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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. 

This picture appears next to dogs that have proven themselves to be cat-friendly. 


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This page was last modified April 16, 2014.

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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"Shep" is a 4yr 2mos-old neutered male longcoat GSD who is affectionate, playful and protective. Shep loves to cuddle and thinks he's a lap dog. Shep is fine with visitors once introduced, but will be on guard if somebody unfamiliar enters the house unannounced. He is very gentle with young kids, and is preferential to women over men.  Shep is fine with other dogs off his own turf and when off-leash. He has interacted well with other dogs at Folsom Pet Resort and did great with the five dogs he met at GSRSV's facility. On leash, Shep is very reactive towards other dogs, and will require a strong owner to handle him during times when he's acting up, as Shep weighs just over 100 lbs! Shep is great with the cat that he lives with, and in fact they are best friends. 

Shep has received formal obedience training and responds quickly to basic commands. Shep is mostly a housedog and is great in the house when left alone. Shep walks well on leash, except when he sees other dogs--then he gets all worked up. (Shep's owners previously hired a professional trainer to break him of this habit, but it has not made much difference.) Shep loves to go for rides in the car and travels well.

Shep loves to run after balls, but prefers to play keep-away rather than drop the ball for another throw. He doesn't care for water too much. Shep is not a long-distance runner, and with his thick coat does not do well outside in the heat. Shep does not run with the fluid motion that GSDs are renowned for, and though he's not had any problems with his hips, I would strongly recommend that he be kept on a glucosamine/chondroitin joint supplement for the rest of his life. I also feel that Shep is about 10-15 lbs overweight, and I know that he will strongly benefit from a weight reduction program.

Shep's owners purchased him from a breeder in Southern Calif when he was just a pup. Shep has been a valued member of their family from day one, and continues to be so. Unfortunately, Shep's protective nature has posed a challenge for his family now that they've moved into a suburban neighborhood, with friends of their 11-yo son coming and going. Shep takes his job as protector of the house a bit too seriously, and his owners are concerned that Shep might bite one of their son's friends or a friend's parent if they happen to walk in unannounced. So, they've decided to seek a new home for Shep with a less busy household. 

GSRSV has evaluated Shep and is placing him as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Shep through its adoption program while his owners continue to care for him. Shep is located in El Dorado Hills. His adoption fee is $200.

Posted 4-16-14

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"Bella" is a 9-mos old female GSD/Lab mix who is affectionate and playful. Bella is friendly with strangers, but does alarm-bark appropriately at people who approach the house. She is great w/ kids, and is presently living w/ a 7-yo, a 3-yo, and a newborn. Bella is good w/ other dogs for the most part, and is good buddies w/ the male Yorkie that she lives with. However, she does not get along w/ the male Bassett/Corgi mix in her home, and the two of them have to be kept separately now. Bella can be quite jealous of attention given to the other dogs, and she is possessive of both food and play toys (but not towards the kids). At GSRSV's facility, Bella did great w/ several other dogs. Bella has not been around cats, so we will only consider a home w/out cats for her. Bella weighs approx 60 lbs.

Bella is mostly housetrained, but still has an occasional accident. She has not been allowed full run of the house when her people are gone, primarily because of the other two dogs. She is kept in a large wire crate with the Yorkie when her people are gone. When they are home, Bella has full run of the house.

Bella obeys some basic commands, but has not received any formal training. She still jumps up on visitors to her house. She gets very excited when it's time to go for a walk, but walks well on leash. Bella is very sensitive to correction, and will crouch down when reprimanded sternly. 

Bella likes water, and will probably be a good swimming partner. She needs to have more experience riding in a car, however, as she presently gets sick every time she is transported in a vehicle.

Bella's owners adopted her from a family in South Sacramento in November of 2013. Though they really like Bella, her altercations w/ their Bassett/Corgi mix are forcing them to seek a new home for her. 

GSRSV has evaluated Bella and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Bella through its adoption program while her owners continue to care for her. Bella is located in Lincoln. Her adoption fee is $200.

Posted 4-7-14

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"Becca" is a 1-yo spayed female GSD who is very sweet and energetic.  She craves attention and loves to be petted. Becca is good w/ strangers and young children. (She presently lives w/ two 2-yo kids.) Becca is fine with other dogs, and can be very playful with submissive dogs. However, she is somewhat fearful of dogs that are dominant or overbearing. Therefore, we recommend a home for Becca with either an easy-going dog (either male or female), or no other dog. We have not had Becca around cats, so will only place her in a home without cats. Becca weighs about 55 lbs.

Becca is housetrained and well-behaved indoors. She has learned a few basic commands but would definitely benefit from a formal obedience training program. She is still somewhat mouthy, but stops quickly when told to. She walks good on a leash and rides well in a car. 

Becca needs a home in which she receives a great deal of exercise, attention, and some basic training. She will not be suitable for a home in which she is left alone for 8 hrs/day. 

GSRSV rescued Becca from the Merced County Shelter on 11-9-13, and she went straight to a foster home in Brentwood (near Antioch), where she is currently living. 

Becca's adoption fee is $250.

Posted 11-20-13; updated 4-5-14

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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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"Ginger" is an approx 7-yo spayed female GSD who is very affectionate, playful, and has a lot of energy. Ginger loves attention, to be petted, and to be brushed.  She is very friendly w/ strangers. We have yet to have Ginger around children, but I would not hesitate to place her in a home with kids of any age--I think that she would be  protective of them. Ginger initially tries to be dominant towards other dogs, but it's more of a facade than any serious behavior on her part. She is presently living with a four yr old male GSD who she gets along very well with. I would not, however, place Ginger in a home with another female dog. Nor would I place Ginger in a home with cats, as she seems to have a relatively strong prey drive. Ginger is a large female, and weighs approx 80 lbs.

Ginger is housetrained and shows no signs of separation anxiety. She has not had a single accident in the house she's living in, and has displayed no destructive behavior. Ginger does occasionally get up on the counter seeking food, but that behavior is becoming less and less frequent. Though Ginger does have the company of the male GSD, she would probably be fine when left alone if she was an only dog. Ginger is very smart and responds well to commands such as "no", "sit", "off" and "drop the ball." She walks well on leash and responds when told not to pull, which she only did a couple times. Ginger seems to enjoy a nice walk instead of running. 

Ginger has a very healthy appetite and great sleeping habits. She likes to sleep on her dog bed, but in the morning wants to join her foster mom on the bed where she either buries her head or just curls up next to her.  

Ginger rides very well in a car once she is inside it, but she is extremely fearful of getting into a car to begin with. She will simply drop like a dead weight, and will resist efforts to lift her into the car. Ginger's foster caretaker is presently working with her to overcome her fear of getting into vehicles. 

All in all, Ginger will make a very loving, devoted companion to a family, couple, or individual.

Ginger was rescued on 6-7-13. Her adoption fee is $175.

Posted 6-28-13

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No more separation anxiety!

"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 1¾-yo neutered male GSD mix who is super friendly and easy-going. Milo is great with people of all ages, and has lived in a home w/ kids 15 & 8 yrs. I'm sure he'd be fine with young kids. He does get a little mouthy when he's excited, but that behavior has subsided considerably since GSRSV rescued him in February 2014. He's very affectionate and loves to be handled. Milo gets along great with other dogs, but might be overbearing on a small dog--he'd want to play with it. Milo did previously live in a home with a cat, but I don't know if he had any interactions with it or how he did with it. I'd prefer to place Milo in a home w/out cats, but would be willing to try a home with a cat or cats. Milo is a large dog, weighing about 80 lbs.

Milo is housetrained and is fine when left inside for several hours. He knows a couple of basic commands but has not received any formal training. He walks well on a leash and 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. Milo was rescued on 2-19-14. He is presently in a foster home in Davis. His adoption fee is $225.

Posted 3-20-14; updated 4-7-14

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"Reno" (formerly Thor) is a 1¼-yo neutered male GSD/Husky mix (mostly GSD) who is very happy and outgoing. Reno is friendly with strangers  right from the start. He hasn't been around children since he was found, but in my opinion he's a natural for kids. Reno is great with other dogs--he lives w/ a 10-yo neutered male Chow mix and was very friendly with several of the GSRSV dogs. He is NOT good with cats. Reno is a medium-sized GSD and probably weighs about 60 lbs.

Reno is relatively calm for his age. He takes treats gently and is a fast learner. He doesn't spend much time on leash, but stays close off-leash. He rides well in a vehicle. Reno is presently being kept outside because his caretaker has cats inside his house, so it's not known if Reno is housetrained or not. 

Reno's caretaker found him wandering near his home in rural East Biggs (north of Yuba City) on March 1. All efforts to find Reno's owner have been unsuccessful, and it's appearing that he was abandoned. Fortunately, it doesn't seem like Reno had been wandering for very long, as he appears well-fed and quite healthy. 

Reno's caretaker prefers to have just his one dog, and he also has cats, so is unable to keep Reno indefinitely. He has sought GSRSV's assistance in finding Reno a new home.   

GSRSV has evaluated Reno and is placing him as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Reno through its adoption program while his caretaker continues to look after him. Reno is located in East Biggs. His adoption fee is $225.

Posted 3-12-14

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"Roscoe" is an approx 1¾-yo neutered male GSD who is friendly, playful and well-tempered. He is very loving with his own people, and friendly with strangers. Roscoe is great with kids of all ages; he formerly lived with three boys ages 10-15, and has rolled over for a 5-yr old. He used to start his day by nudging each of the boys awake in the morning, and doted on them when they were hurt. Roscoe  is very good with other dogs and quite playful. In fact, he would do best in a home w/ another young, playful dog like him to help him burn off some of that young GSD energy that he has. Roscoe is quite predatory towards  cats. Roscoe presently weighs about 70 lbs and is still growing.

Roscoe is fully housetrained and non-destructive inside for the most part. His foster caretaker has routinely left him inside her house (with her other dog) for eight or more hours with only an occasional miscue on Roscoe's part (such as chewing a hardback book cover). Roscoe has learned several basic commands in less than a month. He walks well on leash for the most part, but goes bonkers when he sees a cat run. He loves to go for car rides and travels well. Roscoe loves water, squeaky toys, and to play tug-of-war. 

A woman from Citrus Heights adopted him from the Merced County shelter in mid-December 2013 when she saw on the Internet that he might be euthanized. Unfortunately, she discovered that Roscoe is very predatory towards cats, and her family has two of them. He got hold of one of the cats, and though he did not cause any injuries, it became clear that Roscoe and the cats could not cohabitate. Also, Roscoe will become very vocal if left outside alone.

Roscoe is a ready-made dog for an active home in which he will receive lots of love, attention and exercise. Again, Roscoe would do best in a home with another good-sized, young, playful dog like himself.

Roscoe has been in a foster home in East Sacramento since January 25. His adoption fee is $250.

Posted 1-11-14; updated 3 16-14

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“Tilly” is a 2-yo spayed female GSD who is sweet and loving. She is friendly with strangers, though somewhat timid upon meeting them at first. She is scared of fast movements and loud noises, but never acts aggressively towards such stimuli. Tilly is good with other dogs, and in fact it helps her to be with another dog when there are no people around to keep her from becoming anxious and possibly wanting to escape her yard. Tilly is presently living with an 8-yo male Husky who she gets along very well 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 weighs about 70 lbs.  

Tilly is housetrained and is routinely kept inside during work days for 4-hr “shifts” without any problems. She walks very well on leash, both with her Husky friend and without. She rides very well in the car and sits on command. Tilly becomes nervous when she is left outside by herself and will bark and possibly seek a way out of the yard. She has only got out of the yard twice, and the most recent time she came right around to the front door and barked to be let in. So 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.

 Tilly’s story is fairly unique: she was found in a narrow shaft, approx 15-20 ft deep, at the Turlock Water Quality Plant on 2-26-14. The Turlock Fire Dept responded by lowering a harness down the shaft and was able to slip it under Tilly’s torso. With assistance from the Turlock Police Dept and staff at the water quality plant, the fire dept crew was able to hoist Tilly out of the shaft. She was then brought to the Turlock Animal Shelter, but nobody claimed her there. Click here to read Tilly's story in the Turlock Journal.

GSRSV rescued Tilly on 3-13-14, and brought her to a foster home in South Sacramento , where she is presently living. Tilly’s adoption fee is $250.

Posted 3-25-14

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"Victoria" is a beautiful 4-yo spayed female GSD who is very energetic and loving. Victoria is friendly with strangers but was previously quite protective of her home turf--which she will surely be once she gets back into a home environment. Though I haven't had her around kids, I'm sure she'd do well with them. Victoria is good with other dogs, but would be best paired with a male dog rather than a female. Victoria is NOT good with cats. Victoria is a medium-sized GSD, and weighs about 60 lbs. (The pictures shown here were taken in December of 2012 when Victoria was quite overweight.)

Victoria is extremely active and loves to run. She would make an ideal jogging partner. Her favorite activity is to bite water shot from a hose pistol--she is crazy about this! She also loves to swim. Though she is high-energy outside, she is very calm and perfectly behaved inside. She is quite affectionate and loves to be petted.

Victoria formerly belonged to an elderly man who sustained an injury that required him to be in a recovery facility. He had been keeping Victoria in a townhouse without a yard, which was not a good set-up for her at all. When the man was admitted to the recovery facility, a friend of his brought Victoria to GSRSV's facility for boarding and socialization. The man will not be able to take Victoria back, so she is now available for adoption.

Victoria's adoption fee is $225.

Posted 11-21-13  

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Adopted 4-3-14!

"Zemka" is a beautiful 8-yo (born Christmas Day 2005) spayed female GSD who is very affectionate and well-behaved. Zemka is friendly with people, though she's slow to warm up to strangers. She's reportedly very good with children. Zemka has done very well with all the dogs at GSRSV's facility, and is reportedly good w/ small dogs. There's no history of Zemka with cats, so I will only consider homes w/out cats for her. Zemka is a big female, and weighs about 75 lbs.

Zemka is housetrained and very calm inside. She walks well on a leash and rides well in a car. She loves to chew on tennis balls! 

Zemka was surrendered by her owners to the Yolo County Shelter because "the wife" didn't want her inside anymore, and when left outside, she was quite vocal. Also, Zemka had a mammary mass which the owners could not afford to have removed. (That mass was removed when Zemka was spayed, and the biopsy report showed that it was benign.) 

The Yolo County SPCA (the adoption arm of the shelter) failed Zemka for adoption due to the "nervousness and anxiety" she was exhibiting at the shelter. (Pathetic.) When no rescue group wanted to take a chance on Zemka--most likely due to the uncertainty of her mammary mass--GSRSV stepped forward and rescued her.  

Zemka's adoption fee is $150.

Posted 10-9-13

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