis threw a wrench in Marijane's plans to rehome Callie quickly. Then, HER landlord told her that she had to find another home for Callie ASAP. That's when she contacted GSRSV.

GSRSV has already had its primary veterinarian examine Callie and plan for her heartworm treatment once she is either adopted or fostered. Callie will receive two Immiticide injections, separated by 24 hours (outpatient). Callie's only post-treatment requirements will be to keep her from any activity for a month that will make her heart rate increase significantly, which would put her at risk of medical complications. This means no off-leash activities and no playing with other dogs--unless it's a little dog and there's not much physical activity involved for Callie. Inside crating will not be necessary. On-leash walks will be fine.

GSRSV has evaluated Callie and is presently placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Callie through its adoption program while her caretaker continues to care for her. Callie is presently located in the Arden Fair area of Sacramento. Her adoption fee is $260, which includes her heartworm treatment.

Posted 8-20-16



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Adopted 8-21-16!

"Lilly" is a 2-yo, 65-lb spayed female GSD mix who is very mellow and affectionate, though a little timid. Lilly is super-sweet with people, and will surely be good with children of all ages. She takes treats from hand gently and is not food-aggressive. She does display some signs of previous physical abuse, cowering somewhat when I raise my voice, but nothing suggesting serious abuse.

Lilly is very good with the dogs at GSRSV's Rescue Ranch, but is not particularly playful with any of them. This might change once she is in a home with just one or two dogs, as she's probably a little overwhelmed by the large number of dogs she lives with. Lilly was an owner-surrender, and her shelter notes state that she chases cats, so I will only consider a home without cats for her.

Again, Lilly is very mellow and relatively low-energy. She usually behaves perfectly in the house, though she has chewed up a couple of pairs of my jeans! Lilly spends most of her time lounging on my bed--her favorite spot in the house. I would hope that whoever adopts Lilly will allow her to cuddle up on a couch, if not their bed.

Lilly obeys basic commands such as sit and lie down. I have not had Lilly on leash much, but I have a pretty strong feeling she's not a puller. Lilly has very good recall off-leash, and always comes running back into the yard when I call her from the large property beyond the yard. She rides well in a car.

GSRSV rescued Lilly from the Stanislaus County Shelter on 5-19-16. Lilly's former owner(s) surrendered her to the shelter on 5-3-16 for reasons unstated, having had her for less than a month.

Lily's adoption fee is $210.

Posted 7-28-16