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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 one of its program dogs." 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 November 24, 2015.

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.


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"Bailey" is a beautiful 5-6 yo, 60-lb spayed female GSD who is very affectionate and playful. Bailey loves to cuddle and be petted. She has a very gentle temperament, and I'm sure she'll be great with small children (though I've yet to observe her w/ youngsters). 

Bailey is great with other dogs, and loves to run and play. She does have a strong herding instinct and likes to chase after hyper dogs and sometimes nip at them. However, she backs off right away if the other dog objects. I don't know how Bailey is with cats, so will only consider a home without cats for her.

Bailey was most likely kept as an outdoor dog previously, as she was enthralled with everything in my house when I first brought her home. Bailey immediately embraced the indoor life, and has made my bed her primary resting spot. She never had even one accident inside--though I do have a dog door. Bailey's only bad house habit is that she'll sometimes chew on the toilet paper roll when I'm gone if I forget to put it out of reach. 

Though Bailey is very loving, she also appears to have been abused in certain ways. For example, she is initially scared when I place a leash on her, and will cry if the leash becomes taut. However, she gets over her fear quickly. I'm sure that Bailey just needs to get used to walking on leash when the objective is to have fun.

Bailey was surrendered by her owner (for reasons unknown) to the Turlock Animal Shelter on 7-29-15. GSRSV rescued Bailey on 8-22-15 after nobody adopted her during the time she was at the shelter. 

Bailey's adoption fee is $225, which includes a microchip.

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"Bodie" is a happy-go-lucky, loveable, energetic 1½-yo neutered male GSD. Bodie is friendly with everyone he meets, and will surely be great with kids of all ages. He is great with other dogs, and loves to play. I don't know how Bodie is with cats, and due to his high energy and exuberance, I will not consider a home with cats for him. Bodie presently weighs about 70 lbs, and is still filling out. 

Bodie is housetrained and perfectly behaved in the house when I am present. I haven't had him on leash much, but the times I have he's seemed quite good. Bodie has good recall off-leash, too. He loves to bite the water stream from a hose, but I've yet to see him go swimming in the pond here at GSRSV's facility.

Bodie's one drawback is that he does not like being away from his person--even for a short time--and can jump a fence to make sure that he stays with his person. This is true even when Bodie is around other dogs--which is all the time her at GSRSV's facility. Bodie will likely have to be kept inside or in a very secure kennel when his next owner leaves the house. I don't know how Bodie does inside a house uncrated, as I have a dog door that I can't shut off for the other dogs. However, he does pretty well in a crate at my house when I'm gone. It must be a sturdy crate, though, as Bodie has pulled the door in of a lighter-weight crate, allowing him to get out.

GSRSV took Bodie in from his former owner who could no longer keep him. Bodie's adoption fee is $275, which includes a microchip.

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"Captain Crunch" is a handsome, nearly 4-yo (born November 2011) neutered male longcoat GSD who is playful and happy-go-lucky, yet quite protective of his home. Captain is very tall (about 31" at the withers) and weighs about 85 lbs. 

Captain is very friendly with strangers in neutral environments, but needs to be properly introduced to strangers inside the house or he will charge them. He is not a dog for a household with lots of people coming and going without regards to his whereabouts. Captain has been fine w/ an 8-yo girl, and is likely fine with children younger than that--though there is always the chance of him bowling them over.

Captain is great with other dogs. He loves to play and be chased, and especially likes high-energy female dogs. He is on the submissive side and will shy away rather than fight if a dog gets testy with him. Captain is not good with cats. 

Captain has not received any formal training, but does respond well to basic commands such as sit & shake. He loves being indoors, and his owners have left him inside for up to six hours with no problems at all. When left outside for any extended period of time, Captain becomes restless and might seek a way out of the yard. 

Captain loves to play fetch and chew on tennis balls. (He earned his nickname Captain Crunch from the crunching sound that a tennis ball makes when Captain is chewing on it.) He also loves to swim and fetch balls in the water.

Captain has a fear of thunder and fireworks (as do many dogs), but not so bad that he needs tranquilizers. He is also fearful of umbrellas opening and rubber bands, hair ties, and the like. 

Captain's owner Allison and her husband adopted him in Jan or Feb 2015 from a couple who were going to bring him to a shelter if they didn't find a home for him within a few days. The couple raised Captain from a puppy, but had never had a dog before. They kept him outside and had minimal contact with him. Then, just before the wife was going to have a baby, they decided to get rid of him. Allison and her husband adopted Captain, even though they weren't sure if he was the right dog for them; they didn't want to see Captain going to a shelter.

Allison and her husband are seeking a new home for Captain because he has not bonded as strongly with them as their previous GSD and are seeking a more "serious" working-type GSD. 

GSRSV has evaluated Captain and is placing him as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Captain through its adoption program while his caretakers continue to care for him.

Captain's adoption fee is $225, which includes a microchip. He is located in Antelope.

Posted 10-15-15

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Adoption Fee Reduced!
is a 1-yr old spayed female Pit Bull/GSD who is happy, playful, and well behaved for her age--for the most part! Delilah loves people and loves to snuggle next to you. I have not observed her around young children, but I have no doubt that she'll be good with them. Delilah is great with other dogs, and not dominant at all. She loves to play, and can either play rough or gently, depending on the dog she's with. Delilah is not good w/ cats. She weighs about 60 lbs but isn't very large--just thick!

Delilah is completely housetrained and very well behaved inside the house, especially for such a young dog. Delilah is a real comfort pup, and loves to snuggle on a bed or easy chair, and will sleep right by your side. 

Delilah loves car rides and rides very calmly. She also  loves to swim! It took her awhile to build her confidence, but now she swims like a fish in the pond at GSRSV's facility. She also enjoys playing with tennis balls and chewing on hard plastic toys, 

Delilah is a serious fence-jumper, and will require a home in which she is kept inside when her people are gone. Originally, Delilah had great recall off leash. She enjoyed her romps around GSRSV's 45-acre property, and always stayed right with the "pack." When it was time to come back in the yard, she either came right in or did so when I called her. However, Delilah has learned to jump the 6-ft chain link fence at the front of my property, and loves to go visit the neighbors up the road. Consequently, I'm having to keep Delilah on leashes or a crate in the house, and on long cables or a kennel w/ a chain-link top outside--except when we go on our daily walks around the property w/ the rest of the GSRSV dogs, when she shows no interest in leaving. This is painful for both Delilah and myself, as she's young and full of energy, and I've never had to restrict a dog they way I'm having to do so with Delilah. 

I'm hoping that a change in environment will put an end to Delilah's desire to escape, but she definitely has the ability to jump most fences up to 6 ft. Fortunately, Delilah is very mellow in the house and can be left inside for hours without any problem. 

A woman named Trina found Delilah wandering her neighborhood in the Pocket area of Sacramento on May 8. All efforts to find her owner were exhausted, but Trina didn't have the heart to bring Delilah to the shelter--even though she couldn't let Delilah in her house because of her cats. I evaluated Delilah for adoption on May 25, and was going to list her as a "Program Dog."  I boarded Delilah for Trina when she and her family went to Lake Tahoe Memorial Day weekend. The plan was for them to pick up Delilah on May 26, but Delilah proved to fit in so well w/ the other GSRSV dogs (especially Foxy, another young female GSD mix) that I decided to keep he here while I seek a permanent home for her.

Delilah's adoption fee is only $100, thanks to Trina's contribution of $100 towards her fee!

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"Gelda" is an approx 5-6 yo 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.

Posted 4-21-13

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"Leia" is a beautiful, nearly-7-yo (born 10-29-08) spayed female GSD with a wonderful, easy-going temperament. Leia is friendly with everyone, and I had no reservations petting her inside her owner's car--which can be a little risky w/ some GSDs. Leia has grown up w/ three boys, who at the time Leia was a puppy were 6, 7 & 10. The boys love to wrestle w/ Leia, and she with them. She also likes to snuggle. Leia will almost certainly do well with younger kids. She has no food aggression and takes treats gently.

Leia is great with other dogs for the most part, and has grown up w/ a female GSD/Chow mix and a male Chihuahua/Dachshund mix. She did have issues w/a female Chihuahua that Leia's owner Reina was fostering, but that dog was ornery w/ all the dogs in Reina's home and Leia did her best to ignore that dog for as long as she could. Leia did great with the four dogs that she met at GSRSV's facility. Leia has never lived with a cat, and will chase them, so I will only consider a home without cats for her.

Leia is in great shape for a dog her age and looks like a dog years younger than she is. Her teeth are all full and mostly white, and she has very little grey in her muzzle. She runs with a beautiful, flowing gait that is classic GSD--absolutely no hip problems with this dog. (Click here to see a video of her running around at GSRSV's facility.) If I were to have rescued Leia from a shelter without knowing her age, I would have estimated her to be 4-5 yrs old! Leia weighs about 65 lbs.

Leia is well behaved for the most part, though she has not had any formal training. Her owner shares the same philosophy about dogs that I do--let them be dogs, while providing enough training to maintain control. For example, Leia loves to grab hold of the leash and play tug at the beginning of walks. This is a cute, spirited behavior that I would do nothing to discourage myself--in fact, I'd probably encourage it! Leia does pull somewhat on leash, but nothing too serious. Leia does jump up on Reina at times in her excitement, but does not do this with strangers.  Leia has been an inside/outside dog her entire life. She is usually kept outside when her owner is gone, and has no separation anxiety. She would do fine kept indoors, as well. 

Leia loves to play fetch, run, and to swim. 

Reina raised Leia from a puppy and Leia is a valued member of her family. However, Reina lives with her mother, and Leia's behavior towards the Chihuahua that Raina was fostering caused her mother concern that Leia might turn on the other two dogs--even though it was the Chi that was stirring things up. Leia now has to be kept separate from the other dogs, which means being kept outside on a "runner" for the most part. Reina does not want Leia to have to live this way, so she is seeking a new home for her. 

GSRSV has evaluated Leia and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Leia through its adoption program while her owners continue to care for her. Leia's adoption fee is $150. Leia is located in Paradise, near Chico.

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"Maxine" is a large (90 lb), beautiful 4½-yo spayed female GSD who is very affectionate, outgoing, and "alpha." Maxine is quite friendly with strangers, but is a good watchdog. She is great with kids, including young ones. She presently lives with kids 3, 5, 7 &11 yrs old, and does well with all of them.  

Maxine is an alpha dog and clearly wants to be the one in charge. She got along well with the many dogs she met at GSRSV's facility, but she did try to bully two of the oldest dogs. A quick "No!" was all it took for her to leave those dogs along. Maxine lives with a female dog who she occasionally quarrels with, but nothing major. I recommend that Maxine's next home be one with either no other dog or a large, confident male dog who won't elicit any bullying on Maxine's part. Maxine has never been around cats, so we will only consider a home without cats for her.

Maxine is well behaved, though she's had no formal training. She is housetrained, but is kept outside primarily. That will not be the case in her next home.  Maxine is fine left alone for several hours--no separation anxiety. However, Maxine is not too experienced riding in a car, and gets agitated and barks. She probably just needs to go on more car rides to fun places!

Maxine pulls somewhat on leash, but not so hard that her female owner can't handle her. Maxine does get reactive on leash towards some dogs, but ignores others. Maxine likes to play fetch, and showed great interest in the pond at GSRSV's facility--though she did not go in the water.

Maxine is in good health, but her left hip is somewhat dysplastic. This simply means that the ball & socket in that hip is somewhat loose--it does NOT mean that Maxine will become crippled w/ arthritis before she becomes a senior. Maxine runs fine and an untrained eye would probably not even see the difference between how her left and right legs move. Maxine is presently on a chondrotin/glucosamine supplement, and I will encourage her next owners to continue her on such a supplement.

Maxine's male owner Felix obtained her from a friend when she was about 5 mos old. Felix is now married, and he and his wife are seeking to rehome Maxine because they don't have the time to spend with her and feel that their place is too small for two large dogs.

GSRSV has evaluated Maxine and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Maxine through its adoption program while her owners continue to care for her.  Maxine's adoption fee is $225. Maxine is located in West Sacramento.

Posted 4-22-15

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"Maya" is a super-sweet, gentle-giant 5-yr old spayed female GSD mix.  Maya is friendly with strangers (more comfortable w/ women), but also a good watchdog on her home turf. She is great with children, and was protective (though not overly so) of the 7-yr old and a 9-yr old kids she formerly lived with. She is fine with other dogs, though when off-leash she approaches other dogs in a very dominant way. She is NOT good with cats, small dogs or livestock.  Maya is a big dog, weighs approx  90 lbs. 

Maya is very obedient and responds well to commands. She is a great companion on jogs and hikes. She is good on leash and will not pull or make any fuss when seeing other dogs. Even when off leash, she will not run far and comes when called. 

Though Maya has a lot of energy on walks and hikes, she is really clam and loving in a home environment. She loves to cuddle and receive all the attention she can get. Maya is also surprisingly good in cars; she waits calmly and quietly if you leave to run short errands.

Maya formerly had separation anxiety when left alone, but her foster caretakers have worked wonders with this behavior. Now, they can leave Maya alone (w/ access to outside via a dog door) for as much as 12 hrs w/ out her getting upset. 

Maya's former owners adopted her from the Sac SPCA in November 2009. Maya had separation anxiety from the outset, but her owners helped her grow comfortable for the time that they were typically away from home. However, changes to their work schedules forced them to leave Maya alone for 10-12 hrs/day. Consequently, her owners were forced to seek a new home for Maya, and in mid-May began boarding her at GSRSV's facility while I sought her a new home. 

GSRSV brought Maya to a foster home in North Sacramento on 8-21-11, where she is doing great. 

Maya's adoption fee is $175.

Posted 3-6-11; updated 2-28-12 

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"Milo" is a 3-yo neutered male GSD mix who is great with people of all ages. Milo has lived in a home w/ kids ranging from 15 to 8 yrs. I'm sure he'd be fine with young kids. He's very affectionate and loves to be handled. 

Milo gets along fine with other dogs for the most part, as he's demonstrated with the dogs at GSRSV's facility. However, he is very reactive towards other dogs who bark at him when he's walking on leash and pulls hard towards them. Therefore, whoever adopts Milo must be strong enough to restrain him when walking (Milo does NOT like harnesses), or perhaps chooses to walk Milo at a time when hardly any other dogs will be encountered. I do not know how Milo is with cats (likely not good), so will only consider a home without cats for him. Milo is a large dog, weighing about 80 lbs.

Milo is housetrained and is fine when left inside for several hours. He knows a few of basic commands but has not received any formal training. He walks well on a leash (except when he sees other dogs who bark at him) and has good recall off-leash. He rides well in a car. Milo loves water--swimming or just running through shallow water. He likes playing fetch, too.

Milo appears to have been with one family since he was a puppy, as they knew his birthdate (5-25-12). The family surrendered him to the Sac SPCA on 1-25-14, reportedly because they were moving. GSRSV rescued Milo on 2-19-14. Milo is presently in a foster home in Davis. His adoption fee is $225.

Posted 3-20-14; updated 7-12-15

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"Nar II" is a large, handsome nearly 7-yo (born 7-13-08) neutered male GSD who is very friendly with both adults and children. Nar II is surprisingly good with other dogs, given that he has not been socialized with many dogs during his life.  Nar II has never been around cats, however, so we're seeking a home w/ out cats for him. Nar II weighs approx 90 lbs.

Nar II has lived outdoors his entire life. Nar II is good on a leash, but his owners live on over an acre and rarely take him off the property, so they rarely need to put a leash on him. 

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

Nar II is very bonded with his companion dog "Ruby", also listed on this page. Nar II's owners strongly prefer to keep him and Ruby together at this point in time. 

Nar II's owners purchased him from a breeder when he was about 8 wks old, and have had him ever since. They are seeking a new home for Nar II (along w/ Ruby) because the moved out of the country on July 20. Nar II and Ruby are now located at GSRSV's facility in Pleasant Grove.

Posted 6-23-15; updated 7-12-15

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"Phoenix" is a handsome 4-yo neutered male GSD with a sweet, gentle temperament. 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 great with other dogs when off-leash, but can be quite reactive towards them when walking on-leash. He has behaved perfectly at a dog park, and was quite playful with a female GSD.  It's unlikely, however, that Phoenix will do well w/ cats, as he pull strongly towards cats when he sees them while walking on leash. Phoenix is solidly-built, has a large head, and weighs about 80 lbs.

Phoenix is somewhat insecure, and always wants to be by his person. He is fully housetrained and was great in the house when his former foster caretaker was home, but did have mild separation anxiety when left alone. He knocked over some plants and chewed through some wires (fortunately, low voltage wires) during his first few days in his foster home. After that, his foster caretaker simply closed the door to his office and removed the plants, and Phoenix didn't cause any damage when left alone. However, it's clear that Phoenix would do best in a home where his person is home most of the time, as is the case at present. 

Phoenix generally walks easy on leash, but he does pull strongly at first out of eagerness. Again, he can be quite reactive towards other dogs he sees when on walks, but not always. He rides well in the car, but insists in getting out the driver's side--even if the driver is still sitting there! 

Phoenix was reportedly abandoned by a neglectful, abusive owner, picked up by Oakland Animal Control, then bailed out of the shelter by a neighbor who had been befriending Phoenix. I'm not sure just what to believe, because Phoenix shows no signs of abuse, though he does have the classic insecurity of a dog who has been abandoned. What's for sure is that whoever adopts Phoenix will be well-rewarded by a dog who will show unconditional love and devotion. Phoenix's adoption fee is $200. 

Posted 7-30-14; updated 8-29-14

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"Ruby" is an 11½-yo spayed female GSD with a very sweet, mellow temperament. Ruby is super-friendly with everyone, including young children. She is great with other dogs, which is quite impressive given that she hasn't been around too many other dogs during her life. 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 78 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 has lived outdoors her entire life. 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 owners live on over an acre and rarely take her off the property, so they rarely need to put a leash on her.  

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 II", also listed on this page. Ruby's owners strongly prefer to keep Ruby and Nar together at this point in time. 

Ruby's owners purchased her from a breeder when she was about 8 wks old, and have had her ever since. They were forced to seek a new home for Ruby (along w/ Nar II) because they moved out of the country on July 20. Ruby and Nar II are now located at GSRSV's facility in Pleasant Grove.

Posted 6-23-15; updated 7-22-15

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Adoption Pending!

"Tilly" is a 3-yo, approx 70-lb spayed female GSD who is sweet and loving. She loves tp be petted and to cuddle. She is friendly with strangers, though somewhat timid upon meeting them at first. Tilly is very gentle, and she seems like she'd be perfect with very young children. 

Tilly is great with other dogs. Not necessarily playful with them, but completely comfortable and non-aggressive. She is presently living w/ a large female GSD/Dobie mix who she gets along fine with. We do not know how Tilly is with cats, so per my policy, I will only consider homes w/out cats for her. 

Tilly is housetrained and was routinely kept inside in her original foster home for 4-hr shifts without any problems. She also does fine in a crate. Tilly walks well on leash and sits on command. She rides very well in the car.

Tilly takes awhile to settle into a new environment, but once she does, her "inner puppy" comes out and she'll play ball, tug-of-war, and race around the yard. 

Tilly's one drawback is that she is scared of fast movements and loud noises--especially new loud noises. If the source of the noise is inside (e.g., a vacuum cleaner), she will simply move to another room or go outside. If the source of the noise is outside, and Tilly is outside, she might try to get out of the yard--depending on the intensity of the noise.

Tilly will need a home where she is allowed inside when her people are gone and, ideally, one in which she is not left alone for long periods of time.

GSRSV originally rescued Tilly from the Turlock shelter on 3-15-14. She was taken directly to a foster home in South Sacramento. The foster caretaker decided to adopt her on 4-22-14.

On 7-19-15, I received an e-mail message from a woman in South Sacramento who took in Tilly from another woman who found her running loose. Apparently, Tilly's former foster caretaker had given her to his cousin (in violation of his adoption contract with me). The cousin had Tilly for the last year or so. He said that he no longer had time for Tilly. 

I took Tilly back from the woman in South Sacramento on 8-22-15, and she's been in a foster home in Natomas since 8-28-15. Tilly's adoption fee is $275, which includes a microchip.

Posted 7-27-15; updated 9-9-15

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Adopted 11-24-15!

"Sara" is a gorgeous 2-yo, approx 60 lb spayed female GSD who is super-sweet, playful and obedient. Sara is very affectionate and friendly with everyone she meets. She sometimes forgets she is a bigger dog and loves nothing more than jumping up on the sofa with you and laying her head in your lap or trying to sit in your lap. She'll surely be great with young children.

Sara gets along with dogs of any size, and presently lives harmoniously w/ an older feisty Pomeranian, a Shetland Sheepdog, and a Golden Retriever. Sara is also good w/ kittens and likely adult cats. She presently lives w/ three kittens and mostly lies quietly and observes them, but is very tolerant of them crawling on her, too.

Sara is incredibly mature for her age, and picks up commands very quickly. (She is very treat-motivated.) She is housetrained and does well in a crate. She's presently living in an apartment in which she spends a fair amount of time in her crate when her foster caretaker (a student at UC Davis) is gone. Sara is good both on and off-leash--she has very good off-leash recall.

All-in-all, Sara is the kind of dog who will do great in a family setting, and would make a good first GSD.

GSRSV rescued Sara from the Stanislaus County Shelter on Nov 6, and has been in her foster home in Davis since Nov. 9.

Sara's adoption fee is $275, which includes a microchip.

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Adopted 11-21-15!

"Charlie" is a 3-yo (born Aug 2012), approx 80-lb  neutered male GSD who is playful, energetic and happy-go-lucky. Charlie is friendly with everyone, and is especially good with kids. He presently lives with four children ages 8-11, and has proven to be gentle w/ kids much younger. 

Charlie is great with other dogs, including small dogs--he gets along fine w/ the 10-lb female Terrier/Poodle mix that he lives with. He is a regular visitor to the local dog park, and did great w/ the dogs at GSRSV's facility. Charlie has not been around cats, so I will only consider a home w/out cats for him. 

Charlie is very well behaved in the house and his owners keep him inside when they are gone. He obeys a few basic commands, but has never had formal training and would definitely benefit from training. Charlie likes to jump up on visitors to the house (in a friendly manner)--this is a behavior that is relatively easy to curb. He also will bolt out the front door when visitors come over if his owners do not restrain him. This behavior will require a little more work to curb, but can be easily prevented with due diligence. 

Charlie loves to play fetch. He is one of the few GSDs I've seen who actually drops the ball right at your feet for you to throw again! (Click here to see a short video of Charlie's fetching skills.) Charlie loves to go for walks. He does pull out of eagerness for the first few minutes, but then settles down. His owners use a harness on Charlie, which gives them better control. Charlie also loves to go for car rides, and he rides very calmly in the car. 

Charlie's owners adopted him on July 4 of this year from a family that had raised him from a puppy. Charlie's original owners were rehoming him because they were about to have another baby and no longer wanted him. They had relegated Charlie mostly to the garage and backyard for the previous two years.

Charlie's former owners had to seek a new home for him because they were moving in with the wife's parents who did not want them to bring Charlie with their family. 

Charlie is now in a foster home in East Sacramento. His adoption fee is $275, which includes a microchip.  

Posted 10-20-15; updated 10-28-15

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Adopted 11-20-15!

"Jana" is a 2½-yo spayed female GSD who is very high energy but also very sweet. Jana is friendly with strangers but is a good watchdog. She is fine with kids, but has a strong herding drive so will chase and try to jump on younger kids when they are running around. So, we prefer a home with children no younger than 7 yrs for Jana. 

Jana is OK with larger dogs, though she hasn't been socialized with other dogs much. She is not good with small dogs or cats. Jana weighs just over 70 lbs.

Jana is housetrained and is used to being kept inside for the most part. She can be left alone inside for up to about 9 hours without any problems. 

Again, Jana is a high-energy dog and has all the makings of a working dog. Jana needs a home in which her owners will provide her with strong leadership, training, and considerable exercise--more than just daily walks around the block, 

Jana's owner Lauren is a young woman who has had her since she was 2 months old. Lauren recently had to move out of her mother's house and was not able to take Jana with her. She contacted GSRSV for assistance in finding Jana a new home. 

GSRSV has evaluated Jana and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Jana through its adoption program while her caretaker (her owner's mother) continues to care for her. Jana's adoption fee is $250. Jana is located in Antioch.

Posted 4-16-15

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Adopted 10-31-15!

"Mona" is a pretty, approx 3-yo spayed female GSD mix who is very sweet but also somewhat timid of strangers. Mona is very affectionate with her foster caretakers, but takes awhile to warm up to people she has never met before. She is not in the least aggressive with strangers--just reserved. She has come a long way in this regard since GSRSV rescued her on May 31 and continues to build her confidence around strangers. 

Mona is fine with other dogs, but not particularly playful with them. She is definitely a submissive dog, not an alpha. Mona chases cats, so I will only consider a home for her without cats.

Mona does well inside the house, but it took a long time for her to feel comfortable coming inside. It's clear that Mona was previously kept as an outdoor dog where she was not allowed inside. Now, however, she comes right inside the house when her foster caretakers come home. As a plus (for most people), she does not get up on furniture or beds, and is not a counter surfer.

 Mona is great on leash and has excellent recall off-leash. Her foster caretaker routinely jogs with her and she is a good jogging partner. She rides fine in a car, too.

GSRSV rescued Mona from the Turlock shelter on May 31, 2015, where she had been brought to as a stray.  Mona was brought right to the foster home in Davis where she is currently at. Mona's adoption fee is $250, which includes a microchip.

Posted 9-5-15

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