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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 bab43@msn.com. (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 August 26, 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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"Leia" is a beautiful, nearly-8-yo (born 10-29-07) 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.

Posted 8-25-15

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"Adler" is an approx 1½-yo neutered male GSD mix who is very sweet and affectionate but still very wary of new people and sounds. Adler is fine with women and children, but not so much with men. When any grown male has something in his hand Adler cowers and tries to run away. His foster caretakers (including two older boys) have been working with Adler to help him overcome his fear. 

Adler is very friendly with other dogs and routinely visits a nearby dog park. We don't know how Adler is with cats, so for now will only consider a home without cats for him. Adler has a slender build and weighs approx 70 lbs.

Adler is housetrained and does well left alone for short periods of time inside. He does whine when his "mom" leaves, but does not become destructive. He is extremely smart and has started bringing his leash to the door when he wants to go out. Adler loves playing outside and going on walks. He is good on leash but does pull eagerly when he sees other dogs because he wants to play with them. Adler is a very quiet dog--in fact, he hardly ever barks, so if it's a watchdog that you're seeking, Adler is not the dog for you.

Adler is very needy and likes being with his people at all times. He was clearly abused by a male owner. He needs a home with people who will be around for the most part and who are willing to help Adler overcome his fears and build his confidence. Adler will return all the kindness and attention his people bestow on him double-fold and will be a best friend for life.

GSRSV rescued Adler from the shelter in Wasco, near Bakersfield, on 6-27-15. Adler is in a foster home in El Dorado Hills.

Adler's adoption fee is $225.

Posted 8-1-15

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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.

Posted 7-8-15

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"Cadence" is a beautiful 10-yo (born January 2005) spayed female GSD who is friendly and very limber and energetic for her age. Cadence is outgoing with strangers in neutral settings, but aloof and somewhat wary at first in her own home. She is protective of the children who live with her and is a good watchdog. She's great with the kids, and presently lives w/ a 2-yo girl. 

Cadence is good with other dogs, but is not one to roll over if challenged. She is fine w/ one of her owner's sister's Cocker Spaniels, but those are the smallest dogs she's been around. She was perfect with six other dogs at GSRSV's facility. Cadence has never lived with cats, and has a strong prey drive, so I will only consider a home without cats for her. Cadence is a petite GSD and weighs about 55 lbs--a perfect weight for her build. 

Cadence is very well-trained, and still obeys multiple commands from her male owner Daniel instantly. Daniel worked w/ Cadence in formal obedience classes and taught her German commands and hand signals. Cadence knows a few cute tricks like "play dead" and "balance the bacon on the nose." She walks well on leash, but is always eager on walks so does pull a bit. 

Cadence was raised as an inside dog, but has spent the last two years primarily outside due to the 2-yo girl's sensitivity to her fur. She reportedly does OK being outside. Cadence loves to play fetch, and will fetch balls until she's exhausted. She also loves water and playing in the snow.  

Cadence is in great shape for her age. Her gait is very fluid and she has no visible signs of arthritis until she's run herself weary. Her owners have her on a glucosamine/chondroitin supplement, which she should remain on permanently.

Cadence's owners purchased her from a breeder when she was 9 months old. Both parents were AKC show dogs. Cadence is clearly a loved member of their family, but financial circumstances have placed them in a housing situation that is not working out for Cadence. Consequently, Cadence is being kept in a crate at Daniel's parents' house throughout much of each day. In fairness to Cadence, her owners are seeking a new home for her.

GSRSV has evaluated Cadence and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Cadence through its adoption program while her owners continue to care for her. Cadence's adoption fee is $100. Cadence is located in Lodi.

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"Cali" is a 2½-yo (born 1-2-13) large, beautiful reddish-coat German-bred spayed female GSD who is playful and affectionate. Cali is friendly with strangers but protective of her people--definitely a good watchdog. Cali has been raised around many young children, and is very patient with them. 

Cali is good with other dogs for the most part, but is a dominant female and should not be paired w/ another large female. She was raised with a ShiTzu who she does very well with.  Though Cali has not been socialized w/ too many other dogs, she did quite well w/ several dogs at GSRSV's facility, especially when she got into her "play mode" (see her video at https://youtu.be/c2FDV9EdSVs). Cali is NOT good with cats. Cali weighs approx 80 lbs.

Cali is very energetic, confident and inquisitive. She has not had any formal obedience training, but is fairly well behaved overall. She is housetrained and slept in a crate for her first year. She walks well on a leash and rides well in a vehicle. 

Cali LOVES to play fetch, and loves water. She went right into the pond at GSRSV's facility, though she did not go so deep as to swim. However, she reportedly swims in the swimming pool where she grew up. 

Cali is a high-energy, working-line dog who needs a very active home--somebody who will more than just walk her around the block each day. Cali is not a dog for the first-time GSD-owner, either. 

Cali was purchased as an 8-wk old pup from a breeder of German-line GSDs in Oregon. She is  AKC-registered. Cali was raised by the brother of the woman (Vonda) who presently has her. Vonda's brother can no longer keep Cali due to changes in his housing situation. Vonda would keep Cali, but her elderly mother lives with her and Cali could easily knock her over. Plus, Vonda works full time and would like to see Cali go to a home where her people have more time to spend with her.

GSRSV has evaluated Cali and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Cali through its adoption program while her caretaker continues to care for her. Cali's adoption fee is $275. Cali is located in Guinda, along Hwy 16 north of Cache Creek Casino.

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"Delilah"
is a 1-yr old spayed female Pit Bull/GSD who is happy, playful, and very well behaved for her age. 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. She does do a little puppy chewing on wood objects, but not much of that and immediately stops when told to do so. Delilah is a real comfort pup, and loves to snuggle on a bed or easy chair, and will sleep right by your side. 

Delilah hasn't had much leash training, so will need work in that area. She does have pretty good recall off leash, though. She enjoys her romps around GSRSV's 45-acre property, and always stays right with the "pack." When it's time to come back in the yard, she either comes right in or does so when I call her. She loves car rides and rides very calmly.

Delilah 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, 

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!

Posted 6-2-14; updated 5-10-15

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"Elsa" is an adorable but timid 3-yo spayed female Siberian Husky/GSD. She takes some time to trust new humans, especially men it seems. Elsa has a delightful way of crawling toward somebody when she’s laying on the floor, and when she’s happy her thick tail swings wildly to and fro, causing her whole rear end to gyrate. Elsa is great with other dogs, and is much more confident in their presence. For this reason, we are seeking a home for Elsa that has at least one relatively young medium-to-large size dog for her to play with. Elsa has also done OK w/ ther foster caretaker's cat. She will chase him when he runs, but will actually lay down next to him when he doesn't run. So, I will consider Elsa for a home with a dog-savvy cat.

Elsa's has received some obedience training from her foster caretakers, and responds well to basic commands such as "sit" and "stay." She walks very well on leash. She is well-behaved inside for the most part, but if given the opportunity when unsupervised, might do things such as getting into the waste basket or take food off the counter. 

It was pretty clear from the time we rescued Elsa (2-4-15) that she had been raised as an outdoor dog, so she's still learning inside etiquette. For the most part she is non-destructive, but has chewed on shoes and her dog bed. It almost seems like Elsa is going through the puppy stage that she was never given the opportunity to go through previously.

Elsa loves being with her people, but also enjoys being outside. A house with a dog door would be ideal for Elsa, allowing her the best of both worlds. She does NOT like being confined in a crate or a small space.

GSRSV rescued Elsa from the Pinole shelter on 2-4-15. She is currently in a foster home in Vallejo. Elsa's adoption fee is $250, which includes a microchip.

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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.

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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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"Jana" is a 2 ½-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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"Lobo" is an approx 5-yo neutered male GSD who is mellow and very affectionate--he loves to be petted and hugged. He is very people-oriented and follows his person from room to room, and lies contentedly when his person is stationary. Lobo is great with strangers--he does not bark at visitors to the house when they enter and is immediately at ease (though not overly friendly). He's not a very good watchdog, as he does not bark at the sound of the doorbell. Lobo was nervous around his first foster caretaker's 4-yo twins, so we are seeking a home for Lobo with no children under 13 years. Lobo weighs about 75 lbs.

Lobo is fine with other dogs, but not terribly social with them. He really prefers the companionship of people. We don't know how Lobo is with cats, so we will only consider a home w/ out cats for him. 

Lobo is very well behaved and obeys several basic commands, including the "stay" command. He is fully housetrained and non-destructive in the house. For those of you who feel that a dog does not belong on the furniture, hear this: Lobo does not get up on furniture, even when by himself! 

Lobo is great on leash--he doesn't pull or drag his foster caretaker down the street at all and typically walks about even with him. He is also non-reactive towards other dogs he sees when walking on leash.  

Lobo travels well in a vehicle and enjoys going for rides. Lobo loves toys, but excels at destroying them! If you get him a cheap squeaky toy, it will be finished in about half an hour. The best toys for Lobo are Kongs (which hold up fairly well) and tug ropes.

Lobo is quite "needy", and gets stressed when he is separated from his person. He will whine loudly for awhile even when his person goes outside for just a short time. However, he is not destructive when left alone--just vocal. Lobo will obviously do best in a home in which he is rarely without human companionship.

Lobo was rescued at the last minute from the Pinole shelter by a volunteer w/ another rescue group on 3-13-15. She kept him at a private boarding facility for a few weeks, but he was starting to deteriorate, so a GSRSV foster caretaker took him in on 4-8. Lobo was transferred to another foster home on 4-24 in Bay Point (between Concord and Pittsburgh), where he is presently located.

Lobo's adoption fee is $200.

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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 several 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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"Ollie" is a 6-yo neutered male GSD/Pit Bull mix who is friendly, well-behaved and active. Ollie is great with strangers and loves to have his back scratched. He's good with non-infant age children, and previously took part in a "Reading to Dogs" program for school children that helps develop reading skills in a non-judgmental environment. (Click here for an article in the SSPCA's newsletter about Ollie's role as a "Tail Waggin' Tutor."

Ollie can be OK with other dogs, as he demonstrated at GSRSV's facility. (He was great w/ the other dogs for the most part.) However, he has got into some scuffles at dog parks previously, so his owner stopped taking him there. He does live with an older male Dachshund, who he's been fine with since he was a puppy. Ollie also lives with four inside cats who he does very well with. He does like to chase after the cats that run from him, but he has never hurt any of them and his owner trusts him enough to leave him alone with the cats. Ollie weighs approx 85 lbs and is very healthy.

Ollie is very well behaved and has received formal obedience training. He stays inside the house for over 8 hours during work days without any problem. He walks well on leash, and is even better off-leash! His owner regularly runs between 1/2 to 1 hr each day with Ollie, and often does so with Ollie off-leash, right by her side. The only time that Ollie has a problem on leash is when a dog on the other side of a fence charges at him--then he goes bonkers! However, he has no reaction towards other dogs he sees when on walks or runs if the dog is not charging towards him. 

Ollie loves to hike, run and swim. One of his favorite games is to chase a laser point on the wall. He's not much for fetching, but does like to run around the yard with his favorite toy.

Ollie's owner Sara took him in as a stray when he was about 4 mos old. He has been a great dog for Sara and her husband, but in 2012 they had a baby that Ollie has never quite been comfortable with. Recently, Ollie snapped at the baby, and so Sara reluctantly decided she needed to find Ollie a new home.

GSRSV has evaluated Ollie and is placing him as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Ollie through its adoption program while his owners continue to care for him. Ollie's adoption fee is $175.

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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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"Roscoe" is an approx 2¾-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; he formerly lived with three boys ages 10-15, and has rolled over for a 5-yr old. He's probably too energetic for kids younger than 5, though. Roscoe  is very good with other dogs and quite playful. In fact, he needs to go to a home w/ another young, playful dog like himself to not only help him burn off some of that young GSD energy that he has, but to also keep him company inside when his people are away. (See below about Roscoe's tendency to escape a yard when unattended.) Roscoe is quite predatory towards  cats. Roscoe presently weighs about 70 lbs and is still growing.

Roscoe is fully housetrained and mostly non-destructive inside, though he does have a fondness for chewing up paper. His foster caretaker routinely leaves him inside her house (with her other dog) for eight or more hours with only an occasional miscue on Roscoe's part. 

There is a reason that Roscoe's foster caretaker leaves him inside when she's gone: if left outside unattended (even w/ another dog), he will try to find a way out of the yard. It is likely that Roscoe does this only because he was previously able to get into the neighbor's yard by easily going over a short section of fence. Once Roscoe's foster caretaker installed a higher section of fence, Roscoe could not go over it, so tried to dig under it. However, in the home he was at before GSRSV took him in, Roscoe never tried to escape the yard. So, it's probably circumstantial that Roscoe tries to get out of his present yard. 

Roscoe has learned several basic commands. 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 squeaky toys, swimming, and to play tug-of-war. 

A woman from Citrus Heights adopted Roscoe 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. 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--and where he will be allowed to remain inside uncrated (Roscoe does NOT like crates) when his people are gone--if necessary. Again, Roscoe needs to go to a home with another good-sized, young, playful dog like himself, who can keep him company when his people are away.

Roscoe has been in a foster home in East Sacramento since January 25, 2014. His adoption fee is $250.

Posted 1-11-14; updated 3-3-15

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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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"Tilly" is a 3-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. 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 was routinely kept inside in her original foster home for 4-hr “shifts” without any problems. She walks very well on leash. She rides very well in the car and sits on command. Tilly becomes nervous when she is left outside by herself and will possibly seek a way out of the yard. In her original foster home, she got out of the yard twice, and the second time 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.

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 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 has time for Tilly, and cannot contain her in his yard. (He has a chain link fence, which is much easier for dogs to climb than a traditional wood fence.)

Tilly is now in a foster home in South Sacramento. Her adoption fee is $250.

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Adopted 8-22-15!

"Georgia" is a large, beautiful 6-yo (born 4-20-09) spayed female GSD who is very affectionate and playful. Georgia is fine when meeting strangers, though she'll initially bark at them, then be somewhat aloof until she's had a chance to check them out. Georgia is good w/ young children, and has been around a 4-yo and a 6-yo child many times since they were born. Georgia's only fault w/ youngsters is that she gets worked up when they're running around (typical GSD trait) and has at times knocked over a small child. However, she's never so much as nipped at a child, even when running w/ them. Georgia weighs approx 85 lbs.

Georgia was socialized with other dogs from an early age and lived w/ another dog for her first 1˝ years. Georgia is great with other dogs, with one caveat: she has shown aggression towards other dogs when there is food present--whether she has the food or the other dog has the food. When I evaluated Georgia for adoption, I fed her and several of my dogs biscuits while they were in close proximity, and Georgia did not so much as raise her hackles. (She takes treats very gently from hand.) I feel that Georgia's food-aggression may be due to a lack of a tough response from her owner, and is likely quite controllable. However, it would be a behavior to look out for initially and to deal with swiftly and firmly if exhibited. Georgia has never been around cats, so we will only consider a home without cats for her.

Georgia loves going for walks and walks well on a leash when there are no distractions. Her owner does use a Gentle Leader (snout harness) to give her extra control when Georgia sees other dogs or cats, at which times she does get agitated and strains on the leash. Georgia has great recall off-leash, but does tend to approach other dogs with a bit too much enthusiasm--enough to scare the other dogs or their owners. I feel this, too, is a behavior that can be changed w/ proper control.

Georgia is good in the house, and typically stays inside for about 8 hrs/day while her owner is at work. (She does have access to a dog door.) Georgia's only bad house mannerism is that she'll go after food left on the counter if she's by herself for several hours. She's a very good watchdog and will bark at anyone who comes around her house.

Georgia loves to play fetch and to run around w/ squeaky toys. She also loves to swim, as her owner discovered when Georgia was at GSRSV's facility for her evaluation. 

Georgia's owner Ashley raised her from an approx 8-wk old pup. Ashley loves Georgia very much, but is moving to Los Angeles on September 1 to begin a new career, and will not only be living in a studio apartment, but will be working approx 14-hr days. She wants what's best for Georgia, so is reluctantly seeking a new home for her.

GSRSV has evaluated Georgia and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Georgia through its adoption program while her owner continues to care for her. Georgia's adoption fee is $200. Georgia is located in Fairfield.

Posted 7-25-15

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Adopted 8-18-15!

"Bernie" is a handsome, super-friendly, happy-go lucky 3-yo neutered male GSD mix (probably GSD/Husky). Bernie loves people, is a real snuggler. Bernie lived in a home w/ two young teenagers for a couple of months, and did very well with them. To me, it's a foregone conclusion that Bernie will also be excellent with younger children.  

Bernie is great w/ other dogs, male or female. He was previously in a foster home w/ two other male dogs that he played with constantly. Now, he's at GSRSV's facility, and lives harmoniously with even more dogs. He has also visited a dog park and was great w/ the other dogs there. I would like to see Bernie go to a home w/ another playful medium-to-large size dog to keep him active and out of mischief. I don't know how Bernie is w/ cats, and due to this uncertainty I will only consider a home w/out cats for him. Bernie weighs approx 70 lbs.  

Bernie is housetrained and has good inside manners. He knows some basic commands and is fairly obedient. He walks very well on leash, except when he sees other dogs. Then, he can be very reactive and vocal if the person walking him does not take charge. Bernie loves to chase after other dogs who are fetching a ball, and occasionally will catch a ball thrown his way. He loves to go for car rides, but had problems with car sickness in the back of a pick-up truck in his previous home. However, he has not been car-sick in either the cab of my pick-up truck (45 minute ride twice) or the vehicle of his previous foster caretaker.

Bernie was rescued from the Yolo County shelter on 7-29-14, and went straight to a foster home in Cameron Park with two other male dogs and two teenage children. Bernie did great in that home. and received some basic obedience training.

A couple in Reno adopted Bernie on 9-27-14, but they returned him to GSRSV on 10-25-14 because of Bernie's reactiveness towards other dogs when on leash, and because he would routinely get car sick in the back of their carpeted pick-up bed. Again, Bernie had not shown any signs of car sickness in the cab of my pickup or in his foster caretaker's vehicle. Bernie is now at GSRSV's facility and is doing great. 

Bernie's adoption fee is $250.

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Adopted 8-16-15!

"Khloe" is a beautiful 5-yo (born Jan 2010) spayed female GSD who is very affectionate and energetic. Khloe is friendly with strangers who visit, but is also a very good watchdog. She loves to cuddle and have her belly rubbed. Khloe is very good with children, though she has not been around toddlers. She is good with other dogs, especially big dogs. Khloe was raised with another female GSD who she got along great with. She presently lives with three female Chihuahuas, and gets along fine with two of them; the other, not so well. She would do best with another large dog to play with, preferably a male. Khloe is not good with cats. She weighs approx ____ lbs.

Khloe is very well trained and sits, lays down, and shakes on command. She does pull out of eagerness when walking on leash, but not so hard that she can't be controlled. Khloe has been primarily kept outside throughout her life but is housetrained and loves to be up on her owner's bed more so than her own. Khloe would definitely prefer to be an inside/outside dog.

Khloe is very energetic and will do best in an active home where she is regularly taken for long, brisk walks --or even better, for runs--and occasionally taken to places where she can run off-leash. She loves to playfully chase anyone who will play cat & mouse with her.

Khloe's owner has had her since she was a little puppy. (Click here for picture of Khloe as a pup.) She clearly loves Khloe, but recently there have been issues between one of her three Chihuahua's and Khloe, and she does not want to risk the little dog getting hurt. So, reluctantly, she is seeking a new home for Khloe.

GSRSV has evaluated Khloe and is placing her as a "Program Dog." This means that GSRSV is placing Khloe through its adoption program while her owner continues to care for her. Khloe's adoption fee is $200. Khloe is located in Turlock.

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Adopted 8-6-15!

"Buddy" is an absolutely adorable 5-month old male GSD mix puppy who is smart, playful, and loving. Buddy is very friendly with strangers and will surely be a natural with children. He is great with other dogs and just spent a weekend playing at GSRSV's facility playing with two other GSD mix pups, Tyson & Twinkie. Cats are an unknown, but I will consider a home w/ cats for Buddy.

Buddy is already housetrained and is hardly destructive at all inside the house. He will chew on items that are lying on the floor, but has yet to chew on any furniture in his foster home! He sleeps calmly inside a crate without putting up a fuss, but is otherwise left loose in the house. He is pretty distracted on leash, going this way and that, but is improving every day. 

Buddy just recently lost the last of his puppy teeth (the week of July 6-12), so he's surely not more than 5 months old. Yet he is already quite large and his paws suggest that he has lots more growing to do! Buddy has amber eyes and very soft fur, suggesting a mix with a Nordic breed such as a Malamute or Husky.

Buddy's story is quite bizarre. He was left tied up in the backyard of a rental house in South Sacramento when his owner moved out. A neighbor saw him tied up in the yard, and rather than bringing him to a shelter, turned him loose in the neighborhood. Another neighbor took him in, but couldn't keep him, so brought him to a neighbor (Anne) who loves dogs. Anne contacted GSRSV on 6-25 requesting assistance in rehoming Buddy, as she was just about ready to give birth to a baby. Fortunately, a foster home opened up on July 1, the day before Anne delivered her baby, and GSRSV picked up Buddy and brought him to the foster home.

Buddy is located in Natomas. He is not yet neutered, but will be by the end of July. His adoption fee, which will include a microchip, is $300.

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Adopted 8-2-15!

"Tyson" is a nearly 7-mos old (born 12-8-14) GSD mix pup who is incredibly affectionate and mellow for his age. Tyson loves to be near his person (me) and is rarely out of my sight. He gets along great with the other GSRSV dogs and clearly has a submissive personality. He's finally starting to play rough with some of the other dogs, which shows that he's building confidence. 

Tyson weighs about 55 lbs and of course is still growing. His father is a large, solid black GSD and his mother is reportedly a GSD/Bernese Mtn Dog, though she looks mostly GSD. You can see the Bernese Mtn Dog in Tyson in his markings and the soft texture of his fur. There is the possibility that his right ear may never stand up, as Bernese Mtn Dogs have floppy ears. Tyson has received both of his distemper/parvo vaccinations as well as his rabies vaccination, so he won't need any further vaccinations until June 2016. He is scheduled to be neutered on July 18. 

Tyson is housetrained (with access to a dog door) and minimally destructive inside. He occasionally chews on the leg of a wooden chair or the corner of a crate, but that's about it. I have not done any formal training with Tyson, and have only had him on leash for brief periods. (He was terrified of the leash when I picked him up.) So, Tyson's adopter must be looking forward to training a puppy.

Because of Tyson's strong attachment to me, I am seeking a home for him in which somebody is home most of the time. I would also prefer a home with another dog, or at least one in which Tyson gets to be around other dogs routinely.

GSRSV rescued Tyson and his sister Twinkie (see below) from a property in Rio Linda on 5-31-15 where they were kept as outdoor dogs and had recently got out of the yard. Tyson's adoption fee is $275, which will include a microchip. 

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Adopted 7-26-15!

"Twinkie" is a nearly 7-mos old (born 12-8-14) GSD mix pup who is playful, affectionate, and somewhat timid of people. Twinkie was initially quite scared of me when I rescued her on 5-31-15, but she's come a long way and now will come to me when I call her and loves me to pet her. My hunch is that she was abused by a man, but if that's the case, I don't think it's left a permanent scar on her. Twinkie has always been comfortable with the other dogs here at the GSRSV rescue facility, and likes to play rough. I don't think that she'll be good with cats.  

Twinkie weighs about 55 lbs and of course is still growing. Her father is a large, solid black GSD and his mother is reportedly a GSD/Bernese Mtn Dog, though she looks mostly GSD. Twinkie has received both of her distemper/parvo vaccinations as well as her rabies vaccination, so she won't need any further vaccinations until June 2016. She is scheduled to be spayed on July 18. 

Twinkie is housetrained (with access to a dog door) and minimally destructive inside, though I do crate her when I'm gone because I've come home to fiberfill wonderland (from pillows), which I believe to be primarily the work of Twinkie. I have not done any formal training with Twinkie, and have only had herm on leash for brief periods. (She was terrified of the leash when I picked him up.) So, Twinkie's adopter must be looking forward to training a puppy. She seems to be quite a good watchdog. 

Twinkie is fairly independent, but I do think that she'd do best in a home with another dog that she can play with and burn off some of her puppy energy. 

GSRSV rescued Twinkie and her brother Tyson (see above) from a property in Rio Linda on 5-31-15 where they were kept as outdoor dogs and had recently got out of the yard. Twinkie's adoption fee is $275, which will include a microchip. 

Posted 7-4-15

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